Holidays In Naxos
Naxos Holidays at a glance
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Naxos is a stunning little island; some say it is the most beautiful of all the islands in the Cyclades. The capital Naxos Town (Hora) is made up of white-washed buildings and atmospheric narrow streets, with a great selection of restaurants, cafes and bars. The streets of the town lead up towards the walls of a 13th century Venetian castle. Naxos Town is also home to the Potara - the remains of the entrance to the ancient temple of Apollo.
Who goes to Naxos?
Those looking for a relaxing holiday in beautiful scenic surroundings.
Key Facts - Naxos
- Time Difference+2 GMT
- Flight Duration from UK3 - 4 hours (Approx)
- Nearest AirportSantorini (JTR) Hydrofoil or Ferry to Naxos
Naxos Holidays - Destination Profile
Naxos offers a variety of options that satisfies all tastes and preferences, as holidaymakers can choose between wondering through the enchanting capital or the picturesque villages. The beautiful landscapes are impressive, as the fertile valleys (Melanes, Eggares) and hills (Za) elucidate the beauty of Naxos countryside.
The natural beauty of Naxos is further highlighted through its beaches, which attract not only those wanting to absorb the sun on beautiful, golden sands, however also water-sport enthusiast, as Naxos regularly gathers surfers who enjoy the summer wind.
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Holidays in Naxos - Things to see
Temple of Apollo - Portara: The most famous "door" (porta) of Cyclades, Portara, is one of the most important monuments of Naxos that reveal the island's rich history.
The Castle of Naxos: Built by Marco Sanudi in 1207.
Temple of Dimitra in Gyroulas (Sangri): is one of the most significant buildings of ancient Naxos and dates back to 520-530 BC.
Temple of Dionysus in Iria: The sanctuary of Dionysus is situated in the area of Iria, only 3 kms away from Chora.
Things to do on a Holiday in Naxos
Popular activities for those taking holidays in Naxos include:-
- Wind surfing
- Mountain biking
- Horse riding.
Eating/Drinking During Naxos Holidays
Greece holidays are truly a paradise for food lovers; speciality dishes include keftedes (meatballs with oregano and mint), dolmades (rice and herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and souvlaki (grilled skewers of meat). Try a Greek meze (a selection of different Greek dishes to taste a little of everything). To compliment your meal, restaurants offer a number of delicious, inexpensive local wines varying from area to area. Or try a glass of ouzo, Greece's national drink.
Major resorts provide a wide variety of bars and restaurants with something to suit all tastes, from all-night discos and international restaurants to cosy little tavernas serving typical Greek fare. Nightlife in the smaller resorts tends to centre round the latter where the charm lies in their authenticity and more traditional feel.
Getting Around on Naxos Holidays
Taxis: Taxis are metered and are in plentiful supply in the resorts.
Interurban Buses: There are various bus companies linking all major towns, with daily routes at specified intervals.
Urban Buses: These operate frequently during daytime and in certain tourist areas, summer timetables are extended until midnight.
Bicycles: Bikes are available for hire in most resorts.
Naxos Holidays Shopping
Before leaving Naxos, it is for sure that you would like to take something with you in order to remember the beautiful time you have spent on the island.
Bargain purchases for those on Naxos holidays include:-
- Naxos cheeses as well as other delicious local products
- Handicrafts and many other small temptations.
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