Hora (Naxos) attractions

Top Choice Area in Hora (Naxos)


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…
Top Choice Archaeological 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 c…
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, wha…
Beach in Hora (Naxos)

Agios Georgios Beach

Conveniently 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 c…
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–11th centuries BC) that was abandoned because of the thre…
Beach in Hora (Naxos)

Grotta Beach

This pebbly, stony beach is pounded by waves when a northerly is blowing, but relatively calm in a southerly. This is where the Mycenaean city of Naxos, one of the Aegean region’s most significant, stood in ancient …
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 Mycanean vases, but the most startl…
Museum in Hora (Naxos)

Folk Museum Collection

This small but well-curated collection gives a digestible account of elements that make Naxos’ history special: succinct displays cover farming, bee-keeping, weaving, bread-making, winemaking and cheese production. …
Landmark in Hora (Naxos)

Tower of Sanoudos

The remnants of a 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.