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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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 La Grande Vue private villas
Providing pool views, La Grande Vue private villas in Vívlos provides accommodations, an outdoor swimming pool, a bar, a shared lounge, a garden and barbecue facilities. more...
 Diamantis Studios&Apartments
Offering an outdoor pool, Diamantis Studios & Apartments is located 820 feet from Mikri Vigla Beach. The property features a snack bar and offers shuttle service upon request. more...
 Finikas Hotel
Set amid a 4,000-m² garden, Finikas offers sea-view accommodations and a pool. It is located a few-minutes' walk from Alyko and Pyrgaki beaches and close to the white sand dunes. more...
 Pirgos Stelida Hotel
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...
 Erato Inn
Located in Agios Prokopios, Erato Inn offers accommodations with air conditioning. The apartment is located 98 ft. more...
 Naxos Palace Hotel
This modern hotel offers luxurious accommodations, a peaceful, family-friendly environment and a location 2625 feet from the beach of Agios Prokopios. more...
 Orkos Beach Hotel
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...
 Mylos Hotel
Located in Vívlos, 3.1 mi from Temple of Dimitra, Mylos Hotel provides accommodations with a shared lounge, free private parking, a garden and a terrace. more...
 Galaxy Hotel
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...
 Ostria Inn
Quietly located right on the sandy Tigani Beach in Moutsouna, the Cycladic-style Ostria Hotel offers a swimming pool with poolside bar. more...
 Sun and Moon Villas
Located in Pyrgaki Beach, 1640 feet from Aliko Beach, the Cycladic-style Sun and Moon Villas feature a large beautiful garden with an outdoor pool and BBQ facilities. more...
 Ippokampos Apartments
Only 820 feet from Agios Georgios beach, Ippokampos Apartments is steps away from the center of Naxos Town. The air-conditioned studios and apartments offer a balcony with street views and free WiFi. more...
 Golden Sun Hotel
Golden Sun Hotel is located on a quite setting in Agios Prokopios beach, only 1.9 miles from Naxos Town. It offers a swimming pool, a children’s pool and a hot tub. more...
 Delfinaki Lionas Boutique Apartments
Located on the beachfront in Lionas and featuring a garden, Delfinaki Lionas Boutique Apartments has free WiFi. Every room has a balcony with views of the sea. At the inn, the rooms include a more...
 Alpha Studios (Adults Only)
Located 230 feet from Agios Georgios Beach in Naxos Town, just 656 feet from the center, Alpha Studios offer free Wi-Fi. more...
 Naxos Pantheon Luxury Apartments
Located in Agkidia, 1.4 mi from Agios Georgios Beach, Naxos Pantheon Luxury Apartments provides accommodations with free WiFi, air conditioning and access to a garden with a terrace. more...
 Ydreos Studios & Apartments
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...
 Anatoli Hotel
Anatoli Hotel combines the Cycladic architecture with a modern style. It features free Wi-Fi, an outdoor pool, gym and sauna. It is a 7-minute walk from the center of Naxos and Agios Georgios beach. more...
 Hotel Semeli
Hotel Semeli is 5-minute walk from the golden sandy beach of Agios Prokopios and 2.2 mi from Naxos Town. The hotel offers a swimming pool, with a lounge area, with free sunbeds and free pool towels. more...
 Hotel Coronis
Within 984 feet from the port, Coronis Hotel enjoys a seafront location in the heart of Naxos Town. more...
 Sun Rock Boutique Suites
The elegant Sun Rock Boutique Suites are ideally placed in Stelida, less than 0.6 mi from Agios Prokopios beach. more...
 Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
Each with a private pool, Naxian Utopia offers elegant suites and villas in accordance with the Cycladic architecture. more...
 Hotel Francesca
Hotel Francesca is located just 328 feet from Agios Prokopios Beach, and 3.1 mi from Naxos main town. It offers self-catering accommodations with free Wi-Fi access. more...
 Dreamcatcher of Zeus
Located in Filótion, Dreamcatcher of Zeus offers accommodations with a balcony and free WiFi. more...
 Ilion Hotel
Ilion Hotel offers a peaceful location, just 33 feet 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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