Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and, definitely, one of the most beautiful ones! It may be a short ferry ride away from the super famous Paros and Mykonos islands, but Naxos is relatively unknown, staying under the mainstream radar.
Despite being relatively underrated, compared to the neighboring Cyclades islands, Naxos is one of the most interesting destinations in Greece! Its glorious ancient past and strong influences of the Venetians and the Franks are responsible for the abundance of ancient sites. Naxos literally breathes history!
Apart from its impressive monuments, though, Naxos boasts a beautiful natural landscape, as it is the greenest island of the Cyclades. Imposing mountains, green valleys, beautiful beaches, and rural villages will exalt nature lovers’ spirits! Naxos is a paradise on earth! Visit Naxos Island Greece! You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.
Naxos Weather (When to Visit)
The best time to visit is Naxos is spring and early summer (mid-Apr to mid-June) or autumn (Sept to mid-Oct). This way, you’ll avoid the summer high season, with its inflated prices, hordes of tourists and high temperatures (heat waves of 100°F are routine). Avoid August, unless you really like scorching heat, crowds, and overbooked planes, ferry boats, and hotels. In the autumn, you will enjoy warm days with still-warm waters. One drawback: Off-season there are fewer boats and flights to the islands, where some shops, hotels, and restaurants do not open until June and then close in October.
Best Naxos Beaches
Plaka is like a continuation of the beach of Agia Anna and is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. It is a calm and endless sandy beach with, in some parts, big flat stones and amazing crystal clear waters. In the beginning of the beach one can find sun beds and umbrellas but most of it keeps its unspoiled natural beauty, without any tourist facility to disfigure it. A few hotels, restaurants and cafes can be find behind the sandy dunes boarding the beautiful beach.
Agios Prokopios Beach
Agios Prokopios is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece and also in Europe. The long golden sandy beach has beautiful crystalline waters, protected from the strong winds frequently blowing on the island. One part of the beach offers sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities whereas the other part is left to its natural beauty and totally unspoiled by tourist facilities.
Aliko is a wonderful beach on the south western side of Naxos Cyclades. Aliko is lovely place to relax away from the crowded resorts of the island. This special region consists of many small bays with soft white sand and crystal water. Some tamarisk trees on the shore provide shade to visitors, while the beach is not organized with sunbeds and umbrellas.
Aliko Agios Georgios Beach
The beach of Agios Georgios at Aliko is one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The beach is protected from the summer north winds. The beach took it name from the lovely and picturesque chapel of Agios Georgios.
Mikri Vigla Beach
The northern beach of Mikri Vigla beach is wonderful, with soft golden sand and crystalline turquoise waters and is blessed by the meltemi (north winds specific to the Cyclades) which make it an ideal place for wind/kitesurfing. The beach is an internationally famous kite surfing and windsurfing spot and has 2 good clubs for renting high quality material and take courses. The southern beach of Mikri Vigla is an endless sandy beach with amazing crystal waters.
Recommended Naxos Tours & Activities by Viator
Iraklia and Koufonissia- One Day Cruise from Naxos
Spend a day out on the crystal-clear waters of the Aegean Sea on a full-day cruise from Naxos. Visit two neighboring islands—Iraklia and Koufonissi—for a day of exploring, swimming, and soaking up the warm sun. Your boat’s capacity is capped at 15 travelers for a more intimate experience and includes a delicious lunch with drinks onboard. Learn more about the Iraklia and Koufonissia Day Cruise from Naxos.
Delos and Mykonos One Day Cruise from Naxos
Departing from the port of Naxos and after 45 minutes of travel, the boat arrives to the island of Delos, a “floating” archaeological site dedicated to god Apollo. On Delos the entrance fee is 12,00 euro per person. With a 3 hour stop, visitors have the time to admire the unique archaeological site. Half an hour away is the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos. A four hours stay gives the opportunity to walk through the beautiful streets, visit the famous “Little Venice” and enjoy a stroll through the shops on the island. Learn more about the Delos and Mykonos Day Cruise from Naxos.
Cooking experience in Naxos
Indulge your passion for food during this half-day private cooking experience in the Naxos countryside. After a convenient hotel pickup, visit Flerio, Melanes and the 7th-century statue of Kouros “The Greek.” Then, travel with your English-speaking escort to the picturesque village of Galin. Learn about the region’s traditional cooking methods and Naxian products, while cooking alongside Mrs. Voula in her kitchen. Then, enjoy the home-cooked meal that you helped prepare. Learn more about the Cooking Experience in Naxos.
Santorini One Day Cruise from Naxos
Departing from the port of Naxos the boat sails for two hours onto the azure waters of the Aegean to Santorini island. The visitor ‘s first impression is the unique view of Caldera from the ship. Upon arrival at the port of Athinios, a bus tour starts and an escort guides visitors to Oia village with its unique architecture and to the cosmopolitan Fira. The length of stay on the island is 8 hours. Learn more about the Santorini Day Cruise from Naxos.
Naxian Apollo Private Tour
In this Apollo island tour , a full day private island tour customers will get to know every nook and cranny of Naxos. Places we will visit are a temple fittingly dedicated to the goddess of agriculture, Demeter, Halki, a village situated in a fertile plateau, mountain village of Apiranthos, Apollonas, at the northernmost village of the island. Making our way back south our final stop for the day is in yet another part of the island blessed with fertile soil, Eggares. There, we visit the village’s traditional 19th century olive press and gain precious insight into practices and a way of life that now belongs to the past/ now long gone. Learn more about the Naxian Apollo Private Tour.
Best Naxos Restaurants
To Elliniko $11 – 30
To Elliniko offers the simplicity of traditional Greek food with local products and freshly cooked daily dishes.You will receive a warm welcome and good service, making you feel like you are at home. The restaurant has a garden which is an ideal setting to enjoy your meal. Telephone: 30 22850 27050 Web: To Elliniko
Ristorante Meltemi $11 – 30
Ristorante Meltemi is located near Saint George’s beach. It has been around for many years, and people continue to return year after year. Their moussaka is one of the favorites on the island. The dip they serve with bread is excellent. Telephone: 30 2285 022654 Web: Ristorante Meltemi
Oasis $11 – 30
Oasis is a family run restaurant in Naxos. The restaurant is located in Naxos Town near Saint George’s beach. All of the food is homemade. Specials are offered every day and vary depending on the day of the week. Try the pasticcio, the stuffed peppers, and the pork stew. Telephone: 30 22850 25606 Web: Oasis
Metaxi Mas $11 – 30
Metaxi Mas is located in the Old Town of Naxos. Here you will eat in the streets of the old town if you want or sit inside in one of the cozy interiors. Everything here has been amazing. Try the zucchini balls, pasticcio, and the spicy meatballs. Telephone: 30 2285 026425 Web: Metaxi Mas
Barozzi $11 – 30
Barozzi is an upscale restaurant located not far from the main promenade of Naxos. The manager greets you and shows you to your table. The tables are further apart from other tables unlike many traditional tavernas in Greece. The decor is elegant and simple. The waitstaff is all dress in white linen. Telephone: Web: Barozzi
Best Naxos Beach Bars
Tohu Beach Bar
Tohu Beach Bar is located at one of the island’s best beaches, Plaka beach! You can relax at comfortable sun beds or have a drink under the greek sun at our lounge area- on the beach- and meditate to the sounds of the intoxicating music. Telephone: 30 22850 41950 Web: Tohu Beach Bar
Situated on the beachfront of Agia Anna, Banana Beach Bar is a zen-like oasis for cool summer moments. Enjoy your breakfast on the comfortable white sofas or on the lounge chairs on the beach. Banana’s awesome spearmint mojitos, strawberry daiquiris and other impressive cocktails are the ideal choice. Telephone: 30 697 873 3402 Web: Banana
Santana Beach Club
Enjoy a cool drink or have a snack on the beach, or simply join any of our beach parties. Santana Beach Club is the perfect place to relax and have entertainment right on on the beach. Just amazing. Telephone: 30 2285 042841 Web: Santana Beach Club
Flisvos Sports Club
The beach cafeteria in Flisvos Surf Center is the meeting point for the windsurfers of Agios Georgios beach. You can enjoy several cocktails on the seabeds down the beach while having a magnificent view of the sea. The beach cafeteria shows videos and clips displaying moments of the windsurfers. At night, it transforms into a vibrant club with loud music and great DJs playing until the following morning. Telephone: 30 22850 22935 Web: Flisvos Sports Club
The ingredients and recipes are carefully chosen by specialized bartenders and they make sure that the cocktail list is thorough and up to date. The list includes modernized classics and uniquely sophisticated cocktails which are finely created to taste amazing! Here you can also find freshly roasted and single origin specialty coffees. Telephone: 30 2285 041233 Web: Yazoo