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Top choice 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 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.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Hora (Naxos) attractions

1. Tower of Sanoudos

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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…

2. Archaeological Museum

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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…

3. Petalouda Art Gallery

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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…

4. Della Rocca-Barozzi Venetian Museum

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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…

5. Folk Museum Collection

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This small, well-curated, privately owned collection gives a digestible account of elements that make Naxos’ history special: succinct displays cover…

6. Mitropolis Museum

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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 …

7. Grotta Beach

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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…

8. Town Hall

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