Naxos Castle and Portara: A Walk Into The Sunset!

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Explore the fascinating history of Naxos through a guided evening walk in its narrow, medieval alleys. Discover hidden locations in the town that will vividly illustrate the island’s history, as well as its Cycladic culture, through various monuments from every time period since ancient times. Culminate your walk with an awe-inspiring sunset, just below the majestic monument of Portara, the marble doorway that has been the iconic symbol of the island, blessing the locals with its imposing presence for thousands of years.

Tour Highlights
  • The castle is the perfect spot to let your imagination run wild, so allow your guide to transport you back in history with tales of pirates, knights and Venetian rulers.
  • Soak up the atmosphere at the old market, which is now a hub of tavernas, bars and cafes.
  • Admire the stunning architecture of the medieval Roman Cathedral of Naxos.
  • As the day comes to a close, head to the small island of Palatia and watch the sunset. A beautiful end to the day.
What to Expect

Naxos is a fine blend of historical interest and modern culture! Our 2.5-hour tour is designed to introduce you to the most interesting sights of Naxos’ town, Chora. Your tour guide will lead the way, passing by the medieval castle walls, before stopping for you to admire the astonishing Cycladic architecture of the town of Naxos! As one of the few still inhabited medieval castles of Greece, make sure to explore the narrow alleys of the castle and discover hidden treasures in every corner.

Your expert local guide will take you for a walk by the impressive castle walls, getting you before the humbling Roman Cathedral of Naxos, which hosts the Byzantine icon of Virgin Mary. Continue your walk through the town by visting the old Market, where you can check for yourself the headquarters of the Naxian aristocracy at the very heart of the castle. Immerse yourself into a world of magistrates, counts, knights and pirates, while exploring the crests and monuments to be found all over the town of Naxos.  

Watch out for an archaeological excavation in the old city of Naxos, brimming with ancient findings that date back to the Mycenaean times. Take a step back in time and explore the excavation, complete with alleyways, bridges and an ancient cemetery. Round up your experience by enjoying a perfect sunset from the island of Palatia, home to the towering Portara. From the small island, gaze at the iconic Cycladic sunset, framed by the ruins of the temple of Apollo and watch the sun dive into the blue waters of the Aegean Sea. A perfect way to finish a day of adventure.

Inclusions / Exclusions


  • Services of an excellent local guide
  • Complimentary hotel pick-up if located downtown
  • All taxes and VAT


  • Personal expenses, dinner