Largest island of the Cyclades - strategic crossroads for many civilizations (Classical, Byzantine, Venetian and Ottoman)- Naxos is still today by its central geographical position an important economic and social pole of the Cyclades archipelago.
With a variety of landscapes mixing fertile plains - forested hillsides, swampy areas and arid coasts - Naxos has always been self-sufficient. Its ground water allows an abundant agriculture and its size a varied breeding. Ironically, the island has always been turned inland. The villages of Chalki and Apiranthos - historically the richest - and both located in the very center of the island - are evidence of this. Attached to this nourishing land the Naxiotes pass on from generation to generation the innumerable olive groves - the impressive terraced vineyards and the secret orchards where they meet on Sundays to consume the fruits of a careful work.
THE CITY OF CHORA
Chora - the main city of the island - has more than 7000 inhabitants. Built on the side of a hill - it houses at its top the Kastro - the historical part of the city. It is made up of narrow streets - houses belonging to the local aristocracy as well as numerous buildings inherited from the Venetian era and influenced by the Catholic Church. For a long time it was neglected by its inhabitants who - for more comfort - preferred to move to the surrounding residential areas. Today the Kastro of Chora is the object of numerous renovations undertaken by actors willing to revive an exceptional heritage. The project of La Chapelle Saint-Antoine is fully in line with this logic of revitalising a district with incomparable charm.