Must see attractions in Hora (Naxos)

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    Kastro

    The most alluring part of Hora is the 13th-century residential neighbourhood of Kastro, which Marco Sanudo made the capital of his duchy in 1207. Behind the waterfront, get lost in the narrow alleyways scrambling up to its spectacular hilltop location. Venetian mansions survive in the centre of Kastro, and you can see the remnants of the castle, the Tower of Sanoudos. To see the Bourgos area of the old town, head into the winding backstreets behind the northern end of Paralia.

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    Della Rocca-Barozzi Venetian Museum

    This atmospheric museum is in a handsome old tower house of the 13th century, within the kastro ramparts (by the northwest gate). Wander through the rooms to see how the original Italian aristocrat owners lived, what they wore and how they furnished their rooms. There are changing art exhibitions in the vaults. Concerts and other events are frequently staged in the museum and its grounds.

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    Temple of Apollo

    From Naxos Town Harbour, a causeway leads to the Palatia islet and the striking, unfinished Temple of Apollo, Naxos’ most famous landmark (also known as the Portara or ‘Doorway’). Simply two marble columns with a crowning lintel, it makes an arresting sight, and people gather at sunset for splendid views.

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    Grotta Beach

    This pebbly, stony beach to the north of town is pounded by waves when a northerly is blowing, but is relatively calm in a southerly. This is where the Mycenaean city of Naxos, one of the Aegean region’s most significant, stood in ancient times. There are ancient remains underwater off the beach.

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    Agios Georgios Beach

    Conveniently located just south of the waterfront is sandy Agios Georgios, Naxos’ town beach. It’s backed by hotels and tavernas at the town end (where it can get crowded), but it runs for some way to the south, where you can spread out a little. Its shallow waters make it great for families.

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    Petalouda Art Gallery

    Next to the walkway to the heart of the kastro, this French-run art gallery features up-and-coming young artists, as well as established international ones. You may find haunting paintings by the likes of Isabelle Malmezat alongside antique ceremonial masks from Gabon and the Congo.

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    Mitropolis Museum

    Behind the northern end of the waterfront are several churches and chapels, as well as the Mitropolis Museum. It features fragments of a Mycenaean city (13th to 11th centuries BC) that was abandoned because of the threat of flooding. Glass panels underfoot reveal ancient foundations.

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    Archaeological Museum

    This museum in Kastro is housed in the former Jesuit school where novelist Nikos Kazantzakis was briefly a pupil. It contains fascinating finds from the Ionic and Doric eras, plus Mycenaean vases, but the most startling are the splendid Early Cycladic marble figurines.

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    Folk Museum Collection

    This small, well-curated, privately owned collection gives a digestible account of elements that make Naxos’ history special: succinct displays cover farming, beekeeping, weaving, bread-making, winemaking and cheese production.

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    Tower of Sanoudos

    These are the remnants of a 13th century castle, the Tower of Sanoudos, which was once surrounded by marble balconies. Around it, within the centre of Kastro, are surviving Venetian mansions.

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    Town Hall

    Naxos' impressive town hall sits high, looking out over the port.