Location of Naxos
The beautiful, less crowded Naxos is the largest Cycladic island. It is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, and its immediate neighbour is the island of Paros.
History of Naxos
Even ancient Herodotus described Naxos as an island of abundance and wealth in 500 BC. Naxos played an important role in Greek legends. They say, Dionysus, the god of wine and fertility was born here. The island played an important commercial role in ancient times. It was the centre of a Venetian duchy after 1204. The memory of this era is preserved in many Venetian-style buildings. It was under Turkish rule from the 16th to the 19th century, then, it became independent for a short period. It has been part of Greece since 1832. Nowadays, it is a popular, but not too crowded island, living from tourism.
Weather in Naxos
Naxos has a Mediterranean climate. The average temperature in July is 26, 6 °C. The Meltemi wind refreshes the air in summer and the sirocco in winter. The Aegean Sea is perfect for swimming and water sports. The average temperature of the sea is 24 °C in July and August.
Highlights of Naxos
If you want to discover Naxos, you should definitely rent a car because it is a large island. Arriving by boat, near the marina you can already see the door frame of the Apollo Church that creates such a unique atmosphere. Once you get off your boat, you can go explore the town. For example, we especially recommend visiting the castle in Naxos, offering wonderful views over the region. There are many walking and hiking trails on the island. All of them lead to an interesting landmark. If you like climbing, visit Mont Zeus with an altitude of 1000 m!
Gastronomy of Naxos
Naxos is very important in Greek gastronomy. Potatoes grown here are very special. They got so famous that on the island they hold a potato festival every August. The speciality of the island is the citron, which is like a bigger, greenish-coloured lemon.
Beaches in Naxos
Naxos Plaka, south of the capital, is one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. It is a long, beautiful, sandy beach, almost completely untouched. You will only find beach umbrellas and sun lounges a little further away from the sea, the area close to the shore is empty. There are hotels, bars and restaurants behind the dunes bordering the beach.
Naxos Aliko beach
If you want to take a dip in a calm, quiet and exotic environment, there is nothing better than Aliko beach. White sand and crystal clear waters welcome you here. Tamarisk trees provide shade from the sun. Above the coast, you will find dunes and cedar trees, which create a unique atmosphere.
Aliko Agios Georgios
If you want to go swimming to a beach where there is very little wind in summer, choose Agios Georgios beach in Aliko. It was named after the nearby St. George’s Chapel. It is a peaceful and quiet coast, perfect if you want to avoid crowded places.
You can find this hidden beach on the east side of Naxos. With its beautiful, crystal clear water and sandy beach, it is perfect for a swim. If you get hungry or thirsty, there is a small café behind the beach. Do you like to stand up paddleboarding, or SUP? You can rent a board at the beach.
Rent a boat in Naxos
Naxos is a great starting point for exploring the Cycladic archipelago. A boat trip here is an unforgettable experience. From Naxos, you can reach almost all the nearby islands. Below, you can read about the marinas around Naxos.
Naxos Marina, Naxos
Yachts up to 20 metres in length and a number of 70 may berth in this marina. The maximum dive is 5 metres. In addition to the boat service, you can find the usual basic services in the marinas here.
Apollonia Marina, Naxos
It is a larger marina on the northeast coast of Naxos, in the town of the same name. It can accommodate boats up to 60 metres in length and a draft of 4 metres. The marina offers basic services. There are also some restaurants and bars.
Ayios Nikólaos Marina, Kea
It is an important port on the island of Kea, close to beautiful golden beaches and excellent fishing spots. It can accommodate 255 yachts at the same time, with a maximum length of 50 metres. The water depth of the port is up to 8 metres.
Mérikha Marina, Kithnos
This tiny marina can accommodate about 30 yachts up to 60 meters long and has a water depth of 8 meters. Local hotels, restaurants, and lively nightlife areas are in the immediate vicinity.
Ermoupolis Marina, Siros
Yachts up to 60 metres long can moor in the main marina of the tiny island of Siros. The water depth here is 9 metres. There are plenty of services available, including boat service and refuelling. Information about sailing in Syros, or rent a boat in Syros
Paroikia Marina, Paros
The most popular marina is in Paros. It can accommodate yachts up to 60 metres. They also offer refuelling, boat service and electricity. The city’s sights, the best hotels and apartments, as well as great taverns and bars, await visitors near the marina. The depth of the marina is 3.5 metres. Information about sailing in Paros, or Paros rent a boat
Tinos Marina, Tinos
This medium-sized marina locates in Tinos, a city of the same name as the island. The marina, which is 5.5 metres deep, can be moored by yachts up to 60 metres long, for which it offers many services. From here you can easily reach all the sights and beaches of the island.
Mykonos Marina, Mykonos
On the island of Mykonos, in the marina of the city with the same name as the island yachts up to 40 metres long can berth. 30 ships can anchor at the same time. The water depth is 4.5 metres. In addition to restaurants, hotels, car rentals, and other services, there is also a boat service. Information about sailing in Mykonos, or Mykonos yacht rental
Santorini’s largest port is Athinios, located on the western side of the island. Locals also refer to it as New Port or Thira Port. It can accommodate hundreds of yachts. It is very well-equipped. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. The port is very busy, especially in the high season.
This is the old port, located near the town of Fira, the tourist centre of Santorini. It is small in size, so larger boats cannot berth here. The passengers of such boats are transported to the mainland by water taxi. You can reach the town climbing 600 steps of stairs. You can go on foot, with a cable car or on the back of a donkey. If you get hungry, there are restaurants and taverns in the port. You can buy souvenirs and local delicacies in the smaller shops.
The picturesque Ammoudi is on the north-western coast of Santorini, next to Oia. It is only 13 km from Firas. The small port can accommodate yachts up to 20 metres in length. There are traditional fish taverns on the beach where you can try fresh seafood dishes and local delicacies as well.
The recently opened Vlychada is the most protected port on Santorini. It can accommodate boats up to 25 metres in length. The depth of the seabed is 4 metres. There are drinking water, electricity and a refuelling station. In addition, there are bars and restaurants along the coast. Information about sailing in Santorini, or yacht charter in Santorini
The island of Naxos has many attractions, lots of gorgeous beaches and natural beauties! It is a perfect starting point to explore the region. From here, you can quickly reach all Cycladic islands. Paros, Mykonos, Santorini, Milos and many other islands are waiting for you to discover! Find yacht routes in Cyclades or choose another yacht charter in Cyclades.
Rent a boat in Naxos, and cruise around Naxos
Day 1. Naxos (Naxos) – Parikia (Paros) 28, 45 km (17, 68 mi), Day 2. Parikia (Paros) – Sifnos 53, 94 km (33, 52 mi), Day 3. Sifnos – Milos 43, 65 km (27, 12 mi), Day 4. Milos – Kithnos 78, 82 km (48, 98 mi), Day 5. Kithnos – Siros 68, 47 km (42, 55 mi), Day 6. Siros – Mykonos 33, 96 km (21, 10 mi), Day 7. Mykonos – Apollonia (Naxos) – Naxos (Naxos) 62, 02 km (38, 54 mi
Day 1. Naxos (Naxos) – Parikia (Paros) 28, 45 km (17, 68 mi), Day 2. Parikia (Paros) – Sifnos 53, 94 km (33, 52 mi), Day 3. Sifnos – Milos 43, 65 km (27, 12 mi), Day 4. Milos – Folegandros 62, 74 km (38, 99 mi), Day 5. Folegandros – Thira (Santorini) 50, 27 km (31, 24 mi), Day 6. Thira (Santorini) – Kamari (Santorini) 23, 48 km (14, 59 mi), Day 7. Kamari (Santorini) – Ios – Naxos (Naxos) 90, 92 km (56, 49 mi)
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