Naxos: the house of Greek gods

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Embrace its tall Mountains

As you cruise the Aegean, you cannot but notice the imposing neighboring island and its tall mountains. Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades, while it is also home to the highest mountain peak in the region. According to Greek mythology, Zeus, the father of all Greek gods, was born and raised in that mountain which later took his name.

Hear the Local Myths

Zeus is not the only god who has lived in the rugged landscape of Naxos. Poseidon, Artemis, and Dionysus have all passed through the island and have left their mark. Although you can learn all their fascinating stories in the Archaeological Museum of Naxos, note that Apollo, the god of art and light, is the most important god on the island. His presence in Naxos is still evident today thanks to its two life-sized statues, known as Kouros. 

Appreciate the majesty of Portara

In addition, the trademark of the island is nothing else than Portara, a large marble gate of the ruined 7th-century-BC Apollo temple. Apart from its rich history and culture, Naxos is famous for its natural beauty and developed tourist infrastructure. Its heart lies in the old town of Chora Naxos, a picturesque settlement with traditional white houses and narrow streets.

The Beach is Around the Corner

And like every Greek island, Naxos is blessed with tens of large and small sandy beaches. Among all, the 1.5-kilometer beach of Agios Prokopios stands out for its white sand and natural beauty. Right next door, Agia Anna beach is one of the busiest and most popular places in Naxos. Other notable golden sandy beaches include Plaka, Kastraki, and Mikri Vigla, locations ideal for families thanks to their calm shallow waters.

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