Everything in Chora Naxos is within walking distance. You can walk from one side of the town to the other within 30min, and as such you can go around on foot very easily. However, that does not www.nikehuarache.nl mean that it is not tiring to walk around. There is so much to see and so many things different from many other places in Europe, that you will often find yourself wondering around without heading directly for a specific place.
Below there is a list of some things and places that we feel you should try or see. Enjoy.....
In Chora Naxos:
This is the "trademark" of Naxos, if you will. It has many names. Some of them are: Portara, Palatia, Temple of Apollo, Church of Ariadne. It's been there for thousands of years and still stands there, showing the glory of ancient Greece.
The Venetian castle still remains one of the biggest "live" parts of the history of Naxos and Chora Naxos in particular. There are still people living in the Castle area. One of the most well known families still living there is the one of Dellarokas.
The museum of Chora Naxos is at the heart of the Castle. It has a big number of artefacts from various periods of the history of Naxos. You will be able to see samples of ancient local art and the influences coming from other civilizations. In order to go to the museum, get into the old town of Chora and you will see little signs every now and then pointing you to the museum. Alternatively, just ask one of the locals there.
The Old Town/Market
The old town of Chora Naxos hides a lot of the secrets of the old Naxos. The old style houses, the little shops, the small tavernas and old style bakeries show the beauty and friendliness of the old town and its people. It is highly suggested that you go for a walk there.
Church of Panagia Mirtidiotisa
Just near the port, you will see a small church in the sea, isolated from the main town yet just a few meters away from land.
The famous Naxos' Eye is a special stone that can only been found on the island of Naxos. Created by the combination of the Greek sea, sun and other climatic conditions Naxos Eye remains one of the trademarks of Naxos. You can find it on jewels sold at jewellery shops on the island.
Cinema. There is an outdoor cinema at the area of Agios Georgios in Chora Naxos. If you feel like spending a quiet relaxing night watching a movie, it might be what you are looking for. There is usually two "sessions" each night, and the movies change about once every 2 days. In other words, the same movie plays for two days. That should give you a chance to see the movie you might wanted to see.
Summer Activities. During the summer, there is a variety of social activities, from regular musical festivals and theatre to weaving exhibitions and sport contests. The town's social activities council usually posts a list of the activities (with dates and times) at main points in town. Keep an eye on the posters around while walking.
Things to Try: Souvlaki (food), Kitro (local alcoholic drink), Local Cheeses such as Mizithra, Graviera, etc.
In Villages, outside Chora Naxos:
Temple of Goddess Dimitra (village of Saggri)
An ancient temple of Goddess Dimitra was found and "refurbished" relatively recently. This is a site worth visiting. However, bare in mind that it's not very easy to go there and that you will need either a car or a motorbike.
Built circa 1600, it served as a monastery. In the late 19th century it was purchased by the Bazeos (Baseggio) family. Nowadays it is regularly used for exhibitions and concerts from July to September.
Towers: (Himmaros Tower , Agia Tower, Glazos Tower, etc)
There are many towers on the island in places such as Chora Naxos, Halki, Galanado, Saggri, and areas near the village of Filoti and Melanes.
Kouros (in the villages of Melanes and Apollon)
"Kouros" is a statue of a man and is representative of the old Cycladic Art. There are 2 huge Kouros statues on the island. One in Melanes, and the other (and biggest one) in the village of Apollon.
Naxos has a lot of VERY old churches, some of which are thousands years old. If you are into this sort of thing, there is a lot for you to see on the island.
Beaches: (see the Photo Gallery section for more pictures)
There are many wonderful beaches on Naxos. Everywhere around the island you will find great spots for swimming, relaxing, wind-surfing, or anything else you can imagine. It's plainly...wonderful! Just explore....
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