Attractions

Top Choice Area 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 its narrow alleyways scrambling up…
Top Choice Distillery in Halki

Vallindras Distillery

Halki is a top spot to try kitron. The Vallindras Distillery on Halki’s main square has been distilling the liqueur in the same way since 1896, passing from one generation to the next. It produces up to 20,000L a ye…
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 housed 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 liv…
Gallery in Halki

Fish & Olive

This gallery displays the exquisite work of Naxian potter Katharina Bolesch and her partner, artist and craftsman Alexander Reichardt. Each piece of work reflects ancient Mediterranean themes of fish and olives, mot…
Church in Naxos

Panagia Drosiani

Located 2.5km north of Halki, just below Moni, the small, peaceful Panagia Drosiani is among the oldest and most revered churches in Greece. Inside is a series of cavelike chapels. In the darkest chapels, monks and …
Monument in Naxos

Kouros of Flerio

In Flerio, near Mili, is an ancient marble-working area. There remain two examples of kouros, large marble statues created in the 7th and 6th centuries BC. Each measures about 5.5m and both are in a broken state (th…
Temple in Naxos

Temple of Demeter

About 2km south of Sangri is the 6th-century BC Temple of Demeter. The ruins and reconstructions are not large, but they are historically interesting. Demeter was the goddess of grain and temples were built to her i…
Museum in Naxos

Eggares Olive Press

A worthy side-trip is to this sweet set-up in the village of Engares, 7km from Hora. A guide explains the workings of this small olive press (in operation from 1850 to 1960), and there are free tastings of olive-bas…
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 ca…