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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 don't 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 located either in or close to Naxos Town, and are ideal choices, whether you're planning some local exploring or simply want to flop on the beach.
You might assume that the best place to base yourself in Naxos is Hora, or Naxos Town. It's the port, the capital and it certainly has its charms. There are 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.
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 not only one of the best beaches on Naxos, but probably also in all of the Greek islands - with 1.5kms of soft sand and clear waters.
Apollonas is where to head if you prefer a quieter base. Still a fishing village, 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.
Halki is perfect 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 where to go if you enjoy walking and museums. The views of the island and out to sea are also spectacular.
- She's big. As well as a beautiful rugged coastline, she has a lush, mountainous interior.
- She's picturesque, with many charming villages and interesting sights to see.
- She's central. Naxos is one of the best islands in the Cyclades for its 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.
What Not To Miss
- Visit the Eggares Olive Press Museum to learn of the various processes involved in creating olive-based delicacies, and enjoy a tasting session afterwards of their olives, oils and jams.
- You might also enjoy the Archaeological Museum, filled with a wide variety of prehistoric artefacts including some of the earliest examples of sculpture in Greece!
- The museum is set in Kastro, a 13th century Venetian castle that's also worth a look around.
- Whilst the island is surrounded by lovely beaches, we'd recommend in particular Plaka Beach and Mikri Vigla Beach.
- History buffs should visit the ruins of what used to be the Temple of Apollo. Whilst mostly derelict, there are still two large standing columns and, what's more, the area offers spectacular views (especially at sunset!) so be sure to bring along your camera.
If you're visiting in the busy summertime then be sure to book ahead as the best places to stay in Naxos get quickly booked up!
For a Budget Break
- Chateau Zevgoli offers fantastic value in Naxos Town. Tucked into the maze of white alleys, it's homely, welcoming and inexpensive - with simple yet comfortable rooms starting from just €63 per night.
- With smart whitewashed rooms from €59 per night, Nastasia Village Hotel is a splendid option. Designed in a typically Cycladian manner, there's also a lovely courtyard garden whilst you can treat yourself to in-room massages in order to truly unwind.
For Groups Or Families
- Located right by the beach, Hotel Kavos is a village complex with different types of accommodation, so it's perfect for families but also great for couples. Featuring typically Cycladic architecture and chic, whitewashed accommodation, it's a charming spot.
- Another quintessentially Clycladic property in design, Mitos Suites offers pleasing boutique accommodation (including family suites) as well as boasting a pool, a children's playground and babysitting services. Somewhere that both the adults and the kids will love!
- Nissaki Beach Hotel is a seafront spot located on the outskirts on Naxos Town. The accommodation is chic and minimalist, with two suites that are ideal for families, as well as a pool and a top-notch Mediterranean restaurant.
For Total Relaxation
- Boasting a wonderful beachfront location, Finikas Hotel offers simple and chic accommodation in white. Relax by the pool with a book or take advantage of their spa facilities to make the most of the peaceful atmosphere.
- Naxian Collection is a sublime villa resort, with Mediterranean chic interiors featuring creamy furnishings as well as full kitchens and private pools. Tuck into Greek cuisine out on your private veranda and be sure to check out the spa facilities.
For An Apartment Or Villa
- If you've decided that you'd prefer the privacy of a self-catering option then browse through the wide variety available online with our partner, Booking.com
- Best time to visit is during the summer. July, the hottest month, experiences an average daily temperature of 25°C.
- However, this is peak tourist season so expect the island to be fairly crowded and for accommodation to be more expensive. If you want to avoid the crowds and the high rates then consider visiting in May, September or October.
- You can fly into Naxos Airport, 4km south of Naxos Town. However, it's only served by flights from Athens Airport so you'll need to fly here first.
- Ryanair fly to Athens from Stansted, British Airways and Aegean from Heathrow, as well as easyJet from Gatwick. easyJet also fly from Edinburgh.
- Alternatively, you could take the ferry from Piraeus (lasting five and a half hours) or from the nearby islands of Paros and Santorini.
- For car hire prices, we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
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Best Hotels in Naxos
Nissaki Beach Hotel 24 rooms from £160Naxos
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!Views - Some of the rooms have lovely sea viewsSwimming Pool - Outdoor poolSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.On the beach - In front of the hotel.
Finikas Hotel 23 rooms from £70Nasso, Naxos
The peaceful Finikas Hotel enjoys a beachfront location in Naxos. Offering splendid ocean views and simple yet chic accommodation, there's also a large outdoor pool and a huge garden to relax in! A wonderfully rejuvenating retreat in a stunning spot.Total relaxation - A stunning location right by the sea, a peaceful atmosphere and extensive spa facilities- the ideal combination for relaxationActive Holiday - There are plenty of activities on offer to get your blood pumping, from hiking to biking, swimming and sailing.Beach Life - Finikas Hotel enjoys a stunning beachfront locationFishing - If you fancy a relaxing afternoon then explore the island and find yourself a nice fishing spotRecommended by - Tablet
Nastasia Village Hotel 18 rooms from £51Naxos
Nastasia Village Hotel exudes an aura of elegance and simplicity. The Cycladic design is beautifully quaint and the rooms are spacious and comfortable. Perfectly suited for a romantic holiday away exploring the beautiful island of Naxos. Stunningly good value.Romantic Break - A stunning and romantic island getaway with simple chic rooms, colourful courtyard garden and in room massage treatments.Local exploring - Just five minutes from Agios Georgios beach, and within walking distance of all the main sights in Chora.Sights nearby - Culture vultures will be glad to hear that Naxos Castle is ten minutes walk away.Views - Great views from hotel
Mitos Suites from £129Naxos
A beautiful Cycladic style hotel on the Greek island of Naxos. Combining luxurious rooms, turquoise swimming pools and views out to sea, Mitos Suites represents a high quality holiday experience.Families - The perfect family getaway with massage treatments and pool bar for the parents and a playground for the kids.Beach Life - The stunning Agios Prokopios Beach is five minutes walk away, with rooms and balconies overlooking the coast.Sailing - A great stop off point for sailing trip around the Greek islands.Local markets - Explore the local Naxos markets and pick up some souvenirs.
Naxian Collection from £154Naxos 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.Hideaway - Ultimate peace in the private villas, romantic al fresco dining, and just a short stroll to the quiet beachCooking classes - Participate in making aromatic olive oil from the resort's gardensRomantic - Good for couples.Barefoot Luxury - For total relaxation.
Chateau Zevgoli 8 rooms from £44Naxos
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.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 hotelRecommended by - Fodors
Hotel Kavos 16 rooms from £136Naxos
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.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 characterSeaside - Ideal for a seaside holiday.Recommended by - I Escape