Hora (Naxos)

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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 ChoiceGreek in Hora (Naxos)

Doukato

One of the Cyclades' best eating experiences, in a magical setting that was once a monastery, church and a school, Doukato is rightly deserving of accolades. Owner Dimitris grows much of the produce, or sources...

Top ChoiceMusic in Hora (Naxos)

Domus Festival

Special evening cultural events are held inside the Venetian Castle in June. Posters around town advertise what’s on the horizon. It may be traditional music and dance concerts, classical piano recitals,...

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...

Top ChoiceAntiques in Hora (Naxos)

Antico Veneziano

Inside the kastro, this remarkable antique shop hides inside a restored 800-year-old Venetian mansion. Even if you're not a collector who'll salivate at the treasure trove of Veneziana inside, the ancient temple...

Top ChoiceWine Bar in Hora (Naxos)

La Vigne

The only true wine bar in Naxos is hidden in a tiny alley just behind Plateia Mandilara. It’s run by two congenial French ladies who'll tell you a thing or two about their carefully selected wines (mostly from...

Top ChoiceBar in Hora (Naxos)

Rum Bar

Perched upstairs above Hora's busy waterfront, this sleek place has lovely sunset views looking out over the yacht harbour. Open year-round, Rum Bar plays rock classics and occasionally features live music....

Top ChoiceGreek in Hora (Naxos)

Maro's Tavern

There’s no sea view or old-town romance here, but the locals don’t care. They’re too busy tucking into mammoth portions of delicious, good-value food. The zucchini balls (fritters) are tasty, and the mousakas and...

Top ChoiceItalian in Hora (Naxos)

L’Osteria

This authentic Italian eatery is tucked away in a small alley uphill from the harbour, beneath the kastro walls. Grab a table in the cute courtyard and prepare to be impressed with the likes of gnocchi stuffed...

Top ChoiceClothing in Hora (Naxos)

Octopus Naxos

If you're looking for something uniquely Naxian, you could do worse than these colourful T-shirts, designed in Naxos since 1988. The octopus appears in various guises.

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,...

Bar in Hora (Naxos)

Naxos Cafe

If you want to drink but don’t fancy the club scene, here’s your answer. This atmospheric, traditional bar is small and candlelit and spills into the cobbled Bourgos street. Drink wine with the locals and listen...

Greek in Hora (Naxos)

Lucullus

Tucked into a tiny, vine-shaded lane off Old Market St, Lucullus has been around since 1908 and claims to be Naxos' oldest taverna. Greek staples in this atmospheric place are the way to go, with excellent...

Cafe in Hora (Naxos)

Pyxida

Tucked away in mazelike Old Town, Pyxida (Compass) is a solid all-rounder. There are pleasing stacks of fluffy pancakes in the morning, plus yoghurt with toppings and breakfast platters (including American and...

Greek in Hora (Naxos)

Labyrinth

It’s a toss-up as to which is more welcoming here: the warm interior or pretty, private courtyard. Munch through marinated vegies with grilled manouri (soft cheese from northern Naxos), swordfish with herbs, or...

Greek in Hora (Naxos)

Metaxi Mas

Sit on the tiny, vine-shaded terrace or in the wood-and-stone, cavern-like interior, and join the locals for a feast of flash-fried catch of the day, tender, slow-cooked veal with lemon sauce, platters of local...

Food & Drinks in Hora (Naxos)

Tziblakis Local Products of Naxos

The pungent aromas will bowl you over as soon as you get through the door of this colourful wonderland, a family store dating from 1938. It’s where locals come to buy bulk spices, olives, honey and cheese, and...

Seafood in Hora (Naxos)

Meze 2

It would be easy to dismiss this waterfront restaurant at the harbour as a tourist trap, but don’t. Its Cretan and Naxian menu and fantastic service make it stand out from the bunch. The seafood is superb – try...

Cafe in Hora (Naxos)

Kitrón

You can begin your day here, with coffee and a harbour view, and end it with one of the wonderful cocktails featuring kitron (liqueur made from the leaves of the citron tree) from Halki’s distillery. Try the...

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...