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 leisurely activities such as beach volleyball with friends.

Naxos is a prime destination for hiking enthusiasts in the Cyclades. The island boasts a variety of trails suitable for all levels of difficulty, offering the opportunity to explore the geography, mythology, and vegetation of this beautiful location. Along the way, hikers will encounter charming settlements and breathtaking landscapes that showcase the island’s natural beauty. One must-visit hiking spot in Naxos is Mount Zas, which is a well-known landmark for hikers. Its peak reaches a height of 1004 meters, providing a spectacular panoramic view of the Aegean Sea and other Cycladic islands. Additionally, Tragaia valley, located near the village of Chalki, offers numerous hiking options suitable for hikers of all ages and skill levels. For those who prefer guided tours, there are dedicated travel agencies on the island that offer such services. 

Naxos is a global cycling destination that appeals to visitors from all corners of the world. With over 100 cycling routes available, tourists can explore the island on two wheels. There are numerous options to suit all preferences, including hilly, flat, downhill, asphalt, and dirt roads, as well as short and long rides. Although mountainous cycling routes on Naxos can be more challenging, they offer stunning vistas of the wild terrain that make it all worthwhile. Cyclists can bring their own bikes or rent one from local providers to begin their journey on the island. Alternatively, they can join guided cycling tours to make the most of their experience.

For windsurfing enthusiasts, Naxos offers several coastal locations that cater to all skill levels. One such location is the Laguna, which is situated between Stelida and Agios Georgios. It is an ideal spot for beginners as it features shallow waters and an incredible view of the Aegean Sea and Naxos Chora. Windsurf clubs are established in various areas of the island, including Plaka, Laguna, Mikri Vigla, and Kastraki, which provide equipment rentals and lessons led by experienced guides.

Kite surf
Naxos is rapidly emerging as a popular destination for kite surfing enthusiasts. The island’s expansive sandy beaches, combined with its consistent and robust winds, provide ample space and ideal conditions for this exhilarating sport. The best time for kite surfing in Naxos is during the summer months, particularly from June to September when the “Meltemi”, a steady northwest wind, blows regularly. Mikri Vigla – Parthena Beach is the most popular kite surfing spot on the island. However, there are also several kite surfing clubs located in Glyfada, Plaka, and Agios Georgios. Whether you’re a seasoned kite surfer or a novice, Naxos offers the perfect environment for an unforgettable kite surfing experience.

Scuba diving
Scuba diving provides a truly unique opportunity to observe the underwater world. For those interested in scuba diving, there are several diving schools located in Plaka, Agia Anna, and Agios Prokopios on Naxos Island, which offer diving experiences and courses suitable for all skill levels. Divers exploring the waters surrounding Naxos can expect to encounter stunning reefs, fascinating caves, and crystal-clear waters with excellent visibility. Some of the highlights of diving in Naxos include the wreck of the merchant ship “Marianna”, which sank in 1982, and the “Lost Beaufighter”, a British bomber that was sunk during the Second World War.

Horse riding
Horse riding is a unique activity that combines a sense of connection with the wild spirit of animals, sightseeing, and a feeling of freedom. It can be both a relaxing and adventurous experience. On Naxos Island, horse riding providers offer off-road settings away from the busy and noisy streets, providing riders with the opportunity to explore the island’s natural beauty. Whether you’re seeking a calming ride or an exhilarating adventure, traversing the length of the beach on horseback can provide just that. Horse riding on Naxos Island is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the island’s stunning landscapes and get a unique perspective of its beauty.

The deep blue waters and inaccessible beaches of the Cyclades make it a paradise for sailors, and Naxos Island is no exception. One of the most unforgettable experiences is to explore the island’s coast and the Small Cyclades by sailing boat or catamaran. Each sailing trip is completely unique as routes can differ from day to day, and the program can change due to weather conditions. A sailing cruise can include snorkelling, visiting caves, watching the sunset, sunbathing on secret beaches, and much more. Companies with experienced skippers offer both one-day and multi-day cruises, and private tours are also available. Sailing on Naxos Island is an excellent way to immerse yourself in the stunning landscapes and get a unique perspective of its beauty.

Kayaking & SUP
Kayaking and stand up paddleboarding (SUP) are great ways to explore the crystal clear waters of the Aegean Archipelago. These water sports are ideal for calm days, allowing visitors to discover small remote beaches and hard-to-reach sites. However, before trying these activities, it’s important to check the weather forecast and get advice on local currents for safety.

Naxos has a dedicated tennis club that maintains top-notch courts for those who want to stay fit or engage in some physical activity while having fun. Additionally, some hotels on the island also provide tennis facilities for their guests.

Beach volleyball
Naxos’s sandy beaches offer an ideal “court” for beach volleyball enthusiasts. Those who love the sport can enjoy playing on the beach or at organized fields at popular beaches such as Agios Georgios, Agia Anna, and Agios Prokopios.