Naxos Island Greece

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! Find all of your beach essentials here Naxos Island Greece vacation. 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

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Plaka Beach

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.

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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.

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Aliko Beach

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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Banana

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

Yazoo

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

Best Naxos Hotels

33 Comments

  1. Joseph

    this is an awesome presentation, I like it. my concern is the distance from the nearest town? in the case of overbooked hotels, how convenient is it to lodge in town or nearby cities?

    I like the fact that the best time to visit Naxos is spring and early summer (mid-Apr to mid-June) or autumn (Sept to mid-Oct) June is my son’s birthday month. we normally take a vacation this time.
    very well done a post, I like it.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You know, I would book your hotel before you head there and then there is nothing to worry about as far as accommodations. But Athens is quite close and you can take the ferry to or from Athens. You could stay there and then take the ferry to Naxos or the other way around. Thanks for visiting my Naxos Island Greece Guide.

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  2. Melissa

    Wow! Your site is ridiculously well done! You’ve done an awesome job at attracting travellers looking for a beach vacation. I’d love to be sitting in one of those chairs in your banner picture! 

    You’ve got it on point by describing Naxos as a paradise on earth, it looks beautiful. 

    I love how you’ve included literally EVERYTHING you need to know from the best times to go for a vacation to restaurants and motels. 

    Congrats on an awesome job and a very professional looking website!

    All the best,

    Melissa

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Melissa, hopefully you will be soon 🙂  And thanks for the great comments and for visiting beach travel destinations.

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    2. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Melissa for stopping by beach travel destinations and leaving me feedback on my site.  I really appreciate it!  Hopefully you can be on one of those beach chairs in the not too far off future 🙂  Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Antonio

    Hi 

    You make Naxos sound as close as possible to paradise. I have been to Greece before but never to Naxos. It is always good to know what is there to do, what parts to visit and what the best food places to visit. I really enjoy you review as it seems to be honest and  as summer approaches I will bear Naxos as my next holiday destination. I  like visiting places on the on season as it tends to be more alive than the off season where it can be less attractive.

    Thank you for an interesting article.

    Antonio

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I agree with you Antonio, I prefer visiting during peak season as well.  Everything is alive, makes people watching interesting, and just seems like everything is open longer as well.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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  4. Sonny

    I’m glad to come across my favorite website again😊 I just showed my wife your pictures and she was like, “wow..!” I bookmarked your site, just in case we decide to go see Greece and If we do, we will be sure to visit Agios Prokopios. That beach looks very tranquil. 

    Sunny

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Well thank you Sonny and there are plenty of wonderful beach destinations to chose from on my site  You can’t go wrong with any of them.  Thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Rodarrick

    Naxos island in Greece is simply awesome and I love every bit of this that I have read. I have been planning to travel to Greece sooner than later but now, I really look forward to this. Thumbs up to you for sharing. I will like to check things out again especially for the various sites and things to do in here. Thanks

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Rodarrick!  Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.  Glad you enjoyed my Naxos Island Greece post!

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  6. Feji ben

    Hello there,thanks for sharing this awesome article i know it would be of great help to the public as it has been of help to me.i have been to many place in Greece and  naxos island is one of my favorite destinations but i have not really enjoy my stay there due lack of a comprehensive guide like this i would definitely save it for future use 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Sounds like a return trip to Naxos is in order 🙂  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations and glad my Naxos Island Greece guide was helpful.

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  7. Rose

     Hello there, wow! this is impressive, I live in Greece and I have to admit that when people come here they tend to visit the other islands like Mykonos and Santorini. And actually most travel Bloggers are talking about those islands so it’s refreshing to read about Naxos. what people don’t realize is that Greece has over 6000 islands of which just a little over 200 are not inhabited but all the others are and have a rich history and so many things to see.

    One of those Islands is, of course, Naxos, this is actually one of the Islands that locals like me would visit when we want to run away from the tourists, although it does receive its share of tourists in the high tourist season, this hidden germ is where anyone who wants a beautiful beach holiday needs to be. You just need to choose the right time to visit, so you can avoid the overcrowding, which usually happens in July and August.

    To be honest, although July and August the island of Naxos is flooded with people, as you mention in the spring and autumn, Naxos is very pleasant and not too crowded, where Santorini and Mykonos already start receiving tourists end of March. And even in September, there are still a lot of tourists.

    I think Naxos is a great place to visit in Greece.

    Greece is blessed with beautiful beaches and lots of ancient history, not to mention the most amazing food.  

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Rose for stopping by beach travel destinations and taking the time to leave these comments.  You live in a beautiful country for sure.  Sometimes I like to go during the busy season, and sometimes its just nice to avoid the crowds.  I live on the beach where spring break literally lasts for 3 months with continuous visitors and crowding.  Guess it just depends on what you are looking for.  Anyway, thank you for stopping by and reading my Naxos Island Greece guide.

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  8. Petar Leykov

    Hello there. First of all, I want to congratulate you for this fantastic website that you have done here. Going back to this article, honestly, I never thought that this Island even exists although I was born in Bulgaria, not so far away from Greece. I have been to Greece, and I do like it a lot. With this lovely weather in the summer and the vast history surrounding the whole country honestly Greece its must-visit destination. I will definitely save your website for further articles and reviews. Thank you a lot.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you so much Petar for your kind words.  I agree that Greece is a must-visit destination.  It really has a wide range of interests and can keep any visitor entertained or just relaxed for that matter.  Thanks for visiting beach travel destinations.

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      1. Petar

        You are welcome. It’s a great website for a holiday destinations. Keep it up and good luck.

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        1. Leahrae (Post author)

          Thanks so much Petar!

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  9. Petar

    Hello there. First of all, I want to congratulate you for this fantastic website that you have done here. Going back to this article, honestly, I never thought that this Island even exists although I was born in Bulgaria, not so far away from Greece. I have been to Greece, and I do like it a lot. With this lovely weather in the summer and the vast history surrounding the whole country honestly Greece its must-visit destination. I will definitely save your website for further articles and reviews. Thank you a lot.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      You are welcome Petar. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave me comments.

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  10. Donald

    Naxos island in Greece is absolutely beautiful. I was watching the video you have on your page.  The beaches are beautiful, and the interior looks so sparsely populated. Sort of gives a kind of rustic, adventurous feel to the place. I would love to visit this beautiful island some day.

    Is this island very far from the one they call Delos?   That’s the supposed birthplace of Apollo, a figure from Greek mythology. I hear that island is nice too. With lots of historical sites. Would be nice if i could visit them both in one trip to the Cyclades islands.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Delos is 54 kilometers from Naxos.  They do have a ferry that will take you to Delos that will take a little over 2 hours.  There are tours that do include the ferry trip.  Yes, you can also visit my Delos Island Greece Guide for more information on the island, tours, beaches, etc.  Please let me know if you have any additional questions.

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  11. Nuttanee

    I have always wanted to visit Greece. The top of my list are Santorini and Mykonos. I really have to visit soon, hopefully the global warming is not gonna put them under the water. But since I am going to be there I might as well just keep beach hopping. 🙂 Naxos is so beautiful, wow, the water is like emerald. Thanks for the other beaches list and things to do there. I have to list them down and plan my trip accordingly.

    Cheers! 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I am glad you enjoyed and sounds like you are anxious to visit Naxos.  I think global warming is happening but it I don’t think it will affects these wonderful islands, at least not for many years to come.  Thanks for visiting my Naxos Island Greece guide.

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  12. Jon

    Naxos seems like one of the cool hideaways of Greece that I would want to visit to get away from it all. I would think that it is the best island of Greece for finding cool things you cannot find anywhere else in Greece. I like the fact that it is probable a lot less crowded then Mykonos or Santorini.  I could see myself totally relaxing here.  Now I have all the information I need to plan.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Yes Jon, you are correct.  It will be a lot less hectic for sure.  You will definitely be able to relax with a beach vacation to Naxos and the area islands.  

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  13. Martin

    WOW. The Naxos Island looks like a place to put on my bucket list. It’s extremely beautiful. From your suggestions I would rather opt to go out of season in April. I am not a fan of over crowded places and I like my privacy. It looks like the Aliko beach will offer me what I want. I am long overdue for a beach trip and this will be excellent. I didn’t even know this place exists. I will definitely do the Mykonos One Day Cruise, and visit some of the restaurants to taste some of the local Greece cuisine. Thanks for adding some suggestions on where to stay. I will be going through them. Your post will help me a lot in my booking process, and also on the activities to be done.

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Great Martin!  Please let me know if you need any additional information.  And I would love to hear back on how your vacation went and all you did and saw.  

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  14. Juan Saladin

    Beaches views from the video at just breathtaking! Thanks for delivering to us a great yet affordable selection of destinies within Naxos to visit.

    As you recommend, I always avoid pick seasons of turistic places I could visit (as you recommend in your post).  I’d love to get to Mikri Vigla Beach this year by the end of Winter. 

    Prices around are very cheap and hotels prices wouldn’t get up to their highest point by then. Thanks for a great post!

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      Thank you Juan for stopping by and I appreciate you taking the time to leave me some comments.  I am glad you enjoyed your visit to beach travel destinations.

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  15. Rhain

    I am a firm believer in the idea that popular is not always ideal and from the look of this guide, Naxos island appears to prove me right ones more. It also appears to be a very interesting destination for relaxation and touring of some ancient sites. I very much like that it is rich in its history. I’ll also love to learn about their traditional foods. Thanks 

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    1. Leahrae (Post author)

      I think you are right and it is an ideal vacation destination, with much less crowds then some of the other Cyclade Islands.  I am glad you enjoyed my Naxos Island Greece guide.

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