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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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Birikos Hotel is only steps away from Prokopios Beach. Rooms have balconies, kitchenettes, and air conditioning. Additional room facilities of the Birikos Hotel include TV and fridge. more...
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Featuring a sun terrace, Ippokampos Beachfront is located in Naxos Chora. Mýkonos City is 24 miles away. The accommodation has a flat-screen TV. Some units have a balcony and/or patio with sea views. more...
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Featuring free WiFi and air conditioning, Sun Beach Hotel is located in Naxos Chora. Mýkonos City is 24 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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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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Agia Anna Naxos ? Show on map
Featuring a garden, Naxian Breeze is located in Agia Anna Naxos, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles away. The property is air conditioned and is equipped with a flat-screen TV. more...
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Located in Naxos Chora, 24 miles from Mýkonos City, Anatoli Hotel features air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi throughout the property. Guests can enjoy the on-site bar. more...
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Diamantis Studios&Apartments is located in Mikri Vigla, 29 miles from Mýkonos City and 10 miles from Náousa. Free WiFi is featured and free private parking is available on site. more...
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Dilino Hotel Studios offers accommodations in Agios Prokopios. Free private parking is available on site. Each room at this hotel is air conditioned and is equipped with a TV. more...
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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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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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Featuring a garden, Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites is located in Stelida. Mýkonos City is 25 miles from the property. more...
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Agia Anna Naxos ? Show on map
Featuring free WiFi and a garden, Irini Studios is located in Agia Anna Naxos, just 26 miles from Mýkonos City. Náousa is 8 miles from the property. Free private parking is available on site. more...
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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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Golden Sun Hotel is in a quite setting in Agios Prokopios beach, only 2 miles from Naxos Town. It features a swimming pool, a children?s pool and a hot tub. more...
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Located in Naxos Chora, 25 miles from Mýkonos City, Ktima Bianco features a sun terrace and views of the mountains. Náousa is 8 miles from the property. more...

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