The town of Naxos, (also known as Chora), is one of the loveliest towns in the Cyclades complex, situated on the west coast of the island. It has a population of approximately 8,000 inhabitants. The town is divided into four main areas: the harbor, the location around the castle, the archaeological settlement of Grotta and the beach of Agios Georgios.
The harbor is dominated by a conical hill topped by the remains of an impressive Venetian castle,built in 1207. The sandy beach of Agios Georgios is flanked with bars, tavernas and water-sports facilities. The water is shallow, making the beach ideal for those having children. There is also a well-organized water-sports center.
When walking through the narrow streets of the town, the visitor can see that many of the buildings still have Venetian coats of arms above the front door. That is an element which is not found very often. The visitor can also find all types of facilities, such as hotels, commercial shops, tavernas, cafeterias and bars.