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.
Agios Prokopios Naxos 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.
Getting to know Naxos Island
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 island'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.
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.
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.
Useful Phones on Naxos IslandLocal Area Code : 2285 (0)
Code for Greece: 003(0)
Municipality of Naxos: 22717, 22712
Police Station of Chora:
+30 22850 22100, 23280
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.
Post Office (hours of operation 07.20 – 14.00 Monday to Friday): +30 22850 22211
Naxos Island - Cyclades Greece
Naxos Island, a small hidden gem in Cyclades. A spot of white in the turquoise waters of the Aegean Sea, Naxos Island is a unique blend of ancient ruins and beach culture, satisfying all types of tourists, from the sightseer and the nature lover to the party-goer and the laid back tourist.
The largest of the Cycladic Islands, covering an area of 448 square kilometres with a coastline of approximately 148 kilometers in length. Naxos Island neihbours with Paros to the west and Donoussa at the east. Iraklia Keros and Koufonissia lie to the south of the island. On the north side the famous Mykonos Island and Delos.
Naxos Island is the childhood home of none other than Zeus, king of the gods. Zeus, the biggest mountain in Cyclades, located in Filoti Village which is at 1,004 meters above sea level. Zas mountain the highest mountain in Cyclades. There you can see the Aria Spring and after following the signs you reach at Zeus Cave.
People who love their homeland, take carte to preserve the traditions so that their heritage can be passed on proudly form generation to generation.
Upon arrival in Naxos, hike over a causeway to Palatia, where the Portara, a stone gateway to an ancient temple that no longer exists, stands alone, the symbol of the island. At sunset, the views of Naxos island, and the sea beyond, are breathtaking. People gather every afternoon and relax gazing the sunset from Portara Naxos.
Naxos Island is a popular tourist destination with several easily accessilble beaches. More than 98 kilometres of fine golden sandy beaches are surrounding the beautiful island with superb crystal - clear turquoise waters which are glimmering under the bright Mediteranean sun.
It is real, people who visit Naxos always come back. And one thing is for sure. When you leave, you will feel that Naxos is already inside you. A part of you. And you will be back to enjoy this the hospitality of the locals, the tastes and aromas of the island, the famous Naxos Grayere cheese and Kitro drink.
Agios Prokopios, lying on a sheltered bay with a beautiful stretch of sand, and then Agia Anna Beach, Plaka Beach, Micri Vigla, Kastraki. On the eastern side of the island there is a road which follows the coast down from Moutsouna to the south, passing the magnificent beach of Psili Amos, and ends up at Panormos on Naxos Island, a deserted beach with pine trees.
Whether you are seeking for a fully organized beaches, sunbeds, cafeterias beach parties or a deserted beach Naxos is the ideal location. You would really admire visiting Moutsouna, Apollonas and Panormos beach on the south of the Island. Nudist beaches are also famous and are positioned in certain locations of famous tourist beaches of Naxos Island. For example, in the middle of Agios Prokopios beach (there are no sunbeds in this area of course), in Agia Anna just in front of the cedar forest, in Plaka beach and various small beaches that you can find on our own.
To get a taste of the island, we suggest taking a stroll in Naxos Town (Chora) through the winding alleyways to admire the whitewashed houses, with their potted flowers, and colourful doors and shutters. It is truly a calming and rejuvenating experience.
When entering the harbour of Naxos Island you can see Portara, Naxos Island , the chapel of Our Lady Mirtidiotissa and the castle. Portara the big marble gate that stands high on the island of Bachus is waht the remains of the ancient temple of Apollo that was standing here. The ruins of the temple are called Palace, implying the palaces of Ligadmi the ancient tyrant of Naxos Island. The legend says that here Theseus abandoned Ariadne when he came back from Crete.
Naxos town on Naxos Island possesses several of the island's most characteristic sites, such as the "Portara" (the marble gate to the ancient Temple of Apollo), the Venetian Castle, the Mycenean City in the Grotta area, the Archaeological Museum, the 16th century Bazeos Castle, and the Churches of Zoodochou Pigis and Panagia Myrtidiotissa.
While touring Naxos Island, you can visit many other significant archaeological and historical sites. Apiranthos is one of the oldest settlements on the island, that has much in the way of interesting folklore to offer as well as some remarkable examples of tradtional architecture. In Apirathos, you should stop to admire the Zevgoli Tower and the Museums as well as the encahnting view of the sea. If you are an archaeology buff, then we recommend visiting the Kouroi in Apollonas and Flerio, the Ancient Site of Iria and the Sanctuary of Demetra and Apollo near on naxos island.
Sagri. The Plain of Tragaia which stretches from Sagri to Agiassos has been called "Little Mystras" by Byzantine scholars becuase of the wealth of important Byzantine remains that have been found there. Many churches which not only contain valuable sculptures and wall paintings, but are of interest from an architectureal point of view, lie scattered around the area. In a lonely area to he north of Panormos stand the Chimaros Tower, a round marble building dating from the Hellenistic period.
From the Venetian Era on Naxos Island , you can admire the Bellonia Tower in Galanado and the towers in Melanes. A splendid natural site is the Cave of Za in Filoti, where visitors can see a collection of impressive stalagmites just over the Zas Mountain on Naxos Island.
A wild turtle visits everyday Agia Anna port at a quarter to five in the afternoon. This is the time when the fishermen clean up their calamari and this cute female turtle, that is named "ALICE" , comes and eats.
Children swim with the turtle, touch the turtle every day.
Naxos Island is listed on the fourth place of the best Islands in Europe. We would like to thank all people who voted and brought Naxos Island on the top destinations in Europe.
Naxos beaches where awarded with 3 BLUE FLAGS for the year 2013. These beaches are Agios Prokopios beach, Agia Anna beach - Maragas and Saint George Beach. With 394 awarded sea shores in total, Greece is again in the second place among 48 countries worldwide .
The Blue Flag works towards sustainable development of beaches and marinas through strict criteria dealing with Water Quality, Environmental Education and Information, Environmental Management, and Safety and Other Services.
The most important festivals during the summer months on Naxos Island are:
20th May: Festival of Agios Thalaleos, in Agios Thalaleos Village 30th June: Festival of Agii Apostoli, in Melanes Village 7th July: Festival of Agia Kyriaki, in Potamia Village 8th July: Festival of Agios Prokopios in Agios Prokopios Beach naxos 14th July: Festival of Agios Nikodimos in Hora and Glinado Village 17th July: Festival of Agia Marina in Agidia and Koronos Villages 25th July: Festival of Agia Anna in Agia Anna Beach 27th July: Festival of Agios Panteleimon in Agersani Village 6th August: Festival of Christ the Saviour in Glinado, Damarionas and Kourounochori Villlages 15th August: Festival of Panagia (Holy Virgin) all over naxos island and particulary in Filoti 23th August: Festival of the Holy Virgin’s novena in Tripodes 29th August: Festival of Agios Ioannis in Apiranthos, Apollonas and Agersani 8th September: Festival of Theoskepasti in Komiaki and Potamia
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.
IRAKLIA... THE ISLAND OF A MYTH, A SEA VISION OF SPACE AND TIME, the immensity of sea and the history of humans.
Agnadema Hotel in Iraklia consists of comfortable rooms, all designed in a simple and elegant way.
All rooms have bath, refrigerator and the proper utensils, air-conditioning, and television and a small hot plate to prepare your coffee. All rooms have a veranda or a balcony with an amazing view of the Aegean sea.
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.
Your beloved pets are also welcome at the Anna Beach Studios Naxos. There is a parking lotconveniently located close to the hotel, where guests of Anna Beach Studios Naxos can park their cars free of charge.
Mobile: +30 6945 019 597
Birikos hotel in Agios Prokopios naxos island 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.
Margaritari Hotel is located in Agia Anna on the island of Naxos.
If you are thinking of visiting the stunning Naxos Greece, the most popular and picturesque island of the Cyclades Islands, we suggest selecting Margaritari of Naxos complex in Agia Anna beach. It’s by far the ultimate choice for your accommodation in Naxos Agia Anna Greece if you are looking for comfortable hotel rooms.
Built on a beautiful location with regard to the Cycladic tradition, designed with care and style.
The unlimited view of the sea is captivating. Enjoy the wonderful sunsets from the veranda.
Margaritari Hotel offers 14 spacious rooms, all with comfortable large beds, individually controlled air-conditioning and heating, radio and satellite TV, mini fridge, he bathroom features hairdryer, with shower.
Our warm and enthusiastic staff will make you feel part of Naxos and we will do our best to make your stay unforgettable.
The unlimited view of the sea is captivating. Enjoy the hot Greek sun and the spectacular sunsets from your private veranda.
Hotel main number for general enquiries:
Call us at (+30) 22850 42141 - (+30) 6973 602867
Address:HOTEL - MARGARITARI OF NAXOS Agia Anna PC 84300 Naxos
or Fax on (+30) 22850 42867 |
Almost nostalgic in feel, Naxos Villas & Apartments offer luxury accommodations that refer to inspirational, bygone eras of organic peace and tranquility.
Built just some months ago (in the beginning of 2012), in a distance less than 70 meters from the crystal clear waters of Agios Prokopios on Naxos Island.
The unique attention to detail that has been carried out in the meticulous Naxos Villas & Apartments amongst Naxos most singular luxury accommodation.
A dream of two people came true in building a house according to their aesthitic and standards, covering their own needs and at the same time giving the opportunity to third people to enjoy a family house in Agios Prokopios.
Naxos Villas & Apartments are a present for families, friends and couples who endeavor to live in total privacy an authentic experience without sacrificing any of the luxuries of today’s cosseting technology. Traditional and yet luxurious, beauty reign and adorn in Agios Prokopios Naxos Island.
The maisonette and apartment may be rented With a minimum night stay of 15 days up to 1 year. (i.e. fifteen days, month, 2 months, 3 months, 6 months, year)
The rates are negotiable depending on the season and the renting duration and the amount of people who will be staying.
In case you are interested you may send us and email at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact us directly at +30 6977537617 - or +30 6978043976.
Nikos Guesthouse is located in a peaceful area in Glinado Naxos, 3 klm from Naxos Town. Our guesthouse consists of one bedroom, living room and kitchen with fantastic view over the Aegean. Our house welcomes families up to 6 people. Our house is available throughout the whole year.
With a fully equipped kitchen and our friendly stuff you may experience unforgetable holidays on Naxos Island.
The property offers apartments with fully equipped kitchen, outdoor terrace, a veranda with beautiful sea view and the cultivated plain below the village., cable TV, A/C and a parking place, just next to the house. We can also provide baby cots on request. In case you wish to stay with us in winter the house is equipped with heating facilities and a fire-place.
Mobile : +30 6974120619
Fax: +30 22850 27086
Sahara Studios is a marvellous holiday complex located in Kastraki Beach, on Naxos Island. With a wondeful view of the Aegean Sea and its friendly hospitality, Sahara Studios is one of the most inviting places to stay in Kastraki Beach.
Individual bathroom, with abundant hot water,
fully equipped kitchen ,
Sunny verandas with sea view,
Daily Cleaning service
One of the most attractive features of the Sahara Studios is its close proximity to the stunning Kastraki beach with their stunning view of the deep blue Aegean Sea.
Dressed in white, built in a hug of rocks and stone, opposite of the small forest of cedars in the beautiful reserve, Sun Rock in Stelida, near Agios Prokopios beach, is certain that it will cast a spell on you with the beauty of its simplicity.
Its unique location offers a panoramic view of the island.
The serene environment, the traditional architecture with view of the Aegean and the garden that surrounds the apartments, will offer you vacations that you will definitely remember for a long time!