Naxos - the largest, largest, most fertile and greenest Greek island of the Cyclades archipelago, is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea. Its highest mountain, Mount Zeus, is one of the highest (over 1,000 m) in the entire archipelago, and it also has the longest beaches in the entire Cyclades. Despite all its other best, it has still not been affected by the mass tourism that we know from other, equally large, islands in Greece. Thanks to this, it still retains its originality and natural beauty. The island covers an area of 428 km². It has approximately 16,000 inhabitants, of which about 3,000 live in the main town. Here you will find everything that is typical of Greece: beautiful sandy beaches, history from antiquity, through Venetian buildings to neoclassical buildings, narrow stone streets, olive groves, mountain villages, limestone cliffs, ravines, in short, everything that makes Greece Greece Greece.
The island was named after its first ruler. The capital is Naxos, called Chora, located on the west coast of the island. On a hillside above the white houses is the Venetian castle guarding the island of Dionysus. However, tourists will be most impressed by the ancient gate called Portara, which is located on an adjacent islet, adding to the unforgettable atmosphere of the island's main port. Tourists can enjoy the pleasant atmosphere on the waterfront in local cafes, taverns and restaurants. These offer typical island dishes made with local cheese, potatoes, fruit, vegetables, honey and wine.
Naxos stands out for its nature, which is charming and varied. Mountains rise all over the island, rolling hills with lush vegetation that gradually slope down to the coast and the sea. Naxos also boasts turquoise seas and golden sand beaches. The most popular beaches on the island are Agia Anna with all the services and nightlife, Agios Georgios with a wide range of water sports, Agios Prokopios, Aliko beach with sand dunes, Maragas or Mikri Vigla. For lovers of peace and privacy, we recommend Kastraki, Orkos or Plaka beaches, where nudists are tolerated and sand dunes can be found.
Naxos, however, is not only made up of beaches, but also has a very charming inland area that is definitely worth a visit. The mountains are full of vineyards, olive and fig trees. The island offers rugged terrain, breathtaking scenery and viewpoints, so hikers will also enjoy the island. You should definitely visit the aforementioned Mount Zeus. Another tourist spot is the town of Apollonas. At the beginning of the town, you can see the reclining statue of Kouros (young man), which is visible from the road. The mountain villages also have their own charm and are worth including in your plans. One of the mountain villages is called Filot, from which you will have a spectacular view of the wide surroundings. A trip to the monastery in the mountains above Chora is worth a mention, with a little church partly carved out of the rock nearby, where you can write your name in the visitors' book. From here, you will have a beautiful view of the capital.
Naxos, with the resorts of Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka, is a suitable destination for all travellers.
Agios Prokopios lies less than 5km from the capital, where you can take a regular bus service or walk. Of the above resorts, it is the liveliest. The resort gets its name from the local church of Agios Prokopios. The approximately 2 km long white sandy beach with a gradual entrance to the sea is suitable for families with children and is one of the most beautiful on the island. On the beach you can rent sun loungers, umbrellas or take advantage of the water sports on offer. However, most of the beach is unorganized and will come in handy for those who are looking for peace and quiet and want to dive and snorkel. In the resort you will find everything you need for a pleasant holiday - many shops, markets, taverns and bars.
- Greek name: Naxos (Νάξος)
- Capital: Naxos (Chora)
- Island area: 430 km2
Includes: Naxos (Chora), Portara (Temple of Apollo), Agios Ioannis Theologos (Theologaki), Grota, Galini, Pradounas Tower, Panagia Monastiriotissa, Eggares, Genesi, Amitis, Pachia Ammos, Skeponi, Faneromeni, Chilia Vrysi, Mikra, Agios Mamas, Kambos, Abram, Agii Theodori, Itonas, Agia Tower, Agios Sozon, Farakio, Kouros of Apollonas, Apollonas, Troulos, Koronida, Mycenaean Tomb, Koronos, Emery Mines, Lyonas, Keramoti, Routsouna Waterfall, Apiranthos, Emery Mines, Agia Kyriaki, Agios Dimitrios, Azala, Moutsouna, Armyro Nero, Lygaridia, Agios Ioannis Lefkonis, Marathitis, Psili Ammos, Bouves, Kleidos, Yrokastro, Panermos Acropolis, Panermos Beach, Kalados Bay, Tower of Cheimarros, Agios Tryfon, Agios Efstathios, Zas Cave, Arion Spring, Agios Ioannis, Filoti, Profitis Ilias, Rotonda, Fotodotis, Danakos, Moni, Panagia Drosiani, Barozzi Tower, Chalki, Nekrotafeio, Apano Kastro, Tsikalario, Marble Quarries - Bolibas, Kouros of Flerio, Kouros of Faranghi, Kalamitsia, Belonia Tower, Vivlos, Agios Arsenios, Theoskepasti (Agios Mamas), Paleologos Tower, Bazeos Tower, Kaloritsa, Temple of Demeter, Museum, Apaliros Castle, Agios Ioannis Theologos, Agiassos Bay, Roos, Psili Ammos, Pyrgaki, Alyko, Mikro Alyko, Hotel Ruins, Hawaii, Glyfada, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla, Orkos, Plaka, Maragas, Paradiso Taverna, PlakavCape Agios Nikolaos, Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Stelida, Temple of Dionysus, Agios Georgios Bay, Chora, Naxos (Chora) at night