Naxos

Island in South Aegean

This large island offers a plentiful choice of historical sites, traditional villages, and beaches - a place for road trips, sunsets, and nightlife.

A photo showing a part of the main settlement of Naxos (Chora) taken from the hill of the Portara monument.
photo: TimOve / CC BY 2.0

Naxos Attractions

The Portara among other ruins and part of the settlement of Chora in the background.
photo: WeeFee_Photography
hidden gem

Apollo Temple «Portara»

The huge marble gate of Apollo's unfinished temple still stands offering great framing for pictures of the surrounding sea and town.

Kouroi of Flerio, Melanes

Two unfinished statues dating approximately to the 6th century BC. Most probably, they were abandoned due to damage incurred during transportation.

Early Christian Church «Panagia Drosiani»

Early Christian church built in a superb location overlooking the the Tregea plateau. It got its name for Virgin Mary once answered locals' prayers for rain.

Naxos Things to Do

Local Food & Dishes of Naxos

Local cheeses, meat, vegetables, and, olive oil -described vigorously by chef Anthony Bourdain- have put Naxos on the global gastronomic map.

A picture showing sailing boats floating off the small island of Schinoussa.
distant ≈ 41.2km

Schinoussa Island

The central island of the Lesser Cyclades bears a resemblance to what Greek islands looked like in the 60s. Ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

An image of radiating turquoise sea and the rocky coast of Iraklia Island.
distant ≈ 42.2km

Iraklia Island

The definition of relaxed holidays on an island with an approximate population of 150 inhabitants and no cars or bank services.

An overview of the uninhabited island of Keros - a huge rock shining in a setting sun.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0
distant ≈ 47.7km

Keros Island

Mysterious and uninhabited island where the most ancient sanctuary of the Aegean is located. It is the subject of the documentary "The Enigma of Keros".

Naxos Museums

Naxos Beaches

Agios Prokopios Beach

An almost 4 km long & quite wide sandy beach, it's organized and stands for its turquoise waters having the fame of one of the best Greek beaches.

Mikri Vigla Beach

A sandy, organized beach that is considered ideal for wind surfing, while as revealed by its name, it used to be an observatory of pirate ships.

The beach of Moutsouna on Naxos island just in front of the homonymous settlement.
distant ≈ 27km

Moutsouna Beach

The shallow-water fine sand beach of the homonymous village that is ideal for families and is very close to amazing fresh fish tavernas.

Agia Anna Beach

One of the most popular fine sand beaches of the island, just some kilometers away from Chora located by the homonymous small settlement.

Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos Town

Next to the central settlement (Chora), it's a fine sand fully organized beach that apart for the beach bars it offers water sports options.

Naxos Settlements

Naxos Island Hopping

Paros

A popular tourist destination with vibrant nightlife, here you will indulge yourself with blue-white streets, hiking paths, and golden beaches.

Antiparos

Two strokes away from Paros, this small and tranquil island has narrow streets, excellent restaurants and tavernas, and a famous shallow water beach.

Koufonisia

Backpackers' favorites, out of these four islets, only Ano Koufonisi is permanently inhabited. Find lots of time for yourself with friends on the beach.

Questions & Answers about Naxos

Why Visit Naxos?
  • Hikers' heaven with singed trails that reveal its wilderness or connect its villages.
  • Culinary destination where local potatoes, & cheeses are the absolute highlight.
  • Different rulers left their mark, while a walk in Chora is a trip to middle-ages.
What is Naxos, Greece?

The Greek island of Naxos is located in the center of the Cyclades complex and is the largest and most fertile island of it. Today it's a significant tourist destination, with various landscapes, quality infrastructure, and many facilities. A series of important monuments, rich religious and folk traditions, picturesque villages, and stunning beaches, enhance the experience of every potential guest. The island of Naxos can be reached by ferry from Piraeus or other Cycladic islands, or alternatively through a flight.

What is the origin of the name of the island of Naxos?

The prevailing theories about the name origin of the island are two. First, it is possible to derive from "Naxos", the legendary ruler of the first inhabitants, while according to the second theory the island name can be related to the ancient word "naxai" (naxe) meaning sacrifices, because of the rich sacrifices offered by the locals to the gods. The name Naxos survived during the centuries and approximately at the Middle Ages, it became Naxía and then Naxiá and then Axiá that is still the way it is called by the local inhabitants.

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