Naxos preserves much of its traditional island environment and character because it is not on the package tourism circuit, and there’s no international airport. The 35-45-minute domestic flight to and from Athens runs most days throughout the year.
Cruise-like ferry journeys from Piraeus: High Speed (3.5 hours, mid March–end October); Blue Star (5 hours; twice a day but dropping to once sometime between November and March). Ferries are cancelled at wind force 8. From the coast and mountains of Naxos you can see other islands, the tips of submerged mountains, floating on the horizon. It’s easy to base yourself here and hop over to a neighbour for a change of scenery. Though bound by proximity and their very own ancient, Cycladic Civilization, each island is quite different in character.
Naxos is Greece in a nutshell, where you can experience all that’s good about Greece, from mythology and ancient civilization to wild flowers and island-studded seascapes, on one exceptional island.
Naxos is big enough to have the highest mountains in the Cyclades, broad vales of olive groves, secret valleys with fairytale pools, and the best selection of deserted beaches in Greece; small enough to be explored in a holiday – although you’ll want to return for more.
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The greatest range of holiday accommodation on Naxos is in and around Chora (Naxos town) and along the coastal strip to Ag. Anna, the most developed tourism areas. There you will find everything from three to four-star hotels to small, family-run rooms or ‘studio-apartments’ with ensuite shower, loo and kitchenette, at a fraction of the price. Further afield, the south-west coast along to Alyko Beach is scattered with small hotels and rooms, available to let on a daily basis.
For relative peace and a flavour of real island life, there are rooms in the interior villages of Filoti and Apiranthos, and, in high summer at coastal villages such as Apollonas and Moutsouna. Prices vary according to the season, reaching a peak in July and August, when you have to compete for space with a mass influx of Athenian Greeks. It is also possible to rent private villas; these can be pricey in July-August, but are sometimes available at low rents November to April. > Read more
There are many ways to explore an island that is rich in history, beauty and variety of landscape. For an overview or introduction, coach tours are available. Independent travellers can follow a guide book and hire transport or take their chances with the local bus service (which is more geared to school timetables than tourists). Locally based tour operators will give you a deep insight into the island’s history, mythology and natural history, and take you to places you would never discover on your own – even with a guide book. > Read more
MY NAXIAN DREAM• GET MARRIED ON NAXOS
People from all over the world get married on Naxos. As a wedding photographer I have been witness to many weddings at the most stunning locations. So I decided to make a new page, helping couples finding all needed to celebrate their special day on the island of Naxos.
Development has spread south-west of Naxos town (Chora), to border a string of magnificent strands from Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna to Orkos, Glyfada and Alyko, half-an-hour’s drive from town. Because of its size and relatively low tourist profile, Naxos is one of the best value Greek islands on which to buy property.