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, where Naxos Town and the beautiful beaches are located, is only the tip of the iceberg. Naxos 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 the 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
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
Getting to Naxos Island
Various shipping lines operate ferries to Naxos from Athens. The travel time is between five hours and three and a half hours in case you decide to travel with a catamaran. Boats leave from two ports, the well known Piraeus and the lesser known Rafina which is, in fact, closer to the new airport.
Under normal circumstances, there is at least one ferry every morning leaving Piraeus at 7.30 am. arriving at Naxos between 12 pm and 1pm. 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 please mind to double check the schedules with your travel agent.
The schedules provided in our site are taken from the official sites of Blue Star Ferries and Hellenic Seaways. Check the dates you are travelling and the pricelists of both companies.
1. There is a special offer for early booking in Blue Star Ferries.
10€ to Naxos: The offer is valid for Economy class, from and to and to Piraeus & Rafina, for limited number of tickets. Tickets must be issued upon booking, cannot be cancelled or converted to open date tickets or for another departure date. The ticket is issued in the passenger’s name, is personal and non transferable. These tickets cannot be booked through the On-Line Booking System of Blue Star Ferries.
2. When arriving in the port of Naxos the bus station is situated 100meters from the port. You can either take the bus or taxi or rent a car that will be delivered on the port. (Karabatsis Tours tel: +30 22850 41655)
3. From Athens airport the fastest way to Piraeus is by taxi. The taxi trip should take about 40?60 mins depending on traffic, and the approximate cost will be 28 euros during the day (from 00.00 to 05.00 it will be around 42 euros). Tell the driver the name of the boat you are taking (and that you are going to Naxos), so that he can take you to the right place at the port.
4. When in ferry pay attention to your luggage and your personal belongings. We would suggest to carry your luggage with you. In case your luggage is heavy lock them and put your name and telephone on them since lots of mistakes happen.
5. In case you need to travel on Friday or Sunday book your tickets 5 days at least before because most of people travel on these days.
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.
The following time table is valid from 25 - 03 - 2012 until 28 - 10 - 2012
Athens - Naxos
Naxos - Athens
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
07.00 - 07.45
08.05 - 08.50
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
07.00 - 07.45
08.05 - 08.50
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
06.05 - 06.50
07.10 - 07.55
14.00 - 14.45
15.05 - 15.50
The local agency Naxos Tours is the representative of Olympic Airways on Naxos Island.
Telephone Number : +30 22850 23043 Availabiity and tickets you may book from the official Olympic Airways site www.olympicair.com
Tips when flying to Naxos
1. Flights have limited availability to Naxos so you need to book your flight the earliest possible.
2. In case you don't find a direct flight from your country to Naxos we suggest you to fly to the airport of Santorini or Myconos. Santorini and Myconos islands are two hours away from Naxos port when travelling with boat.
- Prices per person/vehicle & stretch in EURO.
- Children 4-10 years old: 50% discount
- Children 0-4 years old: Economy Class: Free, with the obligation to issue a zero fare ticket. Cabins: 50% discount.
- Bicycles: Free (no zero fare ticket is required).
- SUPER ECONOMY: The offer is valid in Economy class, for limited number of tickets. Tickets must be issued upon booking, cannot be cancelled or converted to open date tickets or for another departure date. The ticket is issued in the passenger’s name, is personal and non transferable. The “ SUPER ECONOMY” category cannot be booked through the On-Line Booking System.
- FAMILY OFFERS: These special offers cannot be booked through the On-Line Booking System, for the time being.
Hellenic Seaways Pricelist
Athens Airport to Naxos
Flights from Athens airport to Naxos now have very limited availability for September, so the best option for most will be to go by boat, via the seaport of Piraeus. Which boat you take depends on the date and time you arrive in Athens. Please make sure you allow enough time between the scheduled arrival time of your flight in Athens airport and the departure of the boat from Piraeus seaport (3 hours, to account for flight delay, baggage claim and traffic). In some cases an overnight stay in Athens will be necessary (this may also be true for the return).
From Athens airport the fastest way to Piraeus is to take a taxi.
Taxis queue outside the arrivals hall. The taxi trip should take about 40/60 mins depending on traffic, and the approximate cost will be 28 euros during the day (from 00.00 to 05.00 it will be around 42 euros). Tell the driver the name of the boat you are taking (and that you are going to Naxos), so that he can take you to the right place at the port.
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.
The flight lasts around 30 minutes. Naxos airport is situated 1km outside Naxos Town. You can arrange to rent a car delivered directly on the airport by Karabatsis Tours at+30 22850 41655 or you may call a Taxi at 22850-22444.
MOST POPULAR HOTELS ON NAXOS
AEGEAN PALACE HOTEL - PLAKA BEACH - NAXOS
AEGEAN PALACE hotel in Naxos is a 4 star luxury hotel located in the western coast of Naxos - in Plaka beach, 7 klms from the city centre of Naxos. With 60 guest bedrooms and 10 suites this privately owned hotel is designed as a restful, elegant refuge for both the business and leisure traveller.
Hotel main number for general enquiries:
+30 22850 - 42872
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At Anna Beach Studios in Agios Prokopios, Naxos, guests can select the type of accommodation that best suits their needs and tastes from a wide variety of apartments and rooms. The hotel includes 9 studios and 1 suite in different sizes.
Anna Beach Studios are especially charming, built and decorated in the traditional Cycladic style, providing guests with a ‘taste’ of genuine island life. All apartments are fully-equipped with modern facilities for a comfortable and pleasant stay.
There are 3 types of apartments available: standard, superior and family (2-room), all of which feature a balcony or a veranda.
The Hotel is situated next to Agiassos Beach with amphitheatric view to the seashore of beautiful Agiassos.
This family run -hotel is especially designed to provide accommodation for families in comfortable and fully air-conditioned villas, with the apartments designed to relax, completely equipped kitchens, capacious balconies with the sea view.
Birikos hotel in Agios Prokopios offers guests a wide variety of rooms and suites to suit both desires and budget. All units are tastefully decorated to reflect the traditional Naxos ambience.
Equipped with all modern facilities, Birikos hotel in Agios Prokopios in Naxos island promises to offer world-class hospitality and personalized services to tourists visiting Greece. It offers unparalleled services to leisure travelers. Birikos Resort can be termed havens of luxury, comfort and coziness, satisfying every possible need.
Birikos Hotel in Agios Prokopios consists of 3 buildings, the superior unit ,(9) luxurious appartments. The standard unit consists of seven (7) studios and nine (9) appartments. The room-friendly unit consists of 12 double rooms.
Chrisallis Studios in Naxos have comfortable beds, air conditioning, fridge, television, sea view , balcony or terrace, private shower and WC.
All of the rooms have kept their traditional style and decoration and offer a relaxing atmosphere for your vacation.
Keep in mind that in a 5 min distance, you will find the organized beach of Ag. Prokopios with a big variety of restaurants, stores and beach sports!
To make a reservation or to enquire about the rooms, facilities or services at Chrisallis Studios , please send us your message at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact us by phone at Tel.: +30 22850 41854/ -mob.:+ 6949 105 347. Thank you for selecting us.
GLARONISSI STUDIOS - PLAKA BEACH - NAXOS
Glaronissi 1 is a family run , built with care on the golden beach of Plaka, Naxos Island, awarded with the "Blue Flag" of the European Union.
It consists of 6 studios, with private balcony overlooking the deep blue of the Plaka beach. Glaronissi 1 is situated just 7 km away from the picturesque town of Naxos. Plaka is 5 km distance from Naxos Airport. A bus-stop is situated nearby the hotel allowing for transportation from Plaka to all the hot-spots of the Naxos.
To make a reservation or to enquire about the rooms, facilities or services at Glaronissi 1 Studios, please send us your message. You can also contact us by phone at +30 22850 41201 or mob.:+693 6762700. You may also email us at email@example.com
GOLDEN SILENCE STUDIOS - AGIOS PROKOPIOS - NAXOS
Golden Silence, Agios Prokopios, Naxos, Greece
Golden Silence Studios in Agios Prokopios beach consists of comfortable studios, all designed in a simple and elegant way.
Enjoy your breakfast gazing over the deep-blue waters of the Aegean or your evening drink watching the sunset that covers the sea with thousands of colours.
Our primary goal is the immediate and discreet response to our guests' demands.
All rooms have bath, refrigerator and the proper utensils, air-conditioning, and television adn fully equipped kitchen.
Built in a traditional way according to the Cycladic style, Studios Katerina and Babis is situated a few steps away from the famous beach of Naxos Agios Prokopios beach.
Enjoy your holidays in Naxos island, the stunning sunsets and the unique hospitality offered in Katerina and Babis Studios in low prices.
In case you decided to spend your holidays in Agios Prokopios in Naxos island and wish to stay in our studios yïõ may send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us by phone on +6997058184, 22850 42753, 22850 42573, or fax on +30 22850 42753.
Klimataria Studios in Agios Prokopios Naxos is comprised of 11 spacious and elegantly furnished apartments and studios. Guests will find a variety of comfortable facilities and will be assisted by our warm and hospitable personnel who make Klimataria one of the most hospitable studios in Agios Prokopios.
Klimataria Studios operate from April 15 to October 31.
MANOLIS STUDIOS are found in tourist region KASTRAKI - MIKRI VIGLA, NAXOS with the eminent beaches and marine sports, near the sea, with access in a lot of near beaches such as MIKRI VIGLA, KASTRAKI ALIKO, AGIOS PROKOPIOS, and AGIA ANNA
It is constituted from 10 completely equipped studios that service from 2 to 5 individuals, operating from April up to October.
Panoramic View Resort offers visitors 8 comfortable hotel rooms and 2 hotel studios, all-inclusive facilities and immaculate hotel services in a hospitable environment, ensuring that its guests spend a fully enjoyable and relaxing stay in a serene setting. We will be glad to welcome you at Panoramic View Studios & Apartments complex, one of the finest Agios Prokopios Naxos hotels operating from April 15 to October 25.
Our resort is located in Plaka beach in Naxos, only 6km, from the city center of Naxos.
Here you will experience your desired holidays, as the area is one of the most well known within Naxos.
Only 50m from one of the best Naxian beaches, our hotel will definitely offer you peace and quite as well as relaxation in a family environment.
Additionally we offer:
- Special Group and Family rates
To make a reservation or to enquire about the rooms, facilities or services at Villa Veranda Studios ,please send us your message at email@example.com. You can also contact us by phone at Tel.: +30 22850 41480/ -mob.:+30 6937301162. Thank you for selecting us. http://www.greenverandastudios.gr