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Naxos Practical info


General Info

CLIMATE

The climate of Naxos can be characterized as the typical Mediterranean climate with hot summers & mild winters. Temperatures can rise to 28ºC in July & August humidity levels are also high (approx. 70%). Due to the island’s position, in the middle of the Cyclades islands, the phenomenon of the Meltemi (north western or eastern wind) during the summer months is more intense. That is why Naxos is renowned as the perfect place for windsurfing and other water sports.

TELEPHONE

National prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad. All numbers in the capital Athens start with 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210 3227400).
Area Code for Naxos: +30 22850 xxxxx If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e Germany is 0049, England is 0044 etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.

CURRENCY

Euro €
Euro Coins: 1 and 2 euro coins (gold and silver colour) 10, 20 and 50 cents (gold colour) 1, 2 and 5 cents (copper colour) 1 euro = 100 cents/centimes
Euro Bank Notes: come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive change from a 200 and 500 euro note.


Getting there

BY AIR

You can reach Naxos by air and land at Naxos National Airport “Apollon” within 45’ minutes. The airport is located 1 km from Naxos town (Hora), a distance that can be covered in 5 minutes. Due to the lack of public transportation, the only way to reach Naxos town is by taxi. Taxis are usually waiting outside the airport but it is advisable to have a radio taxi number with you.

Naxos National Airport Tel.: +30 22850 23292-23969/Fax: +30 22850 24816
Athens International Airport Elefterios Venizelos www.aia.gr

Olympic Air: For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com. Tel.: 801 801 0101/ +30 210 3550500
Office at Naxos Airport Tel +30 22850 23043

BY BOAT

The island of Naxos has one port, which is located next to the town of Naxos.

The main port to take you to Naxos from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.

To reach Naxos by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 2h30-3h30 and the normal ferry which is much slower and takes approximately 6-7 hours.

You can also travel to/from Naxos by ferry from/to other Cyclades Islands.

Blue Star Ferries Naxos (normal ferry). For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Blue Star ferries website www.bluestarferries.com

High Speed Ferries Naxos (fast ferry). For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Hellenic Seaways website www.hellenicseaways.gr


Local Transportation

LOCAL BUSES

Tel.: +30 22850 22291

The local buses depart from Naxos town (Hora) with destination several of the island’s villages & beaches. Before starting out, be sure you are informed about the timetables in order not to face unexpected difficulties.

TAXI SERVICE

You can also get around Naxos by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand at Hora. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting into the taxi in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. They can be hailed on the street or after booking an appointment.

Radio Taxi Service Tel.: +30 22850 22444

RENT A CAR OR MOTORBIKE

The best way for you to visit the majority of the attractions on the island is to use a car or motorbike.
Most of the rental agencies are situated at Naxos Hora but you can find various more at Aghios Prokopios.


Local services

BANKS & ATMs

In case you need a bank in Naxos, you will find most of them in Naxos Town (Hora). All of the banks provide also ATM services. Note that all credit cards internationally recognized are accepted in most of the island's restaurants, bars & shops.

Banks opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00 - 14.30 Friday: 8.00 - 14.00

MONEY EXCHANGE

Banks exchange all major currencies in cash, travellers' cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash but not travellers cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels change cash and travellers cheques but usually charge higher commissions than banks.

POST OFFICE

The Greek post is called ELTA and you can find the main post office of the Island in Naxos town (Hora). Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for EXPRESS mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE.

Post office in Naxos town Tel.: +30 22850 22211

POLICE STATION

In Naxos town, Tel.: +30 22850 22100/+30 22850 23280

In Filoti, Tel.: +30 22850 31224

In Chalki, Tel.: +30 22850 31224

In Koronida (Komiaki), Tel.: +30 22850 52247

MUNICIPALITY OF NAXOS

In Naxos town, Tel.: +30 22853 60100

In Drimallia, Tel.: +30 22850 32647/Tel.: +30 22850 32648


Useful Numbers

•    Radio Taxi: +30 22850 22444
•    Tourist Police: +30 22853 60146/171
•    Port authority: +30 22850 22300
•    Weather Forecast: +30 22850 22465/1448
•    Elpa (Car Breakdown): +30 22850 23097/10400


INTERNATIONAL PRESS

You can find International Press in various shops in Naxos Town and other touristic places.

EMERGENCY NUMBERS

•    Police: 100
•    Fire Department: 199
•    Ambulance: 166

HEALTH

•    Health Center/Hospital At Naxos town: +30 22850 23333/+30 2285060500
•    Health Center At Apiranthos: +30 22850 61206
•    Health Center At Filoti: +30 22850 31404
•    Health Center At Koronida (Komiaki): +30 22850 52213
•    Health Center At Chalki: +30 22850 31206


PHARMACIES

•    Naxos town: +30 22850 25718/+30 22850 22241/+30 22850 26666
•    Aghios Prokopios: +30 22850 42888
•    Chalki: +30 22850 31218



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