The capital of Naxos, known as the Chora, is a beautiful and picturesque Cycladic town. It is built mid-way down the western coast of the island, wrapped right around the hill of the medieval castle, where the ancient town of Naxos used to lie. The old town is one of the very few medieval residential structures in Greece still surviving, dominated by the Venetian Castle (1207, Markos Sanoudos) rising high above the centre of the city, while the low built traditional neighborhoods of “ Bourgos” and “ Evriaki” surround the castle. The houses found on the outside of the castle have fewer openings and a reinforced structure make up the castle walls which have three different gates (entry points).
It is the ideal place to begin your tour of the island. Visit the tiny island of ‘Palatia’ where the gate of the incomplete structure of the Temple of Apollo known as ‘Portara’ can be found – the most characteristic spot of the island of Naxos. See also the Castle, the Mycenaean City in the region of Grotta and the Archaeological, Ventian and Byzantian Museaums. Make sure to take a stroll around the paved foot lanes, lined with cute shops and be amazed by the landscape beauty accentuated by the intense interchanges between shadow and light.
Today, the city has expanded southward around the beach of Agios Georgios, harmoniously combining traditional and modern elements and developing into a tourist friendly destination offering all modern comforts and services throughout the year. Visitors have a plethora of choices for accommodation, food, coffee, drink, nightlife entertainment and shopping which will cater for all tastes. Moreover, the town offers a marina welcoming private yachts and sailboats. Three of the islands most beautiful beaches, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka are locate at a short distance from the Chora.