Naxos may be known for its fabulous and visually pleasing beaches; however, it also has several thousand years of visual history to offer its visitors for their viewing pleasure.
In Hora you’ll find the Kastro (castle) and its Venetian Museum, Sanudo Tower, the Catholic Cathedral, the Mitropolis Museum that houses remnants of a Mycenaean civilization in its actual location, from the 11th-‐13th century BC, and the Archeological Museum that houses evidence of Naxos’ existence back to the Cycladic Period.
The Kouros at Apollonas Village, is an impressive, mammoth of a statue of nearly 11 meter length and 80 ton weight. The smaller but no less valuable Kouros of Flerio in Melanes village is another treasure. Then there is the Ligdamis Aqueduct dating to the 6th century. And of course, Chimarros Tower near the village of Filoti, and Belonias Tower near Galanado. Then the temples dedicated to mythological gods such as Apollo and Dionysus, and Demeter’s Temple at Sangri Village, monuments to the glory of Naxos. Some of the world’s best- preserved Byzantine frescoes, in Panagia Drosiani church, dating back to the 4th century, are testaments to man’s faith in God.
Charming, picturesque, centuries‐old villages are scattered all over the island: From Damalas Village with its traditional, 250 year old, traditional (and same family‐owned) pottery workshop, to Halki, with its 120 year old, family‐ owned Vallendras Distillery, producing the famous Kitron liqueur for which Naxos is known, to Kaloxylos with its quaint Folklore Museum. Then on to Apeiranthos, with its marble-‐tiled pathways, and buildings carved right into the mountainside. Koronos Village is next, the emery capital of the world until WWII. Then farming villages such as Aghios Arsenios can be found, each more charming than the next.
And the list goes on and on…