The island of Naxos is the largest and most fertile island in Cyclades cluster and has only recently been developed for tourists. It also has the tallest mountain of all of them as well.
Hora or Naxos Town is the capital and main harbour of the island. It is located on the west coast of the island and boasts of an impressive Venetian castle (Kastro). Here is where you will find the beach of Saint George with its shallow waters that make it very safe for the children. There are many taverns and bar-cafes that are open from very early in the morning till late at night.
There are more than 64 villages, most of which are mountainous, covering the slopes of Naxos. They are well known for their excellent cool climate. Here is a description of just a few of them.
Apiranthos meaning “plenty of flowers” is a picturesque mountain village and one of Naxos’ most charming ones. It is covered with beautiful houses made of fine marble.
Apollonas is a lovely fishing village with a small sandy beach, some tavernas and the half finished statue of Kouros.
Filoti, considered to be one of the most beautiful villages of the island, is built amphitheatrically on the slopes of the mountain with whitewashed flat roofed houses and narrow flowered streets. It boasts of its little main square, which offers quaint little cafes and taverns, which bask in the shadow of a majestic plane tree.
Halki, once the capital, is in central Tragea, the biggest olive cultivation area of the Cyclades islands. Here you will see Venetian towers the Church of Panagia, one of the oldest on the island.
Kinidaros is also considered to be one of the most beautiful villages, with its lush, green valleys covered with vineyards and olive trees.
Koronos is another mountain village in a valley full of vineyards. It is famous for its wine and agricultural products. Moutsouna is a picturesque little port, with quaint fish taverns.
Potamia, a mountain village, is famous for its production of fine fruits.
History plays a big part in Naxos, so you will find several places of interest regarding it. The Archaeological Museums of Naxos (housed in an old Jesuit Commercial school) and Apiranthos, the Geological Museum and the Folk Art Museum are available to you during your visit here. Like Mykonos and some of the other Greek islands, Naxos has a large number of churches and monasteries. There are around 500 of them here. Standing tall on the islet of Palatia (Palaces) is the unfinished Temple of Apollo with its gate (the trademark of the island), the famous Portara (Big Door).
The plethora of thin, white sandy beaches, although there are some pebbled and rocky ones too, are scattered over the entire island. They are well known for their natural beauty. The best-known beaches are those located on the west side of the island, from Agios Prokopis to Ayiassos.
Naxos provides visitors with a wide range of accommodation of all categories and for all budgets such as hotels, studios, apartments, bungalows, rooms for rent, suites and more.
Come, stay and play, rest and relax and enjoy your vacation of dreams here on the beautiful Greek island of Naxos. We’ll be waiting for you.