The ancient monuments on the island, such as the ones of the ancient temples of goddess Dimitra and god Dionysus and the ruins of the temple of god Apollo in Portara, the ancient statues around the island , the Venetian towers found around Naxos and the numerous Byzantine churches are irrefutable witnesses of the island’s glorious past.
Our first touch with the beauties of the island takes place along the picturesque alleys of Chora and its atmospheric castle. There, time seems to stop running. In the late afternoon one would walk around the tiny island “Palatia” to admire the renowned “Portara”, the entrance of the temple of god Apollo. There one may enjoy a majestic sunset.
The history of Naxos dates back to 4.000 BC, something proved by the ancient monuments and the archaeological sites around the island. There are several Byzantine churches worth visiting and one should not miss the picturesque villages spread around the island.