Naxos travel guide
Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades.
Naxos has an area of 428.07 sq.km and a
population of 17,093 inhabitants, located
between the islands of Mykonos and Paros. The
Naxos has an oval shape. The largest length of
the island is 18 miles, while the wider reaches
13 miles . It has 14838 inhabitants. The capital
of the island of Naxos has 4,334 residents.
The island is ideal for holidays, and have developed a tourist industry.The island has many mansions (which survive from the era of the Duchy of Naxos), there is an archaeological and historical museum, and several churches. There is also a Venetian fortress.
Galini Village located 6Km, on the northwest side of the island on one side of the valley of Eggares. On the opposite side is the village. It has a few Residents, but in the summer the population is multiplied by the locals who come here for vacation. Recent years have seen an intense construction activity. Most residents work in agriculture.
The entrance to the Port of Naxos is dominating by the megalithic temple of Apollo from the 6th century BC Known as Portara. Standing on the islet which is separated from the Naxos a narrow strip of land, also called the Baths of Ariadne. Naxos has a fascinating archaeological museum in the Mitopoleos Square, with findings and artefacts that have been excavated from the Ancient Agora of Naxos. The impressive Venetian castle of the 13th century dominates the city and was built on the ancient Acropolis. Within the castle is the cathedral where there is a remarkable picture of the 12th century and a museum with an important collection of early Cycladic art composed mainly of marble statues. There is also a Byzantine museum and a Venetian house museum and many beautiful mansions with marble coats of arms. In the Grotta area of Naxos is the ancient Mycenaean town.Part of this city is now under water but you can see some of the ruins.
In the interior of Naxos there are interesting monuments and archaeological sites worth visiting. The most significant of these are ancient quarries at Melania and Apollo. Here visitors can see the partially carved statues of Kouros. The biggest of these is the Kouros of Apollo. It is assumed that these statues began in the 7th century BC could not be completed due to deficiencies in stone. In due time you can visit the ruins of the Mycenaean tombs
At 2Km from the village lies the bay Ammitis. It is a quiet beach which attracts many visitors. When blowing the northerly winds is a perfect place for windsurfing and other water sports.
The village is also famous for the Festival of island songs that takes place every year the fifteenth of August. The festival takes place at a primary school and includes local food, dancing and plenty of fun. All local bands and major islands singers have passed through there.
To the east of the island is fertile valley Baouzi and Sagri. Here you will find the ruins of the temple of Demeter from the sixth century BC, near the pretty little village of Ano Sagri. Also here is the renovated Tower Bazeos built in the early 17th century. Originally operated as a monastery and now hosts exhibitions and concerts during the summer months. Also, in the village Sagri you can visit some very well preserved windmills and many Venetian castles. In the area of Livadi there are four temples of Dionysus, which was built in the 9th-8th century BC, the archaeological site of Iria is one of the greatest archeological sites. Visit also the beautiful 17th-century castle Zevgolis situated on a rock at the entrance of Apeirathos. Another famous sight of Naxos are the towers. There are about 30 of these structures, remnants of fortified mansions tha were built between the 15th and 18th century AD. Particularly interesting are those located near the villages Filoti, Melanes and also on Naxos, Halki, and Sagri.
There are many old churches scattered throughout the island, the Church of the Apostles of the 11th century St. George Diassoriti which has one of the best preserved 12th century frescoes. There are also many beautiful caves to see. Especially surprising is the Cave of Za which was dedicated to Jupiter, and contains some fantastic stalactites. It is thought that the cave has been used since prehistoric times, because prehistoric tools and artifacts were found.
In Naxos you will find many beautiful sandy beaches in Naxos for swimming and water sports. From the most famous is the beach of Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios beach, Agiasos and the beach of Saint George. In Naxos you will find many restaurants, coffee bars, taverns and shops of all kinds. The island also has a remarkable nightlife with music bars and clubs.
In Naxos you will find hotel accommodation, rooms, furnished apartments. There is also a camping near the town of Naxos.