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The beautiful harbour town of Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is the capital of the lush, green island of Naxos. A vibrant town full of elegant Venetian buildings, its historic streets are lined with shops, bars, restaurants and cafés. The narrow lanes wind all the way up to the castle that crowns the hill, from where you can enjoy fabulous views over the coast and the town’s most iconic sight: a 6th-century BC marble gateway, the 'Portera', that stands on a little island at the mouth of the harbour. A 10-minute bus ride will bring you to the fabulous beaches at Aghios Georgios and Aghios Prokopios.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is a beautiful, historic town arranged around a stunning natural harbour guarded by a 6th-century BC gateway, the ‘Portara’. The capital of Naxos, the greenest and one of the loveliest of the Cyclades Islands, Chora boasts a charming historic quarter, plenty of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, and is just a few minutes’ by bus or car from some of the best beaches on the island, including Aghios Georgios and Aghios Prokopios. Inland from Chora, you can explore the gorgeous, green hills of the rugged interior, where traditional villages are scattered among olive groves and vinyards.

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Eating out

Eating out

You’ll find plenty of charming places to eat and drink in Chora (also known as Naxos Town), from laid-back beachfront grills to cosy, traditional taverns. Naxos is one of the greenest and prettiest of the Cyclades Islands, and is famous for its abundant fresh produce, which forms the basis for the delicious local cuisine. Try the seafood, fresh off the barbecue, or one of the excellent local meat dishes, such as pork or chicken braised in wine and garlic, or roast lamb stuffed with chard and local herbs. The island is famous for its olive oil, wine and the delicious lemon liqueur, kitron, which is the perfect way to round off dinner. 

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Families

Families

The perfect mix of laid-back beach town and enchanting historic capital, little Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is a fantastic destination for a family holiday. You could spend your days messing about on one of the gorgeous beaches, enjoying the crystal-clear waters and the variety of water sports on offer. Aghios Georgios is the nearest beach – a long golden strand curving  around the bay – while Aghios Prokopios is only 10 minutes away by bus. History is everywhere in Chora, but kids won’t find the enormous 6th-century BC gateway, the Portara, that stands guard over the harbour the least bit dull. And they will also enjoy a visit to the Venetian castle that crowns the town and offers amazing views over the coastline.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is a great base for a range of activities on the island of Naxos. There are several beaches (including Aghios Georgios, Aghios Prokopios, Aghia Anna, and Plaka) within a short drive of the town, and they offer a wide range of water sports. These include everything from wind-surfing and kite-surfing to paddle-boarding and kayaking. Horse-riding is also very popular, and you can enjoy a wonderful sunset trek along the beaches or head into the rugged hills for more demanding hacks. The hills are also home to some fantastic hiking routes, which link charming villages, old watchtowers and pretty churches.

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Beaches

Beaches

The nearest beach to Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is Aghios Georgios, which is a wonderful swathe of pale sand spread around a large bay. The turquoise sea is calm and shallow, ideal for children, and there are sunbeds and parasols for rent, plus plenty of convenient taverns and restaurants within easy reach. There are lots of water sports available, including snorkelling and paddle-boarding and the northern section of the beach is good for kite-surfing and wind-surfing. There are more beaches within a short bus journey, including wonderful Aghios Prokopios one of the most beautiful on the island, and which has gorgeous, golden sand that extends south to Aghia Anna and Plaka.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Chora (also known as Naxos Town) exudes all the laid-back charm that Greece excels at. It’s a vibrant little town, and offers a range of nightlife options that include everything from chilled-out bars right on the beach front to stylish little cocktail bars tucked away in the narrow streets of the old quarter. Nothing beats sitting out under the stars, drink in hand, as the waves roll onto the beach. There isn’t much in the way of big bars and clubs on Naxos, which is not known as a nightlife destination, but there are enough of them to keep summer nights lively, particularly close to the beach.

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Couples

Couples

The beautiful little harbour city of Chora (also known as Naxos Town) provides the perfect backdrop for a romantic holiday. This charming city, the capital of the verdant island of Naxos, has an enchanting historic quarter that winds up the hill to a Venetian castle, and a bustling waterfront, lined with authentic bars and taverns. The gorgeous beaches of Aghios Georgios and Aghios Prokopios are very close, and both boast fine, golden sand, great amenities and a fantastic range of water sports. In the evenings, you can watch the sun slip over the horizon, drink in hand at one of the romantic water front bars.

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Culture

Culture

Chora (also called Naxos Town) is an ancient city, and its most prominent landmark is a gigantic marble archway, the Portara, that is all that remains of a temple erected in the 6th century BC and never finished. The town itself is a sinuous jumble of whitewashed streets, divided into two sections. The lower section, called the Bourgos, is dotted with tiny Greek orthodox churches, and is where the Greeks lived when Naxos was ruled by the Venetians. The Venetians built the citadel that crowns the hills, the Kastro, in the 13th century, and its lovely lanes and alleys culminate in a castle. This is home to the fascinating archaeological museum, which offers an insight into the early history of Chora.

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