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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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 Salinus Villas
Salinus Villas, Plaka
This property is a 1-minute walk from Plaka beach. Salinus Naxian Villas are located in Plaka, 3.7 mi from Naxos Town. more...
 Hotel Sagterra
Hotel Sagterra, Naxos Chora
Family-run Hotel Sagterra is 1312 feet from the Blue-Flag Agios Georgios Beach and the central square of Naxos Town. 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...
 Studio Manolis 1
Studio Manolis 1, Naxos Chora
Studio Manolis 1 enjoys a location in Naxos Chora, just 0.4 miles from Naxos Castle and a 14-minute walk from Portara. Guests staying at this apartment can use the free WiFi. more...
 Argo Boutique Hotel
Argo Boutique Hotel, Naxos Chora
Argo Hotel is a small family-run hotel located in a quiet area of Naxos Town, only 328 feet from the beach. A multilingual reception, free internet corner and swimming pool are available. 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...
 Studio Manolis 5
Studio Manolis 5, Naxos Chora
Located in Naxos Chora, within 0.4 miles of Naxos Castle, Studio Manolis 5 offers city views. The Portara is within a 14-minute walk of the apartment, and free WiFi is provided. more...
 Melidron Luxury Hotel & Suites
Melidron Luxury Hotel & Suites, Agios Prokopios
Located in Agios Prokopios and fitted with an outdoor pool with jetted tubs and sun loungers, Melidron Luxury Hotel & Suites offers a fitness center. more...
 Naxos Hotel Poseidon
Naxos Hotel Poseidon, Naxos Chora
This centrally located hotel in Naxos’ capital is 260 ft from the blue-flag St. George beach. It features a welcoming cafe-bar, a satellite-TV lounge and traditional rooms with air conditioning. 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...
 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...
 Nastasia Village
Nastasia Village, Naxos Chora
Nastasia Village is a small hotel located in Chora, the main city of Naxos, with Agios Georgios beach nearby. more...
 Sun Beach Hotel
Sun Beach Hotel, Naxos Chora
The Cycladic-style Sun Beach Hotel is located in Naxos Town, just 66 feet from the sandy beach of Agios Georgios. more...
 My Villa
My Villa, Agios Georgios
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...
 Alkyoni Beach Hotel
Alkyoni Beach Hotel, Naxos Chora
The Alkyoni Beach Hotel is a beautiful resort boasting traditional Cycladic architecture and favorably located on St. George’s Beach and only a 10-minute walk from Naxos Town. more...




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