Archaeological Sites

The human presence on Naxos spans thousands of years, endowing the island with a rich cultural mosaic of various periods and influences.

Due to its geographical position, Naxos has been a center of communication and exchanges among the inhabitants of neighboring islands, but also among different races and ethnicities.

Naxos flourished during the period of the Cycladic Civilization, between 3000 and 2000 BC, thanks to trade, seafaring and its mineral wealth, notably marble and emery.

In its uninterrupted historical trajectory, the island often became the apple of discord among different peoples, each of which left its own cultural mark. This plethora of archaeological, historical and cultural monuments, Naxos is today a reference point of the Greek cultural heritage.

Archaeological Site of Grotta

Excavation work has led to the discovery of part of Naxos’s Mycenaean-era capital, dated 1300 BC, on the northern side of the harbor, below Mitropoleos Square. 

Chimarros Tower

Chimarros Tower at Filoti is considered one of the important ancient monuments of the island. Built on a hilltop by the Kalantos road, it is named after two streams (chimarros in Greek) that defined the area’s east and west.

Geometrical Era Necropolis

A Geometrical era (9th-8th century BC) cemetery has been discovered at Alonakia position, at the SE foot of Apano Kastro hill.

Kouroi of Melanes

One of Naxos’s two main marble quarrying areas in antiquity is located in the greater Flerio area (the other is in the area of Apollonas).

Mycenaean Tomb at Chosti

The Mycenaean tomb at Chosti is an important and rare monument in the Cyclades, being one of only three vaulted tombs that have been discovered in the region -the other two are those at Agia Thekla on Tinos and at Aggelika on Mykonos.

Prehistoric Acropolis of Panermos

The fortified acropolis of Panermos on Naxos has an architectural form unique in the broader Aegean region and was a landmark in the development of Naxian society.