It is well known that Greece is a country with a great history dating back thousands of years. The island of Naxos is no exception to this rule! Here are some of the major sites of archaeological interest you should visit if you are on the island:
The Temple of Apollo is one of the first things a visitor sees when approaching the port. The islet of Palatia is home to the ruins of the Temple and its imposing marble gate, known as Portara.
Archaeological excavations in the 1980s revealed the remains of the Mycenaean city of Naxos dating from 1300 BC, just 300 meters from the port of Chora. A part of the city wall is still in good condition. This fascinating site gives visitors the opportunity to see the ancient remains at the exact same place where they were found during the excavations.
To the south of Naxos lies one of the most important sanctuaries of the Naxians, which was dedicated to Dionysus and possibly also to a female deity of nature. The religious function of the Iria sanctuary dates back to 1300 BC. Here, one can see the history of cult dining in sanctuaries and the creation of special buildings for this purpose.
The important archaeological site in Gyroulas, with the recently restored Temple of Demeter and a remarkable museum, is located near the village of Sagri. This is where an impressive temple was constructed in the late 6th century, probably dedicated to the deities of Apollo, Demeter and Kore.
Apart from the above, there are several other sites of archaeological interest in Naxos: the ancient quarry of Apollo near the homonymous seaside settlement, where you will admire an impressive half-finished “kouros” statue, the Mycenaean tomb at Chosti, the ancient aqueduct of Naxos and the prehistoric acropolis in Panermos.
Whether you are a lover of archeology or you simply wish to combine your relaxing stay at Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas with educational trips, one thing is for sure: Naxos will impress you!