Naxos took its name from “Naxo”, the legendary prince of the islands first settlers.
On arrival at its port, visitors are confronted by its imposing symbol, the Portara. Built on top of the island of Palaces, this huge marble gateway relates directly to the abduction of Ariadne by Dionysus.
An important point of reference is the stretched out marble Barber of Apollo with a length of over 10 metres. Naxos is also known for its Graviera cheese, its potatoes, Kitro liqueur, sweet wine and many other local produce. According to the writer Nikos Kazantzakis, Naxos is the paradise of earth.