The island

Naxos, Pearl of the Cyclades

A sunny climate, landscapes full of olive trees, snow-white villages, breathtaking sunsets and the most beautiful beaches of the Cyclades. That is what you can expect in short a holiday on Naxos.

Naxos in a nutshell

The Greek Naxos is part of the Cyclades, an archipelago with more than 50 islands in the Aegean Sea. Of all the islands, Naxos is not only the largest, but also the most fertile. This creates a green landscape with countless olive trees. Grapes, figs, almonds and citrus fruits are grown in large numbers. The white villages and golden beaches contrast sharply with the landscape. And that is what makes this island so unique!

Discover the capital

The island’s capital, Naxos Town (called Chora by the inhabitants), is located on the west side of the island. Because it is built on the slopes of a hill, you have a beautiful view over the Aegean Sea from many places in the city.

Naxos City highlihts

  • Visit the 18th century Mitropolo Zodochi Pigis or climb up to the Venetian castle with towers and battlements, where the city’s Catholic nobility once lived.
  • On the pedestrian promenade at the boulevard you walk past the (sailing) boats in the harbor of the city. On the other side are terraces of taverns, restaurants and bars. In the summer months it is pleasantly busy here in Naxos town. The shops line the narrow streets that run up towards the Venetian fortress. The old part of the city is also called the market (agora). Numerous narrow alleys lined with boutiques and taverns. The archaeological museum and museum of Cycladic art are well worth seeing in the city.
  • Enjoy the sunset from the port of Portara (built 522 BC) on the Palatia peninsula.

Get to know traditional Naxos

Naxos has an area of approximately 450 km², which makes it a bit smaller than ‘our own’ Isle of Man. If you want to discover the island and, for example, get to know traditional Naxos, we recommend renting a car.

  • The mountain village Apiranthos is built on the slopes of Mount Fanari, at about 800 m high. The car-free village invites you to spend an afternoon strolling through the narrow alleys with uneven stairs and picturesque houses. You will find nice shops and traditional cafes around the village square. And if you’re lucky, you’ll spot another resident in traditional costume.
  • The remote Chalkio, about 13 km from the house, is home to several beautiful churches, imposing mansions and beautiful Venetian towers. You will find the 17th century tower of Barotsi on the edge of the village. In the village you can take a seat at one of the taverns for delicious grilled meat dishes, for a strong cup of coffee you are at the right place in one of the kafeneions.
  • Filoti is a traditional village for gourmets. The village is known for its good grapes, wines, olives, olive oil and dairy products. Here you can taste Arseniko, a local cheese made from sheep and goat’s milk. Special: here (still) old Greek men walk with donkeys to and from the bakery with some regularity.