Naxos is the largest of the Greek island group that make up the Cyclades the island is an ideal holiday destination
; there are superb beaches, spectacular scenery, history and culture to experience and enjoy.
Naxos Town is the capital and main Port of the island it still retains plenty of Greek character and charm, a lovely picturesque place to visit or to use as a base for exploring more of this beautiful island
Naxos town’s main beach is Agious Giorious it is about a 5 minute walk from the town, a good family beach area with a long sandy beach and shallow waters which everyone can enjoy. You can hire pedaloes, or just relax under an umbrella on the lovely beach. There are water-sports on offer including windsurfing if you are looking for something more energetic. You can go to one of the tavernas, bars or restaurants for food and refreshments, around the sea-front promenade there are plenty to choose from. You should look out for restaurants where the Greeks go to eat they are usually good quality and fairly priced!
A landmark of Naxos town is the Portara, a marble gate; the 6th century gateway was to be the entrance to the Temple of Apollo but was never completed. Naxos town has some excellent churches the oldest so it is said is Panagia Vlacherniotissa, well worth visiting. The old part of the town is filled with narrow cobbled alleyways as you explore the narrow lanes you will see the ancient houses, Byzantine churches and little shops which may be of interest. Other tourist attractions worth seeing are the Venetian Castle and the Museum of Naxos.
Naxos island has lots of beaches to choose from some of the more isolated ones can be reached by boat. You may want to rent a car and explore more of the islands attractions independently, visit some of the fishing villages, unspoilt by tourism, at your own pace. If you wish to visit other beaches along the coast local buses operate a regular service, boat trips are also available from the harbour area. The bus station in the town is situated near the ferry terminal.
Agios Prokopios is a really nice holiday resort approximately 3.5 km from Naxos Town the beach is great; there are water sports on offer, plenty of bars, tavernas and restaurants. This resort does get busy in the main season, nudism is allowed on parts of the beach area. Another lovely resort is Agia Anna it attracts many visitors, situated about 4.5km from Naxos town it can be reached by bus or boat.
It takes around 3.5 hrs to reach Naxos from Piraeus (Athens Port) on the high speed catamaran; the ferry is less expensive and takes approximately 6 hours. On arrival at Naxos touts greet the ferries offering rooms to let to independent travellers, if you are planning a visit in the busy main season (July/August) it is advisable to book your accommodation in advance.
Naxos Island is a popular holiday choice for many people if you are looking for a holiday with authentic Greek character and with some of the best beaches in Greece Naxos should suit you too.