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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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 Thalassa Naxos
Thalassa Naxos, Kastraki Naxou
Thalassa Naxos is quietly situated right on Kastraki Beach in Naxos. It offers self-catered accommodation with free WiFi and balcony with Aegean Sea views. more...
 My Home in Naxos
My Home in Naxos, Naxos Chora
Less than 300 metres from Saint George's beach in Naxos, My Home in Naxos is a holiday home with a sun terrace. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. more...
 Orion Naxos Hotel
Orion Naxos Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 150 metres from Agios Nikolaos Beach, the Cycladic-style Orion Naxos Hotel features a terrace with views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Spiros
Spiros, Naxos Chora
Enjoying a prime location just a short walk from Saint George Beach and lively Naxos, Spiros Hotel offers accommodating rooms in Naxos. more...
 Summer Dream II
Summer Dream II, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 25 metres from a sandy beach, restaurants and caf├ęs, Summer Dream II is located in Agia Anna. more...
 Amalthia Luxury Studios
Amalthia Luxury Studios, Naxos Chora
Featuring free WiFi, Amalthia Luxury Studios offers accommodation in the heart of Naxos Chora. Naxos Castle is 200 metres from the property. more...
 Birikos Hotel & Suites
Birikos Hotel & Suites, Agios Prokopios
Just steps from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos, Birikos Suites features a an outdoor pool, a sun terrace with sun loungers and a well-tended garden. more...
 Annio Studios
Annio Studios, Plaka
Just 80 metres from Plaka Beach, Annio Studios are built in Cycladic style featuring whitewashed walls. They offer self-catering accommodation with Aegean Sea and garden views. more...
 Seven Suites
Seven Suites, Glinado Naxos
Located within 5 km from Naxos Town and Port, Seven Suites offers a great view. Decorated in minimalist accents this property offers air-conditioned accommodation. more...
 Nastasia Village
Nastasia Village, Naxos Chora
Nastasia Village is a small hotel located in Chora, the main city of Naxos, with Agios Georgios beach nearby. more...
 Victoria Studios & Apartments
Victoria Studios & Apartments, Mikri Vigla
Just 20 metres from Mikri Vigla Beach in Naxos, the Cycladic-style Victoria Studios & Apartments features a sun terrace with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Villa Adriana Hotel
Villa Adriana Hotel, Agios Prokopios
This picturesque family-run hotel is situated in a quiet location of Agios Prokopios in Naxos Island and offers a wonderful view of white sandy beaches. more...
 Naxian Althea
Naxian Althea, Agia Anna Naxos
Featuring a sun terrace and free WiFi, beachfront Naxian Althea is located in Agia Anna in Naxos. It includes a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Thomais Studios
Thomais Studios, Naxos Chora
Thomais Studios is on the popular Saint George Beach. All studios have balconies, some of which overlook the sea. Guests are greeted with welcome gifts, including cake and fruit. more...
 Ioanna Apartments
Ioanna Apartments, Agios Prokopios
Only 150 metres from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, the family-run Ioanna Apatments offers self-catered accommodation with free WiFi access. more...




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