At the top of preferences among the Greek islands in recent years, Naxos remains an island in direct contact with its tradition, organically integrating its development needs with the needs to provide an authentic experience. With its beautiful, sandy beaches in the foreground, as well as the rich history of its settlements and archaeological landscape in the background, the island’s rich cultural and gastronomic heritage goes hand in hand with the evolution of its tourist infrastructure, combining harmoniously the everyday life of the islanders with the genuine hospitality experience they provide to visitors.
Portara at the edge of the port of Chora is an emblematic image of an island in direct contact with its tradition, signs of which crown the picturesque island’s capital, while overseeing it from the medieval castle settlement on the hill. The island’s tourist trail unfolds along the west coastline, with the seaside resorts of Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna offering excellent accommodation options, while inland hikers must visit the well-preserved tower-monastery of Bazaiou at Agiasou bay, the all-marble Apiranthos that seems untouched by the passage of time, but also the famous “sleeping” Kourous, like the 10 meter tall giant laying unfinished since the 6th century BC. in the sacred village of Apollo.
Naxos Archaeological Museum
In the Castle of Chora, the building of the former Commercial School (where Nikos Kazantzakis had also attended), the Archaeological Museum of the Island now operates, displaying artifacts and objects of everyday use from the late Neolithic to the Early Christian years. Of particular interest are the early Cycladic marble figurines and the pottery-rich collections of the Mycenaean (end of the 2nd millennium BC) and the geometric period (9th-8th centuries BC).
The route from Chora to Pyrgaki features two of the most popular beaches of the island. Beaches of Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna, attract mostly families in their vast coastlines thanks to the multitude of facilities and amenities, while the huge beach of Plaka is the favorite option of water sports fanatics. Mikri Vigla attracts surfers, while the most adventurous visitors are scattered along the southern coasts: the sand dunes and cedars of Alykos, the sandy beach of Pyrgaki and the retro settlement of Agiasos. Isolation is offered by the pebbly Bay of Abraam in the northwest, or Mutsuna in the east, followed by the blue-green Panormos overlooking the Small Cyclades.
The star of the island’s agricultural production, Naxos Potato, is a product of Protected Geographical Indication and stands out for its small uniform shape and strong peel. Its low humidity makes it ideal for both oven and frying pan and although it may belong to several varieties, it obtains its special features thanks to the mild climate and sandy soil of the island.
Arseniko and Thiliko Cheese
From fresh sheep and goat milk, Naxos cheese ripens in an oil sediment, and is distinguished by its rich, buttery taste. Arseniko has a stronger taste, which is the first cheese that is produced by fresh milk and thus gets all the butter,while the taste is milder in Thiliko cheese, which is whiter in color, balanced salty and low fat and has a texture as a solid version of fluffy mizithra.
Useful phone numbers
Port Authority: 2285024816
Radio Taxi: 2285024331