Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades with some 18,500 permanent inhabitants. Many more that look forward to spend some days there, visit the island often for their holidays. It may not be as well renowned as Mykonos or Santorini (also known as the party islands) but because if its size and variety, it offers a lot more in terms of things to see and do.
Newcomers to Naxos often forget that it is an island, mainly because of its size. It is due to this factor that the island deserves more time to explore and experience. Unlike the smaller neighbouring islands, one cannot tour the island in a single day. A vehicle is necessary if you are planning to venture out to more remote spots or tour the island over a few days.
The island’s capital is Naxos Town (or Hora as the locals call it), which indeed is what the capitals on many Aegean Islands are called. It is one of the few with an imposing medieval castle that is bustling with life with a modern flavor. In fact, many of the upscale tourist businesses are located there, from craftsmen to jewelers and high end restaurants.
The island is large enough to partially create its own micro climate, mainly due to the vegetation and high altitude mountains. The highest peak is at mount Zas, named after the god Zeus. There are plains around the mountain It was there that the strong agricultural economy of Naxos is founded. Animal husbandry is quite prevalent, supporting many beautiful villages. This has helped locals to retain part of the “old lifestyle”. As a result, many of them are still quite traditional in architecture.
The island has an excellent road network, connecting its villages and providing access to most beaches.
The beaches of Naxos
Speaking of the beaches of Naxos, most of them are sandy with coarse to fine grained golden sand. Long and wide beachheads are also quite common. Winds can get rather strong in the summer. Depending on what vacationers prefer (action or lazy comfortable days, family beach environments or secluded coves) there are over 25 beaches to choose from. The most famous beaches are: Agios Prokopios, Saint George, Agia Anna, Plaka, Mikri Vigla and Kastraki.
Naxos Island Yachting
The island’s port, with its spacious enough marina are an excellent choice as a starting point for yachting cruises whether they be a day cruise or several day cruise with stopovers. Most common yachting destinations are nearest islands such as Paros, Antiparos, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia, Donoussa and Amorgos, enjoying nights on secluded beaches under the starry sky.
Getting to know Naxos and the neighbouring islands on a yacht will allow you to see so much more in a much shorter time span. If peace and quiet is what you want, then you will discover secret coves and prehistoric caves. If partying and glamour is your cup of tea, try the busy beaches of Paros, Mykonos or even Santorini.
Our yachts are moored at the port of Naxos Town, providing easy access to most tourists.