The hotel Naxos Magic Village is located in the area of Stelida close to Naxos Town. It is built amphitheatrically on the slope of the hill and so provides spectacular views towards the town and the world-famous Temple of Apollo, also known as the ‘Portara’. The hotel offers visitors one of the best locations for stunning sea-views when compared with other hotels on the island.
The hotel Naxos Magic Village is situated in a prime location in the quiet area of Stelida just 150 meters away from the beautiful sandy beach of Stelida and 800 meters from the popular tourist area of Agios Prokopios and its stunning beach which are conveniently located a short walk or drive away.
Set apart by its endless views over the long sandy beaches and crystal waters of Naxos, as well as by its view of the Venetian Castle and Temple of Apollo (Portara), Naxos Magic Village is unique among the hotels of Naxos thanks to its position on the Stelida hill.
If you are searching for complete relaxation during your holidays on Naxos in a serene atmosphere and with beautiful sunsets, the hotel Naxos Magic Village in the area of Stelida is the ideal choice for your stay.
The Cycladic Island of Naxos
Naxos is the largest of the islands of the Cyclades and was the epicenter of Cycladic culture and civilization during ancient times. The capital of the island is the Chora (Town) of Naxos with a population of approximately 7,000 residents. Naxos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece due to its large sandy beaches and blue crystal waters.
The island’s excellent infrastructure makes it easy to reach either by sea or air and helps create the perfect conditions for fantastic holidays particularly during the summer months. The island combines exceptional beaches with charming mountain villages, making it a truly unique destination.
The island’s local cuisine is truly delicious as it is based on locally produced vegetables, fruit and meat and dairy products. Naxos also boasts numerous traditional restaurants serving fresh fish and sea food, local cheeses and meat that is raised locally. Naxos also produces its own wine.
The Chora of Naxos has all of the classic hallmarks of a Cycladic settlement, with narrow stone-paved streets and small white houses with beautiful gardens and verandas. The town is full of life with countless cafes, bars and restaurants situated on the seafront and which rub shoulders with all manner of shops. When the ferry first pulls into the port of the cosmopolitan island of Naxos, what immediately grabs the eye is the world-famous ‘Portara’, the Venetian Castle at the top of the hill and the countless sailboats and yachts moored in the harbor. From the first moment it is clear that Naxos is truly a unique island among the Cyclades; blessed by nature and with a deep history, it draws the visitor on a journey through its natural beauty, island charm and traditional culture.
The Beaches of Naxos
Agios Georgios, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Mikri Vigla, Alyko, Agiassos, Apollon, Moutsouna, Lionas, Panormos
The Sights of Naxos
Portara: The Portara is located at the top of a rock at the edge of the port of Naxos and is the monument that draws the most visitors, being the landmark most associated with the island. It was constructed in 520 BC as the entrance to a large temple dedicated to Apollo. But the temple was never completed as in 506 BC Lygdamis – the despot of Naxos who had commissioned the temple, was removed from power and the site was subsequently looted of its precious marble.
The Castle – The imposing castle of Naxos was built by the Venetian nobleman Markos Sanudos
to protect the town of Naxos and it was oriented towards the interior of the island. The castle was initially built with three entrances: the ‘Paraporti’ or southern gate, the northern or ‘Trani Porta’ and a third to the southeast which has since been lost. The castle was built to host the island’s conquerors and foreign nobility who came from other lands and had different political and cultural customs, a different religion and were a minority compared to the island’s predominantly Orthodox Christian population. It is believed that the castle began to takes its current form under the Crispi dynasty in the mid-15th century. Of the twelve towers that the castle is thought to have once had, only one survives to this day, the Crispi tower. According to local lore this tower was the
main palace during this dynasty, but in reality it was built by the illegitimate son of the Duke Guillermo II, Crispo, after 1453 who never had a claim to his father’s title. Today it operates as a Byzantine Museum in accordance to the wishes of the Glezos family who donated it to the state. For that reason it is also known as the Glezos Tower, or the Aperathitisas Tower after the area from where the family hailed.
Old Town – In the area surrounding the castle another two settlements have developed – Bourgo, on the west side of the hill near the sea where the Metropolitan church is located, and Neo Chorio which was originally inhabited by Cretans and had a Jewish quarter. The need for some form of defense against enemy attacks, the judicious use of the limited space and the characteristics of local building materials determined the way in which the houses of average people were built, not only in the Chora, but in the island’s villages as well. In traditional settlements the houses are built next to each other with small courtyards. These houses were often extended over each other or over the road, creating the ‘stegasta’ or covered roads which are a key characteristic of the narrow streets in Naxos. The streets are paved with stones and are very narrow, often less than 2 meters wide. Today the same streets of the Chora are full of life and color and visitors can enjoy shops, bars, nightclubs, traditional food and music and much more.
Panagia Drosiani – The church is located near the village of Moni in the Tragaia area of Naxos. It is an early Christian church with a single large space, a dome and an architectural style characteristic of the islands of the Aegean. According to researchers, the Panagia Drosiani also has the best-preserved murals from the period. Aside from their age what makes these murals unique is that they have certain peculiarities which have not been observed in any other Christian monument. One example is the double representation of Christ on the interior of the dome, both as a young man with a sparse beard and as a more heavily bearded, older man. Also unusual is that six archangels are depicted instead of the customary four praising Christ in the church’s interior. The dedicatory inscriptions bear testament to older practices by which locals would donate icons to the church. Local legend also has it that the location of the church was ‘chosen’ by the miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary as every night the icon would move to its current position when the residents of the area began digging the foundations for the monastery elsewhere.
Kouros-Melanes – The village of Melanes is one of Naxos’s oldest settlements. In the area of Fleriou the first schools teaching the art of sculpting were created and it is where today two large ‘kouros’ statues of young men are located. These are works that date back to roughly the 6th century BC (predating the Parthenon by several hundred years). The two massive, 2m statues remained half-finished for unknown reasons. It is believed that they were originally intended to be transported to another location but for one reason or another that never happened.
Stelida has a sandy beach of its own but it is also located a short distance away from the popular beaches of Agia Anna and Agios Prokopios, the latter of which is considered one of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. There you will find water-sports centers, beach bars, cafes and other facilities providing everything you need to enjoy your holidays.
Make use of Stelida’s close proximity to the Chora of Naxos by visiting the sights in town. Visit the town’s famous Venetian Castle, stroll through the quaint stone-paved streets and admire Venetian architecture, the archaeological museum and, of course, the Portara – the famous gate to the never-completed Temple of Apollo.