The "Portara" is arguably the most recognisable sight on the island of Naxos.
This large marble gate (the only remaining part of a temple dedicated to Apollo, and built in the 6th Century BC) stands on a small island (which is connected to the main island) by the ferry port in Naxos Town.
As you approach the island by ferry, it is likely to be the first thing that you recognise.
The island upon which the Portara sits is very rocky and it is quite a steep climb up to the top. Thankfully, steps up to the Portara have been built to accommodate the hordes of tourists that venture up to see it.
If you stand "behind" the Portara (ie closest to the sea and furthest from the town), the Portara acts like a photo frame framing the view of Naxos Town.
INTERIOR OF THE ISLAND
The west coast of Naxos, where Naxos Town and the beautiful beaches are located, is only the tip of the iceberg. Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands and has a lot to offer in its mountainous interior as well.
By far the best way to visit the interior of the island is to rent a car. Then take a scenic loop beginning in Naxos Town and heading out southeast to Filoti, then northeast to Apirathos and Apollon, and finally head back to Naxos Town along the highway that follows the north coast.
Unique and discreet, Naxos Town Studios Mavromatis is located a few metres away from the traditional settlement of Chora (Naxos Town) , built 200m from the sandy beach of Saint George . Taste the warmth of our hospitality, relax and enjoy your vacation in an environment so unique and yet so familiar.
Saint George Beach Naxos
Having as a point of departure Chora and as a direction the south part of the island, the first beach we find in our way is Agios Georgios.
Agios Georgios is located near to Chora, just 3 minutes way, and is excellent organized in a tourist way.
Very popular and overcrowded sandy beach with shallow waters, it is just perfect for families, having young children. You may try water sports such as voleyball, skiing, surfing, tubes etc.