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NAXOS ISLAND

Naxos Island BeachNaxos Island is the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades. Due to its important agricultural production, it was one of the latest to open itself to tourism. For that reason, it has kept its authentic beauty which attracts every year more and more visitors. Naxos has a great variety of things to offer to the visitor: impressive mountainous landscapes with many isolated traditional villages, some of Europe's most beautiful golden sandy beaches, a charming capital with its Venetian quarter, picturesque fishing villages, many Byzantine churches, ruins, active night life.

TOWNS AND VILLAGES TO SEE IN NAXOS ISLAND:

Naxos Town or Hora is the capital and main port of the island of Naxos. It is considered as one of the most beautiful Naxos villages in the Cyclades. It is a large town situated on the west coast of the island.
It is characterised by an impressive Venetian castle that overlooks the town. Marco Sanudo conquered the Cyclades in 1207 and made of Naxos Town the capital of his duchy.
He built the castle (Kastro) in order to protect the town and to house his residence, institutions and administrations.
The Kastro neighbourhood is the only place in the Cycladic Islands that was designed by an engineer.
It is a charming area built according to the Venetian architecture with beautiful buildings in paved streets next to many monuments and churches. In the north of the town, next to the actual port, a long causeway leads to the islet of Palatia where the unfinished Temple of Apollo and the famous Portara, the temple's gate and Naxos' trademark, are situated. The waterfront of the town is lined with many restaurants, bars and cafés. All the town activity is concentrated there. Hora has an Archaeological Museum which is situated in the Kastro area, housed in an old Jesuit Commercial school. The closest beach to Naxos Town is Agios Georgios. It is a long sandy beach that gets quickly overcrowded. The beach is lined by many restaurants and cafes. The beach is also famous among windsurfers.
Naxos Island Port
Apiranthos is a mountain village located about 32 km from Naxos Town at an altitude of 650 metres, in the heart of two green valleys. The name of the village means “plenty of flowers”. It is one of the most charming Naxos villages with beautiful houses built with marble. One of the oldest churches of the island is located in the village: The church of Panagia Apeirathitissa which has some beautiful icons. The village has 3 museums: an Archaeological Museum, a Museum of Folk Art and a Geological Museum.

Apollonas is situated 54 km from Naxos Town, on the north side of the island. Apollonas is a beautiful fishing village with a small sandy beach lined by a few tavernas. The statue of Kouros is located near the village. The 10.5 metres half-finished statue is lying on the ground and is from the 6th century B.C. Many archaeologists think that this statue is a representation the god Dionysus.

Halki is situated 16 km from Naxos Town, in the middle of Tragea, the biggest olive cultivation area in the Cyclades. It has a long history since it was once the capital of the island. It was the main administrative and trade centre of the island and the many neo-classical buildings prove the past importance and wealth of the village. The area has many Byzantine churches and Venetian Towers. The church of Panaghia is one of the island's oldest churches. It is dated back to the 9th century and has beautiful frescoes.

Potamia is situated 9 km from the capital of Naxos and has a population of about 500 inhabitants. It is a mountain village, and one of the most productive of the island. It is famous for its production of wonderful fruits of all kind. The visitor can enjoy a visit of the many towered houses and churches located in the area. One of the island's most famous churches is located there: the 9th century church of Agios Mamas, with its beautiful architecture, sculpture and frescoes. Agios Mamas is the Saint patron of Naxos and the shepherds.

The village of Koronos is situated 36 km away from the capital of Naxos at an altitude of 540 metres. It is a traditional mountain village located in a picturesque valley with many vineyards. The village produces all kinds of agricultural products. The Church of “Panagia Agrokiliotissa” is located near the village. The church is celebrated Every Friday after the Easter Sunday. Near Koronos is also located the “bad cave” where the clay statues of Pan have been found. According to mythology, Pan was a god that was worshiped in this cave.

Tripodes is a situated 8 km from the main town. It is a small traditional village with white painted houses in paved streets and some beautiful ruins of windmills. The village produces many agricultural products like potatoes and wine.
The Temple of Theodokou is located in the village and has beautiful icons.
Near Tripodes, in the way down to Plaka, one can see the imposing wall of an old tower.

Filoti is situated 19 km from the capital of the island, in a beautiful valley near the mountain of Zas. It is considered by many as one of the most beautiful villages of the island. Built amphitheatrically, it is a traditional village with white painted houses in narrow paved streets. All the activity of the village is concentrated around the central square with many cafés and tavernas under the shade of a huge plane tree.

Kinidaros is situated 14 km from the capital of Naxos. It is considered as one of the most beautiful of Naxos villages. The village is situated in the middle of amazing valleys full of vineyards and olive trees. The area of Kinidaros has many churches like Agios Artemios, one of the bigger churches of the island, or Agios Georgios.

Moni is situated 23 km from Naxos Town. The village is located near the famous Panaghia Drossiani, one of the oldest churches of Greece. This village offers a beautiful view.

Eggares is situated 6 km from Naxos main town. It is a traditional agricultural village built in the middle of a green valley. The closest beach is Amitis, at about1 km from the village.

Moutsouna is the closest port to Apiranthos and is situated 38 km away from the capital of the island. It is a little port with some fish tavernas and rooms/apartments to let. The area also offers several small sandy beaches that are easily reachable.

NAXOS BEACHES: The island of Naxos has some of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Here's a list of the most popular beaches and some information about them.

Aghios Prokopios Beach, NaxosAgios Giorgios Beach is the capital's beach. It is one of the most popular of Naxos Greece, a long full organised sandy beach offering sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities.
It is a famous windsurfing spot with a couple of clubs offering rentals.
The beach gets quickly overcrowded during peak season and is lined by several cafes and restaurants. The area has also many hotels, rooms and studios.

Agia Anna Beach is situated 7 km from the main town, just after the beach of Agios Prokopios. The area is characterised by an endless sandy beach only interrupted by a small fishing port and some rocky points. The beach has some fully organised parts. It can be reached by bus or by caique( small fishing boat turned into tourist transportation for the summer). The village of Agia Anna offers a great choice of hotel, rooms/studios to let, fish restaurants, cafes, bars and night clubs.

Agios Prokopios Beach is situated 5 km from the island's capital. It is the most popular Naxos beach and worldly recognised as one of the most beautiful in Europe. It is a 1.5 km long golden sandy beach, protected from the wind, with beautiful crystal waters. Only one part of the beach is organised with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities. Behind the beach's dunes, a small village offers many hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. The beach is easily reachable by the buses that depart frequently from Naxos Town.

Plaka Beach, NaxosPlaka Beach is one of the most beautiful Naxos beaches. It is the continuity of the beach of Agia Anna. It is a beautiful, quiet and endless sandy beach with wonderful crystal waters. Some parts of the beach have sun beds and umbrellas but the major part has kept its natural beauty.
A very few hotels, restaurants and cafés are located behind the dunes.

Orkos Beach is situated in the continuity of Plaka. The area consists of several beautiful little and quiet sandy beaches. The landscape of the area is beautiful. Impressive hills with red colours can be admired just behind the beaches.
Orkos also offers some accommodation facilities.
The beach is famous for its windsurfing conditions but there are no clubs on the beach.
It is reachable by car through the beach resort of Mikri Vigla.

Mikri Vigla is situated 18 km away from the main town and is considered as one of the most beautiful Naxos beach resorts. The area offers two beaches separated by an impressive hill. The north part of Mikri Vigla has a beautiful golden sandy beach with crystal waters. The beach is blessed by the “meltemi”, the local Cycladic wind and that makes the beach perfect for windsurfing. It is a world famous windsurfing spot and the Club Mistral rents high quality material. The area has several nice hotels and restaurants. The south part is an endless sandy beach with fantastic water colours, also protected by the meltemi wind. It is a quiet family beach with a unique taverna offering food of quality.

Apollonas is a small and charming fishing village in the north of the island. The village has a comfortable sandy beach lined by many fish restaurants offering food of quality and, a couple of cafés. There are also in the village a few accommodations. An other attraction of the village is the famous “Kouros”.

Kastraki is the beach after Sahara, a beautiful golden sandy beach with crystal water.
There are a few accommodations behind the beach.

Alyko is a beautiful white sandy beach with cedar trees growing in the dunes. A few restaurants can be found in the area.

Ayiassos is one of the last Naxos beaches of the southwest of the island. It is a nice and quiet sandy beach protected by the wind.

Sahara beach is situated in the continuity of the south part of Mikri Vigla. It is a large and quiet sandy beach with beautiful crystal waters. There is a restaurant behind the beach with a few rooms to rent. The beach is a quiet alternative to Mikri Vigla for the slalom windsurfers looking to escape from the crowd.

Moutsouna is situated 54 km from the capital. It is a little port with some fish tavernas and a few rooms/apartments to let. The area also offers several small sandy beaches that are easily reachable.

MAP OF NAXOS ISLAND, CYCLADES, GREECE

Map of Naxos Island

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