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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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 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways
Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways offers accommodations in Sangri, Naxos. Free private parking is available on site. The accommodations is fitted with a seating area. 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...
 Nikos & Maria Studios
Located 66 feet from the beach of Plaka in Naxos, Nikos & Maria Studios offers a garden, sun terrace and accommodations with a balcony. It features a restaurant and free Wi-Fi in public areas. more...
 Nikoletta Studios
Just 85 yards from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, Nikoletta Studios offers air-conditioned accommodations with a private balcony. 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 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...
 Pension Stella
Just 328 feet from Agios Georgios Beach, Pension Stella offers free Wi-Fi. Free transfer from and to Naxos Port is offered. Rooms and apartments include air conditioning and a TV. more...
 Villas Naxos Grande Vista
Located a 13-minute walk from Plaka Beach, Villas Naxos Grande Vista offers a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, a garden and air-conditioned accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. 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...
 Sahara Apartments
Just 164 feet from the beach of Kastraki in Naxos, Sahara Studios offers self-catered accommodations with a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. 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...
 Something Else
Just 164 feet away from the sandy beach of Agia Anna, Something Else is a Cycladic-style complex offering self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi access. more...
 Zas Studios
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...
 Orkos Beach Hotel
Located right on the sandy beach of Mikri Vigla, the Cycladic-style Orkos Beach Hotel features a spa center, and an outdoor pool surrounded by a well-tended garden. 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...
 Studios Stratos
Studios Stratos are beautifully situated 55 yards from the famous and magnificent sandy beach of Saint George in Naxos Town and only 110 yards from the center. more...




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