The Best of Naxos, Greece

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Advisor - The Best of Naxos, Greece
Curator’s statement

Naxos is one of the lesser-known islands, but the largest of the Cyclades island group! You can experience mountain villages, ancient ruins and beautiful beaches all in one place. It is more relaxed than some of the other islands and there are so many ways to connect with the locals and immerse yourself into Greek culture.

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Where to stay in Naxos

Naxian Collection

A luxurious blend of modern elegance and Greek tradition, offering a picturesque sanctuary with private villas and suites on the beautiful island of Naxos.

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Liana Beach Hotel & Spa

No-frills Naxos hotel with minimalist design and fresh-from-the-sea gastronomic offerings.

Naxian on the Beach

A picturesque seaside resort offering luxurious accommodations and breathtaking views on the island of Naxos.

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Things to do in Naxos

A couple standing in front of ruins in Naxos.

Towns

Explore the main area called Naxos Town or Chora., and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Stroll through the waterfront promenade.

Explore the Naxos Archaeological Museum and visit the catholic cathedral
Stroll through picturesque Chalki (Halki).

Stroll through its picturesque alleys and stop by the Vallindra Kitron Distillery in the center of the village to see where the famous local Kitron liqueur is made.

Sites

Visit Naxos Kastro (Castle) in Chora. The castle originally had several towers but today only the Glexos Tower, which was restored in 1968, remains.

Explore the archaeological wonder of the Temple of Demeter which is more than 2,500 years old.

Naxos is also home to fascinating ancient ruins, such as the Portara, a massive marble gate that stands proudly at the entrance of the harbor.

Beaches

Agios Prokopios Beach. It’s the most famous beach on the island with many beach clubs and options for water sports. It has a long promenade that leads all the way to the Naxos port. Take a walk along the beautiful white sand beaches and stop at one of the many amazing restaurants along the way!

Spend a romantic evening at Plaka Beach, known for its soft sand and crystal-clear waters.

Activities

Art Cafe in Prokopios Beach has live music, art and a pop-up outdoor cinema that allows you to grab a snack and enjoy a movie under the stars (weather permitting).

Go snorkeling or diving with Blue Fin Divers in Agios Prokopios. Check out the wreck of a WW2 military plane that crashed into the sea off Naxos or take a diving class. There are classes for beginners through to advanced.

Places to eat & drink in Naxos

Sunset on the beach in Naxos.

Breakfast

Soulatso is a great stop for breakfast in Naxos town. Find it right in the town’s court square with a good selection of breakfast items, snacks, coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages.
Little Mix is perfect for a smoothie or coffee in Naxos Town. They have many healthy choices as well as baked goods.

Lunch & Dinner

Head Elliniko in Naxos Town for a true Naxian taverna experience.

Enjoy a sunset dinner right next to the ocean at Niko & Maria on Plaka beach.

Lefto’s Souvlaki & Kebab House has great gyros and even has some great vegan and vegetarian options.

Caffe Greco is a quaint cafe with a charming garden dining area. The perfect place to stop for lunch and drinks in Chalki.

Drinks

Grab drinks at a beachfront restaurant like Tortuga, attached to the Naxian on the Beach hotel, and enjoy the beachy outdoor dining experience.

Kahlua beach bar in Agios Prokopios includes a beach bar with food, drinks and smoothies and beach beds for rent.

Need to Know

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