Naxos Island Greece

  • Portara in Naxos Town (Hora) Greece
  • Glezos Tower in Apeiranthos Village, Agiassos Naxos Island Greece
  • Saint George Diassoritis Church in Naxos Island Greece
  • Filoti Village Naxos Island Greece
  • Koronos Village Naxos Island Greece
  • Kouros Melanes Naxos Island Greece

The island
Naxos Island is one of the best holiday destinations among the Greek Islands, and its many attractions include excellent sandy beaches, unique beauty, variety of landscape, numerous historical places, beautiful walking wander routes, tradition that has been preserved in many villages.

It has some of the very best beaches in Greece and a beautiful scenery of fertile valleys, mountains, villages in mainland.

Naxos goes 3000 years back. The Portara, a massive 2,500 year old marble doorway, is one of the remains of the past glory. It is the entrance to an unfinished temple that faces directly toward Delos, Apollo’s birthplace. The temple construction begun about 530 BC by the tyrant Lygdamis, who wanted to make Naxos’s buildings the highest and most glorious in Greece.

There are more than 40 villages to visit and most of them have their own distinct character and style. Most of the villages in Naxos Island are in the middle and the north of the island. There are many routes to choose from, and for the adventure lovers there are more than 20 walking tours to discover olive groves, forests, caves, ravines.

Potamia is a group of three beautiful villages in a fertile valley, Melanes is close to Potamia and it is the place to see the huge statue of Kouros. Apeiranthos or T'Aperathou is a pretty village on the slops of Mount Zas at 650m altitude, Koronos, a stepped village is is one of the most beautiful villages in Naxos Island. Keramoti is a very attractive village full of walnut trees and surrounded by mountains. Halki or Tragea once administrative centre, is a beautiful village with long history. Filoti is nice village, sourrounded by olive groves and settled on the flank of Zas mountain. Sagri with its ancient monuments, Byzantine Churches, Venetian castles is one of the interesting places in Naxos. Galini and Eggares are traditional, quiet and peaceful villages, in the verdant Galini - Eggares Valley.

Action in Naxos
Naxos offers a wide range of activities. The island is the paradise for wind surfers and water sports. It is also one of the best islands for walking tours.

The island is a wonderful place to explore on foot and many old paths between villages, churches and other sights still survive, making walking a major draw.

Getting to Naxos
By Sea - There are plenty connections to Naxos Island from Piraeus Port (Athens) and to the neighbour islands. Journey time from Piraeus is 3.5 hours with catamaran and 5.5 hours with ferry. Nearest ports are Paros and Mykonos, 30 min – 1 hours & 40 min – 1.5 hours respectively, depending on vessel type.
By Air - Olympic Airways flights from / to Naxos. Journey time from Athens International Airport is only 30 minutes. Getting to Naxos via Santorini or Mykonos international airports and then ferry cross to Naxos Island (1.5 – 2 hours, 40 min-1.5 hours respectively depending on vessel type) is also possible.