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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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 Argo Boutique Hotel Argo Boutique Hotel     
Naxos Chora
Argo Hotel is a small family-run hotel situated in a quiet area of Naxos Town, only 100 metres away from the beach. A multilingual reception, free internet corner and swimming pool are available. more...
 Astir Of Naxos Astir Of Naxos     
Naxos Chora
Hotel Astir of Naxos is just 2 minutes from St. George beach and a 10 minute walk from the center of town. It features an outdoor pool, free internet access and private parking. more...
 Apartments  Aphrodite Luxury Apartments Apartments Aphrodite Luxury Apartments     
Agios Prokopios
Featuring a sun terrace, Aphrodite Luxury Apartments is located in Agios Prokopios. Mýkonos City is 26 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
 Vacation Homes  Halcyon Villas Naxos Vacation Homes Halcyon Villas Naxos     
Naxos Chora
Showcasing a seasonal outdoor pool and views of the pool, Halcyon Villas Naxos is located in Naxos Chora in the region of Naxos, just 2.4 miles from Naxos Castle. more...
 Vacation Homes  Naxian Althea Vacation Homes 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...
 Apartments  Naxos Dream Studios Apartments Naxos Dream Studios     
Naxos Chora
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Naxos Dream Studios is located in Naxos Chora, just 0.4 miles from Naxos Castle. Portara is 0.7 miles from the property. more...
 Alkyoni Beach Hotel Alkyoni Beach Hotel     
Naxos Chora
The Alkyoni Beach Hotel is a beautiful resort boasting traditional Cycladic architecture and favourably located on St. George?s Beach and only a 10-minute walk from Naxos Town. more...
 Galaxy Hotel Galaxy Hotel     
Naxos Chora
Offering high-standard accommodations next to the beach to those wishing to enjoy the natural beauty of the island, this is an ideal hotel for relaxing holidays. more...
 Saint George Hotel Saint George Hotel     
Naxos Chora
Saint George Hotel is perfectly situated just 33 ft from the golden sandy beach of Agios Georgios Bay, in Naxos' main town. It offers rooms with balcony and free Wi-Fi access. more...
 Pirgos Stelida Hotel Pirgos Stelida Hotel     
Stelida
Situated in the area of Stelida, within 10 metres from a private beach, Pirgos Stelida Hotel features self-catered rooms with a balcony. It also has a restaurant serving traditional Greek cuisine. more...
 Cyano Suites Cyano Suites     
Naxos Chora
Situated in the Grotta area of Naxos Town, the Cycladic-style Cyano offers elegant suites with unobstructed views over the Aegean Sea. Free WiFi access is offered throughout. more...
 Condo Hotel  Valena Mare Condo Hotel Valena Mare     
Plaka
Just 200 metres from the sandy beach of Plaka, Valena Mare offers self-catering, air-conditioned accommodation with views of the sea or garden. Free transfer from and to the port is offered. more...
 Hotel Orkos Beach Hotel Orkos Beach     
Mikri Vigla
Located right on the sandy beach of Mikri Vigla, the Cycladic-style Hotel Orkos Beach features a spa centre, and an outdoor pool surrounded by a well-tended garden. more...
 Panormos Hotel Panormos Hotel     
Naxos Chora
Panormos Hotel lies within 20 metres from the sandy Agios Georgios Beach, where guests can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities. more...
 Porto Naxos Porto Naxos     
Naxos Chora
Located within walking distance of Agios Georgios beach and Naxos Town, Porto Naxos features a swimming pool, tennis court and restaurant. more...

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