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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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 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...
 Ydreos Studios & Apartments
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...
 Orkos Beach Hotel
Orkos Beach Hotel, Mikri Vigla
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...
 Portara Seaside Luxury Suites
Portara Seaside Luxury Suites, Naxos Chora
Located within 700 yards of Portara and half a mile of Naxos Castle in Naxos Chora, Portara Seaside Luxury Suites provides accommodations with free WiFi and flat-screen TV. more...
 Mitos Suites
Mitos Suites, Agios Prokopios
Offering stylish Cycladic-style accommodations and free Wi-Fi throughout, Mitos Suites is a 5-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos. more...
 Plaza Beach Hotel
Plaza Beach Hotel, Plaka
Just a few steps from the sandy beach of Plaka, the Cycladic-style Plaza Beach includes a swimming pool, a hammam and a sauna, surrounded by landscaped gardens. more...
 Summer Dream 1
Summer Dream 1, Agios Prokopios
Just 82 feet from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos, the whitewashed Summer Dream 1 offers self-catered accommodations. more...
 Manios Suites
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...
 Iria Beach Art Hotel
Iria Beach Art Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 33 feet from the beach, this award-winning hotel enjoys a beachfront location on the spectacular Agia Anna Beach, one of Naxos’ most popular sandy beaches. more...
 Orion Naxos Hotel
Orion Naxos Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 492 feet from Agios Nikolaos Beach, the Cycladic-style Orion Naxos Hotel features a terrace with views over the Aegean Sea. more...
 Iphimedeia Apartments & Suites
Iphimedeia Apartments & Suites, Naxos Chora
Just 984 feet from Laguna Beach in Naxos, Iphimedeia Apartments & Suites features a free-form, outdoor pool, a furnished sun terrace and a poolside bar. more...
 Studios Bourgos
Studios Bourgos, Naxos Chora
Located near the Medieval Castle of Naxos, Studios Bourgos I offers rooms with kitchenette and free Wi-Fi access. It has a rooftop terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea and Naxos town. more...
 Palatiana Agriturismo-Philoxenia Cottages
Palatiana Agriturismo-Philoxenia Cottages, Galini
The family-run Palatiana Agriturismo is just a 5-minute drive from the beach of Amitis. more...
 Valena Mare
Valena Mare, Plaka
Just 656 feet from the sandy beach of Plaka, Valena Mare offers self-catering, air-conditioned accommodations with views of the sea or garden. Free transfer from and to the port is offered. more...
 Venetian Suites
Venetian Suites, Naxos Chora
Located in Naxos Chora, Venetian Suites has accommodations with a seating area and flat-screen TV. Complimentary WiFi is available. more...




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