• Flourishing civilizations since the 4th millennium BC

    with flourishing civilizations

    since the 4th millennium BC

  • Demeter's Temple

    impressive monuments

    that recently came to light

  • The museum at Apeiranthos village

    with finds

    of the early cycladic period

  • Faneromeni monastery

    monasteries and churches

    of historic and architectural importance

  • Development of modern Naxos

    bringing naxos

    to its glorious present

CONTEMPORARY HISTORY

True to feudal society, Naxian society was divided into three classes: the feudal lords and “masters” who lived in mansions, the peasants and other tradesmen and the “harbor” people, that lived around the area of the port looking for the odd job that would earn them a bit of money, who were mostly barefoot and hungry.

On May 6, 1821, Naxos joined the Greek struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire. Leading figures were the bishop of Paros and Naxos Ierotheos and Michail Markopolitis along with dozens of Naxians who are recorded in the “Struggle Archive” at the National Library of Greece.

Prehistoric times on Naxos

During the 19th century, the capital Hora (Chora) had roughly 2,500 people. The rest of the population was spread out over many villages throughout the island. Their main occupations were farming and animal husbandry. Local society met at the four cafes in the harbor area during the interwar years (2nd WW and Greek Civil war that followed). The port area was naturally and is still to a large degree the main hub of the island, where commercial vessels loaded and unloaded goods and the Kastro (Castle) neighborhood, in the old citadel, managed to retain its aristocratic character until the 1960’s. However, other smaller ports (Agia Anna, Moutsouna, Lionas) were used to transfer goods to the capital of Naxos and the rest of the Cycladic islands.

The exportation of emery, which was mined on the eastern seaboard, made an important contribution to the economy of Naxos. These mines are located on the island's eastern section, along the road to Lionas, they are one of the island's more “modern” sights.

Today, the island's farm produce and tourism provide it with economic self-sufficiency. Tourism has been on the rise since the 1980’s, and the 21st century has made it the main source of income for many of the islanders. With today’s population reaching 18500 inhabitants, many of which reside in the villages, Naxos is even more vibrant and sees a bright future ahead.

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.

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The best beaches of Naxos
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The historical periods of Naxos
Prehistoric times on Naxos
Naxos goes a long way back, with various civilizations flourishing on the island since the 4th millennium BC and it is speculated that the first inhabitants ...
The classical period of history of Naxos
Naxos’ importance and influence declined in the Classical age as did for most of the islands. In the face of the Persian invasion in 490 BC, Naxians adopted ...
Byzantine times on Naxos
With the rise of Rome, after 41 BC, Naxos was part of the Roman province of the islands which was governed from Rhodes. The Romans often utilized the island ...
Venetian history of Naxos
Venetian rule of Naxos took place between 1207 and 1537. Around 1207 AD, the Venetian Marco Sanudo landed with his men at Agiassos and after a siege ...
The history of Naxos during Ottoman occupation
Turkish rule of Naxos lasted from 1537 to 1829 when Naxos joined the modern Greek state. The Turks chose not to colonize Naxos and the other ...
The history of Naxos during modern times
True to feudal society, Naxian society was divided into three classes: the feudal lords and “masters” who lived in mansions, the peasants ...

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