In the heart of Naxos Town
Emery Boutique Apartments are located in the heart of Naxos Town, just a few metres away from the entrance of the Venetian Castle.
Staying with us, you’ll have the chance to get a taste of what it’s like living in Naxos, to wander in the alleys of the Venetian Castle at any time of the day or the night, to go sightseeing, to swim in the island’s emerald waters. And you’ll be able to do all that without even needing transportation, as all of the above is literally a short walk away.
Naxos Town (or Hora) on the west coast is the island’s port and capital and it is the arrival point for all but air visitors. The town feels like four towns joined together: the port with the waterfront, the Old Town with the Venetian Castle (Kastro) and Saint George Beach greater area
Naxos Town is a fine Cycladic town, with twisting narrow streets and alleys originally intended to confuse invading marauders.The Old Town, up on the hill, is divided into two neighbourhoods: Bourgos where the Greeks lived, and Castle (Kastro) above, residence of the Venetian-Catholic nobility. Most of the Castle’s current residents claim descent from the Venetians, and many of their grandparents’ tombstones in the 13th-century Catholic Cathedral boast grand titles. The cathedral was founded by Marco Sanudo, whose own palace, can be seen directly across the square. Only one of the seven original towers of Kastro survives.
North of the port, a causeway stretches out to the islet of Palatia and the unfinished Temple of Apollo. The Portara, as it is called, is a massive gate on the temple platform, alone gateway to nowhere. The temple was begun by the tyrant Lygdamis, who ruled Naxos from 545 to 524 BC, but it was unfinished at the end of his reign and never thereafter completed.