Naxos is the biggest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. Its typical features include the abrupt changes of landscapes with tall mountains, fertile valleys, fields, plateaus, springs, streams, caves, endless beaches, sand dunes and cedar forests. All these coexist in harmony on this small piece of land, which has been continuously inhabited since the ancient years.
On this land, you can “read” the history of the Aegean Sea, since all the periods of history left traces and unique monuments behind, spread throughout the island. According to the Greek mythology, Zeus, the father of the Olympus gods, grew up in Naxos and gave his name to the tallest mountain of the island, Mount Za. Here, god Dionysus coupled with Ariadne, the goddess of fertility, giving rich vineyards and fertile land to the island. This is why the “Dionysia” are celebrated each year.
During the ancient times, Naxos was the centre of the Cycladic culture, and it was a very important island during the Venetian occupation. It was a great commercial, cultural and artistic centre and it was influenced by all the famous cultures (Minoan, Mycenaean, Greek, Roman and Byzantine), while it became the target of pirates and the bastion of the Venetians.
In fact, the monarch of the area, Venetian Duke Marco Sanudo, was responsible for the construction of most of the beautiful Venetian buildings of the island.
Naxos is an ideal destination for everyone. It has a long history, many monuments, castles, churches, unique nature, endless beaches and blue and clear waters that shall fascinate you.
Naxos Town is full of monuments, the most important of which are the following
Outside Naxos Town