What the visitor to Naxos witnesses firsthand is that, besides the stunning beaches and the rich local gastronomy, the island is also renowned for its distinctive architecture.
The period that significantly influenced its architectural character was, undoubtedly, the Frankish rule, and its “marks” can still be seen on the island to this day.
The most notable example is the mediaeval castle of Chora, along with the impressive stone Venetian towers scattered throughout the island. These towers were mainly constructed around 1600 by the Venetians to safeguard against pirate raids.
In contrast, the villages of Naxos have preserved their traditional style, adhering to the principles of Cycladic architecture. The construction of their buildings primarily catered to the needs of the locals, utilising the available raw materials provided by craftsmen from the nearby mountains and rivers.
Thus, the characteristic image of the island emerges from the whitewashed two-story buildings, closely nestled together, featuring interconnected courtyards connected by stairs and paved alleyways.