Things to see and do - Náxos
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Tour of the northern part of the island
Tour of the northern part of the island : Michelin's recommendations
A tour around the northern part of the island of Náxos goes past unforgettable villages, churches, ruins and beaches. Beyond Galanádo, the tower of Belónia comes into view. It is a fine example of the fortified houses built by the Venetians. Beside it stands St John's (13C), a curious double church, Roman Catholic on the left and Orthodox on the right. The road continues towards Halkí with views of the Potamiá Valley. Among the trees beside the road stands the church of Ágios Mámas, which was a bishop's seat in the Byzantine era. Further off are the ruins of Apáno Kástro, a 13C Venetian fortress. Halkí is a prosperous town with an interesting Byzantine parish church, Panagía Protothronís (9C-12C). Apíranthos is a crafts centre with picturesque narrow streets. Further on (5km) there are extensive views of both sides of the island, including the Kóronos region. The charming village of Apólonas overlooks a little harbour and a beach nestled in an inlet. On the edge of the village is an old marble quarry; abandoned on the side lies a kouros (statue of an athlete) from the 7C BC. The return journey to Náxos Town follows the northwest coast; 3km before reaching Náxos, a road leads up to the Monastery of St John Chrysostom painted a dazzling white.