Top ChoiceArea in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Top ChoiceArchaeological Site in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Museum in Hora (Naxos)

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,...

Beach in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Beach in Hora (Naxos)

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,...

Gallery in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Museum in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Museum in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Museum in Hora (Naxos)

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...

Landmark in Hora (Naxos)

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.

Notable Building in Hora (Naxos)

Town Hall

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