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6 things to do in Naxos

Cyclades ● Naxos ● 05 March 2017
 

Located in the centre of Cyclades, Naxos is the largest island of the complex. This relaxing island is perfect for families and couples, and with its long history, its tradition and culture as well as its beautiful nature, it offers you the opportunity to get rest and explore many interesting areas. Just buy now the Greek Island Pass and get ready for the best Greek Island Hopping in Naxos and generally in the Cyclades!

1. The Venetian Castle and Chora

Like the most Cycladic islands, Naxos has a beautiful main town (Chora) with whitewashed houses and labyrinth-like narrow streets, where you can walk and buy local products, clothes, jewellery and souvenirs from the traditional shops or just relax, eat in a cute tavern or drink a coffee or a cocktail. The oldest quarter in Naxos Chora is the Venetian Castle (or Kastro). It was constructed by the Venetians in the Medieval Times, and today, the most buildings in this area are boutique hotels, romantic restaurants and cultural venues.


2. Portara

Portara is the symbol of Naxos and the first thing you will see on the cliff above the port as the boat approaches the island. Portara is a gate, which is the only remain of the ancient Temple of Apollo that was constructed in the 6th century B.C.


3. The Temple of Demeter

In the 6th century B.C., it was also constructed the ancient Temple of Demeter, the goddess of grain and agriculture. It is located in a short walking distance from the village of Ano Sangri, and it is an ideal place to explore the history and ancient culture of Naxos.


4. Apiranthos and the other inland villages

Apiranthos is the most famous mountainous village in Naxos, but there are also other traditional villages in the mainland of the island that are picturesque and worth a visit. Halki, Filoti and Potamia are surrounded by green nature and with their authentic character, they can give you a true experience away from the mass tourism.


5. The sandy beaches with the crystal waters

The western side of Naxos has the best beaches of the island. Long, sandy beaches with crystal waters, like Agios Prokopios beach (Naxos), Agios Georgios Naxos and Mikri Vigla Naxos are waiting for you to lie on them and enjoy the warm sun of the Greek summer.


6. Wind sports

The western side of the island is ideal also for wind sports. Mikri Vigla, Agios Georgios and Laguna are the best beaches for windsurfing and kitesurfing, and you can find there sport centres that rent equipment and offer courses.

Where to Stay

Villa in Naxos, Greece Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
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Naxian Utopia | Luxury Villas & Suites
Stelida, Agios Prokopios, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Luxury villas located on a rocky hill 2 km from the popular beach of Agios Prokopios, 5 km from the capital, Naxos Chora, and 2,5 km from the Naxos airport.

Studio in Naxos, Greece Depis Place Economy
Depis Place Economy
Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Depis Place Economy is located in Naxos Chora, just a 5-minute walk from Agios Georgios beach. Port of Naxos is 1.2 km away and Naxos National airport is 2.5 km away.

Appartment in Naxos, Greece Ippokampos Beachfront
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Ippokampos Beachfront
St George Beach, Chora, 84300 Naxos, Greece

Ippokampos hotel is situated right on the sandy beach of Saint George in the main town of Naxos in quiet surroundings 400 m from the town center. The distance from the main port is 800 m and the Naxos Airport is at 2 km.


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