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About Naxos

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.

Local Spots

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.

Why Naxos?

  • 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

Travel Information

  • 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.

Still not sure which is the best place to stay in Naxos?


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Best Hotels in Naxos

  • Chateau Zevgoli Naxos 8 rooms from £43

    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  -  Situated in the centre of town, right next to the Venetian Castle.
    Views  -  Fabulous views out over the Aegean Sea
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    Recommended by  -  Fodors

    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. See More

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  • Nastasia Village Hotel Naxos 18 rooms from £50

    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.
    Tennis  -  The hotel has its own private tennis court, perfect for an early morning knockabout.
    Sights nearby  -  Culture vultures will be glad to hear that Naxos Castle is ten minutes walk away.
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    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. See More

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  • Finikas Hotel Nasso, Naxos 23 rooms from £69

    Total relaxation  -  A stunning location right by the sea, a peaceful atmosphere and extensive spa facilities- the ideal combination for relaxation
    Active 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 location
    Fishing  -  If you fancy a relaxing afternoon then explore the island and find yourself a nice fishing spot
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    Recommended by  -  Tablet, Great Small Hotels

    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. See More

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  • Mitos Suites Naxos from £128

    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.
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    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. See More

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  • Naxian Collection Naxos Island 10 rooms from £152

    Hideaway  -  Ultimate peace in the private villas, romantic al fresco dining, and just a short stroll to the quiet beach
    Families  -  Offering a range of suites and villas most with private pool, which are perfect for a family holiday
    Cooking classes  -  Participate in making aromatic olive oil from the resort's gardens
    Views  -  Stunning views over Naxos town
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    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. See More

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  • Hotel Kavos Agios Prokopios, Naxos 6 rooms from £152

    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 both on land and sea- mountain biking, riding, hiking, wind surfing, swimming and sailing.
    Seaside  -  The hotel is only 10 minutes walk from the gorgeous Agios Prokopios beach
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor pool with panoramic views out to sea
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    Recommended by  -  I Escape

    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. See More

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  • Nissaki Beach Hotel Naxos 24 rooms from £158

    Beach Life  -  A relaxed spot with direct access to Saint George beach on the outskirts of Naxos Town
    Families  -  An ideal beach location with two unit suites which are perfect for families
    Sights nearby  -  Making a trip to the the 16th century Bazeos Castle and the Churches of Zoodochos Pigis is a must on any trip to Naxos
    Restaurant  -  Serving Mediterranean cuisine, with an emphasis on local seafood
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    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! See More

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