The "Portara", the symbol of Naxos, was erected 2,500 years ago as the entrance to the temple of the Greek god Apollo. It has two marble pillars topped by a lintel but it was never finished and the doorway has remained in splendid isolation ever since.
From the waterfront picturesque little streets wind their way up to the old town, the imposing and impressive kastro - a castle built by the Venetians who ruled Naxos from 1207-1564. Among the whitewashed Greek houses. one can see many fine old Venetian mansions with their family emblems carved above their doorways.
Naxos island has some of the most wonderful sandy beaches of the Cyclades and maybe among the best of Greece.
The best beaches stretch for over 40 kilometers on the southern western coast of the island.
Among the most popular is the St George beach which is the closest to Naxos town, approximately a 10 minute walk from the harbour, with windsurfing and waterskiing facilities. Continuing from the St George beach and along the beautiful west coast sandy beaches you will come to Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Orkos, Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Alyko and Pyrgaki. A paradise of continuous golden sand beaches.
There are also over 40 villages worth while visiting while staying in Naxos. Among them is Filoti, the largest village on the island, Apiranthos, with its traditional beaty and its marble pathways, and its interesting museums, Koronos, with its vineyards and its emery mines and Apollonas, a beautiful small fishing village.
Naxos is an exciting destination for all age groups. It is a combination of the old and the modern, with a huge variety of places to see and things to do.
Naxos is a unique experience.
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