Sightseeing on Naxos

From Portara to Dionysos

Museums, castles and archeaological sites

Apart from wonderful beaches, Naxos has much more to offer. The architecture is influenced by Venetians and many of the monuments are built with local stones and marble. Fortunately many of those buildings, towers and churches were preserved until today and give this island a unique charm and character. It is really worth it to make a tour around the island. There are so many things to discover and to explore. Further down on this page you can find information about the organized “culture and nature” hiking tours.
Portara

Portara

Portara

Portara is the most famous monument on Naxos. When you arrive by boat, you can see from far away this massive 2,500-year-old marble doorway that leads nowhere. Believed to be part of a temple dedicated to Apollo, Naxos landmark stands on Palatia, a separate islet connected to Naxos town by a causeway.
Kastro

Kastro

Kastro

The Kastro (castle) was built in the 13th century by Marco Sanudo during the Venetian rule (1204 until 1537). Much of the original structure still stands, such as the Trani Porta and the Paraporti Gates, the Krispi tower. A stroll inside the castle is a must. Throughout the castle area there are narrow alleyways, Venetian manors, the house of Marcos Sanudos and the 16th century Catholic Church.

Archaeological Museum

Located in the old castle of Naxos town, the excellent Archaeological Museum of Naxos displays regional artifacts from the late Neolithic period to the early Christian era. It is especially renowned for its collection of ancient Cycladic figurines (3200 to 2300 BC). The museum building dating back to Venetian times, houses since 1973 artifacts excavated since World War II (from archaeological sites such as Grotta, Aplomata, Pithos in Chora, Sangri, Iria, Tsikalario, Panormos and Korphi t’Aroniou). There are fine views from the terrace and balconies to the hills of Naxos.
Metropoli

Metropoli

Metropoli

One of the many churches on the island, the Christian Orthodox Cathedral, the Metropolis, is built at the location of the ancient market in Naxos Town (Chora). A few meters away you can visit the Metropolis Museum located underground displaying Mycenaean city ruins, such as houses, workshops and walls, as well as family graves from the Geometric Period.
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Folk Museum

Folk Museum

Folk Museum

The Folklore Museum located in Kastro (Naxos town) shows costumes, ceramics, farming implements, and other items from Naxos's far-flung villages and every day life until the 20th century. More information you can find here
Kouros of Flerio

Kouros of Flerio

Kouros of Flerio

The Kouros of Flerio in Melanes is a 6,4 meters high statue made from Naxos white marble and dated from the first half of the sixth century BC.
Kouros of Apollonas

Kouros of Apollonas

Kouros of Apollonas

This Kouros, measuring 10,7 meters and weighing about 80 tones, is made of grey Naxos marble and dates to the 7th century BC. It resides within an ancient quarry, directly above Apollonas seaside village.
Apiranthos

Apiranthos

Apiranthos

The picturesque mountain village Apiranthos offers 5 museums, an archaeological, a geological, a folklore museum, as well as a natural history and an art museum. In the archaeological museum you can see prehistoric findings from excavations on various parts of the island. A visit to this traditional village is a must.
Grazia Barozzi

Grazia Barozzi

Grazia Barozzi

The tower Grazia Barozzi is a venetian monument from 1700, located in the village Chalki. Chalki was Naxos capital and main commerce town. In Chalki is also located the byzantine church Panagia Protothroni, one of the oldest churches on the island, built in the first half of the 9th century.
Panagia Drossani

Panagia Drossani

Panagia Drossani

The church Panagia Drossani was built in the early christian times and has one cathedral. On the north side there are three chapels. The inside walls are decorated with murals from different periods and holy scriptures from the 6. and 7. century. It is believed that the church was originally a catholic monastery.
Panagia Ipsilotera

Panagia Ipsilotera

Panagia Ipsiloterai

The Panagia Ipsilotera is a monastery tower. Built in 1660, it is located near the village Galini and remains nowdays the strongest fortress on Naxos.
Tower of Plaka

Tower of Plaka

Tower of Plaka

Plaka’s Tower (Paleopyrgos) is an ancient tower located between Tripodes village and Plaka beach. Today only the foundations and part of the northern wall remain.
Pyrgos Chimarrou

Pyrgos Chimarrou

Pyrgos Chimarrou

The Chimarros Tower is one of the most significant monuments on Naxos. It is located between the mountain Za and Kalandos beach. The outside walls, of 1,1 meters thick marble, are rather well preserved - on some stones you can see the marks left by the masons.
Castle Apano

Castle Apano

Castle Apano

The Apano Castle is located on the west of Tragea on a hill and you can reach it from the villages Potamia and Tsakalario. In the castle you will find ancient, byzantine and venetian monuments.
Sanctuary of Dionysos

Sanctuary of Dionysos

Sanctuary of Dionysos

Iria, a place near Livadi, was already since the 14th century a holly place of the Aegean. In the ancient times Dionysos was adored here and later the christians built the church Agios Georgios (Saint George) at the same place.

Walking tours on Naxos

If you want to experience the nature and history of Naxos, you should join one of the trekking / hiking tours available. Or try on your own. The officialy signed paths run through olive groves and wineyards, rivers and waterfalls.