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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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 Palatiana Agriturismo-Philoxenia Cottages
Palatiana Agriturismo-Philoxenia Cottages, Galini
The family-run Palatiana Agriturismo is just a 5-minute drive from the beach of Amitis. more...
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Orkos Beach Hotel, Mikri Vigla
Located right on the sandy beach of Mikri Vigla, the Cycladic-style Orkos Beach Hotel features a spa center, and an outdoor pool surrounded by a well-tended garden. more...
 Seven Suites
Seven Suites, Glinado Naxos
Located within 3.1 mi from Naxos Town and Port, Seven Suites offers a great view. Decorated in minimalist accents this property offers air-conditioned accommodations. more...
 Manios Suites
Manios Suites, Agia Anna Naxos
Manios Suites is located on Agia Anna beach, Naxos. All rooms feature a flat-screen TV with satellite channels and a private bathroom. Free WiFi is at guests' disposal. more...
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Summer Dream 1, Agios Prokopios
Just 82 feet from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos, the whitewashed Summer Dream 1 offers self-catered accommodations. more...
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Mitos Suites, Agios Prokopios
Offering stylish Cycladic-style accommodations and free Wi-Fi throughout, Mitos Suites is a 5-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos. more...
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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...
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Venetian Suites, Naxos Chora
Offering accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and flat-screen TV, Venetian Suites is located 400 yards from Portara and 0.7 miles from Naxos Castle. more...
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Studios Bourgos, Naxos Chora
Located near the Medieval Castle of Naxos, Studios Bourgos I offers rooms with kitchenette and free Wi-Fi access. It has a rooftop terrace overlooking the Aegean Sea and Naxos town. more...
 Iria Beach Art Hotel
Iria Beach Art Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 33 feet 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...
 Orion Naxos Hotel
Orion Naxos Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 492 feet from Agios Nikolaos Beach, the Cycladic-style Orion Naxos Hotel features a terrace with views over the Aegean Sea. more...
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Liana Hotel, Agios Prokopios
Liana Hotel provides beachfront accommodations in Agios Prokopios. Featuring a seasonal outdoor swimming pool, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi. more...
 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...
 Paradise Studios
Paradise Studios, Agiassos
Set 66 feet from the sandy beach of Agiassos in Naxos, Paradise Studios offers air-conditioned apartments with a furnished balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea. more...
 Agios Prokopios 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...




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