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Beaches in Naxos and Kitesurfing

Small, large, quiet, busy, isolated, sandy, pebbly, rocky, for sports, for peace, for rest. Whatever is to your liking you will surely find a beach that is perfect for you on the island of Naxos.
Explore the beaches and enjoy not only their crystal clear waters but also the beauty and the unique features that each of them has to offer.
Visit as many as you can. Each of them has something different to offer.

The nearest beach to Chora is Agios Georgios in the village with the same name, which is essentially the continuation of Chora. It is organized, sandy, with plenty of accommodations, shops, restaurants and entertainment venues.
One of the main advantages is its easy access as it is next to the central part of the island and can be reached by a short route in just five minutes.

Starting from Chora and going along the road towards the airport you will see the vast sandy beach of Agios Prokopios. It is an organized tourist resort with shops of all kinds, water sports and crystal clear waters.

The beach of Agia Anna is the continuation of Agios Prokopios beach and is a large sandy area with crystal clear waters and scattered cedar trees that offer shade to visitors. At the beach of Agia Anna is also the picturesque harbour where the fishing boats anchor. At Agia Anna one can find taverns and various shops. Both these beaches are linked to Chora by bus routes at regular time. Agia Anna is also connected to the beautiful sandy beach of Plaka via a coastal road. It is also organized, surrounded by rental rooms and taverns, ideal for rest and relaxation.

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At the southern side of Plaka, you will find the beaches of Kastraki and Mikri Vigla. The large rock located in Mikri Vigla was once a sea observatory for oncoming pirate raids. Today it is considered a suitable area for windsurfing and kitesurfing and is a meeting point for sports fans. There lies the island of Parthenos, which is very interesting for scuba diving and snorkelling because of the submerged ruins of an older settlement.

If you continue you will encounter Aliko beach. Another sandy beach with cedar trees and after that, you will end up at Pyrgaki beach.

It is also worth visiting the beautiful and picturesque fishing village of Apollonas with its wonderful beach. If you select this destination you’ll find plenty of accommodations for your stay and several cafes and restaurants next to the sea. Near the village you will find the ancient quarry where lays the unfinished body of a Kouros with a height of 10.45 meters dating back to the early 6th century BC.

Visit the picturesque seaside village of Moutsouna and combine your swimming with food and fresh fish. In Moutsouna are located facilities used, up to a few years ago, for the loading of emery on ships. Today they have become a memorial museum as its transport is now handled by trucks.
If you follow the beautiful coastal route Moutsouna - Panermos you will find yourself in the quiet area of Panormos or Panermos, which is a bit far away.
Despite the distance, the trip will reward you as you will enjoy the swimming in its beautiful and clear sea.
Going from Moutsouna to Panormos you will encounter many non-organized but just as beautiful and clean beaches where you can swim staying away from the crowded areas. The trail has excellent views as you can discern the islands of Donousa, Ano and Kato Koufonisi as well as other more distant islands, weather permitting.

If someone still longs the calmness an excellent idea is to visit the village of Lionas. The beach there is strewn with pebbles and there are just a few accommodations and taverns. On the way to the village of Lionas you will have the opportunity to see the old emery quarries and the old overhead cable transport facilities.


Introduction to kitesurfing
Kitesurfing is actually a combination of many other sports (windsurfing, water-skiing, wakeboarding, paragliding) with the rider using a small board which he directs using a bar that is connected to the kite with long ropes.
A key feature that characterizes the kitesurf is the force of lift with which the rider can use the pull of the kite to perform very high jumps and impressive manoeuvres.
This force is the element that makes kitesurfing different from other water sports, where the rider uses the pull strength of a board (wakeboard or water ski) or of a sail (windsurf) of which, however, he is a part of and so has a limited jumping ability since the pull does not push him upwards and therefore he does not has the advantages which are offered to him by the long ropes (20 – 30m) of the kite combined always with the power of buoyancy.


Accommodation
For your stay in Naxos, you can book a room in one of the hotels and Bed & Breakfast inns.
In the town of Naxos, as well as in many other areas of the island, there are hotels and accommodations of various categories and types (rooms to let, residences, Bed & Breakfast inns, studios, hostels, guesthouses and furnished apartments) that can satisfy every visitor's demands and needs for a pleasant and enjoyable stay.
You will find wonderful hotels, rooms and apartments to let of all categories and price ranges.


Access
Naxos island is linked by ferry routes to Piraeus, Access Map. How to get to the Port of Piraeus  Rafina and Lavrio Access Map. How to get to the Port of Lavrio
The route Piraeus - Naxos (103 m distance) varies depending on the ship stops at intermediate ports.
Daily ferry routes connect Naxos to the rest Cyclades Islands.
High Speed vessels connecting Naxos to many of Cyclades Islands and the Port of Piraeus, reduce significantly the duration of the trip.
See details for   Access, Useful information, Transportation

For your convenience, you can use the route map on the field “Routes” with information about the mileage, the time you need and the route you will follow, selecting the points of interest.


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