Naxos island is the largest among the Cycladic group of Islands. It is located 103 nautical miles southeast of Athens and the history of the island is strongly connected to its position.
The shape of Naxos is almost round, while its total area is big compared to the other islands, with 429 square kilometers. The coastline is 150 km long and beaches can be both sandy and rocky.
Naxos has a population of 20.000 inhabitants. Half of them live in Chora, the main town of Naxos.
The island generally has extremely moderate temperatures but its proximity to the sea creates humid conditions as well. Summers and winters are typically mild on Naxos Greece. The popular wind Meltemi blows across the island from the north during the summer months and its strength increases from the middle of July to the middle of August.
Due to the island's location right at the center of Cyclades, the winds tend to be stronger and make it a perfect haven for windsurfers. All these factors make the soil rich and fertile, thus giving good quality products each year. The uniqueness about this island is that its landscape is varied. The tall mountainous ranges are contrasted by the lush fertile valleys which slope down to form exotic and panoramic white and golden sandy beaches with azure waters enchanting the visitors on the island.
Mount Zas has the tallest peak rising 1004 meters above sea level. The geography of Naxos is known for its huge coasts located on the western side of the island, where beaches are sandy. The western coast is more remote and the coastline is rocky. The villages located in the fertile valleys are Halki, Tripodes, Melanes, Sangri, and Egares. The main occupation of the islanders is farming, cattle breeding, and fishing.
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View the map of Naxos with the main villages, beaches, and sightseeing. Also, the location of the port and the airport. View: Map of Naxos