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The largest and greenest of the sun-kissed Cyclades islands, Naxos’ fertile valleys, rugged mountains and Caribbean-like beaches make it one of the best looking too. Smattered with traditional villages, idyllic resorts and its main hub, Naxos Town, the island is a destination for 21st century R&R and Greek culture alike. The childhood home of the mighty Zeus himself, it’s a land of rich mythology and ancient history, evident in its impressive historical landmarks, archaeological sites and museums.

Things to see

The Portara dominates a small rocky island near Naxos Town harbour, linked to the mainland by a causeway. Naxos’ most famous monument, the imposing marble gateway stands at a height of 26 feet. Built in the 6th century BC, it was the doorway to a temple dedicated to Apollo, which was torn down prior to its completion. Reclining before the resort of the same name, Agia Anna Beach is one of the island’s most blissful portions of paradise. Gilded with white gold sand and graced with crystal turquoise water, the stretch is home to a number of cafes, bars and restaurants. Following on from it is Plaka Beach, Naxos’ longest. Offering much of the same, the sandy stretch maintains a peaceful unspoilt atmosphere. Looking down over much of Naxos Town is the historic Naxos Kastro. Built in the 13th century, the formidable stone fortress now houses the town’s Archaeological Museum, which features an impressive trove of ancient local artefacts.

Hotels in Naxos

The hotels in Naxos cater to every holiday maker and their budget. You can take your pick from luxury Art Deco lodgings and quaint flowery guesthouses, crisp white villas and family-sized apartments, or sprawling beachfront resorts boasting every amenity under the sun. Many hotels feature the all-important swimming pool, whilst restaurants, bar lounges and terraces overlooking the sea are also common fixtures in the larger properties. The budget hotels in Naxos are especially plentiful, and come as cheap simple hotels or basic apartments. Whilst they offer a less fancy stay, many provide fantastic amenities and good locations.

Where to stay

With its whitewash buildings contrasting against the sapphire blue of the harbour, picturesque Naxos Town is the island’s buzzing epicentre. Packed with restaurants, cafés, shops and nightspots, it’s where you’ll find most of Naxos’ commercial activity. Minutes from several beaches, it’s also home to attractions including the Portara and Naxos Kastro. Around five kilometres south of the town you’ll find the villages of Agios Prokopios, and further along, Agia Anna. The resorts are home to many of the waterfront hotels in Naxos, which line the immaculate beaches. Whilst the villages suit those looking for a peaceful stay, there’s no shortage of lively places to eat and drink.

How to get to Naxos

The island’s main airport is Naxos Island National, situated around 3 kilometres from Naxos Town. Whilst it serves Athens it’s not particularly well-connected, so most visitors land at neighbouring islands and then catch a ferry or catamaran to Naxos. Santorini National Airport and Mykonos Island National Airport are both well-linked hubs, serving a large selection of European destinations during the summer holiday season. Once you’ve landed the island’s ports offer high speed catamaran or ferry services to Naxos, which dock at the harbour in Naxos Town. Once there, a taxi or pre-arranged hotel pick-up service can get you to your hotel.