, known just as Kastro
, is a castle built in 13 century by the Venetian Marco Sanudo, Duke of Naxos at that time. The castle and its walls occupy the small elevation just next to the port of Naxos Town
Today Kastro is not only the castle but the entire neighborhood inside its walls where the ancient Venetian buildings are mixed with the Cyclades style architecture. Narrow, maze-like alleys lead from the port to the top of the hill where you can see the Glezos Tower, the Catholic Cathedral, a few Venetian residences and the Archeological Museum. The neighborhood is very popular both among locals and tourists because it is full of cafes, restaurants, art galleries and small shops for souvenirs and clothes. Since the area of Kastro is pedestrian only, you must leave your vehicle on any of the few parking lots at the back side of the castle, between the stadium and Grotta neighborhood. The closest parking to the top of the castle is just below the Archeological Museum and the Catholic Cathedral.