Passengers who are journeying by ferry to Naxos are arriving on the largest and most central island of the Cyclades, known for its local products and beaches!
Located eastern of Paros and southern of Mykonos, Naxos Island is a perfect destination even for one-day trips from the surrounding islands and the Small Cyclades although it is very big and one day is less than enough to discover all of its beauties. Except for its astonishing beaches, graphical villages full of square-shaped white houses with colorful windows and historical sites, the island is also famous for its local products such as cheese, potatoes and citron liqueur (Kitron). It is notable to mention that Naksos is vulnerable to winds from the north (meltemia) especially in August and September but tourists take advantage of it and have fun with water sport activities like windsurfing and kitesurfing.
In Naxos, Greece, the main and most lively town is Chora and is not hard to find since it is the first thing you will see as you approach it by your ferry. The town’s dominating color is white and, in its interior, you can find graphical paved roads, taverns, cafes and shops. Upon a cliff, next to the town, you cannot miss the imposing gate of Apollonas temple, Portara and the ancient Venetian Castle with its Venetian residences, museum and churches. Apart from Naxos Old Town, there are several other villages on the island, like Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Halki (once was the capital), Filoti, Kastraki, Mikri Vigla and more which definitely require a visit. There, you will be able to find numerous beaches, eating places and accommodations.
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Getting to Naxos by ferry
Getting to Naxos is accomplished either from the Greek mainland ports of Piraeus, Lavrio and Rafina or from another neighboring island. The ferries to Naxos from Athens take 4 to 7 hours. The voyage time depends on the ferry type (conventional or high speed / catamaran), starting port and number of stops. Ferries from Mykonos to Naxos or from Small Cyclades, Paros, Santorini, Ios, Amorgos are also popular choices during summer.
Athens Naxos ferry
The Athens to Naxos ferry departs from all the three ports of Athens:
Naxos ferry port
Naxos ferry port is located in the western part of the island opposing Paros. It is a very busy port especially in summer since Naxos is a favorite destination and combines everything, from relaxation to a vibrant lifestyle. The port belongs to the main town, Chora, where most accommodations, restaurants and bars are located. By the time you land, near the waterfront, you will see the bus station and taxis waiting to transfer you. Click on the links below or call the given numbers to get more information and organize your transportation:
Holidays in Naxos
There is no doubt that your Naxos holidays will be memorable and you will not want to leave the place. It is very rich in history and culture island with very interesting architecture and sceneries. Furthermore, being so big, gives the island the advantage of having plenty of hotels, resorts, Airbnbs or even villas, beaches, eating places, bars, beach bars, boutiques and historical grounds. Naxos is very famous too, for its local products like its delicious cheese, tomatoes, olives, the citron liqueur and of course, wine, since it is considered to be the birthplace of the Greek God of Wine, Dionysus.
Hotels in Naxos
On the island, it is possible for someone to find numerous places to stay, like Airbnb apartments, all-inclusive resorts, villas and budget-friendly or luxury hotels. It is recommended to book your Naxos hotel early since their capacity for rooms tends to run out rapidly.
Below is a list with some of the best hotels in Naxos according to customer reviews:
- Naxos Island Hotel
- Galaxy Hotel
- Nissaki Beach Hotel
- Hotel Naxos Beach
- Finikas Hotel
- Hotel Grotta
Beaches in Naxos
None can say that there is the best beach in Naxos for they are all unique with transparent waters. There is a big variety of beaches for all kinds of tastes. Organized ones with umbrellas, sunbeds, service and bar-restaurants, more secluded ones for relaxing moments and some for nudists.
Here are some examples of beaches in Naxos:
- Plaka Beach
- Saint George
- Agia Anna
Day trips from Naxos
Naxos’ ideal position makes it the perfect destination for island hopping to other Greek islands. Some very popular day trips are: