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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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 Aggidia Guest Houses
Aggidia Guest Houses, Agkidia
Located in Agkidia, Aggidia Guest Houses has accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Free WiFi is featured. There's a seating and/or dining area in some units. The apartment has a terrace. 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...
 Ydreos Studios & Apartments
Ydreos Studios & Apartments, Mikri Vigla
Just 98 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach, Ydreos Studios & Apartments are traditionally built in Cycladic style. They offer self-catered accommodations with a view to the Aegean Sea. more...
 Galini Studios
Galini Studios, Mikri Vigla
Offering unobstructed views of the Aegean Sea, Galini Studios offers self-catering accommodations and free WiFi in public areas. more...
 Seven Suites
Seven Suites, Glinado Naxos
Located within 3.1 mi from Naxos Town and Port, Seven Suites offers a great view. Decorated in minimalist accents this property offers air-conditioned accommodations. more...
 Coralli Beach Apartments
Coralli Beach Apartments, Mikri Vigla
Coralli Beach Apartments is located by the beach of Mikri Vigla. All air-conditioned rooms come with a private terrace, some with view of the sea. more...
 Scala Apartments
Scala Apartments, Kastraki
Scala apartments is a traditional complex positioned in Kastraki in Naxos, within an area of 12,000 m2 with trees, vine yards and flowers. more...
 Zanneta Studios
Zanneta Studios, Mikri Vigla
The whitewashed Zanneta Studios are set amid a flowered garden, 1640 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach. more...
 Pirgos Stelida Hotel
Pirgos Stelida Hotel, Stelida
Located in the area of Stelida, within 33 feet from a private beach, Pirgos Stelida Hotel features self-catered rooms with a balcony. It also has a restaurant serving traditional Greek cuisine. more...
 Iria Beach Art Hotel
Iria Beach Art Hotel, Agia Anna Naxos
Just 33 feet from the beach, this award-winning hotel enjoys a beachfront location on the spectacular Agia Anna Beach, one of Naxos’ most popular sandy beaches. more...
 Golden Sun Hotel
Golden Sun Hotel, Stelida
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...
 Naxos olive & home
Naxos olive & home, Engares
Featuring free WiFi, Naxos Olive & Home offers accommodations in Engares. Naxos City is 4.2 mi away. The accommodations is air conditioned and is fitted with a flat-screen TV. 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...
 Stella Naxos Island
Stella Naxos Island, Agia Anna Naxos
Stella Naxos Island is located among greenery 66 feet from the beach of Agia Anna. It offers self-catered accommodations with patio or balcony overlooking the garden or the Aegean Sea. more...
 Natura Villas in Naxos
Natura Villas in Naxos, Mikri Vigla
Located within 1.2 miles of Mikri Vigla Beach in Mikri Vigla, Natura Villas in Naxos has accommodations with free WiFi and a kitchen. The accommodations have a hot tub. more...




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