Get around Naxos with a rental car
Naxos Island is the largest island in Cyclades and it is one of the most beautiful
among the Greek Islands. It combines superb fine sand beaches, with fertile valleys and
mountainous beauty. It is one of the best holiday destinations among the Greek Islands, and
its many attractions include the unique beauty, the variety of the landscape, the numerous
historical places to visit, the beautiful walking wander routes, the tradition which has
been preserved in many villages.
Naxos is a popular destination for all kind of interests. It is a holiday resort for
families, young and olds, people who really enjoy the sea and the sun and people with
special interests such as civilization and history.
Naxos has over 40 villages to visit and most of them have their own distinct character and
Naxos Town (or Hora) is Naxos capital and port and it is a lively town with 8,000
inhabitants. Naxos Town combines beach (Saint George) and cosmopolitan town resort with a lot of
interesting places to visit.
Most of the villages in Naxos Island are in the middle and the north of the island. There are
many routes to choose from, and for the adventure lovers there are more than 20 walking tours to
discover olive groves, forests, caves, ravines.
Villages in Naxos that you can visit
Potamia is a group of three beautiful villages in a fertile valley.
Melanes is close to Potamia and it is the place to see the huge statue of Kouros.
Apeiranthos or T'Aperathou is a pretty village on the slops of Mount Zas at 650m
Koronos, a stepped village is one of the most beautiful villages in Naxos Island.
Keramoti is a very attractive village full of walnut trees and surrounded by
Halki or Tragea once administrative centre, is a beautiful village with long
Filoti is a nice village surrounded by olive groves and settled on the flank of Zas
Sagri with its ancient monuments, Byzantine Churches, Venetian castles is one of the
interesting places in Naxos.
Galini and Eggares are traditional, quiet and peaceful villages, in the verdant
Galini - Eggares Valley.
The island of Naxos is an island steeped in history, and if you take time out to explore some of
its most historical landmarks and monuments from the past, you will find your holiday experience
The passing of the Venetians through Naxos left its mark on the cultural, religious and social
life of the island. Part of the cultural heritage is revealed today through its fabulous
architecture that the Venetians applied to castles and towers found scattered throughout the
Portara is the entrance to an unfinished temple that faces directly toward Delos,
Apollo's birthplace. The temple was begun about 530 BC by the tyrant Lygdamis, who
said he would make Naxos's buildings the highest and most glorious in Greece.
A medieval town in the heart of the Aegean still in its original form, inhabited
continuously since 1207. The castle at the capital of Naxos, was constructed by
Venetians in the early 13th century and was the center of their duchy in Aegean Sea.
The towers and the mansions built in the castle provided a safe and comfortable
settlement to the families of the Venetians officials for three and a half
centuries. In the middle of the 16th century Turks conquered the island but they did
not settle in for a long time and the Venetians continued living in the castle.
It is one of the most important historical landmarks remaining in Naxos island and
it is located 1.5 km to the south of Sangri Village. The Temple of Dimitra was built
in the 6th century BC.
One of the most important and oldest churches on Naxos Island. Some of the frescoes
that have been saved date to the 6th century and are considered among the oldest in
Agios Stephanos church (Tsikalario area of Halki), Panagia (Virgin) Protothronos
church, Saint George Diassoritis Church, Panagia Rahidiotissa church, Agioi
Apostoloi church at Metohi district of Halki, Agios Ioannis Theologos church at
Kerami district of Halki.