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Naxos is a Greek island, the largest island in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean and was the centre of archaic Cycladic culture.
The island comprises the two municipalities of Naxos and Drymalia. The largest town and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos City.
The largest and most fertile of the Cyclades Islands, Naxos in fact gains much of its income from agriculture rather than from tourism. The main town, referred to as 'Hora' on maps, but also as simply 'Naxos' or 'Naxos Town', contains most of the shops and restaurants frequented by visitors. A number of beach communities extend south along the coast from Hora.
Heraklion is the largest city of the island of Crete and an important shipping hub with connections to mainland Greece and many other islands in the Aegean, Dodecanese and Cyclades.
Located in the centre of the northern side of the Island, Heraklion is the main gateway to the Island for tourists and locals.
On the south side of the city are the ruins of the palace of Knossos, which in Minoan times was the largest centre of population on Crete.