About Naxos island
About Naxos island
Naxos is located in the heart of the Cyclades island complex, being the largest one. Inhabited since antiquity, Naxos is renowned for its rich history, unique culture, amazing natural beauty and breathtaking beaches and shores, thus being regarded as one of the top holiday destinations both in Greece and worldwide.
The allure of Naxos lies in its incomparable landscape, as well as its beaches that enthuse visitors of all tastes. One can choose between lengthy, sandy and lively beaches -like Plaka, Agia Anna, Maragas and Agios Prokopios- while there are more secluded ones, like Mikri Vigla, Parthena and Laguna that awe visitors with their wild beauty and bright blue waters. Lovers of watersports, such as windsurfing swear by the island’s strong summer winds, while hiking enthusiasts adore the impressive Mount Zas, with its spectacular cave as well as the endless trekking routes that connect the traditional villages of the mainland and offer a unique opportunity to explore the inland regions.
Naxos also exhibits a unique history, and the historical monuments and sights of the island are numerous; the “Portara” in Chora; the “Kouroi” statues at Melanes and Apollonas; the archaeological site of Grotta; the medieval fortresses and towers; the rare Byzantine churches etc. are but to name a few.
The island also has a series of picturesque settlements, some coastal and other mountainous (such as Filoti, Chalki and Apiranthos) where visitors can stroll in the narrow backstreets and admire the traditional architecture and relaxed pace of life. The top destination however is the island’s capital, the amazing Chora, with its Cycladic-style neighborhoods and lively, upbeat atmosphere. With a wide selection of bars, shops, restaurants, markets and cafes, you are sure to find anything you want while you should not miss to walk among the alleys of the Kastro (the medieval castle) and enjoy the incomparable sunset from the top.
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