Main Attractions and Sights on Naxos

Once you have enjoyed the sun and the sea, it is time to start exploring the hidden treasures of this island. Although Zeus was supposed to have been born on the island of Crete, Naxos is considered to be the place where he grew up, according to Greek mythology.

Therefore, the island’s highest mountain was named after him. At the foot of Zeus Mountain, one will find Zeus Cave, a large natural cavern with fascinating clusters of stalactites and stalagmites.

Walk from Hora to Palatia Islet, which is today linked with the main island, to visit the ancient Temple of Apollo. Little of the temple is still standing, including a large marble gate known as Portara. Join the locals and tourists who flock to the site to watch the sunset.

A day trip to Apollonas Village, on the north coast, is a must for archaeology enthusiasts. In a marble pit near the village, you will come across a 10-meter long Kouros (male statue), which dates back to the 6th century BC and is estimated to represent the god Dionysos.

The Archaeologial Museum at Hora features a wide collection of figurines from early Cycladic, Hellenistic and Roman eras, along with other artefacts discovered on the island. The museum is housed in a former college, where the famous Greek novelist Nikos Kazantzakis studied for a brief period.

Bazeos Castle, near the village of Sangri, is a beautifully restored 17th-century monastery, which today serves as the island’s cultural center. Naxos Festival takes place in the castle during July and August, hosting art exhibitions, concerts and other cultural events.

The village of Halki is maybe the most picturesque parish on the island. Surrounded by olive groves, it features scenic alleys, restored old villas and Byzantine churches. Try the locally made pastries and traditional citron liqueur.

Vallindras Distillery, at Halki’s main square, offers free tours, where visitors can watch the process of the liqueur production and taste some of the distillery’s finest aperitifs. Two kilometres out of the village stands Panagia Drosiani, a Byzantine church which boasts impressive frescos from the 7th century.

Apiranthos is an excellent mountainous village, with no less than three local museums. Walk down the village’s main street, where the Archaeology Museum, Geology Museum and Museum of Natural History are located. Apart from the museums, feel free to stroll among picturesque backstreets, old stone houses and charming backyards; wave to the friendly locals, who always welcome visitors with a warm smile

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