Portara. The Castle of Chora in Naxos island
The hallmark of the island is the known Portara that stands imposingly on the edge of the harbour. Here you can enjoy the sunset and take countless photos.
The name was established by the locals due to its large size. It is located on Palatia islet and is the last remaining piece of a historic part of a temple that was built in the 6th BC century, when Naxos was a marine, commercial and cultural centre. Many pieces from the ruins of the temple were used at the Venetian period for the building of the castle. It is a historical monument of great importance that deserves a visit.
The Castle of Chora
At the hill of Chora dominates the Castle, another monument available to the rich archaeological collection of Naxos. It was built by Sanudo on the ruins of the ancient Acropolis with materials from the ancient city, which was destroyed after the pirate raids. Getting to entrance, the "Trani Porta" as it is called, we see the medieval settlement of the castle, which was an entire state at the time of Venetian rule, since it was not only a residential area but also an educational, administrative and religious centre. In the town centre there is the square with the Catholic Cathedral and the ruins of the tower, where there was probably the palace of Sanudo. It is worth mentioning that Nikos Kazantzakis was studied for a year at the Commercial school of the settlement.
Today, there it is housed the archaeological museum of Naxos. The Castle is enlightened at night making the atmosphere very romantic and ideal for endless walks.
For your stay in Naxos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Naxos, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.
Naxos island is linked by ferry routes to Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrio
The route Piraeus - Naxos (103 m distance) varies depending on the ship stops at intermediate ports.
Daily ferry routes connect Naxos to the rest Cyclades Islands.
High Speed vessels connecting Naxos to many of Cyclades Islands and the Port of Piraeus, reduce significantly the duration of the trip.
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For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.