Nightlife of Naxos
The large and touristically developed island of Naxos offers to the visitors a lot of entertainment options. In Naxos Town on the beachfront and in the small side streets dozens of coffee shops, bars, big clubs and place with live music exist. In Ag. Prokopios and Ag. Anna beaches have night life with lounge summer bars which offer really relaxing !!!time,!!! with coffee shops and summer clubs. In northern Naxos there are bars in a lot of villages. On certain dates – the name date of the patron saint – all villages of the island have folk fair with dance and traditional live music played by local bands and musicians. In Naxos Town as well as in the villages there are plenty of choices for Traditional taverns, restaurants with tastes ranging from local and Greek to international Cuisine. The visitors will find fish taverns with genuinely fresh fish and restaurants of all kinds in most beach areas (Ag. Prokopios, Ag. Anna, Plaka, Kastraki, Ambram Lionas etc.)
The first inhabitants of Naxos were probably Thracian, later supplanted by the Karians, whose early leader gave his name to the island. After the passing of the Thracians, Naxos was inhabited by the Phoenicians and the Cretans. From the beginning of the 20th century until today, many Greek and foreign archaeologists have worked in Naxos. The scientists believe that the importance of Naxos was abolishing for the history of Cyclades and for Greece in general. Naxos was self-sufficient regarding its goods because of its central position, its size and its natural resources, fruits, oil and wine. Its wine is compared to nectar of the Gods. Findings of their civilization date back in the 3rd millennium B.C. Afterwards, about the 2nd millennium B.C. the Cycladic civilization came to its end.
In 490 B.C. the Persian generals Datis and Artafernis burnt the churches and the town of Naxos. After the end of the Persian War, Naxos became member of the Athenian alliance. In 453 it was occupied by the Athenians. In 338 B.C., after the battle of Chaironeia, it was conquered by the Macedonians and later it was in the occupation of Ptolemaios, who also imported the Egyptian god worship. In Roman times Naxos belonged to the prefecture of the Islands. After the abolition of the Byzantine Empire from the Crusaders (1204), Naxos was conquered by Marcos Sanoudos, who became Duke of Naxos and of the Aegean Sea.
Twenty dukes from the house of Sanoudos, Dalekatseri and Krispon ruled successively in Duke Throne of Naxos until 1537. Then, Chaireddin Barbarosa came to Naxos and John Krispos (12th Duke) gave him the keys of the gates. After that, the Turks conquered Naxos until 1821.
Because of its natural products, people didn’t occupy much with the sea in Naxos. However, there were boatmen and warriors in the Revolution of 1821.
Naxos has a remarkable tradition in the art of weaving. The women used to weave the clothes of the family and their coverings, tablecloths, pillows and they made the dowry of their daughters. The music, dance and the songs of Naxos are rifed in all over Greece and entertain the Greeks. The lyrics imitate folk Cretan couplets and have always a meaning. In Naxos you can attend in many feasts as: the feast of Zoodohos Pigi in Agrokiliotissa, Agia Triada in Galanado, Agios Georgios in Kinidaros and Agios Nikodimos. In Easter they broil the lamb, which is filled with spices, offal and cheese. This is the traditional specialty of Naxos. The architecture of Naxos adapts to the needs of the times. During the Byzantine era, the people lived in coastline, gathered around ports. Later, in pirates’ period were developed built-up-areas inlands. In 1207, under the domination of Franks, a castle with perimetric towers was built for the Frank potentates. Today, it’s saved the gate in the square of Prantouna and the northwest, next to Glezos’ castle. The Naxos’ castle with its medieval gate is one of the few that are saved in Greece. To the central square gather many alleys with steps that follow the ground’s morphology. The Naxos’ houses are separated in three categories: mansions, folkloric houses and towers. Mansions are the houses inside castles that belonged to rich merchants, while the folkloric houses are more common. There were also tower-monasteries having a defensive character or they were the country domiciles of Venetians. All towers have the colour of rock and ground and they go with the natural ambience. Windows and doors decorate the towers in a single way.
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