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About Naxos

One of the largest islands in the Cyclades, Naxos is a great springboard for an island-hopping experience. It’s also one of the less polished islands, with a real sense of authentic community in traditional hill villages as well as bustling Naxos Town. Chosen for their sense of style, location and amenities, our pick of the best places to stay in Naxos are clustered around Naxos Town and along the coast, well-suited to a whole host of tastes and budgets.

Naxos Town is right in the heart of the action. The site of the island’s main port, this is a hill town of narrow lanes lined with whitewashed houses, boutiques, galleries, cafés and bars. Stroll through both the Kastro neighbourhood, once home to the Roman Catholic community and site of the Archaeological Museum, and the Bourgos district, where Orthodox Greeks have lived for centuries. You’ll find excellent seafood eateries clustered along the harbour, and two great beaches — one for swimming or sandcastle-building with the little ones, and the other for more adventurous water sports.

Venture to the fishing village of Apollonas for a quieter experience. Pick a perch at a seaside taverna after marvelling at the half-finished giant statue of Dionysus in a nearby quarry. Head up into the hills to striking Apiranthos, admire Byzantine-era buildings at Halki, and tour the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. Naxos’ mountainous interior will delight hikers and cyclists, who can discover winding paths which have connected villages for centuries. There are groves of fig, citrus and olive trees, too, as well as grapes ripening on tangled vines. Delve into this side of Naxos with tours and tastings at vineyards, or an afternoon at the Eggares Olive Press Museum. Finally, return to your choice of the best places to stay in Naxos to feast on flavoursome fresh fare: the island’s Greek cuisine is sensational.

The Best Places to Stay in Naxos

For Great Value

  • Chateau Zevgoli, hidden in the maze of alleyways that make up Naxos Town, is a welcoming and inexpensive little spot, with nine cosy bedrooms featuring antique furnishings and curios. The flower-filled courtyard is an inviting communal space for big breakfasts, whilst sunset drinks on the roof terrace are very special.
  • Nastasia Village Hotel has spacious, comfortable rooms decorated in classic white, with sage green-painted window frames. The sunny courtyard garden is the perfect spot for lazy afternoons after an in-room massage or game of tennis on the hotel court. A romantic yet affordable gem.

For a Beach Break

  • Finikas Hotel is a rejuvenating retreat on a quiet stretch of coastline south of Naxos town. White-on-white interiors are smart and contemporary, and there's a relaxing swimming pool and spa for restful, restorative holidays. You're also right on the beach!
  • Nissaki Beach Hotel has light, airy and spacious rooms just steps from a sheltered beach on the edge of Naxos Town. Great for those seeking to combine sightseeing with beach time, this little hotel also has family suites, a swimming pool and a top-notch Mediterranean restaurant.

For a Tranquil Escape

  • Naxian Collection is a gorgeous selection of private villas with elegant interiors in white and cream tones. Each villa has its own kitchen, sitting room, terrace and private pool, making this a sublime spot for a tranquil escape as a couple or with family and friends. Don't forget the spa!
  • Hotel Kavos offers a collection of suites, studios and apartments, some of which are well-suited to families or groups of friends. Expect classic whitewashed walls and sea green woodwork, as well as lush grounds with a swimming pool, bright flowers and impressive sea views. Self-catering but with a great restaurant for relaxed evenings out, and near to the beach.
  • Mitos Suites is just five minutes' walk from beautiful Agios Prokopios Beach. A chic boutique hotel, this white-painted bolthole has a swimming pool and children's playground for young families, as well as a romantic feel for couples seeking to unwind in style. Wonderful.

FOR AN APARTMENT OR HOLIDAY VILLA

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option, we suggest that you visit our online partner Booking.com.

TRAVEL INFORMATION

  • Fly to Athens International Airport, and hop aboard a ferry from Athens, or catch a connecting flight to Naxos Airport. Alternatively, travel by ferry from Paros or Santorini if you're island-hopping in the Cyclades.
  • There's plenty to see beyond Naxos' main towns! Contact our online partner Rentalcars if you would like to hire a car.
  • Expect hot summers, with temperatures reaching around 28°C between June and August, which is also peak season. For fewer crowds and cooler weather travel in April, May or late September, when you can also find great hotel deals.

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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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  • 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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  • Naxian on the Beach Naxos 10 rooms from 236

    Romantic Break  -  Romance blossoms in adult-only boho-chic suites, where sunsets and cocktails craft unforgettable moments for two
    Watersports  -  Explore the area's hidden coves, a paddleboard adventure along the coastline, unveiling secluded bliss
    Sights nearby  -  Discover Naxos's past strolling through the Old Town up to the historic Venetian Castle
    Beach Life  -  Golden sands and azure waves beckon for the ultimate beach life retreat
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    An oasis on the serene Plaka Beach in Naxos, where boho-chic meets the simplicity of island life. Suites offers understated elegance, using natural tones and textures to blend seamlessly with the beachfront setting. An enchanting beach bar and restaurant complete the picture for an idyllic stay. See More

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  • Hotel Kavos Naxos

    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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