Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades. In Naxos you can find lofty mountains, fertile valleys, rivers, caves and plenty of beautiful beaches. Moreover, in Naxos you can see old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles co-existing harmoniously with the Cycladic architecture.
Upon entering the port of the Chora of Naxos you will encounter the islet of Palatia where you will see one of the most famous sites of Naxos, the temple of Apollo called “Portara” which has stood there since the 6th century BC. According to mythology, god Dionysus met Ariadni, who had been abandoned by Theseus, there. Other famous sightseeing spots are the Archaeological Museum and the Kastro in Chora the capital of Naxos, the Temple of Demeter, the Apollo Kouros statue and the Temple of Dionysus.
Except from the beautiful archaelogical sites in Naxos, you can explore the traditional villages and admire the outstanding natural landscape. Some of them are Aperathos with stone built houses; Filoti which is a mountainous village built on the top of a rock and of course the village of Sagri one of the most significant destinations of Naxos because of the Temple of Demeter, the Venetian towers and the traditional windmills.
Of course, you should not leave the island without tasting the local traditional products. Some of them are potatoes, spoon sweets, olive oil and the island’s famous liqueur called Citron, but the most renowned products are the cheeses of Naxos.
Additionally, Naxos can serve as a starting point from which to explore the rest of the Cycladic islands. One of the two most famous islands, Paros and Mykonos are only 45 minutes away by ferry. Moreover, there is a ferry service that will take you to almost all the Cycladic islands.
As a conclusion, Naxos is a place with long beaches, medieval towers, lush valleys, high mountains and a tasty gastronomy with plenty of local products at the center of the Aegean Sea that surely cannot be forgotten if visited.