Naxos

Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades. The rare beauty and the particular topography make it the only island that does not look like the rest of the Cycladic complex. The island combines the Cycladic beauty (blue waters, beautiful white houses, cobbled streets and picturesque neighborhoods) together with a touch of the Sporades and the Dodecanese islands, given that the dominating vegetation of the major two mountains, Za and Fanari incur the backbone of Naxos. Its rich geographical relief creates dramatic changes of scenery, which coexist harmoniously on this small piece of land and give Naxos the rarity it deserves.

Naxos is the only Cycladic island that has been inhabited continuously since ancient times (end of 4th millennium BC) until today. By exploring Naxos, the visitor can witness the whole history, as each period has left indelible marks upon this blessed place. The visitor will meet Mycenaean tombs and relics from the ancient Mycenaean capital, Venetian towers, Frankish castles, Byzantine churches, Ancient statues and other findings that testify the history of the island and the influences of those who inhabited the island over the centuries.

The island's coastline is almost straight and does not form lots of natural harbors, which affected the occupations of the inhabitants since ancient times. The rich aquifer of Naxos provides drinking water to the wells and the streams of the island and as a consequence the earth is very fertile and produces all sorts of citrus trees, olives, fruits, vegetables, the famous Naxos potatoes and the amazing wine.Additionally, animal husbandry and apiculture are highly developed and offer excellent quality meat, milk, cheese and honey.The island, therefore, enjoys full self-sufficiency as the gods who were worshiped so much in prehistoric Naxos, blessed the place and gave generously to the island all the wisdom and beauty of nature.


Naxos has throughout a beautiful and clean coast, which is accompanied by small lonely coves, as well as the famous beaches of the southwestern coast, which are rapidly growing on popularity.The beach of Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Orkos, Mikri Vigla, Kastraki, Aliko and Pyrgaki are only a few of the known beaches with kilometers of platinum sand. The beaches of Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna are the ones that present the largest touristic development, with shops of all kinds satisfiying even the most demanding visitor.The other beaches have touristic infrastructure but without having been turned into crowded tourist resorts.

Naxos acquired over the last decades the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a modern tourist resort but at the same time has managed to maintain its traditional color, its popular culture and the sense of historicity deeply rooted in its tradition. The Chora town, port and administrative center of the island, is a modern city that offers all services and amenities to visitors and residents of the island like health center, banks, post office, market, restaurants, bars and cafes. The intense life prevails throughout the year and not only during the summer, as the island has many permanent residents who maintain the vitality and distinctive colors of the island throughout the year.

Naturally, in order to experience Naxos, its values, its tradition and become one with the nature and the unique Cycladic style, visitors definitely need to spend time in the mainland, the mountainous Naxos, in which gretaness of a unique island is hidden. Visiting Naxos is an experience that nobody should miss. A paradise waiting to be discovered.

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