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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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 Valena Mare
Valena Mare, Plaka
Just 656 feet from the sandy beach of Plaka, Valena Mare offers self-catering, air-conditioned accommodations with views of the sea or garden. Free transfer from and to the port is offered. 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...
 Camara Hotel
Camara Hotel, Agios Prokopios
Just a 5-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach, Camara Hotel offers air conditioned accommodations in Naxos. A rooftop terrace with sea view is at your disposal. more...
 Naxian Queen Luxury Villas & Suites
Naxian Queen Luxury Villas & Suites, Agia Anna Naxos
Set 164 feet from Agia Anna Beach in Naxos, this villa features a terrace and provides access to a shared outdoor pool and a garden. Guests benefit from free WiFi and private parking available on more...
 Spiros
Spiros, Naxos Chora
Enjoying a prime location, just a short walk away from Saint George Beach and the lively Naxos Town, Spiros Hotel offers accommodations in Naxos. more...
 Orkos Beach Hotel
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...
 Naxos Luxury Villas
Naxos Luxury Villas, Mikri Vigla
Located in Mikri Vigla, 656 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach, Naxos Luxury Villas features villas with private outdoor pools and views of the sea. more...
 Antony Suites (Adults Only)
Antony Suites (Adults Only), Naxos Chora
Enjoying a prime location, just 98 feet from the beach of Agios Georgios, and 1640 feet from the town, Antony Suites and Residences provide free internet access and spa facilities. more...
 My Home in Naxos
My Home in Naxos, Naxos Chora
Less than 984 feet from Saint George's beach in Naxos, My Home in Naxos is a holiday home with a sun terrace. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. The kitchen features an oven and a more...
 Ostria Inn
Ostria Inn, Moutsouna
Quietly located right on the sandy Tigani Beach in Moutsouna, the Cycladic-style Ostria Hotel offers a swimming pool with poolside bar. more...
 Hotel Semeli
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...
 Thomais Studios
Thomais Studios, Naxos Chora
Thomais Studios is located on the popular Saint George Beach. All studios have balconies with sea view. Guests are greeted with welcome gifts, including cake and fruit. more...
 Sea & Olives Villas
Sea & Olives Villas, Plaka
Offering a garden, Sea & Olives Villas is set in an olive grove of 4.000 m2, in Plaka. They feature fully equipped units, each with a private pool and free WiFi. Plaka Beach is 1969 feet away. more...
 Ioanna Apartments
Ioanna Apartments, Agios Prokopios
Only 492 feet from the sandy beach of Agios Prokopios, the family-run Ioanna Apatments offers self-catered accommodations with free WiFi access. more...
 Hotel Naxos Beach
Hotel Naxos Beach, Naxos Chora
Hotel Naxos Beach 1 is ideally located only a few yards behind the golden sandy St.George's beach and a ten minute walk away from the lively old town of Naxos. more...




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