1. To watch the sunset from the iconic Portara, the marble gate of the Temple of Apollo (6th century BC), which stands on the islet of Palatia.
2. To explore the impressive medieval fortress of Naxos (13th century), built by the Venetian crusader and founder of the Duchy of the Aegean, Marco Sanudo choosing the ferry for Naxos.
3. To discover the 30 or more Byzantine churches with rare frescoes (6th-15th century) that adorn the valley of Tragea. The area is also known as the “Little Mystras” of the Cyclades, after the famous fortified town in the Peloponnese.
4. To walk the paved marble streets of the mountain village of Apiranthos, one of the most authentic and beautiful of the traditional settlements in the Cyclades. The famous “marble village” stands out for its Venetian architecture and the artistic pursuits of its inhabitants.
5. To try the authentic local citron liqueur that has been made on the island since the 19th century and whose reputation has travelled all over the world.
6. To visit Naxos Archaeological Museum and admire unique treasures from the Early Cycladic Period, as well as collections of Mycenaean pottery.
7. To ride the waves off the western beaches of the island, discovering a paradise for windsurfing and kitesurfing.
8. To experience the special atmosphere of the Naxos Summer Festival at the iconic 17th-century Bazeos Tower on the plain of Agiassos.
9. To look out over the Cycladic archipelago from the top of the legendary Mount Zas, the highest peak in the Cyclades at 1004 metres, where the god Zeus was raised.
10. To go back in time to the period of Venetian rule, admiring the 30 stone towers scattered around the island, which have remained frozen in time since the 17th century.