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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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 Aggidia Guest Houses
Located in Agkidia, Aggidia Guest Houses offers accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Golden Sun Hotel
Golden Sun Hotel is in a quite setting in Agios Prokopios beach, only 2 miles from Naxos Town. It features a swimming pool, a children’s pool and a hot tub. more...
 Naxos olive & home
Featuring free WiFi, Naxos Olive & Home offers accommodations in Engares. Naxos City is 4.2 mi away. The accommodations is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. more...
 Pirgos Stelida Hotel
Located in the area of Stelida, within 33 feet from a private beach, Pirgos Stelida Hotel features self-catered rooms with a balcony. It also has a restaurant serving traditional Greek cuisine. more...
 Naxos Euphoria Suites
Set on a small hill in Stelida, Naxos Euphoria Suites offers Cycladic-style accommodations with free WiFi access and Aegean Sea view. more...
 Naxos Nature Suites
Naxos Nature Suites has a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, garden, a bar and shared lounge in Agios Prokopios. Featuring an ATM, this property also provides guests with a grill. 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...
 Naxos Palace Hotel
This modern hotel offers luxurious accommodations, a peaceful, family-friendly environment and a location 2625 feet from the beach of Agios Prokopios. more...
 Oasis Studios
Just 394 feet from Parthena Beach and 1312 feet from Limanaki Beach, Oasis Studios feature a pool and free Wi-Fi. more...
 Manios Suites
Manios Suites is located on Agia Anna beach, Naxos. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is at guests' disposal. more...
 Glaros Studios
Located 0.8 mi from Portara, Glaros Studios offers air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 Mystique of Naxos
Providing city views, an outdoor swimming pool and free WiFi, Mystique of Naxos provides accommodations well situated in Naxos Chora, within a short distance of Portara, Naxos Castle and more...
 Galini Studios
Offering unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, Galini Studios offers self-catering accommodations and free WiFi in public areas. more...
 Hotel Semeli
Hotel Semeli is a 5-minute walk from the golden sandy beach of Agios Prokopios. Rooms are air conditioned with fridge. The family-managed hotel offers a swimming pool with poolside bar. more...




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