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GETTING TO KNOW THE ISLAND

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Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic islands, hosting an amazingly varied natural landscape. It is an island with imposing mountains, verdant plateaus and valleys, rivers and springs, caves and large sandy beaches flanked by sand dunes and cedar trees. The island was an important cultural centre in Classical and Byzantine times. In the 6th century BC, Naxos’ economic and cultural flowering led to the building of important monuments. The transition from Rome to Byzantium left Naxos a legacy of great Christian churches and monasteries, strengthening its position under Venetian rule, as the capital of the Duchy of the Aegean under Marco Sanudo.
Today, Naxos is one of Greece’s most popular destinations, combining the best of the Cyclades with its pristine beaches, lush vegetation, important monuments from all periods of human history, picturesque villages, extensive hiking trail network, rich marketplace, outstanding local cuisine and lively nightlife. Naxos’ heart beats in its littoral, in its mountainous villages, abandoned mines and monuments artfully hidden in its recesses.