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Hotels of Naxos
A hotel on Naxos is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger on Naxos hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms on Naxos are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Naxos hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Naxos hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels on Naxos have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:
Upscale luxury hotels on Naxos
An upscale full service hotel facility on Naxos that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Naxos hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.
Full service hotels on Naxos
Full service Naxos hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.
Historic inns and boutique hotels on Naxos
Boutique hotels of Naxos are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Naxos boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels on Naxos may be classified as luxury hotels.
Focused or select service hotels on Naxos
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Naxos travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Naxos focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.
Economy and limited service hotels on Naxos
Small to medium-sized Naxos hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Naxos traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Naxos hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.
Guest houses and B&Bs on Naxos
A bed and breakfast on Naxos is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Naxos bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Naxos B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.
Hostels on Naxos
Naxos hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Naxos hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.
Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels on Naxos
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Naxos hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels on Naxos lack an on-site restaurant.
Timeshare and destination clubs on Naxos
Naxos timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts on Naxos often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Naxos on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.
Motels on Naxos
A Naxos motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Naxos for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Naxos motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.
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Naxos (/ˈnæksɒs/; Greek: Νάξος, pronounced [ˈnaksos]) is a Greek island-at 429 km (166 sq mi) the largest of the Cyclades island group in the Aegean. It was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture. The island is famous as a source of emery, a rock rich in corundum, which until modern time was one of the best abrasives available.
The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City, with 6,533 inhabitants (2001 census). The main villages are Filoti, Apiranthos, Vivlos, Agios Arsenios, Koronos and Glinado.
Climate is Mediterranean, with relatively mild winters and very warm summers. The Köppen Climate Classification subtype for this climate is "Csa". (Mediterranean Climate).
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Naxos: Mythic Naxos
Landscape of the island
Apollo Temple's entrance (Portara)
According to Greek mythology, the young Zeus was raised in a cave on Mt. Zas ("Zas" meaning "Zeus"). Homer mentions "Dia"; literally the sacred island "of the Goddess". Karl Kerenyi explains (speaking as if he were an ancient Greek):
This name, Dia, which means 'heavenly' or 'divine', was applied to several small craggy islands in our [Aegean] sea, all of them lying close to larger islands, such as Crete or Naxos. The name "Dia" was even transferred to the island of Naxos itself, since it was more widely supposed than any other to have been the nuptial isle of Dionysus.
One legend has it that in the Heroic Age before the Trojan War, Theseus abandoned the princess Ariadne of Crete on this island after she helped him kill the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth. Dionysus (god of wine, festivities, and the primal energy of life) who was the protector of the island, met Ariadne and fell in love with her. But eventually Ariadne, unable to bear her separation from Theseus, either killed herself (according to the Athenians), or ascended to heaven (as the older versions had it). The Naxos portion of the Ariadne myth is also told in the Richard Strauss opera Ariadne auf Naxos.
The giant brothers Otus and Ephialtes figure in at least two Naxos myths: in one, Artemis bought the abandonment of a siege they laid against the gods, by offering to live on Naxos as Otus's lover; in another, the brothers had actually settled Naxos.
Temple of Demeter
Naxos: Cycladic civilisation
Zas Cave, inhabited during the Neolithic era, contained objects of stone from Melos and copper objects including a dagger and gold sheet. The presence of gold and other objects within the cave indicated to researchers the status of the inhabitant.
Emery was sourced during the time to other islands.
Naxos: Classical era and Greco-Persian Wars
During the 8th and 7th centuries BC, Naxos dominated commerce in the Cyclades. Naxos was the first Greek city-state to attempt to leave the Delian League circa 476 BC; Athens quickly squashed the notion and forcibly removed all military naval vessels from the island's control. Athens then demanded all future payments from Naxos in the form of gold rather than military aid.
Herodotus describes Naxos circa 500 BC as the most prosperous Greek island.
In 502 BC, an unsuccessful attack on Naxos by Persian forces led several prominent men in the Greek cities of Ionia to rebel against the Persian Empire in the Ionian Revolt, and then to the Persian War between Greece and Persia.
Naxos: Byzantine era
Main article: Aegean Sea (theme)
Under the Byzantine Empire, Naxos was part of the thema of the Aegean Sea, which was established in the mid-9th century.
Naxos: Duchy of Naxos
Further information: Duchy of the Archipelago
The Duchy of Naxos and other Frankish states, carved from the Byzantine Empire, as they were in 1265.
In the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade, with a Latin Emperor under the influence of the Venetians established at Constantinople, the Venetian Marco Sanudo conquered the island and soon captured the rest of the islands of the Cyclades. Of all the islands, only on Naxos was there any opposition to Sanudo: a group of Genoese pirates had occupied the castle between the end of Byzantine rule and Sanudo's arrival. To steel his band's resolve, Sanudo burnt his galleys "and bade his companions to conquer or die." The pirates surrendered the castle after a five weeks' siege.
Naxos became the seat of Sanudo's realm, which he ruled with the title of Duke of Naxia, or Duke of the Archipelago. Twenty-one dukes in two dynasties ruled the Archipelago, until 1566; Venetian rule continued in scattered islands of the Aegean until 1714. Under Venetian rule, the island was called by its Italian name, Nasso.
Naxos: Ottoman control (1564–1821)
The Ottoman administration remained essentially in the hands of the Venetians; the Porte's concern was satisfied by the returns of taxes. Very few Turks ever settled on Naxos, and Turkish influence on the island is slight. Under Ottoman rule the island was known as Turkish: Nakşa. Ottoman sovereignty lasted until 1821, when the islands revolted; Naxos finally became a member of the Greek state in 1832.
Naxos: Historical population
Marble quarry of Naxos
Naxos is a popular tourist destination, with several ruins. It has a number of beaches, such as those at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Plaka, and Agios Georgios, most of them near Chora. As other cycladic islands, Naxos is considered a windy place perfect for windsurfing, as well as kitesurfing. There are seven sports clubs in the island that offer both of these sports and other water activities.
Naxos is the most fertile island of the Cyclades. It has a good supply of water in a region where water is usually inadequate. Mount Zeus (1,004 metres or 3,294 feet) is the highest peak in the Cyclades, and tends to trap the clouds, permitting greater rainfall. This has made agriculture an important economic sector with various vegetable and fruit crops as well as cattle breeding, making Naxos the most self-sufficient island in the Cyclades. Naxos is well known within Greece for its cheese, potatoes and Kitron, a local lemon-citrus spirit.
Pannaxiakos A.O. (sports club)
Naxos: Notable people
Ecumenical Patriarch Callinicus III of Constantinople (died 1726)
Nicodemus the Hagiorite (1749–1809), saint
Petros Protopapadakis (1854–1922), Prime Minister of Greece
Manolis Glezos (born 1922), politician, writer
Iakovos Kambanelis (1922–2011), poet, playwright, lyricist and novelist
Iakovos Nafpliotis (1864–1942), cantor
Keti Chomata (1946–2010), singer
Giorgos Ninios (born 1959), actor
Stelios Manolas (born 1961), soccer player
Giannoulis Fakinos (born 1989), soccer player
Kostas Manolas (born 1991), soccer player
Georgios Korres, founder of Korres company
Nikolaos Mykonios, fighter of the Greek War of Independence and officer of the Greek Army.
Michalis Polytarchou, basketball player, Former Captain of AEK Athens BC.
Sphinx of the Naxians, now at Delphi Archaeological Museum
Panagia Drosiani church, Moni village
The monastery of Faneromeni
Street of Chalkio village
Street of Apeiranthos
Naxos: See also
Communities of the Cyclades
Emery (rock), mined on Naxos
"Naxos Climate Normals 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2 March 2015.
Kerenyi, Karl (1951). The Gods of the Greeks. pp. 271–272.
P Halstead – Neolithic Society in Greece Continuum International Publishing Group, 1999 Retrieved 4 July 2012 Buy book ISBN 1850758247
M Patton – Islands In Time: Island Sociogeography and Mediterranean Prehistory Psychology Press, 23 July 1996 Retrieved 4 July 2012 Buy book ISBN 0415126592
William R. Shepherd, Historical Atlas, 1911
William Miller, The Latins in the Levant (New York: E.P. Dutton, 1908), p. 43
Agelarakis A., "The Naxos Island Archaic Period Necropolis: Archaeological-Anthropology Research Report, Hellenic Antiquities Authority, Archival Report, 2005, Naxos.
Naxos: External links
Wikimedia Commons has media related to Naxos.
Herodotus Project: Extensive B+W photo essay of Naxos
Small video – documentaries about all areas of Naxos
Moving Postcards Naxos
Mulicipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades
Islands of the Cyclades
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Agios Georgios Skopelou
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