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Updated: April 25, 2023
By Santorini Dave
Our Favorite Naxos Hotels
4-Star: Iria Beach Art
Cheap: Saint Vlassis
For Families: Nissaki
For Couples: ELaiolithos
Naxos Town: Grotta • Anixis
Beach Resort: Iria Beach Art
Naxos Hotels – Tips & Recommendations
- Booking.com – the best website for booking hotels in Naxos.
- Naxos is a wonderful island – one of my favorites – and has a bit of everything: Great beaches, incredible food, lots of history, enchanting Greek villages, wonderful hikes, and even a little nightlife (but nothing crazy).
- Where To Stay in Naxos: I like staying in Naxos Town/Agios Georgios Beach for at least a few nights. It’s a nice mix to explore the beaches and inland villages through the day and then return to Naxos Town (Chora) for the evening. Naxos Town has many great restaurants and a few low-key bars. Of course, staying at one of the fantastic Naxos beaches has its own obvious appeal, and staying in the small villages offers an unmatched authenticity.
- The beach closest to Naxos Town is Agios Georgios Beach (AKA St. George Beach), which has good sand and is very kid-friendly due to its gentle slope and calm waters. As you move south the beaches get quieter and the sand nicer. A few of the best beaches on Naxos are Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, and Mikri Vigla.
- Best Hotels in Naxos: ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat • Nissaki • Kavos Boutique Hotel
- Best New Hotel in Naxos: Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways
- Best Cheap Hotels in Naxos: Saint Vlassis Hotel • Pension Sofi
- The best restaurants in Naxos Town are Nostimon Hellas, To Elliniko, and Doukato. Naxos doesn’t have much nightlife but Naxos Town has a few fun bars that stay open a little past midnight (walk the lanes closest to the port in Naxos Town and they’re easy to spot).
The 21 Best Hotels in Naxos
1. ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat – Moni
Hotel phone: +30 69860 83477
Adults-only, certified eco-friendly hideaway in the mountains of central Naxos with a pool, fitness center, art gallery, and a gourmet kitchen. The restaurant only serves sustainable, seasonal dishes made with local ingredients grown within five km of the property, much of it the owner’s family farm. Cooking classes, wine and cheese tastings with a sommelier, and bespoke adventure itineraries are on offer and tailored to each guest’s interests. Spacious suites boast handmade texitles, full kitchens, patios with hammocks, and al freco dining tables. The largest two-bedroom suite sleeps up to 5. The resort overlooks Panagia Drosiani (the oldest Byzantine church in Greece, an 8-minute walk away) and is surrounded by olive trees, mountain peaks, and hiking trails. Review of ELaiololithos Luxury Retreat.
2. Nissaki Beach Hotel – St.George Beach/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 25710
The only five-star hotel in Naxos Town. This beachfront hotel offers a wonderful pool with an attached jacuzzi and a fantastic seaside restaurant. Rooms are spacious and all include private terraces; the Two Unit Suites are the largest, with a queen or king bed plus two single sofa beds. Nissaki sits at the southwest edge of Naxos Town, right where Agios Georgios Beach begins, walking distance to restaurants and beach clubs.
3. Kavos Boutique Hotel – Stelida
Hotel phone: +30 22850 23355
Gorgeous, family-friendly hotel with an infinity pool, fantastic restaurant, and spacious suites and villas for up to seven guests. All accommodations include fully equipped kitchenettes and private, sea view terraces surrounded by gardens. Their popular Stelida Restaurant and Bar is open all day, serving creative Greek cuisine and delightful signature cocktails, all highlighting fresh, local, seasonal ingredients. Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options are available, as is a kids’ menu. The hotel sits on a hill overlooking Agios Prokopios Beach, about ten minutes’ walk away. Review of Kavos Boutique Hotel.
4. Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways – Sangri
Hotel phone: +30 69745 50756
Romantic, adults-only, boutique hotel with a pool, in-room spa menu, and sweeping views of the Naxian countryside and the ruins of Demeter’s Temple. Owned by a former editor of Elle and Harper’s Bazaar, the property features elegant decor, a refined atmosphere, and rustic stone architecture that blends into its surroundings. Each of its five suites has a private veranda, kitchenette, and spacious living room. A gourmet breakfast is prepared daily by the owner using products from Naxos only, highlighting the best from local producers. Ayiopetra is located in Sangri village in central Naxos; a car rental is recommended here.
5. 18 Grapes Boutique Hotel – Agios Prokopios
Hotel phone: +30 22850 44194
A small, five-star hotel with a large pool, rooftop jetted pool, holistic spa, and a fantastic restaurant with sunset views. Rooms and suites all have private terraces, most have sea views, and five have private outdoor pools or jacuzzis. 18 Grapes has its own vineyard nearby, offering exclusive tours, tastings, and food pairings; guests receive a bottle of their choice (red, white, or rose) on checkout. The hotel is well-located about a five-minute walk to Agios Prokopios Beach.
6. Iria Beach Art Hotel – Agia Anna Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22850 42600
Wonderful beachfront hotel with spacious rooms for up to 4, a tranquil spa, and an awesome restaurant. Rooms and suites all offer private terraces; two rooms are wheelchair accessible. Dining is outstanding with their restaurant serving local produce grown at the owner’s own farm less than one km away. As well as being on Agia Anna beach, Agios Prokopios Beach is an 8-minute walk in one direction, while Plaka Beach is ten minutes in the other direction. Many restaurants and bars nearby. Review of Iria Beach Art Hotel.
7. Medusa Resort – Plaka Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22850 75555
Now closed for renovations. Slated to reopen May 2024
Boho-chic, boutique resort with a beach club, saltwater pool, and a fantastic restaurant and beach bar, using fresh ingredients grown onsite. Rooms and suites are spacious with the largest two-bedroom Family Suites sleeping up to four. All suites include private terraces, and Executive Suites add private jacuzzis. Perks include an open-air yoga deck, pet-friendly rooms, in-room massage, and gardens that add privacy. Medusa is located at the south end of sandy Plaka Beach, about a 15-minute walk to the restaurants at the north end.
8. Naxian Collection Luxury Villas and Suites – Stelida
Hotel phone: +30 22850 24300
Spacious, family-friendly suite and villa collection with a secluded hilltop location and views toward the sea and Naxos Town. The eight suites share four semi-private pools, while each of the eoght villas boast their own private pools (the Elegant Villa has two pools). All suites and villas offer private balconies, most include full kitchens, and Luxury Villas add jacuzzis. Amenities include a wonderful restaurant serving organic fare grown in their own gardens, a 24-hour bar with a huge whiskey selection, a wine cellar with local reds and whites, and cooking lessons. Laguna Beach, a popular windsurfing beach, is about a 12-minute walk away, while sandy, lively Agios Prokopios Beach is about a 15-minute walk away.
9. Naxos Island Escape – Plaka Beach
Hotel phone: +30 69474 71627
Romantic boutique getaway with stylish, sea view suites less than 200 m from Plaka Beach. Suites all feature bespoke furniture, private sea-view terraces, and a welcome bottle of wine; Honeymoon Suites add indoor jacuzzis. The hotel has its own organic garden, which supplies the breakfast and room service menus; guests are also invited to pick their own fruits and veggies. Naxos Island Escape offers a curated wine and beer selection with organic, local, Cycladic, and Greek labels, as well as champagne, homemade liquors, and signature cocktails. Service from the mother and son owners is always warm and friendly, the epitome of Greek hospitality.
10. Korali Boutique Hotel – Agios Georgios Beach/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 23227
Charming, small hotel with eight spacious studios and one apartment near Agios Georgios Beach. Rooms are large, all with Cocomat mattresses and pillow menus, seven with private terraces, and some with kitchenettes. The Top-Floor Apartment sleeps up to four and boasts a sea view, roof terrace, and a jetted bath. Just a two-minute walk to the beach, less than five minutes to excellent restaurants, and about a ten-minute walk to the heart of Naxos Town.
11. Saint Vlassis Hotel – Agios Georgios/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 23536
Affordable, boutique hotel with lots of luxury touches, including a Les Clefs d’Or concierge, 24-hour reception, pillow menus, and Molton Brown amenities in the rooms. The Executive Double and the Penthouse Suite offer private, outdoor jacuzzis, while the large Suite features an indoor jacuzzi and sleeps up to four with a king bed and a sofa bed. The breakfast and room service menu are excellent, featuring locally sourced ingredients from Naxian farms. The hotel is located inland a bit, surrounded by farms and gardens, but within walking distance of Agios Georgios Beach (about a 10-minute walk) and Naxos Town (about a 15-minute walk).
12. Hotel Grotta – Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 22001
Charming, family-run hotel offering a fantastic spa with an indoor hydromassage pool and an incredible Greek restaurant with an over-the-top breakfast buffet and elegant dining at night. Double and Triple Rooms feature simple, clean furnishings most with private balconies and stunning sea views toward Apollo Temple. Hotel Grotta is located on the super rocky Grotta Beach, an easy walk to the ferry port, bus station, and the restaurants, bars, and shops of Chora but a good 20-minute walk to sandy Agios Georgios Beach. Free arrival and departure transfers.
13. Galaxy Hotel – Agios Georgios Beach/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 22422
Family-friendly hotel just steps from Agios Georgios Beach. Galaxy offers a great pool, playground, all-day Mediterranean restaurant, and lush gardens with flowers and fruit trees. The produce grown onsite is served in the restaurant and at the complimentary breakfast buffet, but you can also pick your own fruit to eat right off the trees. Rooms all feature private terraces with garden, pool, or sea views. Review of Galaxy Hotel.
14. Seven Suites – Glynado
Hotel phone: +30 22850 41052
All-suite, family-friendly, boutique hotel with a pool. Each suite is unique; all but one have private balconies, some have full kitchens, and two have private, outdoor, plunge pools. A homemade, a la carte breakfast is included daily, and light Greek dishes are available all day. Complimentary arrival and departure transfer is included in all bookings.
15. Belogna Ikons Villas – Vivlos
Hotel phone: +30 69326 69773
Charming suites and villas on a hilltop overlooking the Aegean Sea with views to Mykonos, Paros, and Siros Islands. One to three-bedroom units range from 45 up to 100 sqm, all with private terraces, full kitchens, and designated parking spaces; most have sea views and a fireplace. Each suite and villa is surrounded by gardens, offering plenty of privacy. There is one large shared pool with an attached kids’ pool. Located about a 10-minute drive to Agia Anna and Agios Prokopios Beaches, a rental car is necessary here.
16. Antony Suites – Agios Georgios Beach/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 22436
Affordable luxury suites just steps from Agios Georgios Beach and near the heart of Naxos Town. The suites and rooms are spread over two buildings, one for adults only (ages 12+) and one for all ages. Most suites are junior or one-bedroom units, all with fully equipped kitchens or kitchenettes; Master Suites and Family Suites add washing machines and dishwashers. Facilities include a small day spa, free beach umbrellas, and complimentary breakfasts served at a partner café on the beach.
17. Lagos Mare – Agios Prokopios
Hotel phone: +30 22850 42844
Family-friendly hotel with a sunny pool, a playground, and a fantastic Mediterranean restaurant just a five-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach and its restaurants. Rooms and suites all include private terraces, while suites add indoor jacuzzis; family connecting rooms sleep up to six with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. Their 1924 Restaurant and Bar offers a casual Greek menu all day, then transforms into a fine dining restaurant at night; reservations recommended for dinner.
18. Naxian Utopia – Stelida
Hotel phone: +30 22850 25044
Elegant suites and villas, all with private pools and kitchenettes, in Stelida, halfway between Laguna Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach (about a 12 to 15-minute walk to either one). Suites are studio or one-bedroom and range from 55 to 65 sqm, while villas offer two or three-bedrooms from 70 to 120 sqm, with the largest sleeping up to 6. Many include a hammam or jacuzzi. Shared facilities and amenities include a pool, spa, complimentary breakfast, and a snack bar serving delicious meals and room service throughout the day.
19. Kalergis Studios – Agios Georgios Beach/Naxos Town
Hotel phone: +30 22850 22425
Cozy hotel at the north end of Agios Georgios Beach just two minutes’ walk from Naxos Town. Studios sleep up to four guests. All include kitchenettes and a welcome bottle of wine, and most have balconies or patios. Their beach club Vammos offers coffee, cocktails, and light bites all day; the beach bar is open to the public, but Kalergis’ guests get discounted rates. Staff is friendly and personal. Review of Kalergis Studios.
20. Finikas Beach Hotel – Pyrgaki Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22850 75230
Remote, family-friendly, beachfront resort with a pool and pool bar, playground, spa, and restaurant. Generous suites range from 20 to 70 sqm, all with private balconies or patios with sea views. The hotel offers a pool bar and an upscale taverna featuring ingredients grown onsite, along with their homemade cheeses and pastries, and fresh-caught seafood. Located on the pristine Pyrgaki Beach in Agali Bay, near Alyko Cedar Forest. A car is strongly recommended here. Review of Finikas Beach Hotel.
21. Naxos Cave Suites – Stelida
Hotel phone: +30 69451 59993
Sweet, cozy inn with seven individually decorated studios with kitchenettes and private balconies or patios; the Elegant and Classic Cave Suites add indoor jacuzzis. The hotel offers a delicious, complimentary breakfast, a BBQ deck, and shares the pool at the neighboring hotel. Naxos Cave Suites is located just a two-minute walk from Stelida Beach (unorganized, no restaurants or beach clubs), a ten-minute walk to Laguna Beach (popular for windsurfing), and an 18-minute walk from Agios Prokopios Beach (a popular beach lined with restaurants, beach clubs, and sundry shops).
Family Villas & Apartments in Naxos
Apartment rentals for families in Naxos. All units have kitchens or kitchenettes. Most have washer/dryer.
- Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios – Naxos Town
The Two-bedroom Grand Suite sleeps family of five; most other units sleep four. (Pictured above.) Not on the beach but a short walk gets you there or into Naxos Town.
- Iliada Villas – Agios Prokopios
Beautiful one, two, and four-bedroom apartments sleep four to ten people, all with full kitchens and washing machines. Nice pool and a ten minute walk to the beach.
- Sunday Studios – Agia Anna Beach
One and two-bedroom apartments sleep four. Close to beach, restaurants, and supermarket.
- Blue Harmony Apartments – Plaka Beach
Quiet and secluded two-bedroom apartment (the “family apartment”) has one queen bed, two sofa beds, and sleeps five. Short distance to bust stop (for Naxos Town) and peaceful and beautiful Plaka beach – but perhaps too isolated for some.
Where should I stay on Naxos?
Naxos Town is one of the most charming towns on the Greek islands and makes an excellent base for exploring the island. The bus service on Naxos is excellent so you don’t need to rent a car if you don’t want to. Naxos Town is the hub of the island’s bus network so staying here allows you to get anywhere on the island without changing buses. Naxos Town is also where the ferries arrive and depart. Many hotels are walking distance from the port, though taxis are available if you have a lot of luggage.
When is the best time to visit Naxos?
The weather on Naxos is perfect from late May until early October (the water is at its warmest in July, August, and early September). The busiest time on Naxos is from early July until late August but Naxos never feels overwhelmed by tourists like some other islands. It’s large enough to absorb the crowds without feeling crazy busy.
When should I book hotels in Naxos?
The best hotels are fully booked for July and August by March or April. You should always be able to find a hotel but you might have to compromise on location and amenities. Outside of the peak season showing up without a reservation is not a problem – though you’ll still probably find better rates by booking online.
What are the best beaches on Naxos?
The best beaches on Naxos are Agios Georgios Beach, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, and Mikri Vigla. All these beaches are easy to reach from Naxos Town. It’s a five-minute walk from Naxos Town to Agios Georgios Beach and a 15 to 30-minute bus ride from Naxos Town to most others. When it’s windy on Naxos, the winds tend to come from the north making these beaches on the southwest side of the island protected from the worst of the wind.
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For a stay in Naxos in July, what hotels would you recommend for a 1 or 2 week stay? Looking for something nice and on or near a beach and good restaurants. Usually stay 5 star but for a longer stay could go cheaper. Have read some ok reviews about Medusa Beach Resort, Santana Beach, Boutique Hotel Glaros, Kavos Hotel, Naxian Utiopia and Naxian on the Beach. What do you suggest?
Of your shortlist, Medusa Resort, Kavos Hotel, Naxian Utopia, and Naxian on the Beach are the best hotels in general. Both Medusa and Naxian on the Beach are beachfront properties on Plaka, the best beach on the island, and both have excellent restaurants and bars onsite. Naxian on the Beach sits more toward the center of the beach with plenty of restaurants within a 5 to 15-minute walk of the hotel. Medusa sits farther south on Plaka with fewer restaurants within walking distance.
Kavos and Naxian Utopia are both in Stelida, about a 15-minute walk from the Agios Prokopios Beach and most restaurants (though they both have restaurants onsite – Stelida Restaurant at Kavos is especially good). Though both they are farther from the restaurants and beaches than Medusa or Naxian on the Beach, both Kavos and Naxian Utopia have more luxurious, better-equipped villas/apartments for longer stays with full kitchens that allow you to cook meals, rather than rely on dining out daily
Hey Dave! I got here great tips for Crete and Santorini. Now we plan to visit Naxos. Do you recommend Ippokampos Beachfront? We are a young couple with 18 months old baby. Thanks!
Yes, it’s quite nice and good value. Steps from the beach and a 5-minute walk to shops and restaurants, 15-minute walk to the ferry port.
Nissaki or Antony Suites or Grotta?
Hi Dave. Your site has been a godsend and is REALLY helping with all my research. We’re a mid-30s couple traveling for our anniversary in late August spending 2 nights in Naxos. I am trying to decide between Antony Suites and Nissaki, as Anthony Suites seems more romantic/relaxing (adults only) but I know Nissaki is right on the beach. Is Antony close enough that it’s not too much of a hassle to go to/from the beach throughout the day? Is Nissaki (and St. George) a suitable choice for a couple looking for romance/relaxation, or is it more of a family and/or party vibe?
Also, I recently saw a great deal at Grotta, which seems to be highly regarded/recommended hotel. How do you view Grotta in comparison to Nissaki or Anthony?
Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might offer!
All three are wonderful hotels in their own ways, but if you’re looking for easy beach access, go with Antony or Nissaki. Grotta is fantastic, but the beach it’s on is all rocks and not easily swimmable; the nearest swimmable beach is a 20-minute walk away (though the bus station is an easy walk with direct buses to many of the best beaches on Naxos).
Between Antony and Nissaki, I would recommend Nissaki if you plan to take advantage of the onsite facilities, like the pool, bar, and restaurant. Nissaki is on St. George Beach, and they offer free sunbeds with umbrellas for their guests. However, the end of the beach where Nissaki’s sunbeds are adjacent to a public parking lot, and it has a few rocks (not a lot) and some general beach debris because it’s at the end of the cove.
Antony is great for more independent stays. There is a nice little spa, but there is no restaurant, though all suites have kitchenettes and guests may enjoy complimentary breakfast at nearby Finikas Café. Antony does not have a designated beach area for guests. They do offer free beach umbrellas, though, and the beach is less than a 2-minute walk away with plenty of room to spread out anywhere you like.
Hey, Dave thank you for the recommendations. I’m looking at your blog and was looking at The Saint Vlassis Penthouse. Its 4 of us (2 couples) and I see they have 2 available for a great price mid-May for 2 nights. We are only here for about 2.5 days and want to take full advantage of the island. How far from town would you say this property is walking. We usually like to stay in busy areas where shops, bars, and restaurants are easily accessible. Also, would you recommend any restaurants in town?
It’s about a 10 minute walk into Naxos Town from that hotel. About 20 minutes to get all the way to the port. Lots of great restaurants in Naxos Town (check out my article on best restaurants in Naxos).
I’ll be on Naxos with a few others in late March. We’d enjoy getting spa treatments, ideally at a place with a hot tub. Do you have suggestions for where to go?
I’m not sure what will be open in March but that will be the limiting factor. I would click through on the top hotels above and choose based on availability. Your choice will be very limited.
Hi Dave – Great site. Which would you recommend between Princess of Naxos, Astir of Naxos and Porto Naxos? We’d like a hotel near the beach and town with a nice pool for the kids
These are all great hotels, but the pool is small and the rooms at Porto Naxos are not ideal for families; this is more of a couples’ hotel. Both Astir or Naxos and Princess of Naxos offer kid-friendly pools and 1-bedroom suites that comfortably sleep up to 4. Astir of Naxos offers more luxurious accommodations than Princess and is closer to town, while Princess of Naxos offers a more casual stay and is closer to the beach.
I love your site! We will be in Naxos in September for 4 nights. We would like to be right on the beach but also have a pool. We prefer not to eat all our meals at the hotel as we are foodies and love to try local restaurants. Would you recommend Medusa Resort or Nissaki?
Thanks for your help,
Both of these hotels are wonderful; you really can’t go wrong. Nissaki definitely has the better pool with a built in jacuzzi, a great spot on family-friendly St. George Beach, and it’s only a short walk to the best restaurants in Naxos. The rooms are spacious and luxurious, though the style is a little out of date. Medusa’s rooms are not as large, but they’re more stylish; think contemporary Greek with a beachy vibe. The property edges right up to Plaka Beach, widely considered the best beach on the island. Located on the southern tip and surrounded by palm trees, it feels more secluded than it is. However, Plaka is a very, very long beach, so it’s a good 15 minute walk to reach any noteworthy restaurants.
We have 3 kids under 10. Want to be near the beach, 2 bedroom apartment and close to town. We booked Princess Naxos Hotel next August. From the map it seems to be located on the far edge of St George’s. Is it still a pretty easy walk into town?
Without kids it’s a pleasant walk into town along a combination of beach, boardwalk, and small lanes. With kids it’s still completely fine but do expect a good 20 minute walk to the nearest collection of restaurants (e.g. around Nostimon Hellas) on the south side of Naxos Town; 25+ minutes to the center of town (along the harbor); and 30+ minutes to the ferry port (though I’m sure you’d be taking a bus or taxi for ferry connections). There is a bus stop very close to the hotel and pretty much all buses heading from Naxos Town to the southern beaches (the most popular bus route in Naxos) pass the hotel.
Spending 3 nights in Naxos during my honeymoon at the end of August. Wondering in your opinion what the best Naxos hotel for honeymooners is.
Either Nissaki Beach Hotel (luxury right on the beach) or Hotel Grotta (a little more charm and warmth). Both hotels are in Naxos Town.
Fantastic site – thank you so much!
We are a family of four (kids 10 and 7) and will be in Naxos for about two weeks next June/July. What do you think of Ampelos Residence? Like the idea of being in an apartment with a kitchen (so we aren’t compelled to eat every single meal out), and want to be in a location where we can walk to both town and beach. We’ll have a rental car for some or all of the trip, to enable us to explore further afield.
Seems like quite a new place. If you don’t know much about it, any thoughts just on location would be great. Or any alternatives we should look at?
The Ampelos in Naxos Town is nice. There are others with similar names that are not so great. Large family suites and a convenient location (bus to other beaches goes right by the hotel, good restaurants a short walk away). But it is located on a busy-ish town street away from the beach so I wouldn’t call it idyllic. But a fine choice, for sure.
Hi Dave – If we have 10 days for our trip, do you recommend:
1 night in Athens
3 nights in Santorini
2 nights in Naxos
2 nights in Paros- day trip to Antiparos
1 night in Athens
Also, what order do you recommend for the islands and should we fly or ferry? Should we add a night in Paros?
Sounds like a great itinerary and choice of islands. Ferry from Athens to Paros to Naxos to Santorini then fly Santorini to Athens. Could also fly Athens to Santorini then ferry back to Athens through the other islands.
We love your site! Planning to be in Naxos for one night, arriving in the early morning, going to Plaka beach and staying at Nissaki Beach Hotel. We would like to get a good view of the sunset, have dinner and shop around in the shops in town. How would you recommend structuring our evening? Can you give any feedback on what time the shops close, what is the best time to eat dinner, can we catch the sunset from dinner anywhere and where you may recommend for an after dinner drink?
You’ve chosen the best beach and a fantastic hotel for your stay. I recommend getting into town in the afternoon to do your shopping, as the island doesn’t operate on the same late-night schedule as some of the other islands do (like Mykonos or Paros). Most of the shops in Naxos Town close around sundown, which varies depending on what time of year you are visiting. Restaurants tend to stay open late, because Greeks eat late, usually after 9:00 p.m. Many restaurants don’t even open until 8:00 p.m., though there are several in the Naxos Town marina that open earlier and offer views of the sunset while dining. Of these restaurants in the marina, Boulamatsis is the best, though there are other better restaurants without the view.
The best place to take in the sunset is at the Temple of Apollo. Known as the Portara, the temple ruins are located on a little “island” in the sea, connected to Naxos Town by a walkway. This is the quintessential Naxos sunset experience, postcard perfect. After the sunset, head to Doukato Restaurant; the food is superb and the setting is enchanting. For drinks, check out Like Home (casual with dancing) or Swing (inspired cocktails); both have sweeping, sunset views over the marina. All of these things (shopping, temple, restaurant, and bars) are within easy walking distance of each other.
Love your website!
What are your thoughts on Orkos Beach Hotel in Naxos for a family with teens? Good, safe location near a nice beach? Within walking distance to any restaurants or shops?
Beach is great. 3 restaurants and 1 small market within walking distance. Otherwise not much around. Bus stop for Naxos Town (Chora) nearby.
Hi Dave! Love your website, it’s been a giant help in the planning of our honeymoon. We’re likely spending 3-4 nights in Naxos in late September of this year and are interested in staying at Cyano Suites. Thoughts?
Nice place on the non-beach side of Naxos Town. It’s not the most picturesque area of town but it’s fine. Lots of restaurants within a 5 minute walk and 1 minute to bus station.
Hello-wondering if you’ve heard of Iphimedeia Apartments? We are a family of 5 travelling to Naxos for 5 nights in August and are having a hard time finding accommodations. We will have a car, but would like to be as close to Naxos Town as possible. Most of your hotel recommendations are fully booked for our dates. Thanks!
Iphimedeia Apartments is fairly new and a nice place but not a great location. About a 20/25 minute walk to Naxos Town and nothing much nearby. The bus (to both Naxos Town and main beaches) does stop a short walk from the hotel.
Hi Dave, wondering what you know about the Glaros Boutique Hotel or the Theros Boutique Hotel. We are two couples in our early fourties and Nissaki doesn’t have two rooms available in the last week of August. Would you say these are well situated for beach, town, and maybe an ATV trip up to the mountains? Any other recommendations if you think there are better options?
Glaros is much better located for town and beach.
Hi Dave (again)
How does one travel from Mykonos to Naxos?
Also, if I do Athens (4 nights to & from) to Santorini (4 nights) to Mykonos (2 nights) to Naxos (2 nights) to Crete (2 nights) – does it look like a good, proper route itinerary OR would you suggest differently? Your advise would be very helpful. Planning from 1st to 15th of June. Thanks a zillion.
The order you want is Athens to Mykonos to Naxos to Santorini to Crete. There will be 2 or more ferries per day from Mykonos to Naxos in June (but schedule might not be out for all ferries for a few more months).
Hello Santorini Dave.
Your knoweledge about Naxos Hotels amazes me! I would be very keen to know what are your thoughts about Korali Boutique Hotel and Korali Palace Hotel. I am the owner of both will be more than happy to accommodate you and your readers all year around at Korali Palace and at summer time at Korali Boutique Hotel.
Thanks Stelios. I know those hotels – great location in Naxos Town and right by one of my favorite restaurants, Nostimon Hellas.
Hi Santorini Dave,
Your site has been SO helpful for our upcoming trip to Greece! We see some people have asked about Hotel Grotta in Naxos and it seems you’re a fan of the hotel. My boyfriend and I just booked the hotel after reading many wonderful reviews, but we’re wondering, why is it considered a 2-star hotel according to booking.com?
I wouldn’t worry about it. Great hotel. Not sure how they come up with their star system but it’s arbitrary at best.
Have you heard anything about My Villa at Agios Georgios?
Thanks for your help and your wonderful site!
Looks like a nice place but it’s in a less-than-great location – not walking distance to much of anything. Bus stops nearby and would be fine if you had a rental car.
Is it possible to travel from Naxos to Hydra in one day, one way?
Possible, but it’s a full day of travel. Ferry from Naxos to Piraeus then small ferry from Piraeus to Hydra.
Dave, great site. Do you have an opinion on Liana Hotel in Agios Prokopios?
Great little hotel almost right on a great beach (small road in between hotel and beach). Restaurants and beach bars within steps.
Great page, great info, great job.
You made us think of Naxos (2 adults and kids 4 and 9 years old).
Where to stay you would recommend in Naxos, close to Naxos Town centre but we need quiet place (no noisy road, also no other noisy guest, noisy discos), close to kids friendly beach too.
Both Nissaki Beach and Kalergis are a short walk to restaurants of Naxos Town and right on the beach. They are on quiet streets and a good distance from the main road out of Naxos Town which can have some traffic. I can’t vouch for the other guests during your stay but there are no noisy discos in Naxos Town.
I heard the beach at the Nissaki is rocky. Is this the case of the whole beach in town.
Another place I was considering is Villa Naxia but wanted to get your opinion.
Thanks. Love your site.
The beach directly in front of the Nissaki is fine but not the best stretch. Walk 30 seconds to the left and it’s nice. Villa Naxia is set back from the beach about 100 meters and a little farther from town (not much). It’s a good friendly hotel but not luxurious like the Nissaki.
My husband and I are currently in Santorini with our “pre-booked” itinerary nearing an end. We arrived in Athens on Sunday 10/30/16 and just walked the area of Plaka and enjoyed a nice dinner. Monday 10/31 we toured Acropolis and Acropolis Museum. We then flew to Santorini on the earliest flight Tuesday 11/1 and did the walk to Oia and a sunset boat tour. Today is Thurs 11/3 and it is our last night in Santorini. I was wondering what your thoughts would be for the remainder of our trip to Greece. We depart Athens on Monday 11/7 at 2:45 pm.
We are trying to find the best idea between the following on Friday 11/4 :
• ferry to Naxos or Paros for a night or two and then back to Athens via ferry for the remainder of the trip
• back to Athens already (airplane/ferry?)and explore more of Athens (maybe a day trip to Hydra? Or other suggestions)
• extend another night in Santorini (ideas on what else to experience while here?) before heading back to Athens (via ferry or air?)
My husband and I are early 30s. We are on our honeymoon. I know it’s a lot quieter on all the Greek islands this time of year from what we’ve seen so far and read. We are a laid back couple and enjoy good food and wine and taking in the scenery. I love beaches (even if just to lay out and admire the beauty because of how cold it is) and he loves history. Thank you so much in advance if you have a moment to respond.
Considering the time of year I would spend your remaining time in Santorini and Athens with a perhaps a day trip to Hydra (if the weather looks OK, no need to book ferry tickets in advance).
Thank you for a wonderful site, you are a wealth of knowledge.
My husband, myself and our 2 children (12 & 10) will be holidaying on the Greek islands in June and July (Leros, Santorini, Milos and Naxos).
I am wondering if you know much about Iliada Villas at Agios Prokopios? We are looking for a property with a kitchen/kitchenette for a week in an area that is easily accessible not only to the beach but also restaurants etc. Sharon.
Nice hotel with nice pool and good rates – but no, there’s not much directly nearby. It’s a 10 minute walk to Agios Prokopios beach and a minute walk to bus stop for Naxos Town. You can see the location here (when it was still under construction).
Your website is very, very helpful. We are planning a trip to Santorini and Mykonos next April. We see that the intra-island ferry schedules for the spring are not yet available.
1. Do you know when those will be available?
2. For both ferries and the flights that go between islands. Are there baggage limits?
Ferry schedules should be available by January – but that’s just a guess. No bag limit on ferries (just what you’re able to carry). For flights, each airline is different but usually 2 bags is the norm (and might have to pay for them).
Hi Dave, I’m reading all of your posts and they are very informative. I’m starting to plan my honeymoon. Would Athens – Mykonos – Naxos – Santorini be a good route for 15 days. Most importantly, will September 23rd – October 8th have good weather for beach, pool etc.? I’m mainly concerned about the weather. Thank you so much. Looking forward to hearing from you.
Weather will likely be good to great. Anything is possible, of course, and you could have some coolish/grey days for your second week. The weather turns from summer to fall at some point between early October and early November and it’s a little different each year.
I wonder if you can help me. I’m in the throes of organising a holiday to Naxos next June and I’m trying to plan our journey there from the UK. I have found BA flights from London City airport to Mykonos that land at 4.15pm. Do you know, or could you point me in the right direction to find out, if that gives us enough time to catch a ferry over to Naxos that evening? I understand the new ferry timetables are due in November but I’m keen to get things booked.
Any advice would be gratefully received,
Many thanks, Lucy Gosnay
There will likely be a SeaJet ferry in the evening (in June) that leaves sometime between 6:30pm and 7:30pm. You should be fine. That said, it’s still a possibility there isn’t a ferry and that you need to stay the night in Mykonos (not a hardship) and take an early ferry to Naxos the next day.
Hi Dave, My husband an I are going to Santorini in one week and we just decided short term to stay 2 days in Naxos. The only hotel I found is the Plaza Beach in Plaka. Since I’m “very” pregnant and we stay just 2 days I’m ok staying at the beach. Could you give me your opinion? In Santorini we are staying at Infinity Collection. Any opinion? Thanks in advance!
Nice place and the beach is beautiful here. A few restaurants within walking distance but overall, I’d describe it as slightly isolated. Good choice for relaxing not so much if you’re looking forward to eating great local food. Infinity Collection is also nice but (once again) not super central and you’ll need to walk (uphill) to get to central Fira and the caldera views. It’s not far but perhaps not what you’ll want to be doing in the heat while pregnant.
Thanks for your comment/question site Dave!. Traveling to Naxos July 5 – July 14th, with two adults, and an18 & a 20 year old. Sadly, all your recommended hotels are book. Looking for a pool, kitchenette, near the beach and near town center (walking distance). We are renting a car to tour the beaches, hike and visit historical sites during the day and returning to the hotel in the evening/late afternoon to wander the streets, drink coffee and browse the shops. We have tentatively booked at ‘Princess of Naxos’, ‘Aegon hotel’, ‘Aeolis Boutique’ and ‘Sunlight Studios’. Out of this list of four hotels, which hotel would you recommend?
Yes, hotels are filling faster as Naxos gets increasingly popular. Go with Princess of Naxos if you’re looking for a beach location (but still walking distance to town). Aeolis Boutique if you value proximity to town (though the beach is only a few minutes walk).
Your site has been most helpful. I will be traveling to Naxos with my husband and close girlfriend in September. Unfortunately, the Nissaki Hotel only has a pool view superior for my husband and I and was suggested to try the Iria Hotel. My dilemna is do I want to go to Greece and have the view of a pool? But your suggestion of staying in town and exploring was appealing. Is the Nissaki worth it?
Thanks for your suggestions and input.
If they’re the rooms I think they are at the Nissaki, they won’t have much of a view but personally I would still prefer to stay there (and close to town) than at Agia Anna Beach. That said, Iria is a very nice hotel and the sand and swimming there are lovely. Just depends what you’re looking for.
My husband and I will be on Naxos for 4 nights in May and are staying the first 2 nights at Hotel Grotta. We plan to explore the island by car and do some hiking. My husband wants to find an out of the way spot for the second 2 nights somewhere in a small village or other spot that captures the local flavor of the island and its people. Are there any accommodations you would recommend that fit that description? Also, any favorite hikes?
Thanks so much!
Naxos has a lot to offer and is quite different in a number of ways from its neighbouring and smaller Cycladic islands. Note however that, in (mid) May Naxos will not have really geared up for Summer yet so it may be a bit quiet off the beaten track and some places may not have opened up. You might need to do a bit of emailing to confirm that accommodation in the quieter parts of the island, so a better bet would be to sleep on the coast and tour the interior by car – it’s not too far to do a satisfying round tour in one day
The hinterland is where the real Naxos is, of course, and that is focussed around three main centres: Halki, Apiranthos, and Melanes – but chiefly Halki where to quote from Lonely Planet “to visit Naxos and not visit Halki would be a crime. This historic village is a vivid reflection of historic Naxos, with the handsome façades of old villas and tower houses, a legacy of its wealthy past as the island’s long-ago capital”. There is a great distillery here where they make the local tipple out of the kitron fruit. Apiranthos is another lovely village in the same cultural vein as Chalki and is worth an excursion for an evening meal – try Lefteris for the stunning view and old world cuisine.
For accommodation with a quieter vibe then consider Mikri Vigla on the west coast and an 11.5 km drive away from Hora. It’s kind of out of the way in a satisfying way and you have a better chance of finding accommodation open here – and it’s by the beach. Look out for Oasis Studios and talk to owner Manolis who will fill you in on all you need to know about the hidden corners of Naxos – including the best hikes. The Anavasi map of Naxos has many hiking trails that you can pick from. Hope that helps.
My husband and I are headed to Crete for five nights and then plan to continue on to Naxos for three days. However, I would like to have an opportunity to see Santorini, if not for the night, then at least for the afternoon. How feasible is this with the high speed ferries? Thank you for your assistance and for all of the information you’ve provided. It’s been invaluable in helping us plan our trip.
It depends what time of year you’re visiting. It’s certainly easy to manage if you spend a night on Santorini. The ferry from Crete arrives at Santorini around 11am (every day) and then you could catch the Blue Star ferry the following afternoon. If you’re visiting between July 22 and September 4 then there will be a SeaJet leaving Santorini at 17:20. That would not give you more than 3 or 4 hours to walk around Fira (maybe getting as far as Imerovigli) but it would be more than nothing. I would recommend staying 1 night if possible.
Great site! We would love to see our hotel Kavos Naxos recommended by you, and I am sure you would agree we are well worth it. We are a little different from the usual hotel rooms, offering villas and apartment accommodation as well as studio style rooms. Small friendly and beautiful – just like your other choices! Please do pass by and see us when you are next in Naxos, or contact us any time.
For readers: Kavos Naxos is a beautiful mid-sized (16 units) boutique hotel located a 15 minute walk from Agios Prokopios town. A great beach is just down the hill but the walk back up to the hotel can be taxing during the mid-day heat. Naxos Town is a 10 minute taxi ride away. Great choice if you want a 4 star hotel with quiet and seclusion. Not so great if you want to be walking distance to a wide range of restaurants. Renting a car would be highly recommended if staying at Kavos.
Could you please let me know if Iliovasilema in Chora is any good?
Iliovasilema is a nice, simple inexpensive place with a pool. An easy walk to the beach (2 minutes), Naxos Town (3 minutes), and the ferry port (10 minutes). It has a few larger suites that are great for families.
Hi I’ve booked Kalergis Studios but then found a great deal with Grotta hotel, which has exceptional reviews. However, it is not on the beach like Kalergis.
Do you recommend one? Thank you.
You’re right, Kalergis is on the beach. Grotta is a 15 minute walk from the town beach (but closer to the bus station – from there it’s a 15 minute bus ride to different great beaches). Both are nice hotels but Grotta is definitely a step up.
Hi Dave. Going to Naxos on the 14 of May for 6 days hoping to stay out in Plaka. Wondering what time would be the last bus from Naxos town to Plaka.
Last bus to Plaka will likely leave around 10pm in May. It’s different every year so this is no guarantee. (In summer the last bus leaves between midnight and 1am.)
We are visiting Naxos from April 24 through April 28. We are currently looking to book hotels. Ever stay at Saint Vlassis hotel in Naxos? It’s the top rated hotel on Tripadvisor. It’s only $178 TOTAL for 4 nights? Pension Sofi is only $158 total for 4 nights. It almost seems too good to be true. Or how about Naxian Althea? It seems to be a newer hotel. It’s about $320 total for 4 nights. Please let me know if you have any insight. Thanks! Tom
These are nice places. They’re that cheap because April is low season and Naxos is very quiet. Saint Vlassis is a 10 minute walk to the beach and 15 minute walk to town. Pension Sofi is 5 minutes to town (and the port) and 15 minutes to the beach. (Since it’s April you won’t be swimming at the beach, I included these times just for reference.) Naxian Althea is on Agia Anna beach. A beautiful beach but in April it will be almost completely deserted. I’d stay in town instead.
Thank you Dave for this helpful guide! Do you have any experience with Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios in Naxos Town? The most appealing part for us is they have washers in each unit. Thanks!
Great place with a good location close to beach and town. Friendly owner. The kitchen is great for eating breakfast/lunch in – but hopefully you’ll be out and about for dinner in Naxos Town.
Thanks Dave! I read some reviews that said the beds were hard there. Do you have any experience w/ that there? Thanks!
There are two types of beds in Greece: hard beds and old beds.
Hi Dave, I am in awe of your knowledge of my favourite places on earth – The Greek Islands. I am hoping to travel to Naxos in June and note that you recommend staying in Hora, do you know of any quiet, decent s/c apartments or basic hotels with a good view which are within walking distance of the town; we like a fair bit of space, no traffic, a decent size balcony, and if possible the sound of the sea! We are also not sure of the way to get there, do you know how long the ferry times are and the ease of transfer from Athens, Mykonos, and Crete?
We stayed for many years at The Kalypso near Naoussa in Paros, and absolutely loved it, but we have now been priced out of there and gather it is now quite ‘posh’! We may go over for a couple of nostalgic days whilst in Naxos, so any recommendations for apartments near there would also be gratefully received.
Thanks so much – will get the ouzo out to bring on the summer!
Hotel Kymata and Hotel Ilion are 2 good value hotels with great locations for access to both the beach and town.
Naxos is well connected by ferry (from April to October) with all three of those destinations (Athens, Mykonos, and Crete) so no worries about getting to and from the island.
Is Medusa Resort Hotel close to good restaurants for evening dining?
There are a handful of restaurants within a 10 to 15 minute walk of the hotel but nothing really close (beyond the hotel’s restaurant).
Hi Dave, we will travel to Naxos end of August for 10 days. We have our kids (9 and 12 years old) with us and we are not sure which hotel suits us better – the Nissaki Beach Hotel or the Naxos Island Hotel. Do you have any recommendations for us? Thanks in advance!
Naxos Island Hotel is on a more picturesque beach (Agios Prokopios) with nicer sand. Nissaki Beach is the nicer hotel on a more kid-friendly/shallow beach with the shops and restaurants of Naxos Town a short walk away. Personally, I would go with Nissaki.
Hi Dave (again),
My sister and I will be in Naxos for 5 nights in August and will stay at Villa Marandi. Do you recommand us to rent a car?
Thanks a lot,
Judith Lebel, Montreal Canada
There are no buses that come close to the hotel (there’d be a walk to get to the stop). If you wanted to get to Naxos Town it would make life easier. If you wanted to see the rest of the island then a rental car is a necessity.
Is it the same for Paros? We will stay at Akrotiri Hotel.
The bus system is much more tourist friendly on Paros so it’s easier to get around without a rental car. On Naxos the bus schedule is geared more for the local population. i.e. early morning buses from the villages to the Chora, late afternoon buses from the Chora to the villages. Your hotel is not in central Parikia so you’ll need to get into town first and then get a bus, so a car would certainly make things easier.
I was wondering if you have any recommendations for where we could stay in Naxos in December – we are coming next week, we love Naxos and have been coming there for many years but this is the first time we’re coming in December and would rather not stay in Chora. Any advice?
There will be very few places open that are not in Chora. You’re best bet is to search Booking.com/Naxos to see what’s available – but don’t expect much choice.
I think Ive asked a question on here somewhere before but can’t recall where to look to find your reply…anyhow different questions now. We are 2 families (2 couples with three teenage girls 14, 15 and 17) going to Athens (21st June) for 3 nights then to Santorini for 3 nights, Naxos for 8 days, then Paros for 3-4 nights. One family will get to Mykonos for their last night before flying out of Mykonos and we will then perhaps go to Crete for one week? So questions are:
1. If you were to plan the itinerary for 2 families would you do this many nights at each or change the number at each place.
2. For my family would you recommend Crete as a good contrast to the other places for our last week.
3. Do we need to hire cars given there are 7 of us. (3 of us in Crete or wherever.)
4. Still looking at accommodation for Santorini – we initially said we wanted a pool for the girls but realise this isn’t always possible. A villa would have been ideal but don’t want to spend more than 800 Euros total for both families in Santorini. Have shortlisted Manos Small World (based on your site), Dana Villas, and then Agali Suites (notice Agalis is showing up on the wrong location on booking.com)….Think Firostefani sounds like a good location for us as we aren’t great on big crowds. Which do you think is the best fit for us?
5. Naxos – would you suggest the beach or Naxos town given we would like the girls to be able to walk most places. We all like food, wine, cooking classes, some history not too much, beaches, swimming, the husbands love fishing. Would you suggest a villa or house?
6. Same again – where in Paros would be best for 3 families and given we only have 3-4 nights here.
7. Based on our wish list where in crete should we base ourselves?
Ive tried to read your replies to other questions but I guess no 2 scenarios are the same.
Your site is wonderful and my go-to for all of my research. Thanks so much
Kind Regards Jenny (Sydney)
1. It looks like a great itinerary. There’s no right answer. I’d probably bump up your time in Santorini – but I love Santorini so I’m biased.
2. Crete is awesome. Large island and perfect for a one-week mini-trip.
3. I’d hire a car for a few days, especially on Santorini and Naxos. That doesn’t mean you need to rent it for the entire time. 2 days on each island would be perfect.
4. All are nice hotels with good views in about the same location of Firostefani. The map for Agali on Booking.com looks roughly right. The map on Google is way off.
5. I prefer Naxos Town. Beach through the day, back to town for a great dinner and a fun evening walking around the port. Great place to let the kids do whatever they want. Busy, but no big parties or night clubs.
6. Parikia and Naoussa are both great. Different but can’t go wrong with either.
7. I’d do something like 3 days in Agios Nikolaos and 4 in Chania. Chania area is better for day trips as there’s more to see in Western Crete.
Hi we are two friends in out thirties. Would you recommend Grotta or Studio Kalergis? Or even something else?
Stuidio Kalergis is great for being near the beach. It’s got a fun little cafe out on the sand. Good restaurants are within an easy walk. Grotta is on the other side of Naxos Town. Rooms and decor are slightly nicer. You’re closer to the cafes and restaurants along the port. And also closer to the bus station to get to other beaches (besides St Georges on which Kalergis is located). So, if you’re there primarily for the beach then Kalergis. Otherwise, Grotta.