Naxos is the Cyclades’ largest and greenest island. The best things to do in Naxos include relaxing on the white sand beaches, visiting ancient temples, hiking to the summit of Mount Zas, windsurfing, and exploring the charming villages.
Naxos’ most prominent landmark is the Portara, also known as the Temple of Apollo. It’s right next to Chora, Naxos’ main city, so if you arrive by ferry, it’ll be the first thing you see. The Portara is a wide door that serves as the entrance to a partially completed temple. It was founded in the year 530 BC.
There are two possible reasons for why this temple was constructed. Some say the Portara was constructed to honor the god Apollo since it faces the island of Delos. Others say it was dedicated to Dionysus, who was worshipped on the Greek island of Naxos.
Chora, also known as Naxos City, is the island of Naxos’ capital. The ferries dock here, and most tourists and residents stay here while on the island. It’s full of great restaurants and small shops, and it’s an excellent starting point for exploring the island.
The town is situated on a ridge. The or castle is located at the top of the hill. A Venetian Emperor completed this medieval citadel in 1207, and it served as the Cyclades’ seat of power for 300 years. The Archaeological Museum, which is housed inside the castle, is a must-see for history buffs.