All about Naxos

Jul 17
Naxos Introduction

Naxos is an island steeped in history and culture, with a rich heritage dating back to prehistoric times. Situated in the heart of the Aegean Sea, it has become a popular tourist destination, while retaining a strong primary sector production. Many of the island’s inhabitants are engaged in agriculture, animal farming, and marble quarries, maintaining […]

Jul 16
Naxos History

The beginning of the history of Naxos is lost somewhere in the mythical field.  Palaeolithic era Stone tools from the Palaeolithic era, dating between 70,000 and 250,000 B.C., have been unearthed in recent excavations. Additionally, the extinct dwarf elephant Palaeoloxodon lomolinoi inhabited Naxos until the arrival of hominids on the island. Stone Age Archaeological finds […]

Jul 15
Mythology

Naxos has a strong association with Greek Mythology, with many of the famous Olympus Gods such as Zeus, Dimitra, Dionysus, Apollon, Artemis, and Poseidon being worshipped in various ways and locations on the island. Zeus According to Greek mythology, Zeus was born in Crete as the son of Kronos and Rhea. In order to protect Zeus […]

Jul 14
The Pirates Era

The Aegean Islands and Coasts: Battlegrounds of Pirates and Invaders From the 7th century AD until the fall of Constantinople, the islands and coastal regions of the Aegean Sea endured numerous hardships at the hands of Arab invaders, known as Saracens. These raiders, originating from Africa, Asia, and Crete, ravaged and plundered everything and everyone […]

Jul 13
Small Cyclades

The Small Cyclades comprise a group of islands located in the eastern part of the Cyclades, to the southeast of Naxos and to the northwest of Amorgos. The islands consist of Iraklia, Donoussa, Koufonissi (Upper Koufonissi and Kato Koufonissi), Schinoussa, and the uninhabited Keros, as well as several smaller rocky islets. Vacations on the islands […]

Jul 12
Nature 

Geography Naxos is part of the Cyclades group of islands in the Aegean Sea. The closest island to Naxos is Paros to the west, while to the south and southwest lie Irakleia, Schinoussa, Ano & Kato Koufonisi, Keros, Ano & Kato Antikeri, and Amorgos. On the east side of Naxos lies Donousa, and on days with […]

Jul 11
Architecture

What the visitor to Naxos witnesses firsthand is that, besides the stunning beaches and the rich local gastronomy, the island is also renowned for its distinctive architecture. The period that significantly influenced its architectural character was, undoubtedly, the Frankish rule, and its “marks” can still be seen on the island to this day. The most […]

Jul 10
Culture – Music

Habits and customs, folk art and architecture, dances and songs, are all reflections of the soul of the people and have their roots deeply embedded in the past. Folk singing in Naxos holds significant value as a national treasure. It forms an essential part of the island’s musical tradition and is deeply intertwined with dance. […]

Jul 09
Things to Do – Activities 

The diverse terrain of the mainland and coastal regions offers visitors a plethora of exciting outdoor activities to partake in. From scaling mountains to exploring underwater depths through diving, there is something for everyone. Those seeking adventure can indulge in thrilling experiences, while those looking to unwind can relax on the beach and engage in […]

Jul 08
Naxos for Families

Naxos has a reputation as a family friendly destination and we couldn’t doubt it. Parents and children alike can have an unforgettable experience, thanks to the endless sandy beaches, clear blue waters, excellent mediterranean cuisine, a rich ancient heritage, and picturesque villages. Naxos coastline creates an endless playground for children. Agios Georgios, Agia Anna, Agios […]

Jul 07
Bike tours

During summer, avoid cycling during the middle of the day. Begin your journey early, as the morning time is perfect for experiencing the first light of day that paints the sky with a multitude of colours. Carry a small bag with the necessary items. It is important not to carry unnecessary weight. Combine your bike […]

Jul 07
Paths and Hikes

Naxos is a popular destination for those seeking adventure and nature tourism, thanks to its diverse natural landscape, numerous historical monuments spanning different eras, and well-preserved local culture. The topography of the island has valleys and high peaks. Streams run through the valleys and villages for most months, creating a beautiful landscape to explore. Walking […]

Jul 06
Where the sun sets

Naxos Island, located in the heart of the Cyclades in Greece, provides an enchanting sunset experience that is truly breathtaking. As the sun gradually descends below the horizon, the sky transforms into a beautiful display of orange, pink, and purple hues, casting a warm glow over the island. The sensation of watching the sunset in […]

Jul 05
Festivals – Throughout the year

Naxos is an island with a rich cultural calendar that pulsates with a primal rhythm, blending sounds and art from all around Greece and the world. Distilling the fruits of its deeply rooted culture, you can taste the purest expressions of art here, year-round. Cultural events Axia Music Festival: August, Halki The Axia International Festival […]

Jul 05
Feasts and Local Celebrations

The calendar year in Naxos is filled with numerous folk customs that are celebrated through various feasts and events, some of which are simply symbolic in nature. These feasts and events keep alive the ancient ways and customs that have been passed down through generations via folk rituals that have been adapted to the religious, […]

Jul 05
Nightlife in Naxos

As the sun sets over the horizon, Naxos transforms into a different world. The island’s nightlife comes alive, igniting a mesmerising energy that pulsates through the streets and fills the air with excitement. The town of Naxos is a hub of activity, with a plethora of bars and clubs offering a diverse range of music […]

Jul 03
Gastronomy

Naxian cuisine is renowned for its use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients and traditional recipes passed down through generations. The island’s fertile soil and mild climate make it ideal for cultivating a variety of crops, including potatoes, olives, grapes, and fruits. Animal husbandry is also an integral part of the island’s gastronomic scene, with Naxos’ […]

Jul 02
Traditional Products

Naxos is a treasure trove of traditional products and delicacies, thanks to its unique geography and climate. The island is renowned for its outstanding local produce, which is abundant and diverse. Gastronomy CheeseWhen it comes to traditional local products in Naxos, cheese is a standout. Naxos offers a wide variety of cheeses made from different […]

Jul 01
Art – Handicrafts 

In addition to the culinary delights, Naxos is renowned for its exquisite handicrafts such as woven textiles, ceramics and marble artworks, which can make excellent souvenirs. To discover and support these local products while immersing yourself in the island’s vibrant culture, we recommend exploring the various local shops, workshops, and women’s associations. CeramicsIn the village […]

Jun 30
Naxos in 1 Day

One day in Naxos may not be enough to fully experience everything the island has to offer, but you can still have a fulfilling and immersive experience. We recommend booking a hotel in Chora or Agios Georgios for easy access to transportation and nightlife. For adventurous travellers, a day tour of the island, either private […]

Jun 29
Naxos in 4 days

Exploring Naxos in four days allows you to visit the island’s main attractions. Chora, Agios Prokopios, and Plaka are excellent options for accommodation. It is highly recommended to rent a car to have access to the sites at your own pace. Day 1: Visit Chora and nearby beaches. Spend a relaxing morning on one of […]

Jun 28
Naxos in 7 days

Experiencing Naxos in a week allows for a well-rounded vacation with plenty of time to explore both the adventurous and relaxing sides of the island. Whether you choose to stay in the charming town of Chora, a beachfront apartment, or a picturesque village, there is something for everyone. Day 1: Visit Chora and nearby beaches. […]

Jun 01
Usefull infos

Emergency phone numbers in Greece Useful phone numbers Opening hours of Shops and Services (until October) Survival GreekEven if everybody speaks English, it’s nice to feel the language. English Greek Pronunciation Greetings Hello Γειά yee-a Good morning Καλημέρα ka-lee-mair-rah Good evening Καλό βράδυ ka-lo vra-dee Good night Καληνύχτα ka-lee nee-hta Goodbye Αντίο a-ntee-o How are […]