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Portara, Naxos Town

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All that's left of a temple to Apollo, Portara forms a dramatic frame of ancient colonnades against the sky and has become an icon of the town. Located on the island of Palatia, the attraction represents the remains of the cultural and trade center of ancient Naxos. The rest of the temple was used to construct a castle in the city center by the Venetians. Plan your Portara visit and explore what else you can see and do in Naxos using our Naxos visit planner .
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  • The portal is beautiful, has a romantic story and has a sunset a must! Well go one day in the morning and another view the sunset from there, where you will find all the city lit up. The island is beautiful and the weather of July favors.
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  • A lovely place to visit for an evening swim near to remains of the temple of Appollo There's a nice bar to get a drink, easy to get in the sea for a chillaxing swim  more »
  • On a spit of land rises as that is from an archaic temple dedicated to Apollo. The place is interesting because it has incredible views to the sea and see sunset there is very nice. It is filled with people, so is that you must not delay you if want to sit in the best stone to contemplate it. Nearby is an enclave for bathing very comfortable and cosy, ideal for children.
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  • The best part of Naxos island. The remains of a huge gate named "Portara" (big door) by the locals. It offers one of the best sunsets in Greece. Do not miss. Do not forget your camera either. Highly recommended.
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  • You can't actually go to Naxos without coming here to watch the sunset. The site has incredible history and incredible views.
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  • You will not have a sunset better in Naxos to which you can do from here. Visit bound and main attraction of the island. Not being here is not to come to Naxos.
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Where to stay in Naxos

As with most island destinations, rooms in Naxos tend to cost more the closer you get to the sea. Beach hotels and seaside apartments come at a steep price, but they offer spacious rooms and modern amenities just minutes from the island's finest beaches. Stay in Naxos Town for quick access to the best shopping and dining options, or choose one of the island's smaller settlements if you prefer a quieter base. Village inns provide simply furnished rooms and no frills, but they also charge less than the resort hotels.
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