Naxos, Greece: A Cycladic Gem
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Naxos, Greece, is renowned for its unique combination of natural beauty, rich history, and vibrant local culture. The island boasts stunning landscapes, including pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters and lush green valleys. Naxos is adorned with ancient ruins, including the iconic Portara, a massive marble doorway that welcomes visitors to the Temple of Apollo. The island's authentic charm is further enhanced by its warm and welcoming locals, traditional villages, and a culinary scene that highlights the delicious flavors of Greek cuisine.
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Things to do in Naxos, Greece
Historic Sights To See:
Temple of Apollo
The Temple of Apollo is a captivating archaeological marvel, where weathered ruins echo the island's rich history. You can not miss it when you are arriving by ferry.
The Apollonas Kouros, also called the Colossus of Dionysus, is a 35.1 feet-tall marble statue of a young man that stands stoically by the seaside.
Mikri Vigla Beach
This beach has some sunbeds you can rent, but you can also just bring a towel and hang out! I had a blast climbing on the rockier part of the beach and exploring! The water was insanely clear, so I'd recommend bringing goggles if you're into that kind of thing! **Insider Tip** I recommend buying a turkish towel (or two) and using that as your beach towel! They dry super quickly and fold up small, making them easy to carry around.
Maragas is known for its proximity to various amenities, including beachfront tavernas and accommodations, making it a wonderful area to spend a day.
Nomad is a wonderful way to spend a day in Naxos. The drinks are 10/10 and the food is also incredible.
**Insider tip** Beach clubs in Greece typically offer a vibrant and laid-back atmosphere, combining the beauty of the coastal setting with various amenities and activities.
Keep in mind that the specific features and atmosphere of beach clubs can vary widely depending on the location, size, and style of the establishment.
Things To Do:
Rent a Car + Explore
Spend a day driving inland to discover charming villages like Chalkio, Apeiranthos and Filoti. You will be blown away by the breathtaking landscapes and should make stops to explore the historic sites, traditional tavernas, and picturesque viewpoints.
Citron Tasting & Distillery Tour
The citron fruit, known as "kitro" in Greek, is a specialty of Naxos. Citron is a liqueur made from the peel of the citron fruit and is a popular local product enjoyed by both residents and visitors. Try a tasting here on this guided tour.
All About Olive Farming On Naxos
Learn all about how olives are grown, and take part in the action if you’d like! At the end of your session, you will enjoy a tasting of olive oils with different accompaniments and get to bring home your very own bottle of olive oil. Try Olive Farming.
One of the most enticing parts of traveling in Greece is island hopping. Naxos offers several day-trip options to explore nearby attractions. You can get to the following islands (plus more) by ferry: Mykonos, Santorini, Koufonisia.
**Insider Tip** Use Ferry Hopper to look up ferry options, book travel, and track ships.
Place to eat & drink in Naxos, Greece
This is just a quick grab-and-go shop, but has great coffee.
This restaurant is super cute and has great breakfast options! It is also open late as a cocktail bar if you’re into that!
Ammos Seafood & More
This is a super-traditional Greek restaurant right in the heart of Naxos Town. Super-fresh seafood served daily.
Yucca Beach Kitchen Bar is a beautiful restaurant on Maragas Beach. This is the perfect spot to hit for dinner after lounging at Nomad Beach Club all day.
Rotonda is located on the way from Filoti to Apeiranthos. You could take a taxi, but you should really rent a car for the day and hit those other towns on your way here for dinner/sunset. The sunset is UNREAL!
520 Cocktail Bar & Restaurant is a fabulous place to get pre-dinner drinks. The Limoncello Spritz is 10/10!
Avaton 1739 is located atop the roof of an Old Monastery, the Old Monastery of Ursulines and the School of Ursulines of Naxos.
**Insider Tip** It can get pretty windy up there, so you might want to pack a sweater.
Toro Rooftop Cocktail Bar
Great cocktail bar to hit for post-dinner drinks!
Need to Know
For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Christina Sakelarakis' guide, The Best of Naxos, Greece.
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