• Naxos Town, port

    visit naxos

    the largest of the cycladic islands

  • Naxos Town, Portara gate

    explore its history

    dating back to prehistoric times

  • Naxos, Agia Anna beach

    enjoy its beaches

    of turquoise colour

    and let the meditarranean sun caress your skin

  • Chalki village

    discover

    its traditional villages

  • Restaurants on Naxos island

    taste

    its glorious cuisine

    full of rich flavours and aromas

Architecture, mansions of Naxos

The houses of the nobles in Naxos Town

The mansion-houses in the Chora were the spacious homes of the bourgeoisie, and usually consisted of a low-ceiling ground floor, with an upper storey that housed the living quarters. The drawing-room was large and occupied a central position on the site, with the bedrooms and the kitchen leading off to the left and right of it. The mansions inside the Kastro have a distinctive fortress like appearance which is emphasized by their sheer bulk, emphasized by the small openings and thick walls. Those situated outside the Kastro are visually less severe, having been treated to a greater degree of decoration and luxury.

As the rooms on the upper storey were quite large, the floor was supported by long wooden beams made from cypress trees, which are very tall. Particular care and attention was paid to the decoration of the wooden ceiling in the sitting-room, while the floor was covered with tiles made from gleaming white Naxian marble. These tiles, which were square, were laid diagonally across the room.

Mansions of Naxos, the noble people houses

The external decoration of the front of the structure was simple and was limited to an ornate lintol over the entrance and the display of the family's coat of arms sculpted in local marble. The insignia showed various symbols of power, such as the fleur-de-lis and the triple tiara, eagles, flowers, rosettes, the name of the head of the family and any significant date.

Great attention to detail was paid at the main entrance to the mansion-house, which was flanked by marble pilasters and topped by a decorative sculpture, frequently accompanied by an ornate cornice of pediment.

On the facade of many of the houses built inside the Kastro the only decorative feature which supported the flagstaff for the standard of the Venetian nobleman.

How to get to Naxos

Travel to Naxos by ferry or plane
Travel to Naxos
Find out how you can travel to Naxos by ferry or airplane, depending on the season.

The highlights of Naxos

The beaches of Naxos

The secluding beaches of Naxos

More than 30 beaches !!!

Yes, it is true. The island of Naxos offers the greatest variety of beaches you could ever hope to find & endless opportunities for explorations.

The villages of Naxos

The traditional villages of Naxos

Traditional or modern Naxos villages, inhabited or abandoned, one thing is for sure, you won't ever get bored.

The various activities

Naxos activities

A wide variety of activities during your holiday

Taste new experiences during your holiday on Naxos. You may enjoy surfing, walking, snorkelling, sailing, horseback riding, cooking and so many more ...

Family holidays on Naxos

Naxos holidays

Naxos is mostly a family destination. It is ideal for families with small children.

Top Naxos Beaches Photos

The best beaches of Naxos
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