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Naxos has a less sophisticated veneer than some of the other Greek Islands, but it feels much more ‘real’ and is certainly worth the slightly laborious journey to get there. It is one of the largest islands and you do not have to go far to be right off the beaten track. Hire yourself a Fantasy Fiat (delivered to the ferry terminal), park it at the hotel and use it to explore. The traditional villages, glorious beaches and rural countryside are unspoilt and lovely. Our pick of the best places to stay in Naxos are all located either in or close to Naxos Town and make ideal choices, whether you're planning some local exploring or simply want to flop on the beach.

Why Naxos?

  • She's big. As well as a beautiful rugged coastline, she has a lush, mountainous interior.
  • She's picturesque. And has many charming villages and interesting sights to see.
  • She's central. Naxos is one of the best places to stay in the Cyclades for the easy access to the other islands.
  • She's green. Olives, figs, citrus fruits and grapes all grow here, so local food, and drink, is excellent.
  • Her beaches are exotic and varied. Some good for water sports, some for relaxing on.

Where are the best places to stay in Naxos?

  • You might assume that the best place to stay in Naxos is Hora, or Naxos Town. It's the port and capital and it certainly has its charms. It has two distinct neighbourhoods: Bourgos, where the Greeks lived, and Kastro where the Roman Catholics lived. It also has two main beaches, one safe and sandy, perfect for families, and one better suited to water sports. Chateau Zevgoli is one of the best places to stay in Naxos Town. Tucked into the maze of white alleys it's homely, welcoming and inexpensive.
  • Just outside Naxos Town is the beach of Agios Prokopios: one of the best places to stay in Naxos for beach lovers. As it's one of the best beaches on Naxos, and probably in all of the Greek islands. 1.5kms of soft sand and clear waters. Hotel Kavos is one of the best places to stay in Naxos as it's just above the beach. It's a village complex with different types of accommodation, so perfect for families but also great for couples.
  • Apollonas is one of the best places to stay in Naxos if you prefer a quieter base. Still a fishing villa, tavernas line the sandy waterfront. But the local highlight is the half finished giant statue of Dionysus in a nearby quarry. Apparently work stopped on it sometime in the 6th century BC. So, yep, Apollonas is one of the best places to stay in Naxos if you like to take it easy!
  • Halki is one of the best places to stay in Naxos for visitors interested in exploring the island's history. Many of the village's buildings are remnants of the Byzantine era when Halki was the capital.
  • Built on a hilltop between two verdant valleys, Apiranthos is one of the best places to stay on Naxos for people who enjoy walking. And museums. The views of the island and out to sea are also spectacular.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Naxos? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in Naxos, or feel free to call or email one of our gurus for advice.

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  • Chateau Zevgoli


    The ultimate Naxos retreat in the heart of a typically Greek whitewashed town. Charming courtyard garden, art and family antiques. Cosy simple bedrooms, a few with balconies, and locally woven curtains and tablecloths. Close to a lovely beach with great views from terrace.

    8 rooms from $56
    Hideaway  -  For a charming and romantic hideaway choose the room with private bougainvillea covered courtyard and sweet handmade pillows.
    Beach Life  -  Just a short walk from Grotta Beach and Naxos Port, with rooms overlooking the Aegean Sea.
    Sights nearby  -  Visit the ancient sight of the Temple of Delian Apollo, well worth checking out.
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Naxian Collection

    Naxos Island

    Gorgeous villa resort. Interiors are Mediterranean chic, with pale stone bathrooms, cream furniture and bamboo details. Villas have full kitchens, living room and private pools. Spa treatments, outdoor pool and hot tub. Excellent Greek fare to be served in villas. Luxurious, laid back and calm.

    from $196
    Hideaway  -  Ultimate peace in the private villas, romantic al fresco dining, and just a short stroll to the quiet beach
    Cooking classes  -  Participate in making aromatic olive oil from the resort's gardens
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
    Barefoot Luxury  -  For total relaxation.
  • Nissaki Beach Hotel


    Charming sea front hotel on outskirts of Naxos Town. Chic accommodation is contemporary and minimalist in style featuring neutral and earthy tones, and either a balony or verandah for sitting out. Great pool, excellent beachside restaurant - perfect for summer beach life!

    24 rooms from $204
    Views  -  Some of the rooms have lovely sea views
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
  • Hotel Kavos


    Chic villas, studios and apartments in simple stylish whitewashed cottages. Typical Cycladic architecture, with lush grounds, outstanding views from terraces into the sea. Delicious local food served on the verandas. Villas have their own kitchenette making them ideal for families.

    16 rooms from $208
    Families  -  Private villas with plenty of space to breath, babysitting for 'nights off', self catering but with a restaurant, bar and pool.
    Active Holiday  -  There are plenty of activties for land and sea- mountain biking, riding, hiking, wind surfing, swimming and sailing.
    Full of character
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Recommended by  -  I Escape
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