Being the biggest and greenest island in the Cyclades, Naxos is infused with lively villages, proud historical monuments and sandy beaches.

Therefore, there are so many things to do in Naxos, from exploring the characteristic villages to trying out invigorating sports, Naxos has got you covered.

Visit Portara

If you are visiting Naxos, a trip to Portara is necessary to soak in the gorgeous view and absorb the vibrant energy. Portara (the great door) is a name that the residents have allocated to a marvellous marble doorway. This monument is a short walk from the Naxos town harbour, standing proudly on a small island. This landmark, which is 2,500 years old, marks a doorway that “leads nowhere” and was once a temple devoted to the god Apollo.

Visit Naxos Old Town & the Castle

The Chora Castle, a medieval monument, is another essential stop during your visit to Naxos. You can pay a visit to the surrounding cute shops, cafes, restaurants, art spaces and museums and walk the winding alleyways that are situated in the old town.

Explore the Beaches

Agios Georgios: The closest beach to Chora, is  a spot to put your feet up with sunbeds, umbrellas, and cafes serving cold drinks.

Agios Prokopios: Located on the west of Naxos, Agios Prokopios is the most desired and beautiful beach on the island- and one of the best in Europe. The soft sand stretches for 1.2 km, with golden streams of sun and gentle winds.

Agia Anna: This beach joins Agios Prokopios on the south-west. On this velvety beach, you can lounge on provided sunbeds under the shadow of umbrellas and sip on refreshing cocktails at the nearby bars.

Plaka: This sandy paradise is in the south-west of the island, and a prime area for sea sports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing.

Discover the Mountainous Villages

Naxos is blessed with many splendid villages, each of them possessing unique beauty and charm.  These authentic villages glow with ancient tradition and spectacular architecture.

One of the best ways to experience Naxos is by wandering through authentic villages. Traditional footpaths connect many of the villages where you will pass by olive groves, fig trees, rugged mountains, and vineyards. In the villages, visit the tavernas, cafes and local shops.