Azalas beach in Naxos: Naxos boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the country. One of the most secluded ones is Azalas beach. It is located on the eastern side of the island, below the quaint Apiranthos village and 500m from Moutsouna village.
Its trademark is the huge rock formations at the edge of the beach, a phenomenon considered rare for the landscape and beach scenery of Naxos.
Due to their distinguishing structure, you can spot the beach while driving down the windy road from Apiranthos.
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The coast used to be sandy, but now it is mostly pebbly. However, the seabed is mainly sandy, with a few big rocks scattered here and there.
Many coves are formed across the rocky coastline. The geology makes the region suitable for fishing, and that’s why it’s considered a fishermen-favorite spot.
Some trees and bushes lie around the beach, providing shade to some extent.
The waters are azure and crystal clear.
From Azalas, you can view the small uninhabited Makares island on the east side; you can also spot Donoussa island.
Tourism has not reached the area yet, and you’ll encounter only a single-digit number of houses around.
Keep in mind that the beach is isolated and off the beaten track, so you have to take everything you’ll need with you (beach equipment, water, and food). The nearest food options lie in Moutsouna.
Also, note that the beach can be affected by northern winds and it is a good windsurfing spot.
Azalas beach is ideal if you’re looking for a day trip at the beach in privacy. The region features many relatively unknown beaches for anyone who would like to explore new places for swimming. Most of them are accessible only on foot, though.
There are many different ways to get to Azalas from any location on the island. Airport to Azalas: 37.3 km / 23.2 miles | Port to Azalas: 37.7 km / 23.4 miles | Chora to Azalas: 37 km / 23 miles
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus, or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport, or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 22850 25835, 0030 22850 24829, or booking your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere's the option of renting a car and picking it up directly from the airport, port, or your hotel. Using a rental car allows visitors to discover Azalas and many other places of interest at their own pace.
Public transport: No public transport approaches the area; however, if you use the bus that heads to Moutsouna, you can ask the driver to stop at Atsachas - the spot where you can reach Azalas if you take the dirt road on the left. There’s a sign lying there, too. From there, you will need around 15 minutes to arrive at the beach. The central bus station of the island is located at the Port of Naxos. There are buses from Chora to Moutsouna during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. From Naxos Airport to Azalas: Note that there is no bus station at the airport and the best option is to book a car or a transfer. If you still want to use the public bus, after exiting the airport buildings, follow the road to the left. The closest bus stop (Naxos Camp) is located 700 meters away. From Naxos Camp, visitors can take the bus route Plaka - Agia Anna > Chora (approximately every 30 minutes during summer) to Naxos central station. From there, visitors should board a bus. Line 2 heads to Moutsouna. From Naxos Port to Azalas: The bus station is located at the Port of Naxos. From there, visitors who have arrived by ferry should take a bus. Line 2 heads to Moutsouna. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop at every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination in advance.