What can I say about Naxos except how much I adore the island and its people. Naxos stole my heart and I will forever love to return to this destination.
They say ancient Greeks revered this island due to the fantastic energy it exudes. So if you really love it, like me, you really do.
Naxos is home to amazing beaches, fantastic local organic food, amazingly beautiful villages, super friendly locals and a beautiful main town you’ll love to get “lost” in. One of my favorite archaeological sights in Greece is the Portara, a huge ancient marbled door frame “to nowhere.” It is a relaxing and rejuvenating place to be at sunset.
How to Get to Naxos
International travelers fly into Athens first, then connect to Naxos via ferry or a short flight. Check out the best international flight deals on Vayama.
Aegean and Olympic Air fly to Naxos from Athens International Airport. The travel time is one hour.
Naxos is easily reached via ferry from the Athens port of Piraeus. I highly recommend booking with Blue Star Ferries.
You can also reach Naxos from many of the neighboring Cycladic islands including Mykonos, Paros and Tinos. It is a fantastic island to “island hop” to and from.
During the summer season, there are more ferries and flights scheduled.
Where to Stay in Naxos
I can recommend the following mid-range accommodation options in Naxos Town.
Chateau Zevgoli for its traditional setting and atmospheric location tucked in the heart of Naxos Town’s castle walls.
The Apollon Hotel is within walking distance of the harbor and the Naxos Town.
I can recommend the following mid-range beach hotels:
Medusa Beach Resort is at the very end of Plaka beach. It’s a beautiful, efficient and “hidden” beach resort run by a local family. Service is hospitable and excellent.
Santana Beach Resort is part of the Santana Bar and Restaurant. Stylish, contemporary suites with beautiful balconies and right on Agia Anna beach. Lovely family runs this gem as well.
Galaxy Hotel is a 10-minute walk south of Naxos Town and steps away from St. George beach and its’ little beach town.
Where to Eat in Naxos
I also highly recommend Popi’s Grill, the oldest family taverna on the island. The best moussaka, fresh Naxian fried potatoes and excellent souvlaki is served here by the loveliest family on the island. You can see my full review here: Popi’s Grill: A Traditional Naxos Restaurant. Located on the harbour in Naxos Town.
I also recommend L’Osteria for Italian cuisine, a beautiful little wine bistro in Naxos Town. Also in Naxos Town, dine right in the charming whitewashed paths of the palia agora at Metaxi Mas. The local Flerianos family prides themselves on home cooked taverna food.
Make your way to Agia Anna to eat at Gorgona, a fantastic traditional seafood taverna with a stunning beach view. Also, dine with your toes in the sand at the ambient Palatia restaurant.
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