Naxos island is situated in the middle of Aegean Sea and belongs to the complex of Cyclades Islands. It is right next to very important destinations worldwide like Mykonos, Paros and Santorini. For years it has been a very important provider of products around the islands.
Naxos important role in history goes back to the centuries. It has been the most important centre of civilization of all the Cyclades during the ancient period. Several inhabitants like Venetians, Roman Empire, Egypt, Turkish and Careans took control of the island and affected the life of the local people. It is believed that the island took the name Naxos from the leader of Careans. Also it has been a very wealthy period during the domination of the Ionians. Some important monuments still remain safe like the castle of Marcos Sanoudos that stands impressive on the top of Naxos town.
Naxos mythology is combined with history in a very charming way. According to mythology, the king of Gods, Zeus, has grown up in the island. Also Dionysus, God of wine, was born in Naxos and blessed the island to be wealthy in products, foods and excellent quality of wine. Another myth says that Theseus after killing the Minotaur of Crete took Ariadne with him and stopped in Naxos. But there Ariadne felt in love with Dionysus and lived together in the island.
Naxos sightseeing’s could be an extremely interesting travel but as always there are some places that you can’t miss. Naxos greatest trademark stands outside of the port and called Portara. It has been the entrance of God Apollon’s church that has been built since 5th b.c century. It is one of the most important remains of the past and a signature of mythology. Naxos impressive castle of Marcos Sanoudos stands on the top of the town. It has been built as a protection from the enemies. Nowadays it has been transformed to a museum that exposes the artworks and objects of late Neolithic period.
Naxos geological Museum in Apiranthos village is an important historical monument in the central-east part of the island. It is considered one of the most interesting museums of this kind in Greece. Naxos archaeological museum with collection of finds from archaeological excavations in Naxos has been placed also in Apiranthos. Demeter’s Temple in Gyroulas Area on the south of Sagri Village is dedicated to Goddess Demeter and Apollon. It was built in 530 b.c and still remains in an excellent condition.
Kouros, a male statue lying on the ground is located in Melanes that is 6.5 metres tall and another one in Apollonas village that is 10 meters high. Both are dated before the 7th century b.c Venetian towers can be found all over the island and they were built during the long Venetian rule. The Venetian towers were built with Naxian stone, un-plastered without any covering so that they blended in with the countryside. The most important Venetian Towers are the Bellonia tower, built a little way out of the village Galanado, the towers of Gratsia and Markopoliti, in the area of Tragea, the tower of Fragopoulos, in the village Kourounohori and the Barotsi tower, in the village Filoti.
I’ve stayed here last year with my son (13 years) and loved every minute of it.
The accomodation is absolutely spotless, generous in size, excellent beach and one of the best tavernas as near as you’d want them to be. The owners are very friendly and forthcoming.
The beach is very very clean and it all is very relaxing and peaceful, the atmosphere makes you re-evaluate your life back home.
If you need a little bit of live drama, walk to the nearby bay (2 minutes walk) where kite windsurfing is the order of the day, and enjoy action. Don’t forget to breathe!
Awesome in every sense.
I will definitely be returning to this place again; this year life takes me to another part of Greece (of course, summer is not summer without Greece) but I will definitely be back soon
Ας αρχίσουμε με το ξενοδοχείο – απλό, πραγματικά δίπλα από την θάλασσα, πεντακάθαρο, οικογενειακό περιβάλλον, ήσυχο αν και οι οικογένειες είναι αρκετές και πολυεθνικές,
Συνεχίζουμε με την παραλία – καταγάλανα νερά, ιδανική για παιδιά, με οργανωμένο ένα μικρό κομμάτι της (ομπρέλες & ξαπλώστρες), με καλό φαγητό στη μοναδική ταβέρνα που βρίσκεται στη άκρη της.
Αφήσαμε για το τέλος, τον οικοδεσπότη – απλός, διακριτικός, φιλόξενος, ειλικρινής, επαγγελματίας.
Σ’ ευχαριστούμε Μάριε!!!!
Γρηγόρης, Ισιδώρα, Ματθαίος (Playstation specialist) & Μιχαήλ
Gli Studios che Mario mette a disposizione sono belli, spaziosi, ben tenuti con un servizio amichevole ed efficiente. Mario e i suoi genitori sono persone veramente gradevoli.
A piedi, in pochi passi, si possono raggiungere le due più belle spiagge di Naxos e le taverne sulla spiaggia offrono buon cibo a costi molto contenuti.
Per chi va a Naxos fermarsi al Coralli Beach è assolutamente una buona scelta.
We had a really nice stay with Mario at Coralli in June 2007. Clean rooms, air condition, sea view, a pleasant atmosphere, fair prices and, as expected, very good water an weather conditions made us enjoy our holidays very much. Cordial regards from Germany
We have been staying at coralli’s three times now, so we don’t feel like tourists, because mario and his family make you feel at home.
The beautiful, quiet villa, covered with flowers as well as the long, sandy beach, together with the good wind conditions for windsurfing make this place my favourite, so I come back again every year.