Your acquaintance with Naxos starts at its scenic capital and large port. Built around the hill of the Venetian Castle by Markos Sanoudos in the 13th century, with narrow cobbled streets to meander between whitewashed houses, Naxos' Chora combines powerful picturesque Cycladic imagery with the aura of medieval nobility, offering perfect moments for beautiful photography.
The first thing that captures its visitors' attention when they arrive by boat, is the famous and much photographed Portara, the huge marble gate of the unfinished Temple of Apollo, "rooted" for centuries on the islet of Palatia, located to the left of the port. Shortly before dusk, Greeks and foreign visitors rush there to enjoy one of the most beautiful Aegean sunsets imaginable. The other point that will capture your gaze is the island with the white church of Panagia tis Mirtidiotissa, in the middle of the port.
You also need to head into the interior of Chora and walk its narrow steep streets, which lead to the area of Kastro, to feel the intensity of the charm of this place. Venetian mansions with engraved armourials, Catholic monasteries, towers and gates tied to a set that maintains the structure of a medieval city reminiscent of a living museum, transport you to another era. North of Kastro is the equally charming old market and the Bourgo. The journey here reveals a labyrinth of whitewashed streets with archways, which sometimes lead to dead ends and sometimes to old churches, taverns with flowery courtyards and interesting shops ideal for browsing.
The heart of the modern city beats around Protodikeiou Square and the main street of the beach, with dozens of cafes, taverns, bars and shops of every kind. In the south, the city extends around the beach of Agios Georgios, offering a variety of options for accommodation, food and entertainment. Within walking distance of Agios Georgios, some of the most beautiful and popular beaches await your visit, including Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka.