Naxos is the biggest island of the Cyclades, very famous for the amazing sandy beaches and the characteristic typical Greek villages. This island is the perfect destination if you are searching for a quiet place, a sunny vacation and incredible sea! With Mykonos, Paros and Santorini, Naxos is one of the most famous Greek islands in the Aegean Sea. If you want to see also archeological sites, churches and museums, Naxos is your island! It is also possible to practice various water sports and biking and hiking. The blue sea is calm and perfect for a relaxing swim, the color of the sunset is unforgettable and every restaurant will welcome you with a big smile…your holiday starts now! If you are a couple searching for a romantic sunset and a dream accommodation or if you are a family looking for a family friendly island, Naxos can be your next Summer Greek Vacation.
CHORA, THE CAPITAL OF NAXOS
Chora is the capital of Naxos Island, but for the most of the tourists, it is known as Naxos Town! It is the typical Greek small town, a perfect mix between the modern and the ancient Greece. You can find shops, restaurants, taverns and many more entertaining. Very suggested is a walk along the seaside, its street called “Paralia” is the perfect place where to spend a romantic night. The Portara is the door of the temple of Apollo, it is the first thing you’ll see arriving with the ferry. With its majesty, it will make you love this place from the first sight. The legend says that this doorway to the Temple of Apollo was built in 522 B.C. by the Tyrant Lygdamis but it was never completed. The Portara is situated on a small island in front of the town. Very suggestive is to wait the sunset to take the best picture of your Greek holiday. The other famous place of Chora is the Venetian Castle. It has built in 1207 by Markus Sanoudos II and it is a very interesting place to visit with the Archaeological Museum and the Catholic Cathedral. This area is also very famous for the Old Market Street, amazing place full of typical restaurants, taverns and shops where you can spend your time after the sunset. During the summer, you can attend concerts and exhibitions that take place in the Castle area, with an incredible view to the sea. The Naxos Nightlife is also famous, with its bars and discotheque on the beach, where spend your time having fun with your friends and drinking the perfect cocktail.
NAXOS OLD VILLAGES
We suggest you to rent a car and take a few days to visit the wonderful picturesque villages around the island and to discover the ancient Greek folklore. Only one hour by car from Chora, you can stop in Apiranthos, located 600 m. from the sea level where you can take unforgettable pictures to share with your friends! When you arrive, you’ll be surprised by the ancient marble stairs that will welcome you with little shops. You can have lunch or dinner in one of the nice typical Greek restaurants and taverns… but please remember also to visit all the museums: the Folklore Museum, the Geological Museum, the Apiranthos Archaeological Museum, the Visual Arts Museum and the Museum of Natural History. You can continue your trip to Filoti, for sure one of the most famous villages of Naxos, we absolutely suggest you to have a walk in the little streets and to breeze the real typical Greek atmosphere. Absolutely don’t forget to visit the beautiful Church of Panagia Filotitissa that is dedicated to the Assumption of the Virgin. Your trip to discover Naxos continues to Chalki, just 30 minutes from Chora, where you can visit the Church of Panagia, considered the oldest church of the entire island, and the other byzantine churches close to the village. During your visit you will be able to find the Big Kouros, three giant statues from the archaic period (700-600 BC). Two of them are located in Flerio, near the village of Melanes and the third is located near the village of Apollonas. They are about 10 meters high representing the God Dionysus. The legend says that the 3 statues of Kouroi express the way in which the Gods were conceived in that historical period, as human but much larger than men. Only one hour to the north by car from Chora, you can reach Apollonas, a typical fishing little village on the sea, the restaurants are so close to the water that you will have the feeling to eat with the fishes. Finally the last stop of your trip, in the south of the island, is the Temple of Demeter, in the village of Sangri, a very interesting archaeological monument (530 BC). If you want to take some amazing breathtaking photos, this tour is the perfect suggestion!
NAXOS MOST POPULAR BEACHES
Naxos is very popular for the fine and clean sandy beaches… from Ag. Prokopios to Agiassos you can spend whole days within the transparent water and white sand… At your arrival we will provide you with the best beaches to visit and a daily plan dedicated for your staying. From coast to coast, you’ll be surprised every day by the beauty of Naxos beaches!
In Chora you can find St. George Beach, with its bars, restaurants, attractions and water sport shops you will immediately feel on holidays. At only 4 km from Chora, there is the famous Agios Prokopios. The color of the water makes this beach one of the most beautiful of the entire country. Next to it, Agia Anna is the perfect spot for the sunset view. Plaka is the most popular beach with hotels, restaurants and beach bars. The day after you can go to Mikri Vigla, the famous beach for kitesurf and windsurf lovers! We suggest you to spend time in this amazing beach, watching all the kites flying in the sky on the incredible blue water! Mikri Vigla is composed by 2 beaches: Parthena and Sahara, both unique! Orkos is less famous but equally very nice to stay, a quieter beach with incredible transparent water! You can continue your tour to Kastraki, Glyfada, Aliko, known with the name of “Hawai Beach”,Pyrgaki and Agiassos.
On the east coast of the island, you can spend one day in Moutsouna, about 1 hour by car from Chora, a very nice little beach with a couple of restaurants, perfect spot for a lunch. Only 30 minutes by car from Moutsona, you can reach an incredible place: nine palms will welcome you in one of the beautiful beaches of Naxos, Panormos, where you can visit Rina Cave with a small boat. On the same coast, we suggest you to spend one day in Lionas Bay, where you can find two typical Greek Fish Taverns where to have an incredible lunch, after a swim in the beautiful blue water of the bay! In this place you really will forget everything for a couple of hours!
And finally, in the south of the Island, Kalados Bay, incredible wild beach with nothing except quiet and transparent blue water and white sand! Don’t worry for the lunch: you can stop in one of the two little restaurants near the beach with an amazing view!
DAILY CRUISES ON THE AEGEAN SEA
Naxos is also perfect for a daily cruise to the marvelous surrounding islands. The Small Cyclades, a group of islands southeast from Naxos, not so popular but still stunning and with unspoiled charm. How to reach from Naxos? Every day, from the port of Chora, the famous ferry Skopelitis, on its route to Amorgos, stops in each island that form the Small Cyclades Archipelago: Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissi and Donoussa and finally Keros.
Paros is right in front of Naxos, only 30 minutes away by ferry! It’s a very nice island, with incredible and wonderful beaches! Naoussa and Parikia will welcome you with amazing restaurants, old streets, churches, taverns and beach bars! This island has a coastline of over 120 km and it will be easy to find both sandy beaches and rocky coastal areas. Paros is also very popular with windsurf and kitesurf lovers. And don’t forget to spend one day in the wonderful small island of Antiparos.
Mykonos is the most famous Greek island in the World and it doesn’t need an official introduction! But we suggest you the most interesting trip ever in Delos. Located only 45 minutes by ferry from Mykonos, this island was considered in the past as the most sacred island of Greece. Delos is one of the smaller islands of the Cyclades but it has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site; according to the mythology, the island of Delos was the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis and today it is a huge archaeological site.
And finally Santorini, 3 hours by ferry from Naxos…. there is no places in the world like Santorini….an incredible island on a volcano with the most famous sunset view in the World! Santorini is a volcanic island, some of its most famous towns are on top of the cliff, overlooking breathtaking views of the Caldera and others are located on the opposite side of the island, on the east side, where the are some beaches. Originally Santorini was circular, later it was gutted by a very strong eruption of the volcano in 1627 a, C. then it was invaded by the waters of the sea, which brought it to its actual conformation of a micro archipelago.
If you want to spend some days in one of these islands… please check our accommodation in the Home Page.
Naxos is very famous for Windsurf and Kitesurf holidays, Mikri Vigla, Glyfada and Kastraki are the best spots for the wind! But you can practice also a lot of other sports, as Hiking and Scuba Diving…. And of course you can keep in shape with the best fitness equipment’s in the Naxos Gyms!
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NAXOS FRIENDLY FAMILY ISLAND
We really think that Naxos is the perfect island for families because there are beautiful beaches, calm and transparent sea, traditional villages, small shops and restaurants, bars and taverns on the sea, with affordable prices for every family! Naxos can be easily reached, either by a 40-minute flight from Athens, or by fast ferries that connect Naxos to the main islands, such as Mykonos, Paros or Santorini and by ship from Athens, in about 5 hours. Naxos is the perfect island for your family holiday escape! The beaches of Naxos are very quiet, like the beach of Agios Georgios, the Chora’s beach, perfect for children because the sea is very quiet and there are several beach bars with umbrellas and sunbeds, perfect for families.
We have personally chosen our Family Hotels and Holidays Homes in Naxos, because the majority of them have family rooms and apartments with 1 or 2 bedrooms and kitchen, perfect solutions for families with children, even small ones. If you are searching for the best Cyclades vacation, Naxos can be your family destination.
THE FAMOUS NAXOS SUNSET
“It is almost impossible to watch a sunset and not dream.”
Bern Williams, English Philosopher.
One of the most popular # on Instragram is the Sunset…all over the World…everybody is crazy for the typical Greek sunset! The Portara will offer you the perfect place to take incredible and wonderful photos! But also all the beaches on the west coast will give you, every evening, the best sunset ever! And your holiday will be definitely perfect!
…..So….Naxos will be your Next Dream Destination?