Naxos Cycladia Tips

Useful tips for a Pleasant Stay
  • If you are travelling for the first time to Naxos it's advisable to rent a car or bike instead of using public transport. This way you will have the chance to visit & see at your own leisure all its hidden treasures.

  • If you decide to take a taxi, agree to the price of the route before getting into it in order to avoid unpleasant surprises.

  • In order to avoid sunburning keep in mind that Naxos is a typical Greek destination with a hot sun shining from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., so carry at all times sun block & sunglasses. Moreover, in order to avoid seasickness, be sure you have with you pills or other medication.

Hiking & Biking in Naxos

The best way to explore Naxos is to follow one of the plenty hiking & biking trails that run across the island. Due to the island's considerable size & its numerous interesting villages, hiking & biking activities are the most common than other means of getting around the island. The enthusiasts of the kind, though, may not only find it a way of transport but also as a sightseeing experience. We recommend going up mount Zas (the highest mountain of the Cyclades) and test your limits by climbing down to the nearby cave of Zas. The route ends at Filoti village. Though difficult and time-demanding, you will be left with the most exciting memory.

The routes are many and vary from alpinism to merely taking a stroll through Naxos' magnificent villages and plains.

Water Sports in Naxos

For sea sports' fanatics, Naxos is one of the most recommended destinations due to its large and windy beaches. Windsurfing, water skiing and other fun sports are most common in the majority of the island's organized beaches (Aghios Prokopios, Aghia Anna, Aghios Georgios etc.). The variety of choices is not at all limited to these "extreme" sports: beach volley, mini soccer and the "classic" sports such as basketball, volleyball & football are common and can be played throughout the island's several courts.

Best Stroll in Naxos

If you are not a hiking fanatic and ignore the trekking proposals, you should definitely try the night stroll throughout Naxos town, Hora, & its castle. You will discover beautiful alleys, decorated with several small art & gift shops, cozy cafes & restaurants that will captivate your senses and make you ask for more.

Best Sunset View

"Climbing" up the road from town's castle to Aghios Ioannis Theologos little church will lead you to the most magnificent and breathtaking view of the whole Naxos Town, especially during sunset. The ascending will take about 30 minutes and you will have the opportunity to enjoy all this magnificent view in an almost private space.

Recommended Visit
Halki is one of the best restored villages in alpine Naxos. Full of old mansions with nicely preserved balconies, tiled roofs & paved yards, the scenery in Halki is a demonstration of the prosperity of its residents through time. Do not omit to have a Greek coffee in one of its quiet caf├ęs and visit the Vallindras Distillery, not only for its marvelous products but for its well preserved neoclassical building as well. Before leaving, take a look at the Gratsia - Barotsi - Frangopoulou and Markopoliti - Papadaki Towers, the churches of Panagia Protothronos, Agios Artemios (its murals date back to the 9th century), Agios Georgios Diasoritis and the Ecclesiastical Byzantine Museum.

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