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The "Portara" is arguably the most recognisable sight on the island of Naxos.
This large marble gate (the only remaining part of a temple dedicated to Apollo, and built in the 6th Century BC) stands on a small island (which is connected to the main island) by the ferry port in Naxos Town.
As you approach the island by ferry, it is likely to be the first thing that you recognise.
The island upon which the Portara sits is very rocky and it is quite a steep climb up to the top. Thankfully, steps up to the Portara have been built to accommodate the hordes of tourists that venture up to see it.
If you stand "behind" the Portara (ie closest to the sea and furthest from the town), the Portara acts like a photo frame framing the view of Naxos Town.
How to get there: You can't miss it. If you've just got off a ferry, you'll see it standing imposingly to the left of you. The walk along the narrow road connecting the island to Naxos takes only 2 or 3 minutes. If you're arriving in Naxos Town from elsewhere on the island, the bus station is between the ferry port and the Portara - literally a 2 minute walk away!
Directions: Naxos Town, close to the ferry port.
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