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The Venetian-built Naxos Castle, or Kastro, stands as a sentinel over Chora, boasting a unique round design and four levels. Built with materials from the ruins of an ancient acropolis, the castle once served as both a fortress and a hub for education, politics, and religion. Today, visitors can ascend via an elevator to Avaton Cafe for sweeping views. The castle's historical charm is further enhanced by the surviving Glezos Tower, that houses the Byzantine Museum of Naxos. Explore shops, cafes, and historically significant buildings within its walls, and lose yourself in the labyrinthine streets.

Do & See

Whether it is beach relaxation, active pursuits, ancient ruins, or even museums that you're looking for — Naxos has it all. Sites of particular interest include the gate-shaped Portara, Venetian Kastro, the beautiful hiking trails inland (towards the village of Halki, containing the historic Vallindras citrus distillery), and the island's sparse (yet present) archaeological sites.