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Naxos, Greek Island Travel Guide


The unspoilt Greek island of Naxos is the largest and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades. Offering sandy beaches, clear blue water, vibrant green valleys and an amazing mountainous interior, Naxos attracts a vast array of visitors. Families, couples of all ages, beach lovers, culture vultures, walkers, cyclists and windsurfers are all attracted to Naxos, many staying in the capital Naxos Town which is ideal as a base for exploring the island.

Naxos has 90 miles of coastline with some of the best beaches in the Mediterranean. These golden sandy beaches are often backed by sand dunes and bamboo with crystal clear blue waters. Many of the beaches have tavernas on the beach. The whole of the south-east coast consists of uncrowded beaches that become quieter and unspoilt the further south you go. The beaches on the east coast are much more secluded than the islands other beaches. There are far too many beaches to mention but those you must visit whilst on Naxos are Agios Georgios (Naxos Town), Agios Prokopis (just 3 miles from the capital) and the quiet pale sandy beach of Plaka. Naxos is very popular with windsurfers who flock to beaches like Agios Georgios, Plaka and Mikri Vigla where they can enjoy the shallow warm water, breezes and wonderful surroundings. Naxos has many contained bays and lagoons and offshore flat reefs which are great for windsurfing. Other watersports available include snorkelling, fishing, kite-surfing, wake-boarding, water-skiing and canoeing.

Naxos isn’t just about the beach. The island has traditional villages with whitewashed houses, fishing villages like Apollonas in the north, ancient ruins and hundreds of Byzantine churches waiting to be explored. Spend a day exploring the narrow lanes of Naxos Town with its Venetian houses and castle, churches and tavernas. Take a trip inland and explore the unspoilt villages, mountains and countryside. Naxos has many paths and trails that criss-cross the island. Walkers and hikers can wander through olive grove and orchards whilst discovering the islands ancient monasteries, churches and castles. Visitors with plenty of energy will love the many cycle routes which take them over the mountainous terrain and along the scenic coastal routes. Discover the off-the-beaten-track routes and take in the glorious coastal routes on horseback. A great way to spend an evening on your family holidays to Naxos is by taking a sunset ride along the beautiful beaches. For perfect relaxation try an island-hopping boat trip. View Naxos from the sea and visit other Cyclades Islands including Mykonos, Paros and Andros.

Naxos enjoys a typically Mediterranean climate, with bright sunny days in the summer and mild winters. Naxos enjoys cooler summers than the rest of the Greek islands due to the strong breezes from the Meltemi winds that blow from the north. These winds help keep temperatures down and provide welcome relief from the heat during the hot summer months. June sees temperatures around 23C with July and August often seeing temperatures reaching 28C. Summer months enjoy 11 hours of sunshine a day with winter months still seeing 3 hours of sunshine a day making Naxos a perfect choice for your last minute holidays at any time of the year.


Source by Emma Healey

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