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The most Instagramable place to have a coffee in Naxos

There is only one thing to do on a rainy Sunday afternoon – dreaming about summer and vacations! I was just scrolling through my photos and I have found some shots I intended to share with you but I never did… So I finally present my favourite coffee shop and the picture-perfect place on the island of Naxos.

It is called 520 and it is located in the city centre of Chora, in the most picturesque area – the Old Market, very close to the Castle. I was wondering why they chose this name – what exactly 520 really means? And it comes from the bar code of greek products – 5 20! So that is a great start – I was expecting to try some greek products and to enjoy greek hospitality, so I did every time I visited 520.

For those of you who want to snap good photos – 520 is very Instagramable place – a lot of cute little details, a huge open terrace with the most breathtaking view over the harbour, interior mixing wood, whites and blues. I am sure you will fall in love with it. The atmosphere is very relaxing and chill – cool lounge music playing and very kind staff will offer you the best service.


Also you can choose from delicious creamy cappuccinos to nice drinks and cocktails. I absolutely love the coffee mugs – unique handmade just like a piece of art. And the best – you can try some homemade sweets!

So if you haven`t been there – you need to go and visit 520 because it is one of the best places on the island!

Address : Old Market, Chora, Naxos
Tel: (0030) 697 6251135

Facebook Page: 520

P.S: Do you have any plans for your summer locations? Have you been to Naxos?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Naxos`s Picturesque Village Chalki

Chalki is located in the centre of the island, 16km from Chora. The small village was capital of Naxos, today is administrative centre of Drimalia. And it is one of the must-visit places on the island.

The village of Chalki is pretty small but you will be impressed by its charm – tiny colourful streets, neoclassic houses, kind people who will welcome you.

The most picturesque village is also great place for a shopping tour – there are handmade shops where you can find a lot of art pieces, souvenirs, clothes and etc.

Don`t miss the chance to visit the Vallindra Kitron distillery. You can get a tour and see how the famous Kitron liqueur is produced from Citron leaves. 

You can also visit churches and old Venetian towers in the area. One of them is the oldest church in Naxos – the Church of Panagia, dating from 9th century.

P.S: I hope you had fun and if you are going to visit Naxos, check out my other posts about the island! If you need any suggestions and tips text me on my social media 🙂

xoxo,

Gabrielle

Old Town of Chora Naxos, Greece

Naxos is the biggest of the Cycled islands and one of the most underestimated Greek islands. It is not that famous like Mykonos, Santorini or Rhodes so that makes it perfect for a relaxed vacation. Naxos has its own beauty – sandy beaches, small villages and mountain hills.

Chora (also known as Naxos City) is the biggest city on the island, it is situated on the west coast of Naxos. The Old Town of Chora is located in the city centre, close to the harbour and it is the most visited place on the island. The tiny streets are hiding a lot of picturesque spots and breathtaking panoramic views.

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My two favourite places in Chora are the streets of The Old Market, following them you will get to  The Castle.

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The Old Market is the perfect walking area, with its narrow streets and nice shops where you can find unique handmade souvenirs, jewels, clothes. There are also a couple of good restaurants and coffee shops where you can try some of the greek dishes and drinks.

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naxos_xoxogabrielle7The Castle (Kastro) was built in 1207, when Marco Sanudo conquered Naxos and established the Duchy of Naxos (also known as The Duchy of  the Aegean). The Castle had three gates – but only two exist today – The Strong Gate (Trani Porta) and Paraporti. While walking through the streets of the Castle area you can visit  the Venetian museum, Tower of Crispi, the Catholic Cathedral, the School of Commerce, the Archaeological Museum.  For me It is one of the most relaxing and charming places, it amazed me with its tranquility and atmosphere. A part from the most popular touristic sights I found my own favourite spots.

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Наксос е най-големият от групата на Цикладските острови и една от най-подценените дестинации. Не е толкова известен като Миконос, Санторини или Родос, и това го прави идеалното място за спокойна почивка. Наксос има какво да предложи на посетителите си- пясъчни плажове, малки китни села и планински хълмове.

Градът Chora (известен още като град Наксос) е най-големият град на острова, разположен на западния бряг. Старият град на Chora се намира в центъра на града, в близост до пристанището и е най-посещаваното място на острова. Малките улички крият много живописни места и спиращи дъха панорамни гледки, част от които можете да видите на снимките 🙂

Двете ми любими места в град Chora са улиците на Стария пазар, а те ще ви отведат до второто – замъка. Старият пазар е чудесно място както за шопинг, така и за разходки – с тесни улички и хубави магазини, където можете да намерите уникални ръчно изработени сувенири, бижута и дрехи. Има и няколко хубави ресторанти и кафенета, където можете да опитате някои гръцки ястия и напитки.

Замъкът (Кастро) е построен през 1207 г., когато Марко Санудо завладял Наксос и се провъзгласява за херцог на Наксос (наричан и херцог на Егейско море). Замъкът имал три порти – само две са запазени и до днес – Трани Порта и Парапорти. Докато се разхождате по улиците на замъка, можете да посетите Венецианския музей, Кулата на Криспи, Католическата катедрала, Търговската школа, Археологическия музей. За мен това е едно от най-релаксиращите и очарователни места, което ме изуми със спокойствието и атмосферата си.

P.S: Вие били ли сте в Гърция? А гръцките острови?

xoxo,

Gabrielle

One afternoon in Apollonas Naxos

Apollonas is an old pretty small fishermen`s village located on the northeastern coast. The distance from the capital is around 35 km and on the way from Hora to this picturesque village you will enjoy  beautiful landscapes and view over the sea.

 

 

Apollonas is very relaxing place and it has its own charm. You can enjoy the beach or just go for a walk around the costal area. There are also a couple of restaurants and cafeterias where you can take a rest and enjoy some of the local dishes and drinks.

Very close by is also the 10-metre tall statue of Dionysus which is worth the visit. It is impressive huge piece of art of its time. While you are there you can also enjoy the gorgeous view over the village.

 

 

P.S: There is nothing better than exploring new places! Have you been to Greece?

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Apollonas е малко рибарско селище, разположено на североизточното крайбрежие на остров Наксос. От столицата Apollonas е на около 35 километра, а  по пътя от Хора към това живописно селце ще имате възможност да се насладите на красиви пейзажи и изглед към морето.

Apollonas е много спокойно място и има определено носи свое собствено очарование и дух. Можете да се насладите на плажа, който е с по-малко посетители от този на столицата или просто да отидете на разходка из крайбрежната зона. Там ще откриете и няколко ресторанта и кафенета, където можете да си починете и да се насладите на някои от местните ястия и напитки.

Наблизо се намира и 10-метровата статуя на Дионис, която си заслужава да бъде посетена.  Ако когато се качите, за да разгледате статуята ще можете да се насладите и на прекрасната гледка към селото.

xoxo,

Gabrielle