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Naxos Island

Naxos is one of the Greek Cyclades Islands located in the Aegean Sea 200 kilometres south east of Athens . It's the biggest and most fertile of all the Cyclades and offers fine beaches, a lively nightlife and some beautiful countryside to explore.

You can fly to the island with Olympic Airways from Athens or take the six-hour ferry trip from the mainland port of Piraeus . A hydrofoil journey from Piraeus will cut your journey time almost by half. Naxos also has plentiful ferry and hydrofoil connections with the other main islands in the archipelago.

The first thing that will strike you if you arrive by boat is the huge 6th century BC Portara (meaning great door) on the causeway - all that remains of an ancient temple dedicated to Apollo. The door faces towards the island of Delos which, according to Greek mythology, was the birthplace of the god Apollo.

It's impossible to escape the fantastical myths and legends which permeate Greek culture no matter which island you visit. The Naxians are particularly sweet on Dionysos, the god of wine, as he allegedly swooped to the aid of jilted Ariadne, the daughter of Crete 's King Minos, after she helped Theseus slay the minotaur and find his way out of the labyrinth. Theseus promised to marry her but jilted her in Naxos . Dionysos descended in his chariot to marry the distraught Ariadne whose beautiful crown was placed in the sky after her death and became known as the Corona Borealis "Northern Crown" constellation.

If you're into Greek gods you'll want to join the many tourists who head for the northern tip of the island to see the giant kouros (nude male statue) dating back to the 7 th century BC. Some archaeologists believe the 10-metre statue was meant to represent Apollo whilst othesr say it's the island's favourite, Dionysos. Two other kouri can be seen in the Melanes Valley in the centre of the island.

Naxos Town (also known as Hora) is the busiest spot on the island - the ferries arrive here and many tourists never get much further as the place is awash with tavernas, shops, late night venues and quaint old streets to explore. The long sandy Agios Georgios Beach is immediately south of the town and this is where you'll find much of the island's tourist accommodation.

But take the time to travel further afield and you'll discover some lovely unspoilt beaches, traditional mountain villages and beautiful countryside peppered with ancient Byzantine churches and Venetian watch towers.

When the sun goes down Naxos may not have the exuberant party scene of Mykonos or Santorini but there are enough music bars and discos to keep those with a strong constitution partying till dawn.



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 Sea & Olives villa
Offering a garden, Sea & Olives villa is set in an olive grove of 4.000 m2, in Plaka. They feature fully equipped units, each with a private pool or hot tub and free WiFi. more...
 Smilis village house
Located in Filótion, Smilis village house provides air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. With mountain views, this property has a terrace. more...
 Klimataria Studios
In the village of Agios Prokopios, just 164 feet from the long sandy beach, Klimataria offers self-catering accommodations. Fresh fruits and Greek coffee are offered upon arrival. more...
 Blu August Private Residences
Blu August is a newly built villa, set on the northwest side of Naxos, just 3.1 mi from Naxos Chora. Free WiFi is available throughout. more...
 Kavos Boutique Hotel Naxos
Offering a pool, restaurant and cafe bar, the traditionally built Kavos Hotel Naxos is 1312 feet from Agios Prokopios Beach. more...
 Victoria Studios & Apartments
Just 66 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach in Naxos, the Cycladic-style Victoria Studios & Apartments features a sun terrace with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Naxos Dream Aphrodite Studios
Located just 33 feet from Agios Georgios Beach and 492 feet from the central square of Naxos, Naxos Dream Aphrodite Studios offers elegantly decorated studios with free WiFi access. more...
 Stella Naxos Island
Stella Naxos Island is located among greenery 66 feet from the beach of Agia Anna. It offers self-catered accommodations with patio or balcony overlooking the garden or the Aegean Sea. more...
 Ydreos Studios & Apartments
Just 98 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach, Ydreos Studios & Apartments are traditionally built in Cycladic style. They offer self-catered accommodations with a view to the Aegean Sea. more...
 Studios Athina Plaka
Offering Aegean Sea views from its outdoor pool, garden and sun terrace, Studios Athina Plaka is located right on the sandy beach of Plaka. more...
 Nikos & Maria Studios,Apts and Suites
Located 66 feet from the beach of Plaka in Naxos, Nikos & Maria Studios,Apts and Suites offers a garden, sun terrace and accommodations with a balcony. more...
 Spiros
Enjoying a prime location, just a short walk away from Saint George Beach and the lively Naxos Town, Spiros Hotel offers accommodations in Naxos. more...
 Aggeliki's Diamond
Offering an outdoor pool with sun terrace, the Cycladic-style Aggeliki's Diamond is only 164 feet from Agia Anna Beach. more...
 Porto Naxos
Located within walking distance of Agios Georgios beach and Naxos Town, Porto Naxos features a swimming pool, tennis court and restaurant. more...
 Valena Mare Suites & Apartments
Just 656 feet from the sandy beach of Plaka, Valena Mare offers self-catering, air-conditioned accommodations with views of the sea or garden. more...
 Annio Studios
Just 262 feet from Plaka Beach, Annio Studios are built in Cycladic style featuring whitewashed walls. They offer self-catering accommodations with Aegean Sea and garden views. more...
 Kedros Villas
Sitting on a gently sloping hill in Stelida, amid a landscape of cedar trees and prehistoric granite, the 18,000-square-yard Kedros Villas enjoy superb views of the sea, Naxos Town, and the more...
 Naxos Cave Suites
Located in Naxos’ quiet district Stelida, family-run Cave Suites is only 262 feet from the local beach. It offers spacious accommodations, and a garden with BBQ facilities. more...
 Kalergis Studios
Set right on the sandy beach of Agios Georgios, Kalergis Studios is surrounded by colorful gardens. It offers tasteful accommodations with a well-equipped kitchenette and dining area. more...
 Seven Suites
Located within 3.1 mi from Naxos Town and Port, Seven Suites offers a great view. Decorated in minimalist accents this property offers air-conditioned accommodations. more...
 Sunday Studios
Located just 197 feet from the sandy beach of Agia Anna, Sunday offers self-catering accommodations with Aegean Sea views. The main town and port of Naxos are 3.1 mi away. more...
 Thea Suites
Located a 7-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach, Thea Suites offers a garden, a terrace and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Naxos Dream Calypso Studios
Approximately 230 feet from Agios Georgios Beach, the family-run Naxos Dream Calypso Studios offers self-catered accommodations with free Wi-Fi and furnished balcony. more...
 KYMA Apartments - Naxos Agios Prokopios
KYMA Apartments - Naxos Agios Prokopios is located in Stelida of Naxos, just a few yards from the beach. Guests benefit from a terrace and patio with sea views. more...
 Nikoletta Studios
Just 85 yards from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, Nikoletta Studios offers air-conditioned accommodations with a private balcony. more...




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