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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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 Ktima Ioannis Ktima Ioannis     
Ktima Ioannis Faneroméni
Located in Faneroméni, this vacation home features a sun terrace. The property is 22 miles from Mýkonos City and features views of the sea. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Princess Of Naxos Princess Of Naxos     
Princess Of Naxos Naxos Chora
Princess Of Naxos offers accommodations in Naxos Chora. The hotel has an outdoor pool and hot tub, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Summer Dream 1 Summer Dream 1     
Summer Dream 1 Agios Prokopios
Just 25 metres from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos, the whitewashed Summer Dream 1 offers self-catered accommodation. more...
 Sun Beach Hotel Sun Beach Hotel     
Sun Beach Hotel Naxos Chora
Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Sun Beach Hotel is located in Naxos Chora. Mýkonos City is 24 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Annio Studios Annio Studios     
Annio Studios Plaka
Featuring a sun terrace, Annio Studios is located in Plaka, just 27 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles from the property. more...
 Naxos Hotel Poseidon Naxos Hotel Poseidon     
Naxos Hotel Poseidon Naxos Chora
This centrally located hotel in Naxos? capital is 260 ft from the blue-flag St. George beach. It features a welcoming cafe-bar, a satellite-TV lounge and traditional rooms with air conditioning. more...
 Agios Prokopios Hotel Agios Prokopios Hotel     
Agios Prokopios Hotel Agios Prokopios
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Agios Prokopios Hotel is located in Agios Prokopios, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 7 miles from the property. more...
 Spiros 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...
 Hotel Mediterranean Hotel Mediterranean     
Hotel Mediterranean Stelida
Just a 5-minute walk from Stelida Beach, Hotel Mediterranean features elegant rooms with a balcony overlooking Naxos Town and Agios Prokopios. The swimming pool offers views to the Aegean Sea. more...
 Orion Naxos Hotel Orion Naxos Hotel     
Orion Naxos Hotel Agia Anna Naxos
Located in Agia Anna Naxos in the region of Naxos, 27 miles from Mýkonos City, Orion Naxos Hotel features a terrace and views of the sea. Náousa is 8 miles from the property. more...
 Ioanna Apartments Ioanna Apartments     
Ioanna Apartments Agios Prokopios
Featuring free WiFi and a garden, Ioanna Apartments is located in Agios Prokopios. Mýkonos City is 26 miles away. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Orama Apartments Orama Apartments     
Orama Apartments Agia Anna Naxos
Orama Apartments offers sea-view accommodations only 1300 ft from Agia Anna Beach. All rooms are air conditioned, and guests enjoy free transportation to and from the port, and free parking more...
 Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios     
Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios Naxos Chora
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios is located in Naxos Chora, just 24 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles away. more...
 Hotel Semeli Hotel Semeli     
Hotel Semeli Agios Prokopios
Featuring free WiFi and a seasonal outdoor pool, Hotel Semeli is located in Agios Prokopios, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 7 miles from the property. more...
 Thomais Studios 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...

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