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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 Santorini, Paros and Mykonos islands, but Naxos is relatively unknown, staying (so far) under the mainstream radar.
Actually, Naxos is a paradise on earth. Are you ready to discover it?

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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! Are you ready to explore it?

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The most popular way to reach Naxos is by ferry from Athens but the island can also be reached by plane. 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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  • Plaka, the long sandy beach
    Category: Beaches
    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
    Category: Things to see
    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
  • Walk in the Kastro (castle)
    Category: Things to see
    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
    Category: Beaches
    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.
  • Aliko beach
    Category: Beaches
    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
    Category: Sports
    Take a kitesurfing lesson! Naxos is one of the most popular destinations in Greece for kitesurfing.
  • Day Cruise to Koufonisia island
    Category: Tours & Activities
    Discover the beauty of Koufonisia island with a day cruise from Naxos!
  • Apiranthos, the mountainous village
    Category: Villages
    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.
  • The Temple of Demeter
    Category: Things to see
    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.
  • Halki, the cosmopolitan village
    Category: Villages
    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.
  • Ancient Kouros of Melanes
    Category: Things to see
    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.
  • Hike along Potamia river
    Category: Things to see
    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.
  • Monastery of Kalamitsia
    Category: Things to see
    Kalamitsia is a deserted Jesuit Monastery of extreme beauty that worth to be visited.
  • Hike to Zas mountain
    Category: Things to see
    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.
  • Kouros of Apollonas
    Category: Things to see
    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
    Category: Things to see
    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.
  • Moutsouna little harbor
    Category: Villages
    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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