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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, Agkidia
Located in Agkidia, Aggidia Guest Houses offers accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
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Ydreos Studios & Apartments, Mikri Vigla
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...
 Seven Suites
Seven Suites, Glinado Naxos
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...
 Pirgos Stelida Hotel
Pirgos Stelida Hotel, Stelida
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 Dream Aphrodite Studios
Naxos Dream Aphrodite Studios, Naxos Chora
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...
 Ilion Hotel
Ilion Hotel, Naxos Chora
Ilion Hotel offers a peaceful location, just 33 feet away from St. George Beach. Rooms have a balcony with sea views and a buffet breakfast is included in the rate. more...
 Naxos Evilion Luxury Apartments & Suites
Naxos Evilion Luxury Apartments & Suites, Naxos Chora
Family-run Naxos Evilion is located in a quiet part of Naxos Town, just 984 feet from the sandy Agios Georgios Beach and 1312 feet from the center. more...
 Magic View
Magic View, Naxos Chora
Only 50 yards from Grotta Beach and 330 yards from Naxos Port, Magic View offers tastefully decorated accommodations with air conditioning and a shared or private balcony. more...
 Alpha Studios
Alpha Studios, Naxos Chora
Located 230 feet from Agios Georgios Beach in Naxos Town, just 656 feet from the center, Alpha Studios offer free Wi-Fi. more...
 Spiros
Spiros, Naxos Chora
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...
 Sun Beach Hotel
Sun Beach Hotel, Naxos Chora
The Cycladic-style Sun Beach Hotel is located in Naxos Town, just 66 feet from the sandy beach of Agios Georgios. more...
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Naxos Cave Suites, Stelida
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...
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Manios Suites, Agia Anna Naxos
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...
 Zas Studios
Zas Studios, Naxos Chora
Zas Studios is centrally located in Agios Georgios, just 492 feet from the organized beach. It offers air-conditioned studios with free Wi-Fi and balcony or patio overlooking the garden. more...
 Xenia Hotel
Xenia Hotel, Naxos Chora
Centrally located in Naxos Town, Hotel Xenia is just steps away from shops and restaurants. It features free Wi-Fi and tastefully decorated rooms with a balcony. The beach is 1148 feet away. more...




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