The island of Portara and Kouros…
The biggest Cycladic island has a big history and a big array of charms. Charms that are generously unfolded and easily discovered in the unexpected and diverse sceneries that characterise Naxos and contribute equally to its singular profile.
The tropical beaches with turquoise, transparent waters and the whitewashed alleys, the sea breeze and the golden sand dunes, the austere beauty of the Cycladic figurines and the grand scale of Portara gate overlooking the port, the vivid Aegean winds that excite kite surfers and the mountain villages among dense plantation, the blue horizon and the purple-gold sunsets, the Venetian castle and the rich gastronomy…
Come explore wonderful Naxos with me!
According to Greek mythology, Theseus with Ariadne and his fleet of Atheneans stopped at the port of Naxos on their way back to Athens, after killing Minotaur. Ariadne fell asleep on the shore and Theseus left her there. Dionysus, the god of wine who was in love with Ariadne, salvaged her and took her in his palace.
Naxos: the gorgeous villages
1. Halki: An array of pastel colours
My lovely Halki! The dusty-pink house fronts. The bougainvillea that climb up to reach the iron cast balconies. The pebbled alleys that hide among leafy and shady gardens…Just 15km away from Naxos’ tropical coast line and in altitude of 280m, it’s easy to forget that you’re on a Cycladic island. ( Click to read more )
2. Apollonas, the ancient port of marble shipments
A surprise of archeological interest awaits you as you reach the village of Apollonas on the northern side of the island of Naxos: An unexpected meeting with the unfinished Kouros statue of the ancient Greek god Dionysus. ( Click to read more )
3. Moutsouna: The village of the emery mine workers
The small, fishermen’s village with the important role in the island’s economy. That’s how Moutsouna is known. It’s also the seaport of the well-known village of Apeiranthos, in the eastern side of Naxos. ( Click to read more )
My sweet Naxos
The island that celebrates top Greek gastronomy whenever the table is laid for dinner, couldn’t be lacking of excellent sweet suggestions. In Chora, or Naxos town, these are the best 3 places where you can satisfy your appetite for a delicious dessert.
Naxion: Where tradition meets taste!
Literally, as hop full of sweetness: from products on sale to the owner’s kindness! Naxion is a small shop in Naxos town, filled with traditional, sweet delights, where you’ll appreciate the importance of quality, locally sourced ingredients.
Aktaion: State of the art sweet creations!
The most elegant sweet stop in the whole Naxos island is a boutique pastry shop that has evolved from a family run traditional café, to a modern patisserie with exquisite, artisanal desserts.
Waffle House: Ice cream lovers head to Naxos!
As if Naxos wasn’t full enough of food delights, there comes the sweet temptation of Waffle House, known as the best place in Greece to indulge into a freshly baked waffle and as one of the best ice cream spots, with the biggest flavour range you could imagine.
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