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

Attractions, Beaches & Things to Do in 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.

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The remain of the Portara among other ruins with a part of the settlement of Chora in the background.
photo: WeeFee_Photography

Apollo Temple, Naxos

«Portara»

Huge marble gate of the unfinished temple dedicated to Apollo, on the isle next to the port.

↑ N
< 1km

Mitropolis On-Site Museum, Naxos Town

Archaeological site transformed into an on-site museum display a town founded in the 13th BC.

→ E
< 1km

Local Food & Dishes of Naxos

Local cheeses, vegetables, olive oil, and meat compose a gastronomic paradise found and described vigorously by the chef Anthony Bourdain.

Seven Cycladic figurines in a display of the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 3.0

Archaeological Museum of Naxos

Proving the strong and continuous cultural presence as well as the influential role of Naxos since the end of the 5th millennium BC.

→ E
< 1km

Chora of Naxos

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.

↘ SE
≈ 1.1km

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.

↓ S
≈ 1.3km

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.

↓ S
≈ 4km

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.

↙ SW
≈ 5.7km

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.

↓ S
≈ 6.4km

Kouros of Faranghi & Flerio, Melanes

Two abandoned & unfinished statues dating approximately from the 6th century BC. They lie on the ground probably due to transportation damage.

→ E
≈ 10.5km

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.

↓ S
≈ 12.4km

Early Christian Church «Panagia Drosiani»

Early Christian church that was part of one of the oldest Byzantine monasteries in the Balkan region.

→ E
≈ 15.5km

Paros

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

← W
≈ 17km
A central narrow street of the Apeiranthos village in Naxos with the totally white surrounding buildings.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Apeiranthos, Naxos

Mountainous village famous for its traditional architecture, the delicious cuisine, and the distinctive local idiom of its inhabitants.

→ E
≈ 19.2km

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.

→ E
≈ 27km

Antiparos

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

← W
≈ 37.4km

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.

↘ SE
≈ 39.3km

Schinoussa Island

The cental of the Lesser Cyclades complex, stands for a genuine friendly notion and is an ideal destination for relaxation and tranquility.

↘ SE
≈ 41.2km

Iraklia Island

The definition of relaxed holidays on an island with an approximate population of 150 inhabitants and no any petrol station or bank service.

↓ S
≈ 42.2km
An overview of the uninhabited island of Keros.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0

Keros Island

Mysterious island and probably the most ancient sanctuary of the Aegean that is described through the documentary The Enigma of Keros.

↘ SE
≈ 47.7km

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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