The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos is best known for the wonderfully majestic Portal to the Temple of Apollo (pictured above), or Portara, that was once the entrance to an unfinished temple which dates back to the 6th century BC, but now stands grandly alone just outside of the port. There are.....
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The largest of the Cyclades, Naxos is best known for the wonderfully majestic Portal to the Temple of Apollo (pictured above), or Portara, that was once the entrance to an unfinished temple which dates back to the 6th century BC, but now stands grandly alone just outside of the port. There are also several other interesting ancient ruins to see on Naxos, including the Temple of Dimitra near the small town of Sagri and the Venetian Castle in Chora. The port, Naxos Town or Chora, is a busy, vibrant place and many tourists choose to stay here, although it has still managed to maintain its traditional character and is very picturesque. There are a plethora of restaurants and hotels here as well as some bars and discos for those who want to party. The island also boasts some of the best beaches around, with 15 kilometres of powdery white sandy coastline along its western side. Although there is a beach at the port town, it really is worth the 15 minute bus ride to the villages of Agios Prokopios & Agia Anna, in which one can find accommodation, tavernas and, most importantly, the stunning 6 kilometre long Plaka beach. Further south from here takes you to Kastraki beach, equally stunning but considerably quieter than neighbouring Plaka. The beaches of Naxos’s west coast are widely considered to be an excellent spot for windsurfing and kite surfing. Inland there are plenty of idyllic Greek villages to visit such as Filoti, although this has become more developed in recent years; and Komiaki, a centre for local produce as well as some excavation sites. Naxos is a very popular island and can be easily reached by ferry from many of the nearby islands and from Athens. There is also a domestic airport for transfers from within Greece.
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