Thinking of vacationing to Naxos island, Greece this coming spring? Ever heard of the numerous Naxos beaches and its hiking routes?
We have a suggestion for you.
Consider breaking away to Naxos Island. This is the largest of all the Mediterranean islands which constitute the Greek Cyclades.
There are plenty of places to stay all around Naxos but if you want to be in the center of all things possible to do, then do check ELaiolithos because it is a destination itself.
As Helen, the owner, says: This is an oasis in the very center of Naxos island, Greece, and a True Eco Luxury Experience. We’ve been to Naxos and stayed in that magnificent place. It is even more than that, as its location is ideal to combine all the experiences seen below and then relax in a quiet, tranquil environment.
The overall nature of Naxos during the spring and autumn is magical; you see green everywhere. When the nature begins to bloom, Naxos is at its most beautiful.
You can enjoy excellent weather with mild Mediterranean temperatures, and the beauty of Naxos’ mainland is amazing as it bursts into life in spring.
Also in Spring and Autumn you get the best of both shoulder and peak seasons:with the weather not too hot, not too cool, the crowds have not arrived yet, making this a perfect time to explore a large slice of Naxos intimately and thoroughly.
The reason being that it does not experience those adverse seasonal fluctuations in environmental conditions as much of continental Europe does.
For this reason, the island is ideal for hiking, trekking, mountain biking, and other outdoor activities. We have identified some of the best getaways you might consider leveraging in a typical 7-day itinerary.
There are around 30 things to experience, all strategically “situated” in short distances from our accommodation. Lets explore Naxos beaches first.
Best Naxos Beaches
Listed and explained below are the top beaches of Naxos Island:
Are you a nature enthusiast? You might want to explore the Panermos beach as it is surrounded by wild and secluded natural landscapes. The beachfront on the other hand contains sandy soil and crystal clear waters.
Given its seclusion, you can easily swim here as you will less likely confront any privacy issues at all. Did we mention that you can also take some photos to memorialize your visit to the area?
This beach is located around 25 kilometers from downtown Naxos and in the Southwesterly direction. On the whole, the beach is truly amazing. It is very clean, adorned with fine sand and bordered by some yellow and transparent waters. Unlike most other beaches, it is less congested.
Indeed, few people do make it to the beach even in moments of the high seasons. You will have to carry your own sunbeds and umbrellas as these are not provided for. There are a few taverns with traditional dishes. That is common in most of Naxos beaches.
This lovely beach is about 1 Km further down as you head to the road to Pyrgaki. It is a small picturesque bay, not organized, but offers ample opportunity to relax and unwind. During the peak season it becomes very popular and we advise you to arrive early in the morning to find a spot. Mark this one from all Naxos beaches for a special morning.
Also located in the Southwesterly direction from Naxos is this Pyrgaki beach. The harbor and the airport are both located within a 20-kilometer radius from this beach. It is hence a great place for someone who wants to have a quick enjoyment of his holiday.
This is one of the best beaches on Naxos, a superb and very long sandy, clean beach with clear blue water in a very quiet and peaceful area. Sand dunes and cedar trees create an idyllic setting, ideal for leisurely swimming and romantic sunsets overlooking Irakleia and Ios.
If all you are looking for is quietness and tranquility, you have this beach for your consideration. This is a stunning sandy beach with an outstanding beauty of soft white sand and clear turquoise waters and combines unique cedar forests with majestic sand dunes.
This is an incredibly beautiful beach with soft golden sand and crystalline turquoise waters. It is on the whole detached and largely located in a rural setting. The beach is served by a network of very good roads. This is the place to sleep, wine, dine, surf, and spoil yourself. You will get all kinds of facilities which are devoted to these roles.
For the reason of being situated around 34.5 kilometers from downtown Naxos Island, this beach is somewhat time-consuming to access but is a hidden romantic gem, a secluded white pebble bay with crystal clear waters, a very picturesque seaside settlement in northeastern Naxos.
The location is still worthwhile as it contains numerous opportunities for swimming, and dining by the “Ntouzenia” seaside family tavern that serves daily fresh fish and delicious dishes using regional local ingredients. This part of the island possesses a wild beauty we recommend you should explore.
Going to Lionas is an experience by itself, as the descending of the winding road reveals a beautiful and very unique rocky terrain, emery entrance shafts-archways and many remains of the aerial railway that was used for the transfer of the emery.
This is also the hometown of the famous world wide known Greek actress Gizella Dalli.
While driving to this charming beach, you have to be extremely careful. That’s because the road is long and curved at numerous points. Remember to carry your own umbrella too!
Do you like sightseeing, fishing, and sea-gazing? Moutsouna is the place for you. That is one of Naxos beaches with a funny name (in Greek it means= Funny Face). Comprising some two separate beaches, the area is rich in sand and contains numerous lovely seaside taverns.
At either beach of your choice, you will get to accrue some breathtaking views of the adjacent sea. The fishing village nearby will also give you a chance to capture your preys of interest.
Perhaps no other beach is as suited for camping and outdoors as this one. Along the waterfront are numerous camps, hotels, and other facilities which are designed to be your home away from home.
The most outstanding of all is the Psili Ammos, an isolated and almost tourist free settlement. Once you are here, you can visit Ostria hotel and taste the delicious local delicacies.
Comprising thick white sand and deep turquoise waters, this beach is only a stone-throw away from downtown Naxos Island. This is the place to be if you are time-constrained or have limited financial resources. It is a very crowded beach with many beach bars and taverns around.
At the beach, you will enjoy swimming, photography, sea-gazing, and many other activities which are typical of a clean beach. What’s more? There are numerous low and high cost accommodation facilities nearby to take advantage of.
Agia Anna is not one or two but a collection of several sandy beaches which are located within a seven-kilometer radius from Naxos Island city center. These beaches jointly confer to you several hotels, bars, restaurants, and clubs.
The area in and around these beaches also have numerous attractions which may be great for any visitor to explore.
Do find time to explore as many as you can practically do while here. A worth visit is the “Faros tou Chiou” restaurant where you will taste only bio local cuisine and gaze the Agia Anna harbor and Paros island.
Of all the beaches under consideration, this one is the farthest from the downtown Naxos Island. The area is largely a fishing village though it has some fine beaches. At the beach, you will find the 10.7-meter tall Colossus of Dionysus statue dating to the 6th Century B.C. You might want to photograph it if you do not like swimming or participating in any watersport. Otherwise, find a nice eatery nearby and enjoy your favorite meal as you behold the waves of the sea.
What to do in Naxos island Greece?
Moving out from Naxos beaches, lets now explore the villages and the mainland.
Indeed, there are many other places of interests which provide you with the opportunity to explore other kinds of activities. Examples of these are:
Zas and Fanari Mountain
Zas and Fanari Mountain is the first and second highest peak in the whole of Naxos Island and in Cyclades. Unlike your typical island, this one is wholly devoted to matters hiking. This stems from its gentle slopes which are on the whole easier to tackle.
While at the peak, you will be able to look down and gaze at the skyline of the entire island and many other adjacent islands. You might also take the picture for future references. It is the most visited place in Naxos for nature lovers and an unforgettable experience!
Village of Kinidharos
Nestled on some rocky hillside, this village is pretty close to the center of the island itself. The village is in all a famous traditional folklore island music. Here, you will meet top folklore musicians from Greece and around the Mediterranean world.
They take part in numerous live shows, concerts, and great performances. You cannot afford to overlook this destination at all if you are a lover of music. Its inhabitants are the best dancers in the island with amazing dance techniques.
In this village, dance is found in the DNA of its people. While here you can eat the best Naxian steak in the “Taverna tou Vasilarakiou” and taste the delicious Greek honey dough sweets called “loukoumadhes” at the “Loukoumagos Cafe”. Both places are a local culinary experience!
Also in Kinidharos you will find the “Garinou Spring”, which is a natural water spring with its water to be un-spoilt, uncontaminated, fresh and nutritious. Most of the western villages of Naxos get their water from this spring.
The path to this spring is an adventurous one with amazing wild landscape and the famous Aghios Artemios church is on the same way.
The Marble Quarries
If you are a student of geography and geology, or simply cherish nature, the marble quarries are there for you. They are located at a short distance from the Moni village. In all, these spectacular marble quarries are of unique geological interests.
The logic here is that they are breathtaking to the eyes and also provide great opportunities for geological studies and experimentation. As we all know, Naxos is famous world-wide for its marble due to its Crystalline nature. The Sphinx of Delphi and many statues in the sacred island of Delos were made from Naxian marble.
Village of Lionas
At the surface, there is almost nothing unique or spectacular with this village of Lionas. However, a closer look reveals a completely new world. The village comes in the form of a picturesque seaside settlement that is great to behold.
Moreover, it is also home to two taverns. The scenery is very wild and you might, therefore, want to spend a bit of your time to view and even photograph these ships.
The picturesque village of Keramoti is seemingly cut off from civilization, located steep down from the Koronos mountain and has an amazing 2 Km hiking path that goes through pristine landscape scenery to the famous natural Routsouna waterfall.
It comprises some small and squeezed alleyways which are largely inaccessible by cars. It is on the whole strewn with stone-walled houses some of which trace their origins from antiquity. This village keeps intact its traditional character that is fully preserved and has stayed away from tourism.
Being cool and detached from the mainstream, this village is a perfect place to take a breather. While at the top of the road, you will also be able to look down and gaze at the beauty of the entire island.
This is the little Italy of Naxos as Helen says. A traditional unspoiled village with 2,000 steps that leave its visitors breathless.
Build in a clifftop, it is a charming settlement constructed with unique whitewashed houses, romantic narrow streets called “sokakia” with stone arches and with an amazing view of the surrounding villages and the Lionas beach.
The village is quiet and tourism is almost not existent but its authentic and traditional character captivates you at first sight.
There are two places to eat here, the Matina and the Dallas tavernas that serve local cuisine. We loved the most, our visit to the “Favas Kafeneio” that is a traditional gathering place for the old people where everyone in the afternoon get together and talk almost about everything.
This was a memorable stop during our trip because it was an authentic local experience. You sit down with the locals, and they treat you raki accompanied with bread, olives and cheeses.
This one really got us! It has a unique vibe, blessed with wonderful people and culture.
Komiaki, Mesi and Skado Villages
These three are mountain villages of Naxos. They are very similar to Arahova ski resorts near Athens. In their entirety, they exude some wild beauty and breathtaking ambiance. These are the places to be if you dislike the congested urban lifestyles.
Their relaxed, cool, and detached nature makes them great to unwind, meditate or simply relax before proceeding with your daily hustles.
Kouros and Apollonas statues
Greece has a past that is rich in culture, history, and wonders. A walk in any Greek city or countryside will give you a peek on its past. The island of Naxos is no doubt one of the areas where you might explore the wonders of Greek’s past rich heritage.
The island is the home to the Kouros and Apollonas statues. These two were erected during the golden age of Greece and serve as silent reminders of Greece’s glorious past. There is the Kouros in Melanes village and the huge one is found in Apollonas.
This place is near one of Naxos beaches.
Are you a lover of outdoor activities? If you answered the question in the affirmative, this is the place to retreat to. It is not only detached from the congested urban lifestyles but also cool enough to allow for complete relaxation.
It is a very impressive complex with lots of history behind and has biblical kind views in its interior and exterior. Helen says that as Rome has its Colosseum, Naxos has also its own glorious edifice- Colosseum.
On the whole, it is rich in nature, very secluded, and fresh enough to allow for complete rest and recreation while outdoors.
The Monastery of Fotodotis Christ at Danako village
This castle-monastery is situated to the north of Danakos. The structure is not only a silent reminder of the glorious past of the Grecian empire but also accords you some great views of the island itself.
This is not to mention the great photo opportunity as well. Do squeeze some time to visit the facility while on a tour of the island.
Temple of Demeter at Gyroula at Sagri Village
Each time the word Greece or Greek is mentioned, what pops up in the mind if mythology. Yes indeed, Greece was the land of Asclepius, Diana, Zeus, Juno, Jupiter, and other mythical beings.
One of the temples that were constructed and dedicated to these gods, is the Temple of Demeter which is situated at Sagri Village.
This temple was constructed way before the Acropolis of Athens, and there is a museum at the site which preserves and showcases Greek’s past.
Drimalia or Traghaia Valley
You have no better place to experience the history of Greece as in the Drimalia or Traghaia valley. It is generally considered as the Mystra of the Aegean given its fortified nature.
The locality contains numerous Byzantine churches, the most prominent being the Panagia Drosiani. Perhaps this is a place to retreat to more, if you want to gaze at the splendid architecture and its unique frescoes.
It is the oldest Byzantine church in Balkans with its frescoes to depict God in its human and spiritual form. No wonder it is the most visited spot in Naxos island; a visit not to be missed while in Naxos. It is located between Chalkio and Moni village.
You cannot complete your holidays to Naxos if you do not pay a visit to Moni village, situated in the heart of the island is called the balcony of Naxos for its amazing view. It is not next to one of Naxos beaches, but not far too.
Here you will come in contact with the heritage and tradition of the outstanding local weaving art. The art of hand loom weaving is a tradition that passed on from generation to generation and stands out for its beauty, eco friendly character, 100% Greek cotton, rare craftsmanship, and functionality.
Today more than 30 women do that in their houses and they also have an Association for weaving.
In your visit to the island, your stop by this village is a must to buy a memoir to carry with you. It will serve as a reminder of your wonderful stay at the place. You’ll be surprised how the handiwork can touch your soul.
Cheeses of Naxos
Do you have a passion for cheese and other kinds of dairy products? Naxos promises to be a one-of-a-kind cheese culinary experience you’ll never forget. Never leave the island without a stopover at the Filoti village.
Almost every household in this village owns a goat or sheep. They are grass-fed. Cheese is cheap and readily available here.
You definitely want to take a bite. If you find yourself in Chalkio village, you should pass by the “Kreopoleio Govanni” where you can taste the authentic Arseniko, Anthotyro, Ksinotyro and Ksinomyzithra cheeses.
Their delicious and fresh taste will be a mouthwatering experience!
Other than cheese and other dairy products, the island of Naxos is also a source of clean and natural water. This is a privilege specifically of the mainland of Naxos, unlike all other Cycladic islands, it has its own natural water that is drinkable.
This emanates from the Arion spring which traces its roots from the Zas Mountains. Water is un-spoilt, uncontaminated, fresh and nutritious. Definitely pack some in a water bottle and take later.
The cave of ZAS
Apart from being the source of the Arion spring, Mount Zas is also home to a very deep and frightening cave. Many myths surround this particular cave, with some locals claiming that it is a home of the gods. The cave is great for sightseeing and photography. Arm yourself with a digital camera and hesitate not to capture nice shots while here.
Apano Kastro area at Tsikalario
Who said you have to travel all the way to the United States to have a peek of the Grand Canyon? The island of Naxos gives you a cheaper and more accessible alternative if you are from Europe.
Unlike the Grand Canyon which is a natural rock formation, this one combines natural rock formation and a castle that is a ruined fort which bears a similar resemblance to the canyon. It is a great place with great vistas, ideal to take some amazing pictures.
The village of Chalkio
Lastly, you want to pass by the village of Chalkio. The village comprises many traditional houses with unique neoclassical architecture. Many traditional stores adorn its streets not to mention its fame for the Kitron liqueur.
Your visit to this village will also give you the rare opportunity to sample and taste the local liqueur at Valindras distillery and grab a few bottles. This is not to mention also the opportunity to mingle with the locals and if possible, take photos with them. You will also get a chance to meet and interact with the locals.
A few women from Moni village have also their hand loom weaving Exhibitions-Workshops in Chalkio village.
Here you can also taste a variety of daily fresh pitta pies at Kera Pastry shop along with many other sweet delicacies or buy authentic local herbs, spices, homemade marmalades, and anything produced locally at Nature & Art shop with Anastasia to give you a great tour and information about the island and its products and her making techniques.
Conclusion on Naxos island beaches and things to do
Aren’t Naxos beaches and all these wonderful locations a teaser? Maybe even 7 days are not enough. It would be pointless reading the above pieces of information and failing to take any practical course of action towards paying a visit.
With regards to this, we now challenge to make a plan to spend at least some seven days here.
When you stay to Elaiolithos, please come back and write your experience about it.
The island, being the Mediterranean, does not experience wider fluctuations in the environmental conditions. It has no summer, winter, spring, or autumn as is the case with continental Europe.
Because of this, you can visit the place any day at any time.
What are you waiting for?