Naxos, a historical island
In the heart of the Aegean, Naxos is an island with a long history and is located in the area of Aegean Cyclades. Discover a city that is said to be built on top of the ancient city of Naxos. Rent a car and Experience the Portara, the big frame that looks like a door that welcomes you as soon as you enter the port and explore the Venetian castle at the top of the hill.
Naxos exists as an inhabited island for many years, since the prehistoric ages. The myth says that Zeus, the father of the ancient Greek gods was born in Crete and brought up in Naxos. There is a mountain called Za with an attitude of 1004 meters that got its name from the father of the ancient gods, Zeus. Also, the ancient tradition suggests that Dionysus, the god of wine, converged in Naxos with Ariadne, the goddess of fertility. The result of their relationship was to give Naxos island rich vineyards and fertile land. Rent a car in Naxos and explore the myth!
Indeed, even today, while Naxos is a touristic destination, most of the island’s population is not just occupied with the travel industry. Agribusiness, animal breeding, marble quarries and retail business are just some type of activities for the people of Naxos. Naxos has the cosmopolitan essence of a modern resort and yet holds its traditional roots and customs. The beautiful sandy beaches, with clear waters and cedars around the island, offer plenty of summer sceneries, you want to dive in. Windsurf lovers will discover the ideal conditions on the island for windsurfing.
Activities in Naxos
For cycling enthusiasts, Naxos offers one of a kind cycling routes. For climbers and hiking adventurers, Naxos is a genuine heaven, as there are many paths to explore. If you are interested in exploring the daily life of the locals and its tradition, you should rent a car in Naxos, visit the villages and blend with the people and the everyday life. Those who are fascinated by the past and the history will be impressed by the wealth of Naxos ancient monuments. There are so many important monuments to see from different eras. For those who want to combine their holidays with the nightlife, there are so many options at Chora.
It was built during the 17th century and was used as a monastery of the Saint Cross. Nowadays this place hosts a number of folk activities and fares like the popular Festival of Naxos.
There are two sculptures of Kouros, one near Flerio and one near the village of Apollon, at the entrance of an ancient quarry. The first Kouros is about 6.4 meters and semi-finished, and was created during the 7th century BC. The second Kouros has an impressive length of 10.45 meters and was created during the 6th century BC. It is semi-finished as well and it is said that it is a sculpture of Dionysus or Apollo.
Gyroula Archaeological Site
The archaeological site of Gyroula is located near the village of Sagri. The temple was entirely made of white marble, while the sanctuary was dedicated to the worship of the goddess Demetra and Apollo. In 530 BC, during the tyranny of Lyddaeus, a double Ionic temple was built in the area. The archaic temple became Christian, and in the years of Justinian took its place as a three-aisled basilica. Its restoration is now completed, and it operates as a museum.
They are associated with the period of feudalism and are built with stone from Naxos, without any coating, which makes blend well with the landscape. The most important towers are the ones of Bellonia, near the village of Galanado, the towers of Gracia and of Markopolitis, in Tragea, Frangopoulos in Kourounochori, and Barotsi, in the village of Filoti.
Apeiranthos is considered as mountain settlement, well known for its unique beauty. It is consisted of cobbled streets, arches, Venetian towers and stone houses, that are preserved through thousands of years. Near the settlement there is the church of Agia Kyriaki, well known for its frescoes and for the representation of birds with ribbons on the neck.
During your holidays in Naxos you will have many options for swimming. The well-known beaches are located mainly at the southwest part of the island. There you will find sandy beaches like Agia Anna, which is maybe, the most popular. Agios Prokopios is known for its lengthy coast, while it is visited by a large number of tourists. Agiassos and Alyko are also two beautiful beatches worth mentioning. Other beaches you can visit are Glifada, Kastraki, Apollo, Kalandos, the small bay of Abraham, Psili Amos and Lionas. The choices are endless!
Naxos and Gastronomy
Naxos is well known all over Greece for a variety of its local products. The most popular is Naxos Cheese and the Arseniko Cheese. The place produces and excellent quality potatoes, very tasty due to the specific composition of the ground. Don’t forget to try Citrus, a beverage made of citrus leaves. Of course you will have the opportunity to eat fresh fish and other local delicacies.
Rent car in Naxos
Thinking of visiting Naxos to explore its beauties? You will definitely need a car and a cheap car rental from Naxos airport or the port. Thessaloniki Car Rental has a variety of cars to choose from at the best rates. Also, from Naxos you can get a ferry to Syros in 2.5 hours. If you need more information about Naxos airport, you can find at the airport website.