Naxos Island Travel Guide
Stavros and his Ecologically Friendly...
Stavros and his Ecologically Friendly...
Mikri Vigla beach
View of the Temple
Fantastic beaches, not over-touristed, beautiful capital
Dullsville if partying is in your blood
In a nutshell
Go now, before more tourists discover it!
When you have been in Naxos for more than 2-3 times, then you want to do something more than see the "Portara", sleep at the beach and visit the villages. And Naxos won't let you down, there are many things to do. I would start with water sports like windsurfing, cannoning,...
Ancient Monuments & Structures
Naxos has many ancient sites, the most visible of course being the Portara, on the islet of Palatia, which is just outside the harbour. The huge frame is all that remains of a temple that was dedicated to Apollo.Built in the 6th Century, this magnificent landmark was built...
The Archeological Museum, Castro
Not everyone enjoys wandering around museums. However, this is a small one, with some fascinating artifacts, which were discovered on the island. All of Greece is an Archeologist Paradise- so if one can't actually do the digging, at least one can admire the treasures that we...
Walk- and Discover
The old walled area called the Castro is atmospheric, interesting and easy to explore.It overlooks the harbour, and has quite unique ancient architecture. The narrow cobbled lanes with their walls of creepers and flowerboxes lure one firther and further- but because of the...
The Kastro & The Archaeological Museum of Naxos
Exiting the waterfront of Hora and after surviving the maze of alleys of Bourgos, lay the magnificent Kastro (Fort). Its origin is Venetian.The houses here are starkingly whitewashed and as I meandered my way up on a hot afternoon, I found eeriely and hauntingly silent alley...
A very old church, some parts are dated back in VII and VIII century, it is a wonder how it can still stand. The structure is heavy with wide stone made walls, decorated with arch where the bells hung.When I visited there were some women selling their embroidery in order to...
Koronos is in the Northern part of the island, it is somehow similar to Apiranthos but, as it is hard to reach being in a remote part up by the side of a tall mountain, it is absolutely not touristic.I counted one bar (closed) and two small taverna in the center.Walk around...
2 Reviews and 14 Opinions I was actually bumped upmarket for a night as Hotel Agios Prokopios was fully booked for my first...
Agios Prokopios Hotel
3 Reviews and 143 Opinions I couldn't really believe my eyes either. VT member SWFC_Fan (aka Jonathan) had pushed for this...
My favorite place for eating in Naxos is located up in the mountains, at Apiranthos village. It’s called Lefteris and I go there every time I visit the island. Homemade foods, some typical greek plates, very delicious all the time. The prices is slightly more pricey but it’s...
what to eat
Do yourself a favor and avoid the touristic restaurants at seafront of Hora. In some villages there are some nice small taverns, right next to the sea. In most of the taverns you can find many plates although it’s a surprise the island isn’t famous for its fishes. I guess it...
Lucullus Taverna: The oldest restaurant in Naxos
In the heart of the Kastro, in the middle of nightlife, pleasantly crowded, it is better if possible to take a seat outside in the narrow pebble-covered street. Loud music and loud voices are the soundtrack of one of the best dinner in Naxos!
I took Shrimps sautè and...
how to go there
Some tourists don’t come here because there is no international airport. I guess it’s one of the reasons the island is still pretty!There are daily flights with Olympic Airways from Athens but... I prefer the boat connection with Piraeus port. Many companies have it on their...
If you don't ride scooters and you don't want to rent a car, bus is the perfect solution in Naxos. They are well organized, they take you almost all over the island and are surprisingly on time and inexpensive. I used them a lot for mostly of my days in Naxos and had always...
Around the island: Buy from the locals
Buy your products from the locals, there is a small farmer market just outside the Chora on the way to Saint George beach, farmer sell vegetables, local fruit like oranges and their home made cheese. While at Alyko beach I saw a old man (see picture) climbing down the hill...
Drive always carefully
No matter what you are driving, scooter, quad or car, if you are the driver, I am sorry, you will not get to look around too much. You better keep ALWAYS your eyes on the road. Wherever you will go you will have to drive in the mountains, the roads are often narrow, curvy...
Keep your tank full
Be very careful when you drive around with a small scooter (80-100cc), they will assure you that it will be fine for two people to go all over the places, and it is true even if a bigger one would be more confortable BUT make sure you keep your tank always full or nearly...
DO NOT look for the water tunnel
It is not exaxcly a tourist trap, but I read somewhere on the guidebook about this water tunnel that was supposed to be intersting as an example of ancient aquedoct. It was suppose to be near Melanes Kuoros site. Well, we went looking for it and we walked for half an hour...
Take as little as possible
Take one small suitcase with good wheels, one handbag and one rucksack or beach bag.
Sunglasses, flip-flops, thin cotton spaghetti tops, skirts, dresses, shorts, sunhat. No trousers or warm clothes with sleeves needed in the middle of summer, unless you need to cover up...
Mikri Vigla beach
This beach is on the West side of the island, northern than Naxos town.I rented a Quad to get there and it was a real fun experience as this part of the island is the most suitable for this kind of bike. There are plenty of unpaved sandy roads along the cost where you will...
This beach is on the further South part of Naxos, we wanted to rent a quad to get there but the hotel manager gave us the much appreciated advice to rent a big scooter instead.The drive to reach it is long, you have to go East toward Filoti and than South, the road is...
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