Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades and is located right in the center, south of Mykonos and east of Paros. Due to its location in the center of the Cyclades, Naxos is an ideal choice for excursions in the small Cyclades, as well as in Mykonos or Santorini. Its distance from the port of Piraeus is 181 km, while the journey takes about 3 to 6 hours, depending on whether you choose a conventional ship or speedboat. In addition, from Naxos you can travel to Crete, the Dodecanese and the islands of the North Aegean, since ferries connect Naxos with 23 island ports.
The area of the island is 429.79 km2 and the permanent population is about 17,970 inhabitants. The largest city and capital of the island is Chora or Naxos. The main villages are Filoti with the traditional festival on the 15th of August, Apeiranthos, "the marble village" of Venetian architecture with the largest library in the Cyclades, but also the most delicious dessert of the spoon, the Bible (Tripodes), Agios A Koronos, the picturesque village located at an altitude of 500-600 m. And Glynado, the "balcony of Naxos" as it is famous for its sunsets and the panoramic view to all sides of the horizon.
The beautiful picturesque mountain villages, the wonderful beaches, the impressive architecture of the island and the archeological monuments, are an attraction for all visitors and become an ideal starting point for any kind of wandering. Impressive in eternity stands the Portara of Naxos, the huge marble gate of the temple of Apollo dating to the 6th century. BC, famous and unique in the world, while it is the favorite stop for everyone to enjoy the sunset.
Naxos has a long tradition in gastronomy, satisfying every palate with local dishes and excellent recipes, based on the rich agricultural and livestock production of the island. It is worth trying Naxos gruyere, "arseniko" kefalotyri, ham, citrus liqueur, the "famous" Naxos potatoes and of course the local dishes "Kalogeros" and "Rosto".
The beautiful, clean and easily accessible beaches with crystal clear waters, will "compensate" you for your choice. Visit Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Mikri Vigla and many more, for endless dives in their turquoise waters.
In Naxos you can also enjoy water sports as the large beaches make it ideal for canoeing, kayaking, jetski and other water sports. There are also windsurfing, kitesurfing and diving centers on the island. If you are a fan of hiking, walk on the wonderful paths that you will find on the numerous marked trails of the island.
Discover the queen of the Cyclades, the ultimate destination for enjoyment for young and old, Naxos with its emerald waters, its impressive architecture and its own gastronomic culture!