Since you are in Naxos for one day, you should concentrate on the sites located around the main town, otherwise know as Chora. Begin your day with a satisfying breakfast at one of the numerous cafes at the port offering views of the fishing boats and the sailing yachts. The main town’s most important site is the Venetian Castle, which was built by locals as a defence line against the pirates. It is definately worth a visit. The suggested tour lasts approximately 1-1,5 hours. Enter the castle through the entrance that can be found in the old market situated north east of the main town, close to the port. Walk through the old market and turn right heading uphill towards the Dellaroka Tower. Once you reach the Tower, it is worth paying a visit to the folklore museum there. From there continue uphill towards the main square of the Catholic Church, from which point several narrow street await to be explored.
From the main square, walk downhill and go past the Ursuline college which has been renovated and turned into a cultural centre hosting numerous events throughout the year. A few steps further down the road you will come across the archaeological museum which houses great artefacts from the ancient cycladic civilisation. Heading towards the sea, you will go past many interesting buildings that will take you back into the history of the Castle. (It is adviced to keep a bottle of water with you since it is an uphill walk and there are no shops withing the area of the castle).
Coming near the end of your walk through the Castle and with the sun burning down, the best choice is to have a swim at the beach of Aghios Prokopios, one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is at a distance of just 6km from the main town with frequent bus routes linking the main town to the beach. (Advice: Get off the bus and walk further down heading right – towards the sea- to avoided the crowded area of the beach). For dining, we suggest that you return to the main town or head for the fish taverns in Aghia Anna, located 2km away from Aghios Prokopios which are worth trying. ( You are adviced to not miss out on trying ‘ghouna’, sundried fish which is the local delicacy).
During the evening, after the sun has set, take a typical strole down the harbour for a drink or dessert. If you are in a romantic mood, walk until the beach of Aghios Georgios where you can enjoy your drink by the sea. ( You are advicd to take a light jacket with you as it can get quite humid overnight).