This island is located in the Cyclades, Greece. It's the perfect place to relax and bathe on its beaches. The old city is wonderful and the people are friendly, quiet, simple and enjoyable. The food and the prices are very good. The old town is lovely. The beaches are quiet with fine sand. It's stone gateways are wonderful.
This is the 100th place I've visited, and since it's a nice, round number I thought I'd share some info about Naxos, the Greek island with you. The Portara, Apolo Gate is the most representative monument of the island, the entrance to a temple dedicated to the god Apollo that was never completed. Today the only thing left standing is the imposing gate, on top of a small hill near the [poi = 77697] Naxos port [/ poi]. It is usually one of the first things that you look to get to the island, but the sight of Portara at sunset is simply magical.
The small fishing village of Apollonas can be found in the northern part of the island of Naxos, which is about 55 kilometers away from the capital, Chora. The beach isn't very big, but it's big enough that you can relax a little while sunbathing. Around the beach we have a couple of bars and restaurants where you can eat fish. Just outside the village (a few meters from the road along the town), we have known landmark in the area, Kouros, a 10 meter tall statue.
Many of the ferries that cross the Cyclades are a stopover on the island of Naxos, especially considering that this island, is the largest and greenest archipelago and is located right in the center Therefore, due to this "island bridge," little is expected, but really, it is one of the Greek Island's biggest surprises. Beginning, without going any further, for its main port, the town of Chora. This village has a venetian origin, and has a medieval castle on top as well as numerous streets where it is very easy and fun to just get lost. The village has several restaurants on the harbor where you can enjoy excellent fresh fish and several shops in the two or three commercial streets inside the old town. Especially recommend walking the streets at night, where you can see the medieval look of the city. Apart from the Kastro (castle) Venetian, the other big attraction is the spectacular Portara Chora, the door of the temple of Apollo that overlooks the city.
Perhaps one of the most important features of the island of Naxos is the impressive quality of its beaches, especially in regard to their waters. Really, some coves of this island may well want in the Caribbean. The eastern part of Naxos is protected by local winds (the powerful "Meltemi"), thanks to the mountains of the island. To reach these beaches on the East Coast you must cross the most beautiful Naxos insidde, and winding through the mountain passes from the interior, offering fascinating views of the sea. My favorite area in Moutsouna beach is about 40 kms from Chora, the capital, and just getting there and is an experience.
One of the more interesting moments on our trip to the island of Naxos was when we were able to see a baptism in a small chapel that was close [poi = 78293] easy [/ poi]. It was a really small family gathering that they honored by having all kinds of decorations (but they tasted a bit iffy, not gonna lie). The fact is that we were there and we were invited to join the party, which was a great detail on his part and a very cool experience.
During both day and night, the remains of the Venetian castle that crowns the city of [poi = 77697] Chora [/ poi] is a really interesting place to visit. It was constructed during the Venetian occupation of the [poi = 77407] Cyclades Islands [/ poi] and the city developed around it, so that its inhabitants could take refuge inside the castle if an Ottoman pirate attacked. Today, as I said, the only remaining part of the castle is the tower, but the houses which were built using the original city walls are known as the Kastro. It is precisely these streets that really are worth visiting. If you go during the day, you can see traces of the original architecture, and if you go at night, you will notice that the neighborhood retains its medieval charm.
There are stunning frescoes in the interior of the island of [poi = 77897] Naxos [/ poi]. The centre of the island was quite a surprise, especially because it was the next island we visited after [poi = 77156] Mykonos [/ poi] and their contrast was important. Especially the [poi = 77897] inside [/ poi], with its Mediterranean landscape. It has small towns perched on hills, olive and vine crops everywhere, and a quiet atmosphere atypical of the tourist islands in Greece. But above all, the highlight is the small Byzantine churches. There are a number of them, and sadly, most are not in optimal condition. But you can still admire many beautiful frescoes.
I love arriving at a new site by boat, it is a means of transport for approaching places at a leisurely pace, unhurried, allowing you to discover other details that would be impossible to appreciate at speed. Moreover, the experience itself has a spirit as of old. Say that lets you experience the feeling of "get" to a new site. This is something that, frankly, with the airplanes does not feel the same way. In any case, the island of Folegandros has no airport, so the only way you can get to it is by the sea. There are connections from Piraeus, as well as from several islands as Milos, Sifnos and Santorini. And of course from Naxos, which is where we start on a ferry from the "normal". The journey takes just over three hours, but sailing in the Aegean is hard to get bored, because the scenery is simply magnificent.
This place is situated just a few kilometers away from the town of Shangri (the road is well signposted), and although there are only ruins, as it was abandoned and looted for its valuable marble, it still manages to maintain a certain appeal. It was built in honor of the goddess of grain, so it is surrounded by rich fields of the island of Naxos. Admission is free and the place is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 8:30 to 15.
Situated the center of the island of Naxos you can see one of the largest quarries where, since ancient times, the Greeks extracted marble (it was extracted both on the island of Naxos and Paros). They used this marble to build their temples and sculptures. This is the most famous quarry. It is still funtioning today, therefore it can only be seen from the road between the villages of kourounochori and Kinidaros.
This statue of more than ten meters is located just outside the village of Apollonas. It was built in the sixth century BC and represents the image of the God Dionysus. Along with the two in the village of Melanes this is the most important of the island.
It's located in the middle of the island of Naxos, in one of the most fertile areas. It's known for its Venetian towers, its Byzantine churches (Agios Nikolaos from the 13th century with well-preserved frescoes), its mills in ruins, and especially for the [poi = 174131] Demeter Temple [/ poi], which is located about 4 kilometres from town in a clearing surrounded by fields.