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Sightseeing in Naxos - what to see. Complete travel guide

The first mention of the Greek island of Naxos dates back to the 8th century BC. It is the largest island of the Cyclades, which never ceases to attract fans of history and ancient architecture. In the early 13th century, it was the base of pirates, so enthusiastic travelers don’t stop to explore the grounds of the island as they hope to find priceless treasures.
Exploring of local attractions remains the most fascinating, but not the only entertainment option. In the daytime, a significant part of tourist stays at beaches. Fans of water activities … Open
Mount Zas is notable among natural attractions of Naxos. According to Greek mythology, Zeus was brought up on that mountain. Ruins of many ancient temples have survived on the island; the ruins of Apollo’s Temple are among the most visited sites.
More recent architectural monuments include the Venetian fortress, where noble dukes once lived. Nearby is the Franciscan school building that is now converted into the Archaeological Museum and the medieval Catholic cathedral. Perhaps the most symbolic and mysterious attractions of the island are koursoses, ancient male statues; a lot of interesting and romantic legends are associated with them. Length of Dionysus Kouros is more than ten meters; it is located near the village of Apollonas. Apollo Kouros has a length of about six meters and is situated in Melanes. It is believed that two boys were turned into those statues; each guide and local will tell a lot of versions of ancient legends. Copyright
1. High season is the period from early May to late October; this time the weather is very favorable and sunny. Beach goers are recommended to visit the island in summer; fans of hiking and … Open
Another advantage of Naxos is its spacious sandy beaches; a total length of them is over 100 km. Agios Georgios in Chora is noteworthy; it will appeal to fans of outdoor activities. Those who want to stay in silence and have serene sunbathing are recommended to go to suburbs of Chora, to Agios Prokopios.
As for nightlife, fans of wild dances increasingly prefer open-air discos located at major beaches. Nearby you can find various bars and nightclubs; the most famous among them is the Opera bar. Foodies are recommended to visit Notos, Vegerra, Ecstasy and Jam restaurants located on the coast. Shoppers are simply enchanted by colorful markets of Chora, where you can buy everything from products and handicrafts to gemstones.
Guests of island of Naxos have over 20 charming beaches to choose from. Some of coast places are well known far beyond the country; picturesque Agios Prokopios beach is one of them. … Open
During the year, several interesting festivals are held on the island. They attract a lot of tourists. In Hora, the Easter Festival that goes hand in hand with food entertainments and fairs is annually held. Almost all the entertainments are organized in the open air in the city streets. You can enjoy them absolutely for free. On Easter, a lot of interesting sweets that can’t be tasted on other days are cooked. Tourists have also an opportunity to buy interesting gifts in Easter style.
Travelers who want to visit Naxos in June have an opportunity to visit the historical festival that is held in the Batheros Palace. It is dedicated to the national culture and traditions. Exciting performances, sports competitions and themed excursions are organized in the fortress. This festival is one of the longest holidays here. It lasts for several weeks and ends in August. Right after it, the music festival starts in Apeiranthos. It involves musicians not only from Greece, but also from other countries.
Island of Naxos offers over 300 homelike hotels and some of them really deserve attention of tourists. Naxos Island luxurious hotel located in Agios Prokopios will surprise even the most … Open
Besides sightseeing tours and beach entertainments, Naxos offers its guests excellent conditions for shopping. Every city has a market. The largest market is located in Hora. Here, tourists can buy a lot of hand-made items and gifts. Some of the most popular souvenirs are items of shells and pearls. The cities are notable for multiple jewelry stores unified with workshops. Here, you can find silver items in the national style. The jewelry shop will impress men, as well as women.
Naxos Mountainside Tourists visit markets not only to find and buy interesting gifts, but also to taste popular national delicacies. Delicious thyme honey is produced on the island, and the jar of it will be an excellent gift for your loved ones. Special citruses, citrons, are also grown here. They resemble usual lemons but are distinguished by a milder taste. Very popular exquisite liqueur is cooked of citrons at the local factory. On the market, you can buy and taste delicious homelike cheese, different meat specialties, and olives.
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Map of all castles
Survived castles around Naxos
♥   Castle 'Naxos Castle' Naxos, 0.2 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Sanudo Tower' Naxos, 0.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Agia Tower' Naxos, 6.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Belonia Tower' Naxos, 9.9 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Exomvourgo Fortress' Exomvourgo, 55.4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all art museums
Art galleries in Naxos and around
♥   Art museum 'Archaeological Museum of Delos' Delos, 34 km from the center. On the map   Photo

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On the territory of the island there is an interesting Archaeological Museum, its location is a beautiful Venetian tower. Here, unique artifacts, found during the exploration of various areas of the island are presented. No less interesting object is the Monastery of the Virgin, which is located in the north-eastern part of the capital. It was founded in the 11th century. The monastery is located in a very inaccessible area - on the top of a cliff. Today, in the walls of the monastery valuable relics are kept, the age of some of them is more than 700 years. … Read further
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