Best locations in Naxos for your stay

Jump to:

Before you start looking for a hotel, it is useful to be fairly certain of the location in which you would like to stay in Naxos.
The first step is to get an idea of what different places in Naxos look like.
Naxos is one of the biggest Cycladic islands, which means it offers diverse sceneries.
Would you like to stay in a central spot, full of shops, restaurants and other facilities or a small seaside village?
Some accommodation options are located in popular beaches or other crowded spots, while others may have a remote location that ensures privacy and tranquility.

View the Map

Naxos’ most touristically developed area is the western coast: the most popular places among those looking for accommodation are: Chora (main town), Stelida, Agios Georgios, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Orkos and Mikri Vigla.
Other beachfront destinations that are more quiet and offer significantly less facilities are: Kastraki, Pyrgaki, Agiassos and Glyfada.
In addition, a few accommodation options are available in small traditional villages that are located away from the coast but are really peaceful and will introduce you to the rural way of life, such as Potamia, Sangri, Halki and a few more.
For a remote but seafront location with hardly any tourism infrastructures in situ, you may choose Apollonas or Moutsouna.

Discover the best places in Naxos for your stay and our recommendation of best hotels by area/location

Plaka Beach

1. Plaka beach

With its light blue waters and silky white sand, Plaka is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades.
The seemingly endless seashore is 4 km long and although there are many hotels and other facilities at a very short distance from the beach, the natural landscape remains beautifully unspoilt.
A small part of the beach is organized, providing sun loungers and umbrellas. In this area, you will also come across some of the best restaurants and bars on the island. If you choose to stay in Plaka, it is almost certain that you will have amazing sea views and the beach will only be a few meters away.
﹢ Positives: It is considered as one of the top accommodation choices for travellers seeking an amazing beach on their doorstep, beautiful hotels with sea views and a more relaxing atmosphere.
﹣ Negatives: Transportation is required for visiting other locations on the island.

❤ Our recommendations:

Blue Harmony (3 keys)
Plaza Beach Hotel (3 stars)
Medusa Beach Resort (4 keys)
Stella Apartments (3 stars)

Agios Prokopios Beach

2. Agios Prokopios beach

Agios Prokopios is one of the most popular beaches on Naxos, located only 5 km away from Chora.
It is exceptionally well-developed in terms of touristic facilities, offering numerous restaurants, beach bars, bakeries and mini markets.
The beach itself has both organized and unorganized sections and even though it can get quite overcrowded, you will certainly find a few nice spots to enjoy the turquoise sea waters. The vivid nightlife makes Agios Prokopios popular among young travelers, while a bus line connects this area to Chora and other beaches.
Accommodation options in Agios Prokopios come with a truly convenient location.

﹢ Positives: Agios Prokopios is hands down one of the must-see seashores on the island. Booking your hotel here means that you will have quick and easy access to one of the most important parts of your holidays in Naxos: swimming in pristine turquoise waters and laying on a white sandy beach. Being a well-developed touristic area, you are sure to find anything you need: supermarkets, bakeries, fine restaurants, cafes and bars. Agios Prokopios is connected by bus with Chora and other beaches. Also due to the presence of beach bars, it is very popular among young travelers.
﹣ Negatives: Hotel rates may be augmented in periods of high demand so you should book early on to avoid extra expenses!

❤ Our recommendations:

18 Grapes (5 stars)
Golden Sun (3 keys)
Naxian Collection (Luxury)
Francesca Hotel (2 stars)


3. Chora

Chora is the capital Town of Naxos and the best-developed place on the entire island. It is full of shops, restaurants and bars, while the main port is one step away from it.
Some neighborhoods may be somewhat noisy but others are more quiet, and its picturesque alleys are lovely for evening strolls. Accommodation in Chora ensures that you will be very close to a lot of the island’s most significant landmarks, including the Castle, Portara and the Archaeological Museum.
This location is highly recommended for those arriving at the port with no intention of renting a car, since at a short walking distance you will find anything you may need. There are regular bus lines and taxis that will take you to see other parts of the island. If you want to be where the action is, you know that there is no better option than Chora.

﹢ Positives: It is a pivotal location, very vivid with lots of restaurants, shops and cafes. There are many budget accommodation options here. Also, it is ideal for short stays in Naxos and a perfect choice, if you are not renting a car since the central bus station with frequent schedules to most of the island’s touristic parts and the taxi station, are located at the port and are reachable within a short walking distance. Also in the surrounding area of Chora, visitors can find luxury hotels.
﹣ Negatives: There is no direct access to a gratifying beach. You will either need to take a bus/taxi or your car to reach one. The nearest beach to Chora is Agios Georgios which can be reachable on foot. Many of the Hotels at Chora, especially the low-budget ones, can be somewhat outdated and not with significant views. Also since it is central, it is prone to become noisy at times. Last but not least, if you have a car you will be obligated to park it in one of the main parking areas since cars are prohibited inside the town.

❤ Our recommendations:

Anassa Naxos (2 keys)
Venetiko (3 keys)
Naxos Panorama Hotel (2 stars)
Venetiko Apartments (3 keys)

Agios Georgios beach

4. Agios Georgios beach

The nearest beach to Chora is Agios Georgios. It is very well-developed, full of bars, restaurants and all sorts of seafront facilities that attract numerous visitors.
The sandy beach is very long and has shallow waters, which makes it a safe place for families with small children.
You will find organized parts where you can enjoy the comfort of sun umbrellas and loungers, without having to bring your own stuff and unorganized spots as well. Inexpensive accommodation is also possible in this area. Keep in mind that because of its very convenient location, Agios Georgios Beach is likely to get overcrowded during the peak summer season.

﹢ Positives: Booking a hotel in Agios Georgios, is a decent choice. It is very close to Chora, has a relatively nice beach (although not ranking among the top ones on the island, it is definitely good enough to spend sufficient time for relaxation on it). There are some inexpensive accommodation options and it is very popular with families travelling with children. The natural attributes that facilitate this type of tourism are surely the sandy seashore and the surprisingly shallow waters, allowing for safe and carefree kids’ playtime.
﹣ Negatives: As with every well-known location, it will inevitably become crowded, especially during the peak summer season- but do not fret! You can always catch a bus or rent a car in order to easily explore Naxos’s numerous beaches at your own pace. Lastly, as regards the hotels, their decor and design are rather minimal and simplistic, allowing you to focus on the natural beauties of the island rather than staying indoors.

❤ Our recommendations:

Alkyoni Beach hotel (4 stars)
Galaxy Hotel (3 stars)
Nissaki Beach Hotel (4 stars)
Astir of Naxos (3 stars)
Galaxy Hotel (3 stars)
Galini Hotel (2 stars)

Hotels in Stelida

5. Stelida

Stelida is considered a central region, located very close to Chora and the Airport of Naxos.
Although the village is not exactly seafront, the area is quite popular for high-end accommodation as it is full of luxurious resorts. You will certainly need a car to go to the nearest beach or restaurants, shops and other facilities. Nevertheless, many resorts may offer all inclusive stay and have on-site restaurants, pools and other facilities, which is great for a lazy vacation.

﹢ Positives: Central region with grand resorts.
﹣ Negatives: It is rather far from the beach. Shops, restaurants or other facilities are not within walking distance.

❤ Our recommendations:

Kedros Villas (3 keys)
Villa Marandi ( 4 stars)
Kouros Art Hotel ( 4 stars)

Agia Anna beach

6. Agia Anna beach

The small fishing harbour and beach of Agia Anna is located 7 km away from Chora. It is a safe and popular area, with a wide variety of nice traditional taverns and accommodation options available.
Its sandy beach is truly beautiful and a short walking distance away from shops, bars and cafes.
A bus line connects Agia Anna to Chora, as well as some other parts of the island, although renting a car is by far the best way to travel around and see other places. You will find hotels, studios and rooms for all budgets in this area.

﹢ Positives: Agia Anna is one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. This has made it a popular destination and a safe choice for many different kinds of travellers. There are many cozy hotels and rooms to let and most of them are in very good condition, whereas some have a sea view. Also, pleasant restaurants are located here along with many shops, mini markets and pharmacies. There is a bus stop in the region that can take you to Chora and a few other beaches as well.
﹣ Negatives: It is a tourist area and although there is a bus station, a car would be recommended if you want to explore the island at a more relaxed pace.

❤ Our recommendations:

Annita’s Village (3 stars)
Iria Beach ( 4 stars)
Castello studios (2 keys)

Mikri Vigla beach

7. Mikri Vigla beach

Mikri Vigla Beach is the most popular meeting point among sea sport enthusiasts in Naxos.
There is a large kitesurfing and windsurfing community, as well as centers that offer lessons or sessions for all experience levels.
Accommodation here is highly recommended for those who are looking for a place very close to the best beach for kitesurfing and windsurfing but the calm area may also be a good choice for families. Even if you’re not into sea sports, nearby you will find Sahara beach, which is significantly less crowded and ideal for swimming peacefully, away from the sea sport hustle and bustle at the windy beach of Mikri Vigla.

﹢ Positives: If you are travelling for Kitesurfing/windsurfing this is your ideal location since it is the closest to the beach. Also, apart from the windsurfing spot of Mikri Vigla, Sahara beach is nearby. Its natural protection from the wind and waves makes it ideal for swimming.
﹣ Negatives: It is a windy region so swimmers’ caution and compliance with the lifeguards’ instructions on such days are crucial.

❤ Our recommendations:

Victoria Studios (2 keys)
Erato Studios (2 keys)

Orkos beach

8. Orkos beach

Orkos beach consists of numerous smaller coves that are covered with silky sand and are characterized by particularly clear sea waters.
It is an unspoilt area, ideal for families or anyone who is looking for quiet and peaceful accommodation, away from the island’s more crowded parts.
Besides a few shops in the area of Mikri Vigla, you will not find many facilities in this area and the lack of tourism infrastructures allows the visitors to combine seafront accommodation with serenity. In addition to the beautiful landscape, the good summer winds and its proximity to Mikri Vigla beach make Orkos a popular place among kitesurfers and windsurfers.

﹢ Positives: Accommodation in this area comes with calmness and privacy and the pristine nature will make your vacation unforgettable. At the same time, Orkos is located very close to the more popular beach of Plaka, and Mikri Vigla, another popular kitesurfing spot.
﹣ Negatives: The lack of facilities may cause inconveniences and a car is required to go to other places.

Agiassos beach

9. Agiassos beach

The vast sandy beach of Agiassos is the perfect place for anyone who wants to explore some remote areas in Naxos.
It is one of the most tranquil locations to stay, but at the same time, Agiassos also offers some convenient facilities, including a few restaurants where you can eat.
The shallow, crystal clear waters and silky sand at the beach make this place a great choice for families travelling with small children. The unspoilt scenery of Naxian wilderness is truly wonderful, great for anyone looking for a relaxing accommodation.

﹢ Positives: Accommodation in Agiassos is either seafront or only a few meters away from the beach. The location is ideal if you wish to avoid crowded parts of the island and the beach is safe for kids.
﹣ Negatives: Agiassos is a remote location, quite far from other places with more facilities, including Naxos Town. Renting a car is necessary to get to other parts of the island.

Kastraki beach

10. Kastraki beach

The seemingly endless sandy beach of Kastraki is located at a short walking distance away from the village.
It is a very calm area and the unorganized beach is ideal for peaceful swimming away from the hustle and bustle of other more popular places of the island.
In addition to a few nice accommodation options, you will also find some conveniently located shops and restaurants in this area.

﹢ Positives: Accommodation in Kastraki will give you the opportunity to be really close to one of the island’s most tranquil beaches.
﹣ Negatives: You will need a car to explore other parts of the island.

Potamia village

11. Potamia village

Potamia consists of three small traditional settlements, Ano, Kato and Mesi Potamia.
The mountainous landscape is truly beautiful and one of a kind in Naxos, much different from all the other popular locations and seafront resorts on the island.
In addition to a few hiking paths that will allow you to explore the magnificent rural landscape and local vegetation, you will also see several landmarks in this area, including stone-built ruins and old churches. Potamia is certainly non-touristic, with barely any facilities except one or two places to eat. You will have the opportunity to see unusual places and immerse yourself in the authentic rural life in these beautiful mountain villages of Naxos.

﹢ Positives: The area offers unique sights and the tranquility of the countryside, with a great background for those who would like to see something other than the typical seaside landscapes of Naxos.
﹣ Negatives: Potamia is located far from the sea and the options are very limited in terms of accommodation.

Pyrgaki beach

12. Pyrgaki beach

Located very close to the famous beaches of Aliko (Agios Giorgos & Hawaii), the beach of Pyrgaki is a calm and beautiful area, offering accommodation very close to the sea.
The sandy beach of Pyrgaki is great for relaxiaion, while its shallow pristine waters make it a great choice for families with children.
Accommodation in Pyrgaki offers the opportunity to unwind and enjoy one of the most tranquil parts of the Naxian landscape. It is worth mentioning that only a very small section of the beach is organized and there are practically no facilities other than a few taverns. Renting a car is highly recommended for anyone planning to stay there.

﹢ Positives: Pyrgaki Beach is ideal for calm and peaceful accommodation close to the sea, excellent for families of anyone who appreciates tranquility and the beauty of local wilderness.
﹣ Negatives: There are hardly any facilities in the area and you will probably need a car.

Sangri village

13. Sangri village

Sangri offers a wonderful countryside background for your accommodation.
It consists of two small traditional settlements, Ano Sangri and Kato Sangri, and it is a peaceful area with abandoned houses, old towers, ancient temple ruins, churches and other historical landmarks.
Accommodation options may be limited but they ensure a private and tranquil stay, excellent for anyone who is looking for a non-touristic place and is eager to explore the impressive old ruins scattered around the area.

﹢ Positives: Sangri combines historical monuments with an unspoilt landscape and is ideal for nature lovers who would like to explore remote places.
﹣ Negatives: There are no shops or other facilities except for one tavern. Sangri is not located close to the sea, therefore renting a car is necessary to go to the beach or find places to eat.