Set on a walking tour in Naxos Chora by wandering around its old city and its imposing medieval castle. Enjoy a majestic Cycladic sunset at the most iconic location of the island.
Naxos Castle & Portara Sunset Walking Tour
Join us at our Naxos Castle & Portara private sunset walking tour and grab the chance of experiencing the Chora of Naxos through its impressive monuments with the company of our expert local guide! Engage in an fascinating walk that will introduce you to the vast history of Naxos and finish your day with a majestic Cycladic sunset on the grounds of the iconic Portara.
- Explore the old Castle of the Chora of Naxos and listen to stories of pirates, knights and Venetians rulers from our expert local guide!
- Visit the Old market, nowadays the heart of Naxos nightlife, full of traditional tavernas, bars, and cafes.
- Visit the medieval Roman Cathedral of Naxos, the seat of the Catholic Church of Naxos and admire its architecture and precious artefacts.
- Time-travel back in ancient Naxos by visiting the in situ excavation at Metropolis square.
- Enjoy the breathtaking sunset from the small island of Portara!
What you can expect?
On this 2.5-hour walking tour, our expert local guide will introduce you to the ancient history and modern-day local culture and tradition of Naxos by taking you to some of the most important and impressive sights in Chora. Take a stroll inside the walls of the medieval castle and listen to stories of pirates & knights - learn why Venetian aristocracy always had an important position on the island. Check out the historical, medieval Roman Cathedral and admire its exquisite architecture. Do not miss the chance to witness from up close a rare Byzantine icon almost 1000 years old!
Continue your walk in the old city of Naxos and time-travel back in time by entering an archaeological excavation inside the city with findings from the Mycenaean times until today. Wander around the excavation through alleys and bridges and experience first hand an ancient cemetery and much more. Before heading to dinner in a local restaurant with traditional dishes of Naxos, enjoy the magical Cycladic sunset and watch the sun diving into the Aegean Sea from the small island of Palatia, where the iconic Portara stands!
Some of the spots you are going to visit:
The castle of Naxos
Wanna visit a castle in the heart of Naxos Chora and learn things about knights and crusaders? The castle, kastron, of Naxos is the right place for you! Built by Marco Sanudo, the nephew of the Doge of Venice, right after the Fourth Crusade in the 13th century, the kastron operated not just as a military and administrative centre but also had a religious, educational and residential character. As the seat of the Duchy of the Archipelago, the kastron of Naxos experienced a huge political, economic and cultural development. Wander around its narrow alleys and admire its medieval architecture! Do not miss the opportunity to visit the Venetian Museum and learn about the orders of Catholic monks that flooded the island and stories about noble families and knights that lived in the kastron!
The Catholic Cathedral of Naxos
Located inside the Castle’s walls, you’ll have to pass through its gates to visit the Catholic Cathedral of Naxos. Built during the 13th century, this old church was and still is the centre of worship for the Catholic Christian community of the island. Except for its wonderful architecture with some visible ancient material used for the construction of the building, the visitor can see the coats of arms (even the one of Marco Sanudo!) of the noble families that benefited the church. The central altar hosts a huge Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus, dated back to the 11th century and attributed to workshops of Nicomedia. The other side of the icon hosts the figure of John the Baptist. Do not miss to ask for someone to show you the unique icon of Saint Rocco and his dog, found in the church! If you want to visit the Cathedral, better check in advance for opening hours.
- Services of an excellent local guide
- All taxes and VAT
- Personal expenses, dinner
Is this tour child-friendly?
Very much so! Our expert local guide will provide fascinating info & easy to understand stories, that will make this tour an unforgettable experience for your little ones!
What are the acceptable paying methods?
All services booked through the website of Greeking.me are paid via PayPal or credit card. Once you make your payment, we will issue a voucher & send it to you via email. Please bring it with you on the day of the tour, as proof of purchase.
We've booked the tour but due to an emergency, we won't be there on time. What should we do?
In case you won't be able to be at the agreed meeting point issued on your voucher on time, please let us know in advance by sending us an email or call us on this number +30 694 207 0899.
I have some food-related allergies. Is that gonna be a problem?
Not at all! Just let us know in advance and we will arrange your dinner accordingly!