This week I want to present to you the biggest island of the Cyclades. Naxos has 389, 43 km² and around 18000 inhabitants. Its capital is also named Naxos and as on nearly all Greek islands, the inhabitants call it χώρα (chora).

In ancient times the inhabitants of Naxos admired Dionysus, the god of the wine. They also thanked the cretic kings daughter Ariadne, who was left on the island by Theseus after his victory over the Minotaur, for rich harvest. The island is very fertile because of its good organisation of watering. So many vegetables, fruits, wine, oil and olives, grain, livestock and milk products are able to grow and to be produced very well. Also the mining of marble plays an important role in the economics of Naxos.

You can visit the old castle of Naxos, which hosts also some nice museums about archaeologic founds of the island and Venetian living culture. Also the very well maintained old city of the castle is worth a visit. Naxos has many old Byzantine and early Christian churches, which are maintained from the 6th to the 13th century. Some of them host important religious depictions but unfortunately many churches are in a bad condition. Never the less if you are interested in history Naxos has many things to offer.

Naxos has also many beautiful sand beaches and offers a large number of nice Greek taverns and fish restaurants. The most known beaches of Naxos are Agios Georgios, which is next to the capital, Agios Prokopios, which is one of the most beautiful beach of the island and Agia Anna, which offers many nice bars and taverns.

So when you maybe visit Naxos in your life enjoy your stay and think about all the great opportunities that this island offers!

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