Herodotus describes Naxos circa 500 BC as the most prosperous Greek island. It is still the most fertile island of the Cyclades thanks to its good supply of water. Mount Zeus (1003 metres), the highest peak in the
Cyclades, tends to trap the clouds, permitting greater rainfall. The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City with 6,533 inhabitants. More than 64 villages, most of which are mountainous, cover its slopes. They are well known for their excellent cool climate and their unsurpassed local cuisine. The main villages are Filoti, Apiranthos, Vivlos, Agios Arsenios, Koronos and Glinado. Several of them are worth visiting.
One of Naxos finest experiences is a visit to the historic village of Halki. Halki is a vivid reflection of historic Naxos and is full of the handsome facades of old villas and tower houses, legacy of a rich past as the one-time centre of Naxian commerce.
Naxos is a popular tourist destination with several ruins, both from ancient times as well as from the period of the Venetian rule: the two giant statues of Kouros, the towers that the Venetians constructed and the ancient sanctuaries. Chora, distinguishes for the traditional architecture , the well- preserved Venetian castle and the Portara at the entrance of the port, a large marble gate that constitutes the only remaining from an ancient temple.
Ideal for families and romantic couples, Naxos is famous for its exotic long sandy beaches , with crystal clear waters and thick sand such as those at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Georgios. The entire western coastline is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing due to the strong winds that blow there in the afternoon.
Excellent food and lively nightlife complete the picture of a very special island.
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