Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do on Naxos
Port of Naxos
Central port with frequent ferry connections with Piraeus, Rafina, & Aegean islands, as well as available routes & day-trips to nearby islands.
Huge marble gate of the unfinished temple dedicated to Apollo, on the isle next to the port.
Archaeological site transformed into an on-site museum display a town founded in the 13th BC.
Local cheeses, vegetables, olive oil, and meat compose a gastronomic paradise found and described vigorously by the chef Anthony Bourdain.
Proving the strong and continuous cultural presence as well as the influential role of Naxos since the end of the 5th millennium BC.
The capital of the biggest among the islands in the Cyclades with a rich history that extends from the ancient Greek past to the Venetian era.
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 National Airport« Apollon »
Bearing the name of the Greek god of light, it's a tiny, old airport with some minuses which on the other hand offer effectiveness & rapidness.
Agios Prokopios Beach, Naxos
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.
Agia Anna Beach, Naxos
One of the most popular fine sand beaches of the island, just some kilometers away from Chora located by the homonymous small settlement.
Two abandoned & unfinished statues dating approximately from the 6th century BC. They lie on the ground probably due to transportation damage.
Mikri Vigla Beach, Naxos
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.
Early Christian church that was part of one of the oldest Byzantine monasteries in the Balkan region.
Third-largest Cycladic island & popular tourist destination offering a multiple range of experiences regardless of age, nationality & background.
Mountainous village famous for its traditional architecture, the delicious cuisine, and the distinctive local idiom of its inhabitants.
Moutsouna Beach, Naxos
The shallow-water fine sand beach of the homonymous village that is ideal for families and is very close to amazing fresh fish tavernas.
Small island located at the center of the Cyclades island complex that is less than one nautical mile (1,9 km) away from Paros island.
4-small islets Complex (Ano, Kato Koufonisi, Keros, Glaronisi), where Ano Koufonisi is permanently inhabited offering genuine travel experiences.
The cental of the "Lesser Cyclades" complex, stands for a genuine friendly notion and is an ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.
The definition of relaxed holidays on an island with an approximate population of 150 inhabitants and no any petrol station or bank service.
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.