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Naxos at a glance

Beautiful Naxos is a sparkling star in the deep blue galaxy of Aegean Sea islands.  And the enchantment starts as your ferry glides into harbour.

Spread before you are the gleaming white buildings of the old quarter of Naxos Town with a medieval Venetian castle crowning the hill.

But first there is a truly ancient welcome to this historic island - a huge marble doorway, part of an ancient temple to sun god Apollo.

Today, 2,500 years after this gateway was built, sun-worshippers flock to this, the largest of the Cycladic islands which offers so many timeless attractions. 

Golden beaches, crystal-clear sea, charming and historic villages, friendly people, ancient sites, stunning countryside and wonderful food are the ingredients that make this place so memorable. 

Naxos is said to be lined with almost 100km of beaches, most of them gorgeous soft sand. Tavernas, sunbeds and sunshades are available on many but, despite the increasing popularity of Naxos, there are coves and bays tucked away for those who want to avoid crowds.

The old part of stylish Naxos Town is a hillside maze of stone-flagged alleyways built with twists and turns to deter invading pirates.  Now they are a sheer delight for tourists. Then there is a long, bustling waterfront with a great selection of restaurants and shops.

The island is rightly proud of its great local produce so look out for dishes with home-grown potatoes and locally made cheeses.

There are places to eat and drink in the charming small towns, villages and hamlets dotted across this lovely island.  Seek them out by using the reliable bus service, hire a car or bike or take an excursion.

Whatever you do, snap the classic Naxos moment – as you watch the sun set through the ancient Portara doorway.  

Best Time to Visit Naxos

As the legendary retreat of wine god Dionysus, Naxos enthusiastically celebrates its grape harvest, and late summer visitors can appreciate traditional production methods.
There’s plenty to sample, inevitably accompanied by traditional music.

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