This long stretch of golden sand on Naxos' west coast stretches for miles and is popular with families, backpackers and naturists alike. But due to its size, there's more than enough room for everyone.
Starting at Agios Prokopios, the beach stretches south to Agia Anna and becomes Plaka beach further down the coast.
At Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna there are tavernas and shops lining the beach and tourist facilities available, while further afield the beach becomes more remote with fewer facilities.
The sea is clear and the beach shelves gently into the sea, making it ideal for kids.
Agios Prokopios itself is a laid-back beach resort with a few tavernas, bars and shops and a number of hotels and apartments. It lies 6km from the island's capital, Naxos Town.
NAXOS GATE (PORTARA)
The "Portara" is arguably the most recognisable sight on the island of Naxos.
This large marble gate (the only remaining part of a temple dedicated to Apollo, and built in the 6th Century BC) stands on a small island (which is connected to the main island) by the ferry port in Naxos Town.
As you approach the island by ferry, it is likely to be the first thing that you recognise.
The island upon which the Portara sits is very rocky and it is quite a steep climb up to the top. Thankfully, steps up to the Portara have been built to accommodate the hordes of tourists that venture up to see it.
If you stand "behind" the Portara (ie closest to the sea and furthest from the town), the Portara acts like a photo frame framing the view of Naxos Town.
INTERIOR OF THE ISLAND
The west coast of Naxos Island , where Naxos Town and the beautiful beaches are located, is only the tip of the iceberg. Naxos Island is the largest of the Cyclades Islands and has a lot to offer in its mountainous interior as well.
By far the best way to visit the interior of Naxos island is to rent a car. Then take a scenic loop beginning in Naxos Town and heading out southeast to Filoti, then northeast to Apirathos and Apollon, and finally head back to Naxos Town along the highway that follows the north coast.
PANAGIA DROSIANI NAXOS ISLAND
This Early Christian church lies near the village of Moni.
The interior wall surfaces have wall paintings of various phases; from the end of the 6th and the beginning of the 7th centuries.
Apirathos is known as the White City because nearly everything there is built from white marble from the island's famous quarries. Even the gravel on Naxos is crushed white marble! Apirathos is on a hill and has narrow winding paths that are fun to navigate. The town was colonised in the 17th and 18th centuries by Crtean refugees trying to get away from Turkish oppression. It really is a wonderful mountain village with marble paved climbing streets which are so easy to get lost in, and 14th century towers which were built by the Venetian Crispi family.
Chalki Naxos Island
The best way to see more of the island is to hire a car
and head off into the Tragaia valley with its little towns and wonderful views. Chalki is a pictureque little place with Ventetian. architecture. It is worth a short stop to wander through the little streets. In the centre is the old Byzantine Fragopoulis tower.
Getting to Naxos Island
Various shipping lines operate ferries to Naxos and they can and do change from summer to summer. The travel time is between six and eight hours. Boats leave from two ports, the well known Piraeus and the lesser known Rafina which is, in fact, closer to the new airport. There is also a catamaran - the High Speed - which, in theory, cuts the sailing time to Naxos to about three and a half hours.
Under normal circumstances, there is at least one ferry every morning leaving Piraeus at 8 am. arriving at Naxos between 2 pm and 3pm. There is then, usually, one or two in the evening departing between 5 pm and 8 pm and arriving, therefore, between 11 pm and 2 am. This gives a good general guide to times but should never be taken on trust - always try to check and double check these times. By Plane: Small planes fly to and from Naxos operated by Olympic Airways. At peak times there should be two flights a day, leaving Athens at about 9 am and 4.30 pm.
NAXOS ISLAND HOLIDAYS
For the holidaymakers who can drag themselves away from the glorious beaches, Naxos provides a wealth of ancient Greek remains as well as plenty of Byzantine and Venetian history. The islanda??s capital, also called Naxos, has a Venetian fortress as well as an ancient Greek temple to Apollo.
This temple is usually the first thing that a tourist sees when visiting Naxos by ferry because it stands proudly on the tip of the island, marking the way into the busy ferry port. The temple dates back to 522 BC but its ruinous appearance is not because much of it has been lost to the passage of time, but rather because the ancients never finished building it.
Naxos town is very picturesque port with a maze of whitewashed streets and alleyways, designed with the frequent invasions from Aegean pirates in mind. Its typically Cycladic architecture blends with the Venetian and every turning invites the visitor to explore.
With such romantic charm and mystique, it is little wonder that Naxos has long been popular with writers and artists. Lord Byron visited in his youth and never forgot the experience, referring to it in his writings as the a??Dream Islanda?? and often saying that he would love to return some day.
Naxos Island has 41 villages and most are worth exploring. They are found in the green fertile, valleys that are sandwiched between the rugged, arid mountains. Many of these are over 2000 feet high and the highest, Mount Zeus is 3,200 feet.
Naxos Island enjoys the economic rewards of being a tourist island but it does not depend on them for its prosperity. A great deal of farming takes place in its rich valleys and the cultivation of lemons is especially successful. In addition to lemons, Naxos produces cherries, pomegranates and other fresh fruit. It also produces olives, nuts and potatoes whilst its grapes make some of the best of Greek wines.
Naxos Island Nightlife
Naxos Cyclades Greece is an extremely well-developed island with many entertainment venues, offering visitors a lot of different options. Along the beachfront drive and in the small side streets of Naxos Town (Chora) there are hundreds of cafes, bars, clubs and live music halls, some of the most exciting Naxos nightlife. The seaside resorts of Plaka, Agios Prokopis, Stelida and Agia Anna, located just south of Naxos Town (Chora), also provide a wide selection of nightlife venues. Apollonas village, situated on the northeastern side of the island, is a favourite place to enjoy a delicious meal and to relax with a cool drink while gazing at the small fishing port.
Naxos Local Festivals
In contrast to the many clubs and music halls, Naxos Greece also hosts plenty of festivals, fairs and events. While in Naxos Town during the summer months, you can take part in the "Dionysia" Festival, which is a mixture of cultural and athletic events. The summer cultural festival that takes place in the Bazeos Castle is simply wonderful, offering a variety of activities to participants. Other Naxos festivals take place on the name day of the patron saints of each village. Some of the popular festivals: Agios Prokopios on July 8 and Agia Anna on July 25 in their respective villages, the Virgin Mary on August 15 and Agios Ioannis on August 29 in Apiranthos, Agia Marina on July 17th in Koronos and the Virgin Mary 3-day festival in mid-August in Filoti.
Local Cuisine Local Products
Naxos Island Greece produces a wide variety of products. The most popular souvenir is a bottle of citron liqueur, which is made from citron leaves. Other Naxos products include hand-made woven fabrics, pottery, hand-made leather goods and jewelry, specially the "Naxos Eye", which is said to bring luck.
Local Area Code : 2285 (0)
Code for Greece: 003(0)
Municipality of Naxos - Chora: 22717, 22712
Police Station of Chora:
+30 22850 22100, 23280
Naxos Island Banks
National Bank: 22187, 23053, 22188
Commercial Bank: 22209, 26145, 22381
Eurobank: 26025, 26030, 23406
Alpha Bank: 22992, 22994, 26101
Piraeus Bank: 26771, 26770, 26775
Laiki Bank: 26871, 29290, 29103
Post Office (hours of operation 07.20 – 14.00 Monday to Friday): +30 22850 22211
Naxos Fire Department:
+30 22850 32199
Greek Electrical Company (D.E.I):
Tel: +30 22850
22214, 22267, 24544
Athens Olympic Airways: Tel: 801 1144444
+30 22850 23292
Athens International airport “El. Venizelos”:
Olympic Airways (local office on Naxos Island)
+30 22850 23043
International Telephone code : +30 22850 plus the 5 digit number
Telephone Code within Greece or Naxos Island : 22850 plus the 5 digit number
Hospital - Health Centre Naxos Island
( tel. 23333, 23550 )
Available doctors at the hospital: pathologists, general, pediatrist, orthopedic, gynecologist, cardiologist, microbiologist, dentist, doctor for diabetics, for radiographies and surgeon. There are also four rural doctors and twelve nurses. The Health Centre has a microbiological and a radiant laboratory and two ambulances.
In each of the following periphery centers works a rural doctor. The doctors of the hospital often visit these centers.
Filoti : Rural doctor office tel. 31404
Apiranthos: Rural doctor office tel. 61206
Komiaki: Rural doctor office tel. 52213
Melanes: Rural doctor office tel. 62372
Halki: Rural doctor office tel. 31206
Koronos: Periphery rural doctor office tel. 51280
Vivlos: Periphery rural doctor office tel. 41221
Ag. Arsenios: Periphery rural doctor office tel. 41484
Hora: Sanitary station tel. 22346
Emergency Incidents: A helicopter of EKAV (Hellenic Centre of Immediate Need) carries all the emergency incidents to Athens or to Syros Island (if the weather conditions are not appropriate). For a non-emergency incident, the patient is carried out to Syros island by ship.
Naxos Island Hospital’s Doctors
Venieris Dimitris 23049, 22154
Venieris Nikolaos 24114
Venieris Fragiskos 24666
Dourou Maria 25907
Kapiris Germanos 24466
Karabatsos Ilias 24277, 23303
Kizi Thekla 23820
Kleanthous Ioannis 31029
Barbatzidis Edouardos 26320
Raptakis Vasileios 23069
Sakallerou Sevasti 22832
Tompas Platon 25767
Giannoulopoulos Dimitris 26976
Individual Doctors on Naxos Island
Bakalos 25210, 22476
Lianopoulos G. 23787
Lianopoulos I. 26696
Mantadakis 23764, 25655
Markantoni 25559, 23884
Aggelis 22212, 24576
Gratsias 23192, 25285
Evaggelou F. 24902
Bogiatzoglou 22463, 41872
Vasalakis Dimitrios 6944278947, 23533
Pittaras Eustathios – Sala Paraskevi 6944325240, 24664
Mamouzelos 23208, 22315
Pharmacies on Naxos Island
Chora Naxos Island
Dellarocas Nikos 24946, 6945702732
Zafeiri Anneza 22761, 6944708709
Psara Anna 22886
Ispanopoulos Manolis 24247
Peristeraki Anthi 25517, 23517
Kavoura Georgia 22611
Margaritis Manolis 22661
Filoti Naxos Island
Pittaras Michalis 31787
Halki Naxos Island
Detsi Stella 31218
Agios Prokopios beach Naxos Island
Vasilis Margaritis Tel: 22850 42888