Naxos

Naxos has a great variety of different landscapes offering stunning vistas.

 Nowhere else in the Cyclades could you find lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves and endless beaches. Naxos is the well-kept secret of Cyclades with charming hotels and numerous restaurants serving local cuisine. 

Naxos is the island of Gods. Dionysus, Apollo and Zeus were worshipped here as archaeological evidence indicates. Close to the port of Naxos, on the tiny island of Palatia (Dia) you can still see the remains of a marble gate about 6m high and about 3,5m wide known as "Portara" by the locals (meaning big door). It is part of a marble sanctuary of Apollo built during the 6th century B. C.
 
The island of Naxos plays a key role in history after the fourth crusades as it goes under Venetian Occupation. Naxos is the centre of the Duchy of Naxos, a Venetian colony created in 1207 by Marco Sanudo, the nephew of the former Venetian doge Enrico Dandolo. The Venetian and Catholic influences are obvious till today.

Naxos lies in the heart of Aegean Sea and is the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades. Everything is big compared to the rest of Cycladic islands. Mount Za is the highest in Cyclades with 1004m. altitude. Naxos spans an area of 429.785 sq. km. with a total population of 18,188 residents. The islands closer to Naxos are Paros on the west, Donousa on the east, Mykonos on the north and Schinoussa on the south.

The sandy beaches scattered around Naxos make it an ideal island for nature lovers, but the real Naxos lays in the mainland and the villages up in the mountains. Most of the villages are picturesque and have excellent local cuisine and lovely cafes with amazing view. Apeiranthos is a pretty village on the slops of Mount Za at 650m altitude and a visit there is a must during your stay in Naxos.