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Dating from the 6th Century B.C., this remnant of an Archaic temple is described in some guidebooks as the Temple of Apollo, while others call it Ariadne’s Arch (apparently, historians and archaeologists can’t conclusively establish the Greek god in whose honour the structure was originally built).

Though its origins might still be a mystery, what’s beyond question is that the hillside around the Portara is an excellent place to watch sunsets and to enjoy superb views of Naxos Town, its harbour, and its nearby coastline.

Below are some of our photos of the Portara and the peninsula, and of course the sunsets and views from both.

 

Naxos port

I snapped this photo of the Portara and the Palatia peninsula when our ferry arrived at the port at Naxos Town, on one of our trips to Naxos.

 

 

Naxos Town harbour

A view of the Portara from the marina at the bustling Naxos Town waterfront

 

 

Tourist sign in Naxos Town

This sign near the harbour points the way to the Palatia peninsula

 

 

sculpture at Naxos Town

You’ll pass this replica of a sculpture while you walk toward to the causeway; it stands on the right-hand side of the walkway.

 

 

The Palatia peninsula on Naxos

Looking toward the Palatia peninsula from the stone-paved path on the causeway. Locals like to swim in the bay just below steps at the bottom of the hill.

 

 

DonnyB walking from Naxos Town to the Portara

That’s me walking along the causeway on my way to the Portara hillside. Whitewashed buildings on the edge of Naxos Town provide a backdrop.

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

The Portara comes into view as I approach the top of the hill

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

The Portara has numerous names, including the Temple of Apollo, The Doorway to Ariadne’s Palace, and Ariadne’s Arch

 

 

The base of the Portara monument on Naxos I

The base of the giant doorway

 

 

Naxos Town viewed from the Portara monument

A view of Naxos Town from the base of the monument

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

Another view of Naxos Town and the harbour area behind the Portara

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

There isn’t much that remains of the temple besides its famous doorway. Most of the ruins, including the arch, are roped off so tourists can’t walk on them.

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

Most tourists try to get one of these “I was there” photos of themselves framed by the giant stone doorway …

 

 

Portara monument on Naxos

… but some people just don’t like to have their photos taken

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

 The giant monument dwarfs tourists walking on the hillside behind it

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

The Portara stands like a sentry above Naxos harbour and St George’s Bay

 

 

Stelida mountain on Naxos

The peninsula offers a good view of Stelida mountain on the far side of the bay …

 

 

The Grotta area of Naxos Town

… and, in the other direction, the Grotta district of Naxos Town

 

 

Tourists on the Palatia peninsula at Naxos

Some tourists stand or sit at the top of the hill to await the sunset …

 

 

Portara monument on Naxos

… some enjoy a cold beer and check out the scenery while they wait …

 

 

Tourists on the Palatia peninsula on Naxos

… while others find a comfy spot above the sea offering a good direct view to the west, facing nearby Paros island …

 

 

Tourists taking photos in Naxos

… so they can get photos of the sun setting behind the distant island mountains …

 

 

Naxos view of a sunset behind Paros island

… much like this photo I snapped …

 

 

Tourist photographing the Portara at sunset

… while others prefer to photograph the Portara with the sunset behind it

 

 

Palatia peninsula overlooking Naxos Town

Two tourists begin the walk back to Naxos Town after viewing the Portara

 

 

Naxos Town harbour

Overlooking the Naxos waterfront and harbour from the Portara

 

 

Naxos Town

A view of Naxos Town from the hillside next to the Portara

 

 

Naxos Town

Hillside view of the causeway and Naxos Town

 

 

Naxos Town

Looking toward Naxos Town from the causeway. Locals like to swim off the right-hand side of the walkway.

 

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The Portara monument on Naxos at sunset

A sunset view of the Portara from the causeway

 

 

The Portara monument on Naxos

A sunset view of the Portara from the seashore below the Grotta district

 

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Above is a link to The Portara, my online Flickr album containing more photos of the Portara and its sunset views. To view a slideshow, click once on the arrow. Click twice to open the Flickr album and view large-size photos.

 

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