Naxos is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and this is the greenest island of Cyclades. Although it is among the most popular Greek islands, Naxos has managed to keep intact its traditional character.
Location: On the north western side of the island. Also called Chora, Naxos Town is the capital and main harbour of the island. With a lovely waterfront and elegant Venetian architecture, it considered as one of the most beautiful Cycladic villages
Location: 26 km east of Chora. Apiranthos is a beautiful, mountainous village in the centre of Naxos. Surrounded by lush greenery and keeping its elegant architectural style, Apiranthos is still untouched by tourism.
Location: 16 km south east of Chora. Halki is a lovely, traditional village in the centre of Naxos. It used to be the old capital of the island and has maintained its Venetian style.
Location: 30 km north east of Chora. Koronos is a traditional village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. It has houses of exceptional architecture, a picturesque square, paved streets and many arches that create a romantic atmosphere.
Location: 36 km north west of Chora. This is a charming fishing village with a couple of great fish taverns and a sandy beach. An ancient statue of Kouros is found close to Apollonas.
Top Beaches: Plaka, Mikri Vigla, Aliko
The famous Plaka Beach is a long, sprawling, strip of white sand with sand dunes behind the beach. Here you can enjoy the lovely water, a view of Paros and some space. Mikri Vigla is the most famous windsurfing spots in Naxos. The wind is perfect for windsurfing and kitesurfing. There are many coves both sides of Aliko beach and the sea is crystal clear. The unique cedar forest with the sand dunes all over the area create a really exotic environment.
Kastro is the most picturesque quarter in Naxos Town. It is actually the old castle of the village, which is now inhabited. Around this castle, the modern part of the town has been constructed.
Portara is the trademark of Naxos. This is the first sight of the island that you get as the ferry approaches the port. It is the unfinished gate of a big temple dedicated to Apollo.
Melanes Kouros Statue
The giant statue of a young man (Kouros) can be seen outside the village of Melanes. It lays on the site where it was excavated.
Apollonas Kouros Statue
The Kouros of Apollonas dates from the 8th century BC and it lays on the site it was discovered. Archaeologists believe that it depicted a young man or Dionyssus, the god of wine.
Temple of Demeter
Recently restored, this ancient temple is dedicated to Demeter, the goddess of grain. It dates back to the 6th century B.C. and it was discovered in 1949. A small church to Saint John stands next to the temple.
The Archaeological Museum is situated in the quarter of Kastro, Naxos Town. It is housed in a superb 17th century Venetian mansion, which used to be the Jesuit School of Commerce before. This really interesting museum exposes a collection of objects and art works dating from the late Neolithic period until the early Christian times.
Local tours or explore Naxos independently
Guided tours of Naxos can be arranged. Or you may prefer to explore the Naxos area yourself with a hire-car or by local transport. Public buses run between all the sites above - we can point you in the right direction