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The Greek island of Naxos is part of the Cyclades group of islands that lie in the Aegean Sea. Naxos City, or Chora, is the island's largest town and capital and is built amphitheatrically on the island's west coast. It is also home to one of the biggest ports in the Aegean Sea. The town is popular with tourists and as a result there are many bars, restaurants and cafes to cater for them. The small island of Palatia, which extends from the mainland of Naxos, is the town's emblem. Located on the small island is Portara, which is a monument resembling a door standing alone, without any walls attached to either side. A visit to Portara is advisable, especially after your swim, whilst the sun is setting.
The island is also well known for its food and for producing the famous Naxian potatoes, wine, Kitron liquor productions and the popular cheese called Graviera. There are many restaurants located throughout the island serving local produce to the many tourists who visit.
From the island's port ferries depart to Piraeus (Athens) and to the other islands in the Cyclades.
The Greek island of Anafi is one of the Cyclades group of islands and is located to the east of the island of Santorini. According the legend, Anafi, a paradise of pristine beauty and 'exotic' beaches with crystal clear waters, has emerged from the bottom of the Aegean Sea to provide shelter to the Argonauts. If you approach the island from the Bay of Ayios Nikolaos you will see before you the picturesque town laid out in front of you. It was built on the ruins of a Venetian castle and is characterised by narrow stone alleys and whitewashed houses.
The Rock of Kalamos, in the east of the island, is a popular attraction. It is the second highest monolithic limestone after Gibralta and is especially popular with climbers who enjoy the challenge of the rock. Also of interest in the Temple of Apollo the Anafian and the Monastery of Zoodochos Piyi which are located at the base of the rock. For fitter climbers, there is another monastery on the top of Kalamos, where a amazing views of the sea and the nearby islands can be had.