Naxos Island is located right in the center of the Cycladic islands, and it is a beautiful island containing long sandy beaches. The island is more developed on its western side as it has lots of hotels, water sports centers and restaurants lining the long sandy beach. The eastern part of the island is more secluded while a drive around the island will take you through lots of historical sites and traditional villages.
If you are currently thinking of visiting Naxos Greece, there are chances you are already wondering about what to do in Naxos. In this article, we bring you a list of 10 things to do in Naxos Greece. Read on!!!
The first activity on our list of things to do in Naxos Greece is a visit to Portara Naxos. As your ferry approaches Naxos Island, the Portara is the first historical monument you will set your eyes on. It is a marble gateway which stands as the symbol of Naxos and also the only remain from the 6th-century temple of Apollo.
2. The castles of Naxos town
Another important activity among things to do in Naxos Greece is a visit to the Chora castle. The castle is located in Chora, the capital of Naxos Greece and has two entrances on its north and left side. Inside this castle, historical monuments such as the Kapela Kazatza, the Tower of Krispi, the School of Commerce founded by Jesuit Monks and the Boarding School of Ursuline’s can be found. There are also several souvenir and art shops, restaurants, and cafes in its immediate surrounding.
3. Agios Prokopios beach
There are beaches in abundance in Naxos Island, Greece and visiting one or more of them is an essential item to include in your ‘what to do in Naxos’ list. Another feature which makes Naxos beaches alluring is their diversity.
Agios Prokopios is a beautiful beach located in the western part of the island. The soft sandy beach is about 1.2 kilometers in length and is supplied by sunrays and a very gentle wind. You can also find several Naxos Luxury hotels, an important one being the Kouros Art hotel which features exquisite suites and facilities.
4. Plaka beach
Another must-visit beach in Naxos Greece is the Plaka Beach which provides picturesque shore on the western coast of the island. It is a wide and long beach with dunes of soft sand and sparkling, crystal clear turquoise water.
Its northern end is organized with sunbathing areas, sun loungers, beach bars and taverns for relaxing. The southern end is more secluded and leads directly to Plaka village.
5. Go Windsurfing or Kite-surfing
Due to the presence of beaches, another important thing to do in Naxos Greece is engaging in watersports. And among the list of available watersports, windsurfing and kitesurfing top the list due to the gentle but steady wind supplied to the island.
The top beaches to windsurf are Agios Prokopios, Plaka, Agios Georgios, and Laguna, while Mikri Vagla is ideal for kitesurfing.
6. Apeiranthos Village
Among the things to do in Naxos Greece is visiting one of its inland mountainous villages. A great choice to visit is Apeiranthos Village popularly referred to as the village of plenty of flowers. It is located about 30 kilometers from Naxos Chora and will provide you with a beautiful, floral, spiced air, greenery, and Naxos originality.
7. Filoti Village
Filoti is the largest Naxos village, and it is located in Tragea valley. It is a culturally developed village where you will find restaurants, cafes and art/souvenir shops in abundance where you can relax after walking through its alley streets. Its major landmark is its large square with pine trees which provide natural shades for relaxing away from the crowds.
8. Hiking or Biking
Hiking and biking are among the most lovely things to do in Naxos Greece. This is mainly because of the ancient stone footpaths running across the center of the island and connecting it with the mountainous villages, ancient sites, Venetian towers, and beaches.
9. Boat Tour
Boat tours and trips are an excellent way to discover and explore Naxos Island. You can get information about a list of available boat tours of the island at the reception desk of your Naxos hotel Greece.
10. Experience Naxos Cuisine
Your list of Naxos activities is incomplete if you don’t prepare yourself for the tasty, traditional Greek meals which Naxos Island has to offer you. While in Naxos, you will find cafes, restaurants, and taverns where you can enjoy these meals in abundance. And if you are not an outgoing person, you easily savor these Greek cuisines in your hotel Naxos.
Naxos is a very massive island which might be challenging to explore and enjoy if you don’t plan the activities you want to target when you visit Naxos.