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Experience To Take On in Naxos, Greece

The largest island in the Cyclades, that is also the greenest island in the area. Here you can lounge on the white sand, visit ancient temples, go windsurfing, hike to Mount Zas, explore little villages, and so much more. When looking to experience all that the island has to offer, we suggest you check out all the places listed below.


The Portara

Also known as the Temple of Apollo, it is a famous landmark that is located next to Chora. If you arrive by ferry the first thing you will see is the Portara. A larger doorway that looks like an unfinished temple. Constructed back in 530 BC there are two main theories about the temple, and why it was built. First is that the Portara faces the island of Delos, and it was set to honor the god, Apollo. The second sector believes that the doorway was dedicated to Dionysus (who was worshiped by Naxos.


Naxos City

Commonly known as Chora, here you will find a range of ferries docked in line, along with great shops, charming restaurants, making it a great place to explore and take in the local living trends, various cultures, and endless beauty. Set on top of a hill the Kastor was built in 1207 by a Venetian Emperor. Inside the castle, you will ding the Archaeological Museum that is a must-visit place for history buffs.


Mount Zas

Hiking to the top of the mountain may not be for everyone, so we suggest you take on as much as you can. Additionally, carry a water bottle with you and take as many breaks as you need. Simply sit and enjoy the natural beauty the island has to offer, and the range of mountains that are set beside each other. There are two routes to get to the top, the first is around 7km, with a 300-meter elevation. The second is only 5km but comes with a steeper route.


Village of Naxos

Located on the hillside the village makes for a joyous choice, as its scenic experience is paired with soothing silence and touches of life. You can get to the village by car, or walk to the village depending on where you are staying. Walking around the island allows you to truly take in all that it has to offer, and a little more based on the memories you make along the way.



A flower village also known as the “Plenty of Flowers Village” is undoubtedly the prettiest place on the island. Here you will find narrow marble streets lined with gorgeous flowers, and lush green trees. Adding to the ambiance is the Venetian architecture, and small museums celebrating different historical aspects.


Apano Kastoro

An unexpected gem hidden away from the world, these ancient ruins allow you to take in the island from some height. While the ruins are not that well preserved, the sense of history and greenery it carries is worth the visit. Standing on top of the mountain you can imagine all that went on around the place, and how the island grew from a small section to cover a majority chunk of the space. A great spot when looking to get in touch with nature and yourself, you will find the space to bring you a peaceful bliss that is hard to find in crowded places.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Category: Cyclades|Naxos