Naxos is without a doubt my favorite of the Greek islands. I have been traveling to Greece and all its amazing islands for 20 years, but Naxos is the one I keep coming back to.
Why? Yes, I will try to explain that now and hope to be able to convey the fantastic atmosphere that prevails on Naxos.
Naxos is one of Greece’s most popular islands and also the largest island in the Cyclades. The island is home to about 18,000 people spread over 389 km2. The largest community in the city of Naxos, also known as Chora, with more than 7,000 inhabitants. Naxos is also the greenest and most scenic island. The highest mountain Zeus near the village of Filoti extends 1,001 meters above sea level – highest in the Cyclades – and hides many fine villages in attractive and lush valleys. In almost all of these, there are fantastic taverns with divine food.
Naxos has a rich history that stretches far back in time. The island was occupied by Venetians between 1207 and 1537, the legacy of the Venetians is palpable and consists of impressive castles, rich houses, and the old town of Kastro in the city of Naxos. The nearest neighboring islands are Paros, Iraklia, and Koufonissi.
From the beach Agia Anna you can look over to Paros and there are several daily boat trips there which are recommended.
Unlike its neighboring islands, Naxos is a fertile island where agriculture is still of great importance. However, tourism has taken over more and more, but despite increased popularity, Naxos is not perceived as touristy and exploited as, for example, Mykonos and Santorini. Of course, parts of the city of Naxos have been exploited, but it is enough to move a few hundred meters to meet the Greek everyday life.
Naxos has most of what you can wish for in a destination, no matter what you want to get out of your holiday, you can find it on Naxos. Naxos is simply the perfect Greek destination, with some of the island’s best beaches, vibrant countryside with several attractive villages, an exciting nature that in the spring is hard not to be impressed by.
Another advantage is that Naxos is one of the cheapest islands in Greece. Prices for hotels, moped, and car rentals as well as for food and drink are clearly below average. That said, Naxos is one of the perfect destinations.
The island is small enough to catch up in a week, but at the same time so big that there is always something left to discover until next time. The sights are many and some of them are unique, including the strange stone statues of Kouros. Hikers have long since discovered Naxos, few other islands can offer equally attractive hikes.
If you want to spend your time on less visited beaches, you should stick to the beaches in Aliko in southern Naxos, they are very nice less well visited.
Naxos is endowed with some of the finest beaches in all of Greece. Most are located on the west coast, not far from the city of Naxos. The beach closest to Naxos town is child-friendly Agios Georgios, or Saint George as most people say. Then comes Laguna beach, and even further away is Agios Prokopios beach, which many consider being Naxos’ best beach. After Agios Prokopios is Agia Anna. Not far from Agia Anna are Maragas beach and Plaka beach. If you continue after Plaka, you will reach even more beaches, including Orkos, Mikri Vigla, Glyfada, Aliko, and Pyrgaki. Other good beaches are Lionas, Psili Ammos, and Abram.
More than beaches
Many people probably think that Naxos’ biggest attractions are the beautiful beaches and the old quarters of Naxos city. Other sights are the beautiful countryside, Portara in Naxos town, Temple of Demeter outside Sangri, and the strange stone statues in Melanes and Apollonas called Kouros. Also do not miss Vallindra’s Kitrondestilleri in Chalki.
The range of hotels and guest houses is enormous. If you want to live near or by a beach, choose Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, or Plaka. Accommodation is also available at other beaches, such as Mikra Vigla, but the range is not as large. If you instead want to live by a beach and be close to the city of Naxos, you can stay by Agios Georgios beach.
Wherever you look, the surroundings are fantastic, but sometimes you still need a little break from the sun. Since I really love the sun, pool, swimming, and the sea, I had to have something that attracted me indoors for the breaks I needed to take. Therefore, I decided that I could only play on my iPad indoors and not outside. Since I love to play, it became a little tempting to actually take breaks inside the air-conditioned room.