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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. Located behind the waterfront, get lost in its narrow alleyways scram…
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 Greek in Hora (Naxos)

Maro

There’s no sea view here, or old-town romance, but the locals don’t care. They’re too busy tucking into mammoth portions of delicious, good-value local food (including lots of specialities from the village of Apiran…
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…
Top Choice Live Music in Hora (Naxos)

Della Rocca-Barozzi Venetian Museum

Special evening cultural events are held at the museum, almost nightly in summer. Posters around town advertise what’s on the horizon. It may be traditional music and dance concerts, classical piano recitals, bouzou…
Monument in Naxos

Kouros of Flerio

In the green valley of Flerio, near Mili, is an area of ancient marble-working and there remain two examples of a kouros (youth) – large marble statues of the 6th and 7th centuries BC. Each kouros measures about 5.5…
Museum in Hora (Naxos)

Della Rocca-Barozzi Venetian Museum

This atmospheric museum is housed in a handsome old tower house of the 13th century. If it feels as if someone still lives here but has just stepped out, that’s because it’s true; the owners (direct descendants of t…
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…
Museum in Apiranthos

Archaeology Museum

Apiranthos is an atmospheric mountain village of unadorned stone houses, marble-paved streets and alleyways that scramble up the slopes of Mt Fanari. Its inhabitants are descendants of refugees who fled Crete to esc…
Museum in Apiranthos

Museum of Natural History

Apiranthos is an atmospheric mountain village of unadorned stone houses, marble-paved streets and alleyways that scramble up the slopes of Mt Fanari. Its inhabitants are descendants of refugees who fled Crete to esc…