Tourist Guide of Naxos island
It is the largest island of Cyclades islands and is renowned for its alternation of mountainous landscape with the fertile valleys and springs.
Chora, the capital of Naxos, combines the charm of an island with the comforts of a city. The Naxos or Chora is spread out on the beach and on the hill and has spectacular castle's ruins and breathtaking views.
It has many attractions, old stone houses and is welcoming visitors with Portara and the picturesque church of Panagia Myrtidiotissa, which standing on the small island into the harbour. The visitors have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of this place along with all amenities. It has a health centre, banks, post-office, a market, where one can find anything he needs, as clothing and footwear, souvenirs and many local products.
The most important monuments in Naxos are the famous Portara, the archaeological site of Grotta and the Venetian castle, which dominates from above.
On the south side of the island is the beach of Saint George, which is full of swimmers every summer. It is a sandy beach with clear blue waters, near to Chora, a fact that makes easier for the visitor to combine swimming, lunch or coffee with a walk to the market. It is recommended for all ages as it offers water sports for the funs, for families with young children because of the purity of the water, sports centre and many other activities that fill with fun the visitor's day. It is no coincidence that this beach has a blue flag.
Another beach on the north side of Chora, below Portara, is Vintzi beach.
Touring Chora on foot is very enjoyable and exciting. Explore the labyrinthine alleys of the market, buy various local products and souvenirs, smell the wonderful scent of cuisine of Naxos that comes from the open windows of houses and taverns and talk to locals who sit in their homes' courtyards.
Koronos is a traditional village built in a valley, where you can find excellent embroidery and Melanes village has many streams that once powered the watermills. Mikri Vigla is an ideal place for fans of wind-surfing.
Moutsouna, Sagri, Tragea, Tripodes and Filoti are villages of Naxos that each one has its own beauty and a range of attractions.
Many notable churches (Orthodox and Catholic) are in Chora and the only Turkish monument is the fountain of Aga.
Agia Anna and Agios Prokopios are settlements in a sheltered bay with golden sand and are ports of St. Arsenios.
In St. Arsenios is worth visiting the monastery of St. John the Baptist with a wooden temple and post Byzantine icons.
Apiranthos is one of the prettiest villages in Cyclades. You can visit the ruined windmills.
Apollonas is a charming seaside village. In the area abounds the marble. It is worth visiting the colossal Kouros and the old monastery of Virgin, where you can see the icon, which according to the tradition, was found in the sea.
Engares village has running waters and fields with reeds and in Koronida village you can find beautiful weavings.
Whichever village of Naxos you choose for your holiday, do not forget to buy textiles, embroideries and to drink kitro and to taste local meat and hunting meat (rabbits, partridges).
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.
Naxos island is linked by ferry routes to Piraeus, Rafina and 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.
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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.