Perched atop the central mountain of the island, Apaliros Castle stands as a testament to its historical significance. Functioning not only as a defensive stronghold against pirate invasions but also as a vibrant city during the Byzantine Empire, it boasted a thriving population for several centuries.
Despite its challenging accessibility, the castle's walls, adorned with towers and bastions, have withstood the test of time. Exploring the site reveals remnants of approximately 250 houses, churches, cisterns, as well as functional structures like a bakery and an olive press. These remnants offer a glimpse into the bustling life that once flourished within the castle's walls.
From the castle's vantage point, one is treated to a magnificent view of Naxos' southwestern coast. Embarking on a tour both inside and outside the castle walls promises a unique and immersive experience—a journey through time that entices the curious explorer. Prepare to be captivated by the allure and enchantment that Apaliros Castle exudes.