Naxos, Greece

Naxos is a Greek Island located in the Cyclades island group in the Aegean Sea. Naxos is known as the center of the historic Cycladic culture. Naxos island is located in the heart of the central Cyclades group of Greek islands. Naxos is a big island but most beaches are on the south-west coast.

The fertile Naxos farmland means islanders have kept tourism low key. As a result, Naxos maintains a strong Greek identity and many villages have a traditional character. Naxos offers good beach holidays without the crowds and easy island hopping from the main port.

Naxos is a very popular destination for vacations and travel and has several beautiful beaches and a large number of ancient ruins. There are many interesting sights to see while on Naxos, including several Byzantine churches, a castles with its tower and battlements still intact, and the Archaeological Museum, where you can find many pieces and exhibits from ancient ages.

In the Grota you can see traces of Mycenean buildings. Much of Naxos’ beauty lies in the narrow winding lanes and old stone houses that line them. Naxos’ capital, Hora, lies on a beautiful and naturally amphitheatrically designed site, on a hillside. Hora is one of the most beautiful of all towns in the Cyclades. In Naxos City, you can see the landmark of the Temple entrance, or the Portara. Near the village of Apolonas, on Naxos’ north side, you can view the half-finished Kouros, which dates back to 6th century BC. Naxos has fabulous beaches, such as Agios Prokopios and Agiassos.

Thousands of tourists visit Naxos each year for the beaches alone.