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Naxos Sightseeing & Attractions in Naxos Greece


Historically, Naxos Island in Greece was one of the most important Cycladic Islands, and a major center of the Cycladic civilization, as well as a significant island during the Venetian Rule.

Naxos Town is packed with wonderful historical sites, such as the Portara (the Gate to the Temple of Apollo), which is the trademark of the island. The Venetian Castle in the capital town is a splendid example of medieval architecture. Located just a few kilometres from Naxos Town is the Tower of Bellonia, which was the residence of the Bellonia family from Venice. Just outside of Naxos Town, located on the main road that connects the capital in the inland villages, is the early 17th century Bazeos Castle. This monument used to be a monastery until the 19th century, at which point it belonged to the newly-established Greek State. It was bought in at the end of the 19th century by the Bazeos Family, whose descendents still own the castle and organize cultural events and festivals every summer. Lastly, don't miss visiting the Archaeological and the Metropolis Museum.

In Apirathos, a picturesque mountain village on Naxos Greece, we suggest visiting the Zevgoli Castle, which was built in the 17th century and its wonderful museums (Archaeological, Geological, Natural History and Folklore). Sagri settlement, located in the center of Naxos Island Greece, is host to a number of interesting historical sites, such as the excellent Sanctuary of Demetra and Apollo- which has recently been restored and is considered an archaeological jewel of the island -, the windmills and the castles.

The Ancient Site of Iria is the finest archaeological site on Naxos Island Greece. Built in the 9th and 8th centuries BC, the 4 temples are exquisite examples of ancient architecture. Other significant Naxos sites include the Kouros in Apollonas, the Kouros and the Towers in Melanes, and the Tower of Chimarros and the Cave of Za in Filoti.