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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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 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...
 Condo Hotel  Ioanna Apartments Condo Hotel Ioanna Apartments     
Agios Prokopios
Only 150 metres from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, the family-run Ioanna Apatments offers self-catered accommodation with free WiFi access. more...
 Condo Hotel  Hotel Semeli Condo Hotel Hotel Semeli     
Agios Prokopios
Hotel Semeli is a 5-minute walk from the golden sandy beach of Agios Prokopios. Rooms are air conditioned with fridge. The family-managed hotel offers a swimming pool with poolside bar. more...
 Aegean Land (ex Palace) Aegean Land (ex Palace)     
Plaka
Just a 2-minute walk from the sandy Plaka Beach, the boutique Aegean Land (ex Palace) features a large, free-form pool with poolside bar surrounded by extensive gardens. more...
 Condo Hotel  Agios Prokopios Hotel Condo Hotel Agios Prokopios Hotel     
Agios Prokopios
Just 2 minutes? walk from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, this hotel offers a swimming pool with hydromassage and spacious accommodations with satellite TV. Free WiFi is available in public areas . more...
 Finikas Hotel Finikas Hotel     
Aliko Beach
Set amidst a 4,000-m² garden, Finikas offers sea-view accommodation and a pool. It is located a few-minutes' walk from Alyko and Pyrgaki beaches and close to the white sand dunes. 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...
 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...
 Apartments  Cycladic Islands (ex View) Apartments Cycladic Islands (ex View)     
Agia Anna Naxos
Cycladic View offers fully equipped sea-view studios. It stands just 350 metres from the lovely beach of Agia Anna, and 6 km from the port and the town of Naxos. more...
 Vacation Homes  Country Villas Vacation Homes Country Villas     
Stelida
Located 1 km from the popular Agios Prokopios Beach and 400 metres from Stelida Beach, Country Villas boast an outdoor pool. more...
 Apartments  Sun Beach Hotel Apartments Sun Beach Hotel     
Naxos Chora
The Cycladic-style Sun Beach Hotel is located in Naxos Town, just 20 metres from the sandy beach of Agios Georgios. more...
 Kymata Hotel Kymata Hotel     
Naxos Chora
The family-run Hotel Kymata is only 30-metres from the beautiful sands of Saint George Beach and a 10-minute walk from Naxos Town?s lively seafront with its many tavernas, beach bars and shops. more...
 Condo Hotel  Something Else Condo Hotel Something Else     
Agia Anna Naxos
Just 50 metres away from the sandy beach of Agia Anna, Something Else is a Cycladic-style complex offering self-catering accommodation with free Wi-Fi access. more...
 Iria Beach Art Hotel Iria Beach Art Hotel     
Agia Anna Naxos
Just 10 metres 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...
 Condo Hotel  Dimitra Hotel Condo Hotel Dimitra Hotel     
Agios Prokopios
Hotel Dimitra is situated in a quiet location, in the Agios Prokopios area of Naxos Island, 10 minutes by car from the port of Naxos. more...

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