Naxos is one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades and is known for its’ lush greenery. You will find magnificent seascapes, amazing mountains, lush green valleys and traditional villages in Naxos. Located an short hour boat ride away from Mykonos, Naxos is home to beautiful old churches, Venetian castles, white-washed buildings, clean alleyways, buildings with Cycladic architecture, hiking trails and beaches with sand dunes. Hop aboard one of our luxury vessels to reach this stunning location in an hour. We provide customized charter packages for couples, families, corporates events and groups. Every private charter is personalized to suit your requirements. So book your charter today and read this Naxos travel guide to get ready for a wonderful vacation.

Best Attractions of Naxos

  • Archaeological Museum: This historical building boasts impressive artifacts. You will find Cycladic marble figurines, Mycenaean and geometric pottery, pottery and terracotta figurines, gold jewelry, vases and much more.
  • Churches and Monasteries: Naxos was a prominent town in the Aegean Sea during the Byzantine era and this reflects in its’ churches and monasteries. We highly recommend you to visit Agii Apostoli, Agios Georgios Diassoritis, the rural church of Panagía Drossianí and Panagia Faneromeni Monastery.
  • Ancient Sites: Naxos is a Greek island with a rich history. Different archaeological findings suggest that the island was once an advanced society. Definitely visit Naxos’ famous Kouroi, Panagia Drosiani Church, Temple of Delian Apollo, Sanctuary of Demeter and the Portara or Great Door.
  • Villages: Naxos has small villages and towns that are characterized by Venetian architecture, towers and paved streets. Chora, the main town of Naxos, is a lovely waterfront destination. Apiranthous is a mountainous village that has lush green surroundings and elegant architecture. Other beautiful villages are Halki, Filoti, Potamia, Skado, Moni, Tripodes, Koronos, Apollonas, Sangri, Melanes, Moutsouna, Egares, Galini, Ano Sagri, Kato Sagri, Kanakari, Kastraki, Gilnado and more.
  • Festivals: Naxos is famous for its festivals that are held at different times of the year. The Naxos Festival includes various events that take place all summer long. The island organizes Wine Festival and Fisherman’s Feast. You can also take a wine tour, food tour and a cultural tour during your vacation in Naxos.

Best Beaches, Hotels and Restaurants

Beaches: Naxos' beaches are different from those of Mykonos and Santorini. They are long, wide and provide tons of water sports opportunities. Here are the popular beaches you must visit in Naxos:

  • Plaka Beach: This is a long beach with a strip of white sand dunes. This is a family-friendly beach. You can enjoy windsurfing and other water sports here.
  • Agios Prokopios: This beautiful beach is well-organized with sunbeds and umbrellas. Enjoy windsurfing, banana tubing and beach volleyball here.
  • Aliko Beach: This beach is surrounded by Cedar forest and sand dunes. This beach features a lot of secluded coves.
  • Maragas: This picturesque beach has soft sand and crystal clear water. It is family-friendly where you can enjoy swimming and other water sports.
  • Other Beaches: Kastraki, Agia Anna, Sahara, Orkos, Pyrgaki, MikriVigla, Little Paradise, Agios Georgios, Agiassos, Psili Ammos, Panermos, Itonas, Grotta, Amitis, Laguna and Abram.

Hotels: Naxos has great beaches, amazing night life and historic villages. We recommend any of these hotels during your stay here - ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat, Nissaki Beach Hotel, Kavos Boutique Hotel, Hotel Grotta, Iria Beach Art Hotel, Naxos Island Escape, Galaxy Hotel, Villa Marandi Luxury Suites, Medusa Resort, Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites, Belogna Ikons Villas, The Saint Vlassis Hotel, Kalergis Studios, Naxos Island Hotel, Antony Suites and Residences, Lagos Mare, Finikas Beach Hotel, Naxian Utopia and Naxos Cave Suites.

Restaurants: Naxos is known for its local food and wine. You will find some great Greek dishes in these restaurants - To Spitiko, Nostimon Hellas, Boulamatsis, To Elliniko, Traditional Family Tavern Giannoulis, Patatosporos, Taverna Giannis, Doukato, Maro's Tavern, Axiotissa, Lucullus, Pyxida, Labyrinth, Metaxi Mas, Meze 2, O Apostolis, Delfinaki, Dolce Vita, etc.

Best Things to Do in Naxos

  • Hiking: As we said earlier, Naxos has mountain ranges that are perfect for hiking. Hike to the top of Mount Zas and Fanari Mountain to get beautiful views of Naxos’villages. Enroute you can hike Aghia Marina, Aria Spring and Cave of Zeus. Walk from the village of Ano Potamia to Apano Kastro to discover some unexpected surprises. Popular hiking routes are Choraroute to Melaneor Halki, the Skado route to Apollonas and the Halki route to Danakosand Apeiranthos.
  • Beach Strolling: There are plenty of stunning beaches in Naxos. From Agios Prokopios, Plaka Beach, Mikri and Agia Anna, there are so many white sandy beaches to choose from.
  • Windsurfing and Kitesurfing: Naxos’ waters are perfect to try your hands at windsurfing and kitesurfing. Go to these beaches to enjoy different watersport options- Agios Prokopios, Laguna, Agios Georgios and Mikri Vigla.
  • Horse Riding: For an unforgettable experience, try horseback riding on the beautiful sandy beaches of Naxos. Also, enjoy the views of hills and olive plantations.
  • Scuba diving and snorkeling: Naxos has a rocky sea bed, providing great opportunities for divers and fishermen, it is also provides amazing opportunities to experience or catch marine animals.
  • Cooking classes: You can participate in cooking classes to learn how to make local dishes. Enjoy your freshly cooked meal with local wine and local people.
  • Other water sports: Naxos is known for its crystal clear waters and suitable conditions for water activities. You can enjoy jet skiing, sailing, water skiing, wakeboarding, knee boarding, banana-boat riding, canoe-kayaking, etc.

Naxos is an ideal Greek destination for your holidays. With amazing beaches, secret caves, historical architecture, hiking trails and stunning villages, you will enjoy your stay in Naxos. For a memorable vacation in Naxos, contact Mykonos Yacht Charters. Whether you want to visit Naxos directly from your location or explore all the popular Greek islands, we are here to make your vacation a memorable one. With our private yacht charters, you can explore Naxos and other Greek islands at your pace and comfort. Equipped with modern amenities, entertainment options and catering options, our luxurious yachts are a perfect floating villa for your Greek vacation. Our professional crew and skipper aboard your yacht charters will take you where you want, in style. So get ready for the most amazing vacation of your life! Book your yacht charter today! Contact our charter expert to discuss your itinerary and vacation needs.