Naxos

  • Dia BC
  • Nasso IT
  • Nakşa TR

Island in South Aegean

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 on Naxos

An aerial photo of the Port of Naxos island.
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Port of Naxos

Central port with frequent ferry connections with Piraeus, Rafina, & Aegean islands, as well as available routes & day-trips to nearby islands.

The remain of the Portara among other ruins with a part of the settlement of Chora in the background.
photo: WeeFee_Photography
↑ N   < 1km

Apollo Temple, Naxos

« Portara »

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

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Bridges and paths among the remains of the archaeological site of the ancient city of Grota in the Chora of Naxos.
→ E   < 1km

Mitropolis On-Site Museum, Naxos Town

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

A package of the local gruyere (graviera) of Naxos.
photo: Ossony / CC BY-SA 4.0
↘ SE   < 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
→ E   < 1km

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.

A picture showing the coastal promenade of the Chora (main settlement) of Naxos.
↘ SE   ≈ 1.1km

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.

A part of Agios Georgios Beach on Naxos island with the facilities offered by the local beach bars and restaurants.
↓ S   ≈ 1.3km

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.

The main building of the Naxos National Airport.
↓ S   ≈ 4km

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.

A picture showing the fine sand and the turquoise waters of Agios Prokopios Beach on Naxos island.
↙ SW   ≈ 5.7km

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.

A panoramic view of the beach of Agia Anna on the island of Naxos.
↓ S   ≈ 6.4km

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.

The Kouros of Naxos in Flerio lying on the ground out of a field.
photo: Pug Girl / CC BY 2.0
→ E   ≈ 10.5km

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.

An aerial photo showing kite surfers at the Mikri Vigla Beach.
↓ S   ≈ 12.4km

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.

The front side and the main entrance of the Early Christian Church «Panagia Drosiani» in Naxos.
→ E   ≈ 15.5km

Early Christian Church «Panagia Drosiani»

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

A part of the white houses of the settlement of Naousa on the island of Paros.
← W   ≈ 17km

Paros

Third-largest Cycladic island & popular tourist destination offering a multiple range of experiences regardless of age, nationality & background.

A central narrow street of the Apeiranthos village in Naxos with the totally white surrounding buildings.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0
→ E   ≈ 19.2km

Apeiranthos, Naxos

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

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

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.

← W   ≈ 37.4km

Antiparos

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.

A small boat and the rocky coast at the area of Pori on Ano Koufonisi islet.
↘ SE   ≈ 39.3km

Koufonisia

4-small islets Complex (Ano, Kato Koufonisi, Keros, Glaronisi), where Ano Koufonisi is permanently inhabited offering genuine travel experiences.

A picture showing the small island of Schinoussa.
↘ SE   ≈ 41.2km

Schinoussa Island

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

An image of the rocky coast of Iraklia Island.
↓ S   ≈ 42.2km

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.

An overview of the uninhabited island of Keros.
photo: Phso2 / CC BY 3.0
↘ SE   ≈ 47.7km

Keros Island

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

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.