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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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Featuring a garden, Ploes Seaside Houses is located in Plaka, just 28 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 9 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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Agios Prokopios ? Show on map
Just 25 metres from Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos, the whitewashed Summer Dream 1 offers self-catered accommodation. more...
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Plaka ? Show on map
Just 300 metres from Plaka Beach in Naxos, Cycladic-style Zefyros Studios features self-catered rooms with a balcony overlooking the Aegean Sea or the garden. BBQ facilities are offered. more...
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Glinado Naxos ? Show on map
Villa Bella Vista is located in Glinado Naxos, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 10 miles from the property. Private parking is available on site. more...
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Agios Prokopios ? Show on map
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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Agia Anna Naxos ? Show on map
In the village of Agia Anna, Antonina Hotel is a typical Cycladic-style complex featuring a swimming pool and grounds with palm trees and bougainvilleas. more...
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Agios Prokopios ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Margaret of Naxos offers accommodations in Agios Prokopios, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. more...
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Agios Prokopios ? Show on map
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...
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Naxos Chora ? Show on map
Alkion Studios offers accommodations in Naxos Chora. Mýkonos City is 24 miles away. There is also a kitchenette, fitted with a refrigerator. Alkion Studios also includes a sun terrace. more...
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Naxos Chora ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Aeolis Boutique Hotel is located in Naxos Chora, just 24 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles away. Some units have a terrace and/or balcony. more...
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Aegeon Hotel offers accommodations in Naxos Chora. The hotel has an outdoor pool and views of the pool, and guests can enjoy a drink at the bar. more...
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Agios Prokopios ? Show on map
Located in Agios Prokopios, Hotel Francesca features a garden, outdoor pool, and sun terrace. Mýkonos City is 26 miles from the property. more...
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Naxos Chora ? Show on map
Providing excellent budget accommodations, Margo Studios is in a quiet area of Naxos town center, just a short walk from the port of the island, with free wireless internet. more...
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Agios Georgios ? Show on map
Each with a private pool, My Villa consists of self-standing villas built with strong Cycladic influences. Some villas enjoy Aegean Sea views from a spacious rooftop terrace. more...
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Naxos Chora ? Show on map
Offering accommodations with air conditioning, Alpha Studios is located in Naxos Chora, just 24 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles away. All units feature a flat-screen TV. more...

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