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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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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...
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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...
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Ilion Hotel offers a peaceful location, just 10 metres away from St. George Beach. Rooms have a balcony with sea views and a buffet breakfast is included in the rate. more...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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Just 200 metres from the sandy beach Gopa, Diadema Villa offers accommodation in Stelida area - Agios Prokopios, in Naxos. Saint Prokopios beach is 500 metres from the property. more...
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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...
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Nastasia Village is a small hotel located in Chora, the main city of Naxos, with Agios Georgios beach nearby. more...
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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...
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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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Enjoying a prime location just a short walk from Saint George Beach and lively Naxos, Spiros Hotel offers accommodating rooms in Naxos. more...
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Only 150 metres from the rocky Grotta Beach and 800 metres from Agios Georgios Beach, the Cycladic-style Iliada Studios is a 3-minute walk from central Naxos Town. more...
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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...
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Just 50 metres from Naxos?s popular Saint George Beach, Iliovasilema Hotel offers a host of leisure facilities and well-appointed rooms, less than 10 minutes? walk from the port. more...

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