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    Catching the sunset through the Portara gate

    by om_212 Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    the Cyclades Islands are known for beautiful and mesmerizing sunsets, with Thira and Oia being the top destinations. I was fortunate to see sunsets in all the islands I have visited and have to admit - they are equally beautiful.

    the best place to watch a sunset in Naxos is definitely the ancient Portara. (Try to catch the sun in the gate before it's gone :)

    catch the sun before it's gone
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    Portara, the gateway to Naxos

    by om_212 Updated Apr 20, 2008

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    The gigantic marble gateway (Portara) is THE landmark of the island. when you approch the island form the sea, the first two things that catch your eye are the Venitian Castle and Portara. Situated on a small rocky island, Palatia, on the harbour fringe, it catches one's attention by being bizzarely out of place, if one takes for granted that the city had always been where it is now.

    what once used to be the entrance to an Apollo temple (though some sources say that the temple has never been actually completed) is currently THE place to see sunsets. the place gets crowded very fast, as well as gets quickly deserted after the sun is gulfed by the sea, and and last rays vanish from the horizon. so if you are into taking "picture perfect," you need to come and take your "strategic position" well in advance.

    the marble gateaway

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    Apeiranthos

    by margaretvn Written Feb 3, 2008

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    If you continued along the main road from Chalki and drive up the twisting climbing road towards Mount Zas you get wonderful views across the valley. you pass through the village of Filoti which is the largest village in the region. Mount Zas is the highest in the Cyclades at 1,000 metres. We stopped at Apeiranthos instead of Filoti (only having one day to explore) and we are glad we did. The town was colonised in the 17th and 18th centuries by Crtean refugees trying to get away from Turkish oppression. It really is a wonderful mountain village with marble paved climbing streets which are so easy to get lost in, and 14th century towers which were built by the Venetian Crispi family. We wandered through the streets climbing up and down and it is very easy to loose you sense of direction - we ended up walking along the main road to get back to our car at the other side of the village.

    Apeiranthos at Apeiranthos Apeiranthos Apeiranthos at Apeiranthos
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    Chalki

    by margaretvn Written Feb 3, 2008

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    The best way to see more of the island is to hire a car and head off into the Tragaia valley with its little towns and wonderful views. Chalki is a pictureque little place with Ventetian. architecture. It is worth a short stop to wander through the little streets. In the centre is the old Byzantine Fragopoulis tower.

    Chalki Chalki Chalki in Chalki in Chalki
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    Apollon and its huge Kouros

    by margaretvn Written Feb 3, 2008

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    Apollon was a fishing village but it is also a resort with lots of fish tavernas. It is well known for the ancient marble quarry on the hillside behind the village. Steps (quite steep) lead up from the main road along the village to the quarry with its huge Kouros - a very large unfinshed statue that was started and abandoned in 600 BC. The figure is thought to be the god Apollo - it is 10.5 metres long and weighs 30 tonnes. We parked along the road and climbed up to see the figure from the top - which gives you the best view. On the way up we saw lovely wild flowers which made the climb much more fun. The figure can be seen from lower but the best view is looking down on it.
    As you drive towards Naxos town from Apollon you get good views of a Venetian fortified watchtower along the coast.

    statue of Dionysos or Apollo ancient marble quarry Apollon at marble quarry Apollon at marble quarry Apollon Venetian watchtower or Pyrgos at Apollon
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    The Portara Gateway

    by margaretvn Written Feb 3, 2008

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    You have wonderful views of the huge marble gate as you enter the harbour of Naxos town. It is situated on the islet of Palatia and it was to be the entrance to the Temple of Apollo. The temple was never finished, the gate was built in 522 BC. We went there a couple of times but the best time is around sunset when you can get beautiful photos.
    The only thing spoiling it really are the hundreds of cigarette butts that clutter the ground.

    The Portara Gateway The Portara Gateway The Portara Gateway The Portara Gateway
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    Vallindras Naxos Kitron Distillery

    by om_212 Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    The Vallindras Naxos Kitron Distillery was established in by Markos Vallindars in Khalki in 1896.
    more precisely, in this year he has finally received the trademark after about 20 years of making now famous liqueur made out of kitron tree leaves and fruit.

    the unique family recipe, which has won the liqueur many prestigious international awards, is of course kept in secret. in the museum you can see the different stages of liqueur processing and bottling; you can also taste the three kinds of kitron liqueur as well as cherry-based brandy. you can purchase any of those drink in the store located in the same building. the prices are slightly more expensive if you were buying them in Tirokomika Proionia Naxou, an old store on Papavassiliou St. in Naxos.

    Vallindras Distillery since 1896 bottling kintron liqueur storing kintron liqueur
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    Agios Prokopios

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Agios Prokopios is very popular because of its beach. It gets really crowdy some days but even when there's wind at other beaches (during August there are a lot of winds) here is pretty calm!

    There are many studios to stay and some good restaurants (not all of them)...

    Agios Prokopios beach

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    Agios Georgios

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Right next to Hora, Agios Georgios is in fact part of Hora now.

    Many people choose to have a room here (better prices), be close to the beach and in walkable distance from the town (only 10 minutes). The nice restaurants on the beach will please you stomach too. If you rent a room here you propably have the sea just a few meters away from your room.

    sunset in Naxos

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    Beaches of golden sand

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Plenty of choices for everyone:
    Agios Georgios (next to Hora), Agios Prokopios(crowdy), Agia Anna (I like the golden sand), Mikri Vigla (cold waters), Plaka. If you drive a little bit further you will see some beaches more peaceful like Kalanto, Pyrgaki, Aliko etc

    with the sea in front of you, Agios Georgios

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    Apiranthos (Aperathos)

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    It is a picturesque mountain village. The old people here are dressed like the people form Creta and their ascent is similar. Propably some people from Creta been here in the past and built the village.

    Walk around the narrow cobblestone paths, visit the small museum of natural history (or the archeological and folk museum). Don’t forget to eat at Lefteris restaurant one of my favorite in the island. Also don’t miss the Tower of Zevgoli.

    locals drink coffee get lost in small alleys the central street

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    Filoti village

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    Filoti is situated at the foothill of mountain Za(the highest peak of the island at 1000m) and it’s inside in a complete green scenery. There isnt anything to see here but a nice opportunity to see locals, have a greek coffee under the huge platan tree that offers shade under the hot sun and play backgammon for hours… I did it and I lost :)

    Filoti from far

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    The Castle in Hora

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    The venetian castle used to hold the town away from pirates attacks in medieval times. The gates build by the Venetian Marko Sanoudo in 1207 who set his Duchy here.

    You can stroll around the small alleys but don’t forget to go inside the museums (see the small cycladitic statues at the archeological museum), visit the churches(there is a catholic cathedral at the central square), buy souvenirs in small shops, watch a concert in the afternoon! The maze of the small pathways is funny but one way or another they lead to the top.

    a nice house inside the castle an old house inside the castle

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    Portara, the ancient gate

    by mindcrime Written Oct 4, 2007

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    The incredible Portara at Hora is a marble gate that was supposed to lead to the uncompleted temple of Apollo(probably around 530BC but the building stopped because of a war).

    It is situated in a small island(Palation) that is connected with the town of Naxos. You can walk there (right next to the port) but watch out for the waves that will make you wet! lol Go late in the afternoon just before sunset for some nice photos. Portara is one of the most photographic places in Greece.

    Have in mind that many others will go there with you the same time :)

    Portara sunset view of Naxos from Portara

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    The Chora Castle

    by BurgerQueen Written Sep 4, 2007

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    The Chora Castle, also called Castro, has Venetian origins and it is now a shopping area.
    The wall surrounding the fortress is pentagonal and has three gates. The tower protecting the fortress stands near the northwestern gate and extends in part along the western and northern side of the fortress.
    The castle is always open, the Town Council organises traditional concerts and dancing close to the tower at night. A stroll in the small streets in the castle worths, both at night and during the day.

    The Tower Small street in the Castle
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