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Naxos

Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic islands, and first settled in 300BC. Its landscape is fertile with citrus fruits, olives and other produce growing in abundance. According to legend, it was here that Theseus abandoned Adriane after she helped him to escape the labyrinth at Knossos on Crete . However, she soon joined up with Dionysus, the god of wine and ecstasy, and later married him and bore him two children. Dionysus is the islands favourite god and Naxian wine has always had a reputation to heal a broken heart. (So guys do not leave your girls on Naxos or you will know what will happen). The most famous landmark on the island is the unfinished temple of Apollo .

Naxos Town is a busy and agreeable town. The town has two parts the Bourgos and the Ventian Kastro. The Kastro is where the Ventian Catholics lived, it is a maze of lanes and small charming white washed houses. The Ventian Catholics built some fine houses, which have the coat of arms of the merchants who resided in them. The 13th century Catholic cathedral in the Kastro is worth visiting. The Bourgos is where the Greeks lived, is also a maze of streets where restaurants and shops stand side by side. The 18th century Greek Orthodox cathedral is also worth stopping for. Around the harbour are many more cafes and tavernas, many of the hotels are in the Agios Georgios area of the town.

Melanes Valley lies south of the town and leads to the village of Mili, nearby in the quarry is a unfinished statue (kouros), this statue depicting a man is roughly 6m in length and dating from the 7th century BC. There is another lying in a private garden.

The Tragaea Valley has many charming villages to visit, Chalki is very charming with its splendid villas and tower houses, these were built these as lookout towers and a place of refuge in case of attacks. Filoti is a traditional village on the slopes of Mt. Zas .

Apiranthos this small village is charming as it lies on the slopes of the Fanari Mountains , with its small houses lining the marbled paved streets. The village has retained much of its traditional way of life, despite the pressing modern society on their doorstep.

Apollonas this once peaceful fishing village is now a popular resort, here in the quarry is another giant statue about 10m in length lying unfinished.

There are many excellent beaches on the island, Plaka, Aliko, Mikri Vigland Kastraki amongst others.

 

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