• Amorgos

    Amorgos

    swimming in "the big blue"

  • Antiparos

    Antiparos

    tiny but secluded

  • Koufonissi

    Koufonissi

    the jewel of the small cyclades

  • Kythnos

    Kythnos

    with innumerous sandy beaches and coves

  • Sifnos

    Sifnos

    a dreamlike destination

Naxos island

Naxos is the largest and greenest island of the Cyclades, third largest in the Mediterranean Sea and in the center of the Cycladic complex, between Mykonos and Paros which is closest. The island is ideal for families and couples. Greece is famous for its blue flag beaches and Naxos provides several of them. Among the most beautiful beaches on the island are those of Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla, Orkos and Plaka, while the entire western coastline is ideal for watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing. Strong winds blow there in the afternoon but can also do so most of the day.

A drive inland presents picturesque villages and sightseeing of interest that includes mount Zas almost in the center of the island, the extensive fertile valleys of the Tragea region, lush gorges and stunning sea views. An assortment of traditional villages are spread over the entire island but those that offer special views and interest are perched high on mountain tops. A good example of this is at Apiranthos where many of the older inhabitants still wear their traditional garb! Beautiful old churches, some of which are over 1,000 years old, monasteries and Venetian towers and castles coexist harmoniously with Cycladic cube like houses.

Naxos island in Cyclades, Greece

Naxos is also where according to mythology, the god of wine Dionysus was born which explains why an important sanctuary dedicated to him exists in-land along with another important sanctuary dedicated to Dimitra. Both are worth seeing.

A perfect photo opportunity presents itself upon entering the port at the islet of Palatia where the massive “Portára” stands entry to the temple of Apollo, a solid marble post and lintel dating to the 6th century BC. if you are lucky enough you may even get the opportunity to photograph Portara in the foreground with the whitewashed houses of Hóra capital of Náxos behind it. The capital of Náxos’ landmark is an imposing Venetian castle built above the port. The old medieval town is surrounded by a wall and is paved with stone alleys called kalderímia where Cycladic and Medieval architecture blends.

How to get to Naxos

Travel to Naxos by ferry or plane
Travel to Naxos
Find out how you can travel to Naxos by ferry or airplane, depending on the season.

The highlights of Naxos

The beaches of Naxos

The secluding beaches of Naxos

More than 30 beaches !!!

Yes, it is true. The island of Naxos offers the greatest variety of beaches you could ever hope to find & endless opportunities for explorations.

The villages of Naxos

The traditional villages of Naxos

Traditional or modern Naxos villages, inhabited or abandoned, one thing is for sure, you won't ever get bored.

The various activities

Naxos activities

A wide variety of activities during your holiday

Taste new experiences during your holiday on Naxos. You may enjoy surfing, walking, snorkelling, sailing, horseback riding, cooking and so many more ...

Family holidays on Naxos

Naxos holidays

Naxos is mostly a family destination. It is ideal for families with small children.

Top Naxos Beaches Photos

The best beaches of Naxos
Naxos.net friends have selected the most wonderful photos of Naxos beaches. Have fun ...
CYCLADES ISLANDS
Amorgos island

Amorgos island

It lays to the east of Naxos island and it covers an area of approximately ...

Anafi island

Anafi island

Located at the southernmost area of the Cyclades Group, Anafi covers an area of ...

Andros island

Andros island

Located at the northernmost part of the Cyclades, Andros is the second island in ...

Antiparos island

Antiparos island

This tiny island who approximately 1200 people call home, is located west of ...

Delos island

Delos island

One of the most famous travel destinations in Cyclades is Delos, this tiny uninhabited ...

Donoussa island

Donoussa island

Located east of Naxos, Donoussa is a small and hard to reach island with ...

Folegandros island

Folegandros island

Steep rocky cliffs plunge into the Aegean to form small sandy beaches in between ...

Iraklia island

Iraklia island

The ideal destination for quaint holidays in the Cyclades is Iraklia. Just a dot ...

Ios island

Ios island

The flower of the Cyclades Íos (means flower) or Niós , as the locals call it ...

Kea island

Kea island

Kea (locally also known as Tzia) is the westernmost inhabited island of the ...

Keros island

Keros island

The islet of Keros called Keria in ancient times, is located just 2 nautical ...

Kimolos island

Kimolos island

Kimolos is located on the southwestern edge of Cyclades only 900 meters from ...

Koufonissia island

Koufonissia islands

Two islands are separated by a narrow strait, just 200 meters. At Kato Koufonissi ...

Kythnos island

Kythnos island

The unspoiled beautiful mountainous island located in the western part of the Cyclades ...

Milos island

Milos island

The island’s clear waters and its beaches of incomparable beauty will offer you an ...

Mykonos island

Mykonos island

Where the epitome of glamour meets simplicity, in a cosmopolitan atmosphere ...

Naxos island

Naxos island

Amazing shores, impressive towers, traditional villages, Naxos has it all ...

Paros island

Paros island

Among the most popular in Cyclades, mostly known for its nightlife ...

Santorini island

Santorini island

A world class travel destination with breathtaking caldera views ...

Schinoussa island

Schinoussa island

A small and quaint gem with sandy beaches, for quiet holidays ...

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