NAXOS TRAVEL GUIDE

Find out everything about your holidays in Naxos on our travel guide! Discover the best things to do in Naxos, fantastic beaches, top hotels, and restaurants, as well as a wide selection of breathtaking photos!
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and, definitely, one of the most beautiful Greek islands! It may be a short ferry ride away from the super famous Paros and Mykonos islands, but Naxos is relatively unknown, staying under the mainstream radar. It is easily reachable from Athens.

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Despite being relatively underrated, compared to the neighboring Greek islands, Naxos is one of the most interesting destinations in Greece! Its glorious ancient past and strong influences of the Venetians and the Franks are responsible for the abundance of ancient sites. Naxos breathes history!
Apart from its impressive monuments, though, Naxos boasts a beautiful natural landscape, as it is the greenest island of the Cyclades. Imposing mountains, green valleys, beautiful beaches, and rural villages will exalt nature lovers’ spirits!

Naxos Greece sits in the center of Cyclades islands group, in the heart of the Aegean sea. It is the biggest and the greenest island of the Cyclades, boasting a magnificent natural landscape! The island’s rich history is reflected in the many archaeological sites that embellish it. The most iconic of them -and the trademark of Naxos- is Portara, the remaining gate of an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo.

Naxos Chora, the main town of Naxos, is a wonderful mixture of Venetian and traditional Cycladic architecture. Above the Cycladic whitewashed houses of Chora stands the imposing Venetian castle, oozing a medieval charm!

Are you a thrill-seeker? There’s a whole heap of amazing things to do in Naxos’ nature! Visit enchanting mountain villages, explore Mount Zas, test your skills in water sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing, hike in the verdant nature… Naxos holiday is a never-ending adventure!

As for Naxos beaches, they are considered as some of the best beaches of the Cyclades islands! The coastline of Naxos is fringed with small coves, creating an array of beautiful sandy- and uncrowded- beaches with cobalt waters. Don’t leave the island before having a dip in Mikri Vigla beach, Agios Georgios beach, and Plaka beach.

Naxos island is the ultimate unpretentious summer escape!

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HOW TO GET TO NAXOS?

The most popular way to reach Naxos is by ferry but the island can also be reached by plane from Athens. You can also include Naxos in an island-hopping itinerary as the island is well connected with Santorini, Paros, Mykonos and more.

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HIGHLIGHTS: BEST THINGS TO DO

Discover the best things do in Naxos! From Naxos sightseeing to activities, we give you the best recommendations for the ultimate Naxos holidays experience! You can also view the best things to do by category.

  • Plaka, the long sandy beach
    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.
  • Sunset from Portara
    The Portara, or the Great Door, is essentially a massive marble doorway, that stands proudly as the jewel of Naxos. It lies close to the port, on the islet of Palatia
  • A stay at Ayiopetra
    Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways is a unique place. It is located in Sangri and offers a unique experience and atmosphere.
  • Walk in the Kastro (castle)
    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.
  • Agios Prokopios beach
    Agios Prokopios is among the most beautiful beaches in Naxos, with clean waters and soft sand. Due to its proximity to the town, this is a convenient place to stay during holidays in Naxos.
  • Full-Day Boat Trip to Santorini
    Visit the stunning island of Santorini on a full-day boat trip from Naxos. Experience the wild beauty of one of the most beautiful locations in Greece.
  • Dinner at Axiotissa restaurant
    Axiotissa is the most famous restaurant in Naxos and there are good reasons for that. You need to book in advance.
  • Ferry trips to nearby islands
    Enjoy nearby islands like Paros, Donoussa, Schinoussa, Iraklia by ferry for day trips.
  • Aliko beach
    Discover the remote area of Aliko and its many beaches and coves. Some of the beaches are protected from the strong winds.
  • Kitesurfing in Mikri Vigla
    Take a kitesurfing lesson! Naxos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece for kitesurfing.
  • Day Cruise to Koufonisia island
    Discover the beauty of Koufonisia island with a day cruise from Naxos!
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  • Apiranthos, the mountainous village
    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.
  • Stay at
    To Armiro is one of the most beautiful hotels on the island and with a direct way to the amazing beach of Plaka.
  • The Temple of Demeter
    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.
  • Dinner with a view at Kontos
    Kontos restaurant offers amazing food with breathtaking views of the clear waters and the untouched surroundings.
  • Sahara beach (Limanakia)
    Sahara beach (or Limanakia) is a beach that should not be missed. It offers amazing calm and turquoise waters and a nice tavern.
  • Coffee at 1739 Terrasse
    It is worth stopping at cafe 1739 and enjoy your coffee in an absolutely unique place in the castle of Chora, offering amazing views.
  • Halki, the cosmopolitan village
    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.
  • Fish & Olive gallery
    Once in Halki village, do not miss Fish & Olive and their amazing and fine work in ceramic.
  • Windsurfing lessons
    Naxos is a windy island. Do no miss to get some windsurfing lessons in the many beaches of the island
  • Sweets at Dolce Vita
    Once in Halki village, do not miss the sweets of Christina at the Dolce Vita cafe and more particularly the Chocco Pralina!
  • Vallindras Kitron Distillery
    This small distillery is located in the village of Halki and today works mostly as a museum where you can taste the famous Kitron liqueur.
  • Ancient Kouros of Melanes
    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.
  • Traditional food at Vassilis Tavern
    Vassilis Tavern is among the best places for dinner. It is found in Melanes, a countryside village in Naxos, not too far from town.
  • Hike along Potamia river
    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.
  • Cocktails at Jazz & Blues
    Jazz and Blues is a backstreet bar offering great coktails and a great atmosphere in the alleys of Naxos town.
  • Bazeos Cultural center
    The Bazeos Tower is located in the mainland, on the road to Halki and hosts contemporary works of art as well as happenings of cultural interest.
  • Vioma, the cooking workshop
    Learn how to cook Naxian delicacies at Vioma cooking workshop at Kaloksilos village.
  • Monastery of Kalamitsia
    Kalamitsia is a deserted Jesuit Monastery of extreme beauty that worth to be visited.
  • Hike to Zas mountain
    Mount Zas is the tallest mountain of Naxos island and also the tallest mountain of the Cyclades. Located 18 km from Naxos Town, it is strongly connected to the history and geography of the island.
  • Open-air Cinema
    Enjoy the latest movies under the stars at Cine Naxos, the open-air cinema of Naxos!
  • Kouros of Apollonas
    The statue in Apollonas, also known as the Kouros of Apollonas is exceeding 10 meters in height. The archaeologists haven't actually decided on whether the statue depicts the god Apollo or the god Dionysus.
  • Byzantine church of Drossiani
    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.
  • Scuba diving lessons
    Naxos is a great diving destination. The island is surrounded by many shipwrecks and reefs with rich flora and fauna.
  • Pocket Gallery
    Tsepi/Pocket Gallery specialises in Greek art and design. They represent 6 artists working on Naxos and have collections of contemporary Greek ceramics from 8 different workshops.
  • Cycladia Cultural Center
    The Cycladia Center hosts various cultural events such as sculpture symposia, photography exhibitions by Greek or Foreign Artists, workshops, concerts, and performances.
  • Moutsouna little harbor
    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.
  • Monastery of Fotodotis
    The architecture of this monastery looks intensively like a fortress. Originally the monastery was founded in the 6th century AD and tradition says that it was constructed by a Byzantine princess

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