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Chalki
Chalki

The old commercial capital of the island is a gem of the Naxian hinterland. Situated in a valley full of olive trees, 15 km east of the country, the well-preserved village hides in streets of beautiful neoclassical mansions with courtyards, magnificent towers, Byzantine churches full of frescoes and a very interesting market.

Commence your walk starting Panagia Protothroni, which has been operating continuously since 1052 and is considered one of the most important of the island. Behind the church, your gaze will be captured by the imposing three-storey Gratsia-Barozzi Tower, built in the early 17th century by the Barozzi family.

Apart from the attractions and natural beauties of the place, your time there will be taken up at the very special shops that sell artistic items from handmade jewellery, ceramics, textiles, to homemade sweets. You simply must make a stop at the old Vallindras distillery (tel. 30 22850 31220), to browse the neoclassical building of the family and taste the famous Naxian Kitron liqueur (citron leaf extract).

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