The scenery in the countryside outside Naxos Town is very beautiful; there are picturesque little villages scattered high up in the mountains or down in the valleys, with an abundant supply of water and lush vegetation, and Venetian towers, Byzantine monasteries and churches.
There is a wide selection of beaches, each with its own special character. Those on the western side sheltered and are suitable for swimming on windy days. The sea is beautiful clear and clean and the beaches are enclosed within neat little bays of fine golden sand, shiny pebbles or smooth flat rocks. There are good access roads to most beaches, with an exception of those on the island's south shores.
Taking the road out of the Chora which cuts right across the island and ends up at Moutsouna on the east coast, the visitor will encounter a number of interesting little villages on his way. Just outside the village of Galanado, which lies southeast of Naxos town, is the Bellonia's Tower, built by a local Venetian overlord, and beside the tower a small chapel dedicated to St. John. This little church has the unusual feature of having an Orthodox church on one of its aisles and a Catholic church on the other.
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