The largest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos is known as a windy island which makes it perfect for wind surfing and kite surfing. However, if you decide to visit Naxos you will find it is much more than just a windsurfers’ paradise.
Naxos is very diverse with sandy beaches, ancient temples and picturesque green mountains. You can visit Naxos by ferry or by plane. Flight time from Athens is around an hour and the ferry takes between 4 and 6 hours and starts from Pireaus or Rafina port.
Hiring a car when you visit Naxos is recommended so that you can see as much of the island as you want. There are also public buses running to the main villages and popular beaches.
The capital of Naxos is Chora Town which boasts some of the best but busiest beaches. There is a good choice of accommodation on the island ranging from small apartments to luxury hotels.
On the waterfront of the main town you can find cafes, shops and restaurants with great views of the port.
The Temple of Apollo known as Portara (or the Great Door) is situated on the small islet of Palatia just off Grotta Beach. This huge marble gate is a must see and it is around a four minute walk from the town via a paved footpath. This is the jewel of Naxos and the best time to visit is at sunset.
There are four small museums including a folk museum featuring artifacts showing the history and traditions of the island.
Regular visitors to Greece will know how much the locals welcome children. So, when you visit Naxos you will find family friendly tavernas and restaurants where children are fussed over. The sandy beaches are ideal for building sandcastles and playing in the sea. St George’s beach is perfect as the water is shallow and just right for small ones.
Older children will enjoy a trip to the Aqua Fun Water Park which is a great day out for all the family. You can go on the exciting water slides or sit and top up your tan while the young ones have fun. The medieval castle that dominates the town is another wonderful place to visit.
Walk through the winding narrow streets to the top of the Old Town and then be prepared to be stunned by the fantastic views over the South Aegean Sea.
There is so much to see and do so, when you are planning your next trip to Greece why not visit Naxos and add this wonderful island to your list of future holiday destinations.