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37°3′N 25°29′E


389.43 km²


132.52 kms.




(+) 22850







GMT +2:00


Naxos (Chora)






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Filled with lovely sandy beaches, mountains, charming traditional villages, ancient temple ruins, Venetian towers, and over 200 Byzantine churches, Naxos is arguably the most diverse and fascinating island in the Cyclades. Apart from its ancient history that goes back to ancient Greece, Naxos is the most fertile of the Cyclades Islands, covered with farms, grapevines and olive groves. It is as gorgeous and picturesque as neighboring Santorini and Mykonos, but far less crowded and much cheaper. Those travelers who like a little adventure can indulge in some kite-surfing and windsurfing or a hike into the mountains. Here you will find well-signed trails, including hiking up the mountain Zas to stand on the highest point in the Cyclades and to summit the mountain where Zeus was born and raised.

Being at the heart of the Aegean, Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades islands and a handy base for island-hopping. On Naxos, there are tons of fun things to do and places to discover but the highlights are the iconic 'Portara' from the temple of Apollo, the charming town of Naxos, the hilly old towns Apiranthos and Filoti and of course the gorgeous beaches. Moreover, it is well known for the delicious food, low-key vibe, and true Greek hospitality. Blessed with an abundance of attractions and some of the best stretches of white sand beaches in Greece, Naxos is a great family destination. From Chora to hilltop villages and the glittering coastline, this guide will be your essential handbook to plan your trip and make the most out of your time on this authentic and unspoiled Greek isle.

Naxos is a Greek Island and the largest of the Cyclades. It is located in the heart of the Cyclades, approximately 113.7 nautical miles from Piraeus port in Athens.

The island was the center of archaic Cycladic culture. It is also famous as a source of emery, a rock rich in corundum, which until modern times was one of the best abrasives available.

According to Greek mythology, Naxos is the childhood home of Zeus, who was raised in a cave on what is now Mount Zas, the highest peak in the Cyclades (999 meters).

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Things to Do

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Naxos villages

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Getting Around

HOW TO GET AROUND NAXOS | Car Rental, Bus. Taxi, Boats, Scooter / ATV

Rental: Renting a scooter or car is the best solution to explore Naxos Island. Getting around Naxos by car is relatively easy and straightforward. All the roads between the villages are in pretty good condition and there are road signs that point you to the towns, beaches and other points of interest. Still there are many unpaved roads that lead to remote beaches and coves. In Naxos, you can find several car rental companies but it is best to book a car or ATV in advance if you are going to be there in July and August. To rent a car, drivers need to be at least 21 years old with an EU or International Driving license. Biking is also a popular choice, and you can find many bike rental shops on the island. Bus: There also public buses linking Naxos Town with all major villages and beaches on the island. Taxi: If you prefer a more relaxed experience, you can take a taxi anywhere around Naxos.

Weather Annually Report

On coasts and islands of central and southern Greece, where the climate is Mediterranean, winter is mild and quite rainy, while summers are sunny and hot.

On the islands, during winter the wind often blows; precipitation often occurs at night and in the early morning. On the islands, snowfalls are rare, and generally occur only in the northern ones, during the most intense cold spells.

Spring is pleasant and sunny in most of Greece. The days with some rainfall become less and less frequent. In summer, in the Aegean Sea the Meltemi, a northerly wind typical of the warmest months (July and August), often blows, and even if the sky is clear.

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Upcoming Events

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  • 17 Jul 2024

    The Feast of Agia Marina

  • 25 Jul 2024

    The feast of Agia Anna

  • 26 Jul 2024

    The feast of Agia Paraskevi

  • 27 Jul 2024

    The feast of Agios Pandeleimonas