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“Not just a tourist area, but living community”
Review of Kastro

Ranked #3 of 41 things to do in Naxos Town
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Owner description: This 13th century castle houses a 16th century Catholic Cathedral, the Archaeological Museum and the Venetian Museum.
Cheltenham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
924 reviews
570 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
“Not just a tourist area, but living community”
Reviewed June 15, 2014

seen from the ferry the Kastro of Naxos Town, looks imposing, a bold sand coloured stone fortification rising out of the shops and restaurants below.
It is a bit of an uphill climb, as you would expect, to reach the Venetian Castle via a mystifying rabbit warren of white washed houses with very narrow passage ways. All the dwellings appear to be finished off in the traditional Greek blue. Much meandering and ducking under arches to reach the Kastro itself.
Much of the Kastro forms other interesting buildings and attractions such the two cathedrals, and the Archaeological museum.
On every corner there are attractive cafes/ tavernas , curio shops and a thriving jewelry trade.
There are no real views although the atmosphere more than makes up for it.
This is thankfully still a residential area, and not just a tourist spot, and this thought (admittedly after a few drinks) crossed my mind; how are things delivered to this maze of alleyways and practical things like refuse collection work in this very confined area? It must be quite a logistical problem.

Visited June 2014
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Level 6 Contributor
232 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“Venetian Castle”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

This beautiful castle overlooks the post city of Naxos, well preserved and worth a visit if in the area. There are still homes in the area from the period of the Venetian rule, along with shops and restaurants. Fantastic views. Bouzouki concerts are offered some evenings and are fabulous! Wonderful music in a fantastic setting and all the wine you want included in the admission charge. It is a bit of an uphill hike to get to the castle, and best to do it in the earlier hours as it does get very hot in the afternoon.

Visited May 2014
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Penzance, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cool Kastro”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Wonderful to wander ducking under arches and small streets and winding up steps in the Kastro past small shops and flowers and cats after the heat of the day away from the bustling port and tavernas on the front. Worth a visit!

Visited May 2014
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Terneuzen, The Netherlands
Level 6 Contributor
374 reviews
223 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Nice view and nice house Barozzi.”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

Nice view from the Kastro. On the Kastro also the Venetian museum from the family DellaRocca-Barozzi. This was their home with many personal belongings. Also a personal guide for you. You must see this.

Visited May 2014
Thank Frans W
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Must go”
Reviewed May 10, 2014

Very good very romantic!
We had a great time there.
Avoid ,very hot months,is better to visit may,June or September .

Visited June 2013
Thank car0line_12
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