One the beautiful Greek Cycladic Islands, Naxos is a small island which doesn't have much to offer in the way of shopping, restaurants, or hotels. But it has a lovely atmosphere, and you'll find that this island might just surprise you as it was once inhabited by Venetians and Cretans and it is still possible to see traces of these cultures on the island today. Presently, Naxos successfully produces potatoes, a unique cheese called gruyere and a well-known liqueur, kitron. So, have a quick read and see what the island of Naxos is all about.
A famous landmark on the island is Portara, the entrance to an unfinished temple. Today it stands on the hillside of Palatia, with magnificent views of the island and its surrounding seaside. The site is easily accessible from the coastal towns scattered along the coastline, so be sure not to miss it. If you're looking to venture away from the seaside, the mountainous regions of Naxos are home to some charming villages. Although life is quiet and simple, one can still find a few Italian restaurants and wine bars in these areas, which were once home to Venetians. The architecture, the food, as well as the town castle still reflect that culture.
Apeiranthos is a mountain village which was once home to Cretans, very few of whom reside here today, although you'll hear some of the Cretan dialects in the Greek language spoken by its locals. The villagers who dwelled here did not have any means of making a living and used their hands to create crafts. As their income was very small, they were not able to renovate their homes, which have remained unchanged since their time.
Chalkis is a beautiful town, and the locals here have culture and style. They enjoy a host of events, including music and theater. The town's folk create a warm atmosphere, and you'll feel as though you have been taken back to earlier. Join in with them as they gather to watch a movie on the side of a wall in the evening under the stars. The food is tasty, and they use fresh, local ingredients to make homemade jam. You've got to try their citron liqueur, Kitron, made in the local distillery and be sure to visit their art gallery amongst their gorgeous stone houses and streets filled with bougainvilleas.
You probably won't hear much English at all, as most of the tourists seem to speak French and Italian, and chances are, you will find Naxos to be an interesting, pleasurable experience.