The Cyclades

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  • 1. Old Town

    Neighborhood/Street

    A bewildering maze of twisting cobblestone streets, arched porticoes, and towering doorways, the Old Town plunges you alternatively into cool...Read More

  • 2. "Double Church" of St. John

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The unusual 13th-century "double church" of St. John exemplifies Venetian tolerance. On the left side is the Catholic chapel, on the right the...Read More

  • 3. Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    A very small Archaeological Museum, established by a local mathematician, Michael Bardanis, displays Cycladic finds, including statues and earthen...Read More

  • 4. Ayia Anna Beach

    Beach–Sight

    South of Naxos Town, Ayia Anna is a sandy-smooth extension of Ayios Prokopios Beach. A small port, with connections to Paros, often has picturesque...Read More

  • 5. Ayios Georgios Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Essentially an extension of Naxos Town, the easily accessible Ayios Georgios Beach is a popular, developed destination that sees its throng...Read More

  • 6. Ayios Mamas

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    St. Mamas is the protector of shepherds and is regarded as a patron saint in Naxos, Cyprus, and Asia Minor. Built in the 8th century, the stone...Read More

  • 7. Ayios Prokopios Beach

    Beach–Sight

    This is one of the most popular beaches on the island due to its close proximity to Naxos Town and its long stretch of pure, fine white sand...Read More

  • 8. Bellonia Tower

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    The graceful Bellonia Tower (Pirgos Bellonia) belonged to the area's ruling Venetian family, and like other fortified houses, it was built as...Read More

  • 9. Catholic Cathedral of Naxos

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built by Sanudo in the 13th century, this grand cathedral was restored by Catholic families in the 16th and 17th centuries. The marble floor...Read More

  • 10. Domus Venetian Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Located in the 800-year-old Dellarocca-Barozzi house, the Domus Venetian Museum lets you, at last, into one of the historic Venetian residences...Read More

  • 11. Frangopoulos Tower

    Building/Architectural Site

    Chalki itself is a pretty town, known for its neoclassical houses in shades of pink, yellow, and gray, which are oddly juxtaposed with the plain...Read More

  • 12. Greek Orthodox Cathedral

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Greek Orthodox cathedral was built in 1789 on the site of a church called Zoodochos Pigis (Life-giving Source). The cathedral was built...Read More

  • 13. Kastraki Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Although close to the popular beach destinations, Kastraki Beach has kept its tranquil, quiet, and low-key status in place. The long, sandy...Read More

  • 14. Kastro

    Castle/Palace/Chateau

    You won't miss the gates of the castle. The south gate is called the Paraporti (side gate), but it's more interesting to enter through the northern...Read More

  • 15. Kastro Apilarou

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Above the village of Sangri, you can make out the ruins of Kastro Apilarou, the castle of the Italian conquerer, Marco Sanudo, who conquered...Read More

  • 16. Metropolis Site Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Built in the square in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral is a small museum that showcases the history of Naxos beginning with the Mycenean...Read More

  • 17. Mikri Vigla Beach

    Beach–Sight

    The pure white sand here is beautifully offset by a rocky hill, turquoise waters, and large, gentle sand dunes. The beach itself is edged by...Read More

  • 18. Naxos Archaeological Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    Today the historic convent and school of the Ursulines houses the Naxos Archaeological Museum, best known for its Cycladic and Mycenaean finds...Read More

  • 19. Naxos Folklore Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    This little museum shows costumes, ceramics, farming implements, and other items from Naxos's far-flung villages giving an insight into how...Read More

  • 20. Panayia Drosiani

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Just below Moni is one of the Balkans' most important churches, Panayia Drosiani, which has faint, rare Byzantine frescoes from the 7th and...Read More

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