Meadows running down to vast beaches, cliffs sinking suddenly into the sea, rocky mountains side-by-side with fertile valleys, abundant springs and streams.
Naxos, the largest and most fertile of the Cycladic islands, lies almost at the centre of the Aegean. Meadows running down to vast beaches, cliffs sinking suddenly into the sea, rocky mountains side-by-side with fertile valleys, abundant springs and streams these are just some of the features of a natural environment marked for its variety.
The coastline of Naxos is abrupt on the south side and more sheltered to the west, with numerous inlets and sandy beaches. The island is first heard of in the myths and then mentioned throughout every period of history, though it was at the peak of its glory during the period of the Cycladic civilisation. The huge gate of an ancient temple, which we see on the hill in the left as we come in the harbor, is the trade mark of Naxos, the largest island of the Cyclades. The natives call the gate Portara. Actually this gate is the entrance to the temple of Apollos'. It's a beautiful island with a great variety of sceneries. Many byzantine churches, the oldest in Greece, picturesque towers and the two Kouros remain to show us the glory that the island once had.
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Endless beaches with crystal clear water cover almost all of the west side of the island from Hora to the south. These beaches are Agios Georgios, Palatia, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Mikri Bigla, Kastraki, probably the most beautiful beach on the island Aliko, Pirgaki and Agiassos. Other beaches on the island are in Apollona, Liona, Moutsouna and in Psili Ammo.
In Hora you can find taverns, clubs, pubs and buzukia. Clubs can be also found at the beaches which gather a lot of people, like Agia Anna.
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