Old Town Naxos

Old Town Naxos

Rising from the harbour up to the Kastro is a confusing little world of alleys, stairways and passages.

Like all the best historic centres, the Old Town is somewhere you could wander idly for hours, and has irregular marble paving stones and beautiful white Cycladic houses.

Many of these have doors, banisters and window frames painted deep or pale blue.

Couched in this chaotic, traffic-free settlement are souvenir shops selling handmade jewellery and replicas of prehistoric Cycladic figurines, and an abundance of tavernas, bars and cafes.

If you ever feel like you’re losing your way, just remember that the citadel is up and the harbour is down.