Holidays in Naxos

    Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades and it is located in the center of this complex, between Paros and Mykonos. According to mythology, this was the nuptial isle of the god Dionysus, god of wine. This is why there is a sanctuary dedicated to Dionysus in the inland of Naxos island. Ideal for families and romantic couples, Naxos Greece is famous for the exotic beaches. Plaka, Agios Prokopios, Orkos and Mikri Vigla are among the most beautiful beaches on the island, while the entire western coastline is ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing due to the strong winds that blow there in the afternoon. A drive to the inland will bring you to picturesque villages and interesting sightseeing.

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    Travel guide to Naxos, Greece

    Naxos island holidays guide

    Located in the centre of Cyclades, this is a wonderful island with long sandy beaches and interesting sightseeing. Holidays in Naxos is particularly perfect for families or romantic couples. The western side of the island is the most tourist developed and has long sandy beaches lined up with seaside hotels, restaurants and water sports centers.

    The eastern side is more secluded and non-organized. A drive around the centre of the island brings visitors to traditional villages and interesting historical sites. Many hiking trails also cross the island and lead to secluded spots, like the peak of Mount Zas, the tallest mountain in Cyclades. Apart from hiking, Naxos is also a great island for windsurfing and kitesurfing as the wind conditions are perfect on the island.

    General information

    Check our travel guide about Naxos island and find our all the necessary information to organize your trip there: villages, beaches, sightseeing, museums and more. Also see our photos, 360 pictures and maps to get a better understanding of the location.

    Things to see and do

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    The island of Naxos, in Greece, is one of the most popular Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Cyclades islands group. Naxos island is a mountainous island located in the center of Cyclades. In fact, it hosts the highest mountain of the group, Mount Zas. The capital of the island, Chora, distinguishes for the traditional architecture, the well-preserved Venetian castle and the Portara at the entrance of the port, a large marble gate that constitutes the only remaining from an ancient temple.

    All around the coastline, Naxos island offer fabulous beaches with golden sand and crystal water. Some of them are organized with hotels, restaurants and water sports centers, while others are totally secluded. The beaches on the western side, particularly Mikri Vigla, are ideal for windsurfing and kite surfing. A drive in the inland will bring visitors to lovely mountainous villages, interesting sightseeing and spots of natural beauty. During your Naxos holidays, do not miss the two giant statues of Kouros, the towers that the Venetians and Marco Sanudo constructed and the ancient sanctuaries.

    In this travel guide of Naxos island, you will find all the information you need about your trip. As it is located in the centre of the Aegean Sea, Naxos holidays can be easily combined with other Greek islands, such as Paros and Mykonos.

    Organize your holidays

    Check our travel services about Naxos and organize your trip there: see the hotels we suggest, book your ferry tickets to Naxos, have a look on the island hopping packages that include Naxos, make a car reservation or book a tour. If you do not want to get into all the details, tell us what you need and we will organize the entire trip for you.


    Hotels in Naxos

    A large number of hotels, family apartments, and rooms to let are found in or close to Chora, the capital of the island. Chora has accommodations for every taste, including traditional venues and also modern hotels and resorts. Additionally, all beaches from Agios Georgios down to Mikri Vigla have good accommodation options, including self-catering apartments and studios, beach hotels and upscale resorts with many facilities. The beaches of Agia Anna, Plaka and Agios Prokopios are convenient places to stay due to their proximity to the main town. Holidays in Naxos is particularly suitable for families and couples.

    Highlights in Naxos

    Clean waters of Agios Prokopios
    Agios Prokopios is among the most beautiful beaches in Naxos, with clean waters and soft sand. Due to its proximity to the main town, this is a convenient place to stay during your holidays in Naxos.
    The sandy beach of Plaka
    Plaka beach is large in size and has crystal waters. Some accommodations, fish taverns and water sports centres line up this beach, while it also has room for privacy.
    Venetian Castle in Naxos Town
    Kastro is the oldest and most picturesque quarter in the Town. Surrounded by large Venetian walls, this quarter has few boutique hotels and narrow streets to walk around.
    Lovely corner in Apiranthos
    Located in the northern side of the island, Apiranthos is a beautiful village with traditional architecture. Surrounded by lush greenery, the region around Apiranthos is nice for hiking.
    Narrow street in Halki
    The village of Halki has traditional architecture with Cycladic and Venetian elements. In summer, the International Axia Festival is organized in the square of Halki.
    Kouros Statues
    In the countryside of the island, there are two statues of Kouros: one in Melanes and the other in Apollonas. Both these large statues are left on the exact site where they were excavated.
    Temple of Demeter in Sangri
    The ancient temple of Demeter is located in a short walk from Ano Sangri, an inland village. It dates from the 6th century BC and was dedicated to the goddess of grain. Next to the temple is an old chapel.
    View from Koronos
    Koronos is a mountainous villagewith picturesque architecture. Surrounded by imposing nature, many hiking trails are found in the region and lead to interesting monuments, churches and small gorges.
    Kitesurfing in Mikri Vigla
    The long and secluded beach of Mikri Vigla, on the southern side of Naxos, is the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spot on the island. Nice taverns line up the sandy coast.
    Amazing nature at Potamia village
    The village of Potamia actually consists of three settlements: Ano, Mesi and Kato Potamia. Hiking from one settlement to the other is a unique experience.
    Panagia Drossiani Church
    Near the village of Moni is the interesting church of Panagia Drossiani. This church was constructed in the 6th century AD and the interior has valuable wall paintings.
    Boat trip to Small Cyclades islands
    Explore the lovely islands of Koufonisia and Iraklia in Small Cyclades through this boat trip from the Town. These two islands have gorgeous waters and totally secluded atmosphere.
    Picturesque harbor of Moutsouna
    The fishing port of Moutsouna is located on the eastern side of the island. This is a lovely place with a small beach in front of the settlement and few fish taverns along the port.
    Venetian towers in countryside
    In the Middle Ages, this island was conquered by the Venetians, who left an evident mark on the island. Many Venetian towers are found in Naxos, some ruined and others turned into museums.
    Try scuba diving in Naxos
    Naxos is a wonderful island for scuba diving. The surrounding sea bottom is rich in reefs, ship wrecks and bombarded German airplanes to explore. Diving trips to close spots are also organized.
    Windsurfing and kitesurfing
    Due to the strong summer winds, Naxos is the best island in Cyclades to enjoy windsurfing and kite surfing. These two sports are largely practiced particularly in Mikri Vigla, Laguna, Plaka and other beaches on the western side.

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