In the heart of the bright Aegean Sea, the historical sea of the Greeks, Naxos, the largest and most fertile island of the Cyclades, has its own undeniable uniqueness.
Ιts rich geographical relief creates intense landscapes. High mountains, fertile valleys, grassland, springs, torrents, caves, endless sandy beaches all coexist harmoniously on this tiny piece of land.
Zeus, the father of the gods of the ancient Greeks, was born in Crete but was raised in Naxos and gave his name to its highest mountain, Za (1004 m). Dionysus, the god of wine, mingled in Naxos with Ariadne, the goddess of fertility. The union brought them to the island with rich vines and fertile land.
But it’s not just the story that Naxos carries to attract visitors. It is also the beaches that give multiple choices to the thirsty, seaside, tourists covering all tastes. Whether you like organized beaches, or just want to calm down, in Naxos you will definitely enjoy your swimming in crystal clear waters.
Agios Prokopios beach, the most famous of the island, is among the 10 best in Europe. It is large, in a sheltered location and has white sand, while the crystal clear waters have a color that alternates from deep blue to blue-green.
Agia Anna, which is a natural continuation of the beach of Agios Prokopios. Agia Anna has a golden sandy beach with a cedar forest that gives natural shade to its guests. The beach is ideal for water sports, while beach bars will combine cocktails!
Stroll through the magical villages. You can not leave Naxos if you have not made a walk in its beautiful villages. You need to travel to her inland, get to know her mountain villages, walk in the dozens of trails that cross it from one side to the other.
Before you start, you will monopolize the picturesque Chora, since here and in the village of Ai-Giorgi all the tourist traffic is concentrated. Take a stroll along the cobbled streets around the Venetian Castle, go to the Old Market and you will definitely go to another era.
In Apeiranthos, the most famous mountainous village of Naxos, 32km away from the countryside, the Cycladic marble cobbled streets with vaulted arches, the Venetian towers, the beautiful old two-story houses, the interesting museums, and the small squares with the traditional ones. The village, which the Axiotes call “the Aperathos”, retains its local color and its peculiar architectural character from the Venetian era.
Halki, the old commercial capital of the island, is a gem of the Naxian hinterland. In the heart of an olive grove, 15 km east of Chora, the well-preserved village hides in its cobbled streets magnificent neoclassical mansions with paved courtyards, magnificent towers, Byzantine churches full of frescoes and a very interesting market.
Naxian Gastronomy. The food in Naxos is a special experience. The cuisine of the island is famous for its quality but also for its simplicity in its tastes all cooked as per the Mediterranean tradition. Naxos is known for three products: potato, cheese, and citron.