The Best Hotels on Naxos

Updated: November 23, 2017

Naxos Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • is the best website for finding hotels in Naxos.
  • Naxos is a wonderful island – one of my favorites – and has a bit of everything: Great beaches, lots of history, enchanting greek villages, wonderful hikes, and even a little nightlife (but nothing crazy).
  • I recommend staying in Naxos Town. Explore the beaches and inland villages through the day but stay in Naxos Town (Chora) at night. Lots of great restaurants, cafes, and a few low-key bars in Naxos Town.
  • The beach closest to Naxos Town is St Georgios 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 Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Plaka, and Mikri Vigla.
  • The best hotel in Naxos Town is the Nissaki Beach Hotel located right on St Georgios beach and a short walk to the center of town.
  • The best budget hotels in Naxos Town are Xenia Hotel Naxos and Pension Irene 2 – both cheap but nice clean friendly hotels.
  • The best restaurants in Naxos Town are Nostimon Hellas, To Elliniko, and Boulamatsis. 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 15 Best Hotels on Naxos, Greece

Nissaki Beach Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
The most luxurious hotel on the island. Family rooms and 1-bedroom suites are huge. Nice pool, free wifi, great breakfasts (the best I had on Naxos). Steps from the beach (and several beach restaurants) and a 5 minute walk into town. Hotel phone: +30 22850 25710

Hotel Grotta – Naxos Town

Best boutique hotel in Naxos Town.
Great place with lots of character. An easy walk to the town (restaurants and shops), bus station, and ferry port but a good 15 minutes to the town beach. If you want friendly this is the place. Hotel phone: +30 2285-022001

Naxos Resort Beach Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Wonderful pool and good-sized comfortable rooms. The hotel is a 2 minute walk to the beach and 8 minutes into town. Hotel phone: +30 2285 026650

Galaxy Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Just around the corner from the Naxos Resort Beach Hotel, the Galaxy is a little fancier and a little more expensive. Great pool and large triple and quadruple rooms. 1 minute to the beach. Hotel phone: +30 2285 022422

Xenia Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Modern and newly renovated hotel in the heart of the Chora and a short walk from the ferry port. The singles and double are great value while the large quadruples are good for families. Hotel phone: +30 22850 25068

Iria Beach Art Hotel – Agia Anna Beach

Best beach hotel on Naxos.
If you want an idyllic beach vacation with a hotel steps from the sea then this is the place to stay on Naxos. The hotel has a friendly boutique feel and there are superior and family suites that sleep four. As well as being on Agia Anna beach, Agios Prokopios is a 10 minute walk in one direction and Plaka Beach 10 minutes in the other direction. Many restaurants and bars nearby. Hotel phone: +30 2285 042600

Naxos Island Hotel – Agios Prokopios Beach

Best hotel on Naxos with private jacuzzi.
Super-friendly small hotel (almost boutique) just a 3 minute walk from the beach. Small rooftop pool and deck. Free breakfast is served every morning on the rooftop with nice views. Some rooms have private jacuzzis and there are interconnected rooms for families of four. Hotel phone: +30 2285 044100

Agios Prokopios Hotel – Agios Prokopios Beach

Best beach hotel with good pool on Naxos.
The highlight here is the big beautiful pool. Rooms are simple, clean, and good value. It’s a short walk to the beach and restaurants. Triple and quadruple rooms available. Hotel phone: +30 2285 042560

Naxian Collection Villas – Agios Prokopios

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Nice luxury villas great for honeymooners (who want a bit of solitude) or big groups (who want a large villa). The suites share a pool with their neighbors, the villas have a private pool. 2-bedroom villas sleep 4, 4-bedroom villas sleep 8. Only con is that it’s a 15 minute walk to the beach and beach restaurants, and a bus ride into Naxos Town. On the other hand, you’re closer to the wonderful quiet beaches along Naxos’s southwestern coast. Hotel phone: +30 22850 24300

Lagos Mare – Agios Prokopios

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Nicely furnished rooms 5 minutes from the beach. 2-bedrooms suites sleep family of 5. Good swimming pool and Spa. Hotel phone: +30 2285 042844

Belogna Ikons Villas – Vivlos

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Wonderful villas and suites (some quite large) up in the Naxos hills. Full kitchens and a beautiful pool. Great for families or large groups but you will need a rental car. Hotel phone: +30 2285 042233

Kalergis Studios – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Right on the beach with a small friendly beach bar on the sand. Nice triples and a large family suite on the 1st floor (with small kitchen). Hotel phone: +30 21 0682 5896

Medusa Resort – Plaka Beach

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
Great little resort on one of Naxos’s best beaches. Nice pool. Hotel phone: +30 2285 075555

Porto Naxos Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
This would not be my first choice (it’s located on a busy road and is a bit of a walk to both the beach and town) but if you can’t find a hotel with space it’s a good compromise. Nice pool and some large rooms. A good choice if you have a rental car or plan to explore the beaches down the coast (the bus stops just outside the hotel and there’s plenty of parking). Hotel phone: +30 22850 23970

Spiros Hotel – Naxos Town

One of the best hotels on Naxos.
A charming budget hotel halfway between the waterfront of Naxos Town and St Georgios Beach. Nice pool. Triples and quadruples available. Hotel phone: +30 2285 024854

Family Villas and Apartments in Naxos

Hotel near beach and restaurants with kitchen and washer and dryer.

Apartment rentals for families in Naxos. All units have kitchens or kitchenettes. Most have washer/dryer and free-wifi.

  • Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios – Naxos Town
    Recently refurbished units with kitchens, dining room, and living room. Not on the beach but a short walk gets you there or into Naxos Town. The Two-bedroom Grand Suite sleeps family of 5, most of the other units sleep 4. (Pictured above.)
  • Galazia Studios – Naxos Town
    Cheap 1 and 2-bedroom apartments close to town and beach.
  • Iliada Villas – Agios Prokopios
    Beautiful 1, 2, and 4-bedroom apartments sleep four to ten people. Nice pool and a 10 minute walk to the beach.
  • Sunday Studios – Agia Anna Beach
    1 and 2-bedroom apartments sleep 4. Close to beach, restaurants, and supermarket.
  • Blue Harmony Apartments – Plaka Beach
    Quiet and secluded 2-bedroom apartment (the “family apartment”) has 1 queen bed, 2 sofa beds, and sleeps 5. 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 the 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 in Naxos, Greece.

Naxos has some of the best beaches in the Greek Islands. The beach near Naxos Town (St Georgios) is very good and they just get better and quieter as you drive (or bus) along the southwest coast. The farthest beach is about 30 minutes from Naxos Town.

The best beaches on Naxos are St Georgios Beach, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, and Mikri Vigla. All these beaches are easy to reach from Naxos Town. It’s a 5 minute walk from Naxos Town to St Georgios Beach and a 15 to 30 minute bus ride from Naxos Town to the rest. 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.

Map of the Best Beaches on Naxos Greek Island.
#1 on Map: St Georgios Beach
#2 on Map: Agios Prokopios Beach
#3 on Map: Agia Anna Beach
#4 on Map: Plaka Beach
#5 on Map: Mikri Vigla Beach

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161 Questions and Comments

  1. Itinerary for Naxos and Greek Islands

    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 2018. Thanks a zillion.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  2. Owner of Korali Hotels

    Hello Dave ,
    Your knoweledge about Naxos Hotels amaze me! I would be very keen to know what are your thoughts about Korali Boutique Hotel and Korali Palace Hotel, and I 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.

    Warm Regards,
    Stelios Vathrakokoilis

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Thanks Stelios. I know those hotels – great location in Naxos Town and right by one of my favorite restaurants, Nostimon Hellas.

  3. Naxos Hotel Grotta

    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

    Thank you,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I wouldn’t worry about it. Great hotel. Not sure how they come up with their star system but it’s arbitrary at best.

  4. Villa in Naxos


    Have you heard anything about My Villa at Agios Georgios (

    Thanks for your help and your wonderful site!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  5. Naxos to Hydra

    Is it possible to travel from Naxos to Hydra in one day, one way?
    Steve Chapman

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Possible but it’s a full day of travel. Ferry from Naxos to Piraeus then small ferry from Piraeus to Hydra.

  6. Liana Hotel in Naxos

    Dave, great site. Do you have an opinion on Liana Hotel in Agios Prokopios?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Great little hotel almost right on a great beach (small road in between hotel and beach). Restaurants and beach bars within steps.

  7. Quiet Hotel near Naxos Town

    Dear Dave
    Great page, great info, great job!
    You made us think of Naxos (2adults, kids 4+9y).
    Where to stay you would reccomend in Naxos, close to Naxos Town centre but we need quiet place (no noisy road, also no other noisy guest, noisy discos, etc.), close to kids friendly beach too.
    Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Both Nissaki Beach and Kalergis are near/in 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.

  8. Villa Naxia

    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.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  9. Athens, Naxos, Santorini

    Hi Dave!

    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 🙂

    Mayra Cruz

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  10. Iliada Villas in Naxos

    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/July 2017 (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.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  11. Travel Between Greek Islands

    Hello Dave,
    Your website is very, very helpful. We are planning a trip to Santorini and Mykonos next April. We see that the intraisland ferry schedules for 2017 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?

    Many thanks,
    L. Nichols

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  12. Greek Islands Late September and Early October

    Hi Dave, I’m reading all of your posts and they are very informative. I’m starting to plan my honeymoon for 2017. 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.

    Maria Ortega

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  13. Flight to Mykonos, Ferry to Naxos


    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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  14. Hotel on Naxos and Santorini

    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!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  15. Hotels Fully Booked on Naxos

    Thanks for your comment/question site Dave!. Traveling to Naxos July 5 – July 14th, 2016, 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?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  16. Hotel Iria or Nissaki


    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.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  17. Village Stay on Naxos / Hiking

    Hi Dave,
    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!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  18. Crete to Naxos with a Stop in Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    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.
    Jen Beam

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  19. Owners of Kavos Naxos Hotel

    Hi Dave,
    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.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  20. Iliovasilema Hotel in Naxos

    Hi Dave

    Could you please let me know if Iliovasilema in Chora is any good?

    Many thanks,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Nice, simple place with a pool. An easy walk to the beach (2 minutes), Naxos Town (5 minutes), and the ferry port (12 minutes).

  21. Kalergis vs Grotta

    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.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  22. Bus Schedule from Naxos Town to Plaka Beach

    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.
    Kind Regards
    John Roche

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.)

  23. Good Hotel in Naxos


    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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  24. Santa Katerina Apartments & Studios in Naxos Town

    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!


    1. DaveDave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

      1. Carolyn

        Thanks Dave! I read some reviews that said the beds were hard there. Do you have any experience w/ that there? Thanks!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          There are two types of beds in Greece: hard beds and old beds.

  25. Greek Cooking Lessons

    Hi. Do you know of places where we could take a cooking class on Naxos? Thank you in advance!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos Sun Holidays offers cooking lessons and also does a 3-day guided tour focused on traditional greek food. On Paros there is a one day cooking course and a 3, 4, or 6 day “Stay & Cook” program at Margarita Studios in Naoussa.

  26. Inexpensive Hotels on Naxos

    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!

    Christine Morgan

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  27. Medusa Resort in Naxos

    Is Medusa Resort Hotel close to good restaurants for evening dining?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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).

  28. Nissaki Beach Hotel or Naxos Island Hotel

    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!
    Greetings, Robert&Nina

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  29. Villa Marandi

    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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

      1. Judith Lebel

        Is it the same for Paros? We will stay at Akrotiri Hotel.


        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          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.

  30. Naxos in December

    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?

    Much thanks!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There will be very few places open that are not in Chora. You’re best bet is to search to see what’s available – but don’t expect much choice.

  31. Naxos, Paros, Santorini with Kids

    HI Dave,

    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 2016) 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….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. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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 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.

      1. Jenny Langmaid

        Thanks Dave – appreciate your thoughts and time you took to reply. We have booked the Homeric Poems for the Santorini trip ( I love your walk through video) it gave us great perspective ! It was a little expensive but think thats Santorini for you and wanted the pool. Re: Naxos we are leaning towards Nissaka Beach Hotel (although don’t think the rooms accommodate 4 so the other family would have to get 2 rooms making it expensive)…, we also like Galaxy Hotel which is also getting up there but again guess this time of the year pushes prices up. I see that any villas I have found are way out of town so takes away the luxury of the girls walking around without relying on us all the time…My girlfriend also likes look of Astir of Naxos so will look at that too… We seem to be spoilt for choice with Paros accommodation and like the look of Lilly Residence, Paliomylos Spa Hotel and Hotel Senia (wow) and Villa Isabella and Hotel Papapikis – not sure if you have an opinion on best fit here? Its hard to get that balance of little luxuries without taking away authenticity …. Thx for info on Crete – looking forward to getting to that part of trip to research. Thanks again Jenny

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Paros does have more luxury hotels (than Naxos) and all those you mention are very nice (though still not the Santorini level of luxury).

  32. Grotta or Kalergis in Naxos

    Hi we are two friends in out thirties. Would you recommend Grotta or Studio Kalergis? Or even something else?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      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.

  33. Ippokampos in Naxos

    So glad to have stumbled on this gem of a site! I am planning a trip for me and two girlfriends and I’m thinking of doing 3 days in Santorini and 3 in Naxos, the reason for Naxos is we want a lounge around relaxing on beautiful beaches aspect to our trip.

    We can rent a car but I was looking at Ippokampos (trip is in Sept). Is a car needed if we go there?

    Also would you recommend that we stay on one of the nicer beaches instead and trek into town for dinning and shopping when we get tired of relaxing and want to eat? I’m just a little concerned that the beach areas are too remote…


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      A car is not needed when staying at the Ippokampos – very good location, right on the beach, a couple beach restaurants just out the door, restaurants of Naxos Town a pleasant 5 minute walk away. A car is good if you want to explore central Naxos but getting to the beaches is pretty easy by bus. I like staying in town, doing a day trip to the beaches, then returning to town for a nice meal (the restaurants are much better in town than at the beaches) and evening walk around the port. It’s reasonable to prefer it the other way round, but that’s what I prefer, so it’s what I recommend.

  34. Galaxy or Princess of Naxos

    On Naxos, for a family of 4 with 2 kids ages 8 and 5 looking for a nice luxury resort/hotel close to the beach, do you recommend:
    – Galaxy or
    – Princess of Naxos or something else?
    Our first pick, Nissaki, no longer accepts children aged 12 and less.
    Many thanks!
    Ash Karbas

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The Nissaki goes back and forth on allowing young children. They did allow them for 2014. Didn’t allow them for 2015. But (I think) are allowing all kids for summer 2016. So double check. Otherwise, go with the Galaxy for sure. It’s only a little nicer than The Princess but the location is much better for walking into town for dinner.

  35. 2-Bed Apartment for Family

    Hi Dave,

    We spent our honeymoon on Naxos and Koufinissia in 2008. Stayed in Nissaki Beach Hotel – class! Planning on going back with our 2 young girls. Do you have any other accommodation recommendation with 2 bed apartments please.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kalergis Studios has some very nice (and reasonably priced) beachfront family suites with separate rooms, 2 beds, and a small kitchen. Good restaurants are within a short walk of the hotel.

  36. Kavos Resort on Naxos

    Hi Dave, love the site, great to get tips from somebody who knows the island. We (family of 4, children aged 8 and 6) are thinking of visiting late May. We avoid big hotels but also single villas and try to find something in the middle. I’m trying to find somewhere which has a few small villas/cottages together – basically we like a bit of space but also like to meet other families, and also walking distance to beach and tavernas (not asking much are we!). I’ve been googling and the Kavos Hotel near Agios Prokopios looks nice, but I wondered if you know of anything that fits the bill? Thanks, Steven

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kavos is very nice but a bit of a walk to the beach. (You can see it’s location here.) There is a fun water park about 1 mile away. I prefer being close to Naxos Town and St George’s beach. Kalergis Studios is a wonderful little hotel right on the beach and an easy walk to lots of restaurants.

  37. Book Hotels in Advance for Naxos?

    Hi Dave,
    We are a couple who explorig Greek Islands , at the moment at Mykonos the next destination is Santorini and after that Naxos. We have booked place for Mykonos and Santorini but not for Naxos. How good idea is to book Naxos accomodation when we arrive to the island? Any good advice?

    Zeljka and Steve

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There will (probably) be hotel owners greeting the arriving ferry at the port and offering you a cheap place to stay. They’re generally fine but will usually have not-great locations (and it’s hard to figure out exactly where it’s located in the hurried atmosphere of the port). If you want a good hotel with a central location then book in advance. If you’re more worried about just finding a place then you should be fine showing up and taking your chances.

  38. Athens, Delphi, and Naxos

    Hello, Dave;
    Love your site.
    My wife and I, in our mid 60’s, are planning our first trip to Greece for early October, 2016.
    We fly to Athens from Naples on October 4, arriving mid afternoon. Our initial, tentative, itinerary is to spend two nights in Athens, bus to Delphi with an overnight there, then return to Athens for an overnight, then ferry to Naxos next day.
    Four nights on Naxos. We’d, ideally, like a sea view room with balcony to take in sunsets, too. Quieter location within 10 to 15 minute walk to Naxos town. Any suggestions (not luxury)?
    Would you also recommend a car rental rather than local bus to explore Naxos?
    Then back to Athens, overnight and fly to London (Gatwick) very early the following morning.
    Are two nights in Athens at the start of our odyssey enough?
    Looking forward to hearing from you.
    Jo-Ellen and Dave

    To be assured of the room we’d prefer, when do you suggest we book our hotel?

    David Goldsworthy

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kalergis Studios has a great spot right on the beach. It’s a very nice hotel, not too expensive, and a 5 to 10 minute walk to the main strip of restaurants. I would rent a car for 1 or 2 days but you don’t need it for the duration of your stay. The buses on Naxos are good. I would book your hotel as soon as possible.

  39. Snorkeling in Naxos

    Hi Dave,

    Which ones is the best beach in Naxos for snorkeling in May?

    Beth Barredo

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Generally the farther south you go the better the snorkeling is on Naxos as you’ll find more rocks (and with the rocks you’ll see more fish). Mikri Vigla and Aliko are probably the best. Agios Prokopios also has a few rocks on the far end if you don’t make it any farther south.

  40. Flying from Naxos to Athens

    Hello Dave,

    We will be visiting Naxos in June 2016 and was wondering which airline would be best to fly back to Athens with. We are staying in Athens for two nights, and unless a boat departs early in the morning from Naxos, we would much rather take a flight to have the most time to see Athens.

    Thanks in advance!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You’ll have to check the schedules as they come out (it’s too early now). There should be 3 flights a day from Naxos to Athens with Aegean Airlines. Not sure about Olympic. And yes, there will be ferries but not sure what times yet.

  41. Flights to Naxos Sold Out

    Hi Dave, you are just a wealth of knowledge! Thanks for your insight. Im traveling with 2 other women and after reading your suggestions, wish to fly from Athens to Naxos on October 2nd and stay at the Nikassi beach hotel for 3 nights. Our problem is finding a flight back to Athens on October 5th. The one flight is sold out. We are on a cancellation waiting list. Do you think we have much of a chance of catching that flight?
    If not, can you suggest maybe another island? Any help will be greatly appreciated. We arrive in Athens on the morning of the2nd and our cruise out of Athens leaves on the 5th. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Paros is a great island, similar to Naxos in some ways, and perfect for a 3 day visit. I doubt you’ll get on that flight to Naxos.

  42. Hotel Grotta in Naxos

    Planning 3 nights on Naxos in September due to your recommendations. Noticed that Tripadvisor reviewers rated the Hotel Grotta best value for 2015. Would you recommend it?
    Val Jakobsen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Great place. It is slightly out of the way but most people don’t mind the location. 5 minute walk to town, 15 to St George’s beach.

  43. Plaka in October

    Hi Dave,

    Great site. We – family with kids 5 & 7 – will be in Naxos for 3 nights in late October, probably 19-21. We will rent a car, so were thinking of staying out of town. Will the restaurants in Plaka area be still open? Just don’t want to be driving 25 minutes for each meal.

    Thanks in advance.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Plaka will be very quiet by mid/late October. I’m sure there will still be something open but not a lot. Outside of early June to late September I would definitely stay in Naxos Town.

  44. Santorini, Naxos, Amorgos

    Your site is fantastic, I appreciate your insights and advice. I have traveled since I was in my early 20’s and now we travel extensively with our daughters (4 & 8 years old). We are at the end of an eight month overseas adventure and are woefully behind in bookings. We have till the 4th on Santorini (we can only stay for two nights as the high season prices for last minute bookings have far exceeded our budget). Our plan if we can find somewhere to stay is to go for two nights on Amorgos and then four nights on Naxos. We generally opt for the road less travelled or “hidden jewels” rather than package tourism or resorts – we appreciate a sense of the culture of the country we are exploring. Is Amorgos distinctive enough to warrant the extra travel (and work to find a place) or would you advise heading straight to Naxos? If your advice is to do the latter what areas might you suggest staying in Naxos?
    Thank you in advance.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The harder a place is to get to the fewer travelers will get there. It’s a pretty simple correlation. So yes, if you’re trying to get off the beaten path then Amorgos is worth the effort. That said, Naxos has a lot to see and if you rent a car and head off into the inland it’s amazing just how few tourists can be in some of those villages (even when the beaches are packed only 30 minutes away). We took a drive through the Naxos inland and mountains a few weeks back and loved it.

      1. Hard To Find Hotel

        Hi Dave,
        Thank you so very much for your response and feedback. Having a hard time finding a place on Naxos at the moment but will keep working at it.

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Yes, last minute hotels can be hard to find. Always best to book well in advance. Good luck.

  45. 3 Day Visit to Naxos

    We are arriving in Athens October 2 at 9:30 am and are taking a 8 day Mediterranean cruise out of Athens on October 5th. Prior to our cruise, we would like to R&R on NAXOS on October 2, 3, 4 . Is it feasible for a group of seven middle aged friends to travel from Athens to Naxos and return in time for our cruise departure? Ferry schedules?? transportation??? and places to stay?????

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It would be best with so little time to fly from Athens to Naxos. But yeah, totally doable.

  46. Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Crete in

    Hi Dave,
    We only have 6 nights in the Greek islands so some advice would be great. We are from Australia, a party of 7 between 40 and 60 years of age. We are thinking 1 night Mykonos, 2 nights Naxos, 2 nights Santorini then 1 night on Crete as we fly from there to Istanbul, so we don’t have a choice. Does this sound like a good itinerary.
    Reading your blogs, would you hire a car and head inland on Naxos for some real village experience?? We want some beach, but not all as we have beautiful beaches in Australia, so variety would be good.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It sounds like a great itinerary. Yes, I would rent a car on both Santorini and Naxos – lots to see on both and a car makes it a lot easier/doable. Try to get to Knossos (a short bus ride or taxi outside of Heraklion) – it’s a great historical site.

  47. Naxos for Honeymoon


    Ok. Heading to Santorini for our honeymoon for 8 days. Staying in two hotels – 4 nights in Fira and 4 nights in Oia. Living large at both. We are now contemplating heading into Greece three days earlier to take advantage of non-vacation days (why didn’t we think of this before…?) We were going to spend the 3 days in Mykonos but my husband (who has been to Naxos) thinks we should head to Naxos instead bc it’s so awesome. I’m honestly game for whatever. Would you suggest Naxos or Mykonos? I checked out some of the hotel suggestions and we can def save some money going to Naxos- that is for sure. Do you think 3 days in Naxos to start off our honeymoon is a good call? We are being so indecisive I figure I should ask the PRO!

    Fly into Athens. Aegean Air to Naxos. Ferry to Santorini. Then Aegean Air back to Athens.
    Juliana Howard

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      I love Naxos so would highly recommend it. But it is very different from Mykonos and much quieter. Both islands have great beaches but Naxos has more to see and explore in the interior of the island. The food is better on Naxos than Mykonos. It’s also easier to get from Naxos to Santorini by ferry than from Mykonos – closer and better ferry connections.

  48. Best Restaurant in Naxos

    Hi Dave:
    Great site! Any restaurant recommendations in Naxos? I’m renting a car so distance is not an issue.
    John Zervos

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If you can only eat at one restaurant make it Nostimon Hellas in Naxos Town. As always, the best restaurants are usually not on the waterfront. Venture inland and you’ll have better luck finding great local food.

  49. Paros, Naxos and Santorini with Family

    Hi Dave,
    Wonderful website is making my research so much easier. We are a family of 4 with 2 male teenagers aged 16 and 14. Arriving in Athens on September 14 for 4 days before heading to the Greek Islands. At this stage we are looking at spending 3 nights in Paros, 4 nights in Naxos and 4 nights in Santorini. Could you please advise of where you would recommend staying in Paros, Naxos and Santorini. I have been looking at the Galaxy Hotel and Nissaki Beach Hotel based on your recommendations however need to get the other islands accommodation sorted to ensure I have the correct dates. Would you recommend travelling in this order.
    My heritage is greek and the last time I went the Islands was 20years ago. This is the 1st time for the boys so would like to make it a wonderful experience.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      In Paros try Polos Hotel (good location in Parikia) and in Santorini Aria Suites (the Norma and Carmen suites are the largest).

  50. Iria Beach Art Hotel or Naxos Resort Beach Hotel

    Hi Dave – You website has been very helpful while planning my trip to Greece for this summer.

    I currently have two hotels booked in Naxos and need advice on which one to keep:
    Iria Beach Art Hotel
    Naxos Resort Beach Hotel
    We are stopping here for the weekend on our way to Mykonos from Santorini.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      If you want to be walking distance to the main town (which I love) then Naxos Resort. If you want to be right on a gorgeous beach then Iria Beach. Both are good hotels.

  51. Athens and Island Hopping

    Hi Dave!
    Want to first of all just say how amazing a website you have! Its truly a Godsend in terms of fantastic, specific and exact info that a traveler is in search of when planning a holiday to a new destination! Kudos to you!
    Now for some help please ..
    My husband & I are planning a 2 week trip to Greece & island hopping with 2 friends in July. This is what we are thinking of doing: (4 days in Athens, 4 days for island hopping, and then Santorini the last island staying 4 nights)
    Athens 22-25 July
    (possibly fly if quicker, rather than ferry) Mykonos 26-28 July
    (ferry to) Naxos 29-31 July
    (ferry to) Santorini 1-4 Aug
    Depart Santorini on 5th to fly to Athens for our international flight departure home!

    1) Is that a good itinerary? I have never been to Greece (my husband has when he was younger) & neither have our friends. We enjoy history, sightseeing, beach, culture, nightlife, good FOOD 🙂 , we want a balanced holiday with a mix of everything where we can chill & relax but also find interesting excursions & activities to explore.
    2) My husband and I were wondering which is a better island to go to Naxos or Ios? From your site it seems Naxos is better and has more to offer but I am admittedly still doing my reading and research ..
    3) Best places to stay you would recommend for us (location is key for easy access to towns & beaches, boutique hotels preferred approx. budget @ 120euros a night, good breakfast with vegetarian options, good views plus point but not necessary so long as rooms are really nice!) in Athens, Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini?
    4) Would you recommend that we hire a car or quad bike whilst on any of the islands to help us get around? Or is public transport fine to use?
    5) Our friends are vegetarian so will they be ok, esp on the islands? Or will food options be limited?

    I will write back to you once I have gathered my thoughts and ask you more questions! Sorry for the long message! THANK YOU!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      1) Sounds like a great itinerary.
      2) Both islands are great but Naxos has more hiking, culture, history, and traditional villages. Both Naxos and Ios have wonderful beaches.
      3) Recommended Hotels: Athens Hotels, Mykonos Hotels, and Santorini Hotels.
      4) Public transportion is good on all 3 of those islands but if you really want to get out and explore the island then a rental car is a good idea. In the end it’s more about saving time than getting around the island.
      5) Greece has great vegetarian food. Not a problem at all.

  52. 20 Days in Greece – Where To Go

    Dave! Your website is awesome. But with everything I read, I have a harder time committing to a plan/islands, it all seems amazing. First off, thank-you in advance for any help. I have racked up over 15 hours of research on the islands alone and still have to spend time planning for Italy and Spain. The more I learn, the more questions I have, and the more I doubt my initial ideas!

    Initially I thought Santorini, Paros, Mykonos, Ios… but now Im reading about Crete, Rhodes, Naxos,….So, here is the deal. My mom (age 55) and I (female, age 29) arrive in Athens on June 23 after doing Paris and Rome over the course of a week. In Athens, we will meet up with my best friend Porter (male, age 30). Porter and I live at a ski resort in Breckenridge, Colorado, USA. He and I love festivals/concerts, rock climbing, biking, snowboarding, surfing, being outside, having fun (work hard, play hard mindset).

    To begin with, we plan to tour Athens with my mom June 23-24 then depart to the islands on the 25th. (I know we should ideally do Athens in the end but my mom is leaving the islands before us, and I want to do this city with her). My Mom will be flying back to Athens on July 1 +/- a day (nothing booked yet, we want to tie everything in logistically). Porter and I plan to stay in the islands until we have to be back in Athens on July 12 for a 10:50 PM flight to Italy to begin the Cinque Tere. Only other obligation: From July 1-9 Porter and I have an amazing place in Mykonos on Paradise beach rented. This was over our budget but we wanted to treat ourselves. FYI: Our Greece budget is 90Euros per person per night, but can be more if it is really worth it, but less preferred 🙂

    All in all, we want to be in a friendly and social atmosphere. Meeting people and Ideally having a short walk to the beach are top priority. Having town nearby would be nice too. We are single and want night life, somewhere for all ages while my mom is here as she is a social butterfly and loves partying and drinking as well. We also love the outdoors and having some day hikes accessible in some places would be nice too.

    So here are the questions:
    1) Where would you recommend June 26-July 1 for with Mom? I think it would be nice for her to see Santorini, but all three of us are on the same page with just wanting to “beach it” then go out at night. I know Santorini’s beaches are limited, but I was still considering 1-2 nights here due to all the hype?! I was then thinking continuing on to Naxos or Paros, and then Mom can fly to Athens, we ferry to Mykonos to check in on July 1.
    **From what Ive read, it seems we should ferry from Raffina (or should it be Piraeus?) to the islands to get the experience and views. Is this true or should we fly? I definitely want the option to be outside on the deck of a ferry, but can’t figure out which companies to use for this.
    ***I am totally open to flying somewhere from Athens that is further away (Crete, Rhodes,…) I just want to hit the right spot where we will all be stoked, then make it to Mykonos by July 1.

    2) From July 9-12, Porter and I initially planned on partying in Ios. But, from what I’m reading, we may be too old for that scene now? We love to dance and party (Spending 4 days in Ibiza as well) but want to be around like minded people, not all spring breaker type young adults (Where should we spend these last few days before catching our 10:50 PM flight out of Athens on July 12?



    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      From what you’ve wrote I would recommend 2 nights on Santorini to start (no one gets home and says I wish I didn’t go to Santorini) and then 3 nights on Naxos (pound for pound this is the best island for beaches in Greece). After your Mykonos stay go to Paros for your final 3 nights. Paros has good nightlife but a little older and more mature than Ios.

      Fly from Athens to Santorini. Then take the Blue Star from Santorini to Naxos and you’ll get to experience seeing the caldera and cliffs from the open deck of the ferry. Naxos to Mykonos by Hellenic high speed ferry and then catch the same one back to Paros 8 days later.

  53. Alti Santorini Suites in Megalochori, Santorini

    Hi Dave,
    Your site is wonderful! Thank you for taking the time to answer individual questions as well. Husband and I are celebrating 10 yr anniversary Oct 9. We want to go to Santorini. From what I have read early Oct the weather is still nice and it is quieter which suits us fine. Do you have any opinions on Alti Santorini Suites in Caldera Megalohori? I realize these aren’t full service hotels but rather rental suites. The individual heated plunge pools are the biggest selling points as they aren’t easy to find and can be very costly. We generally eat out and like to explore. We are comfortable on 2 wheels as well as we both ride motorcycles at home.Our favorite island vacation so far is Bermuda because we like to explore the island on scooters and usually rent upscale pool houses rather then stay in a hotel. That is generally our style to vacation.
    So staying in the location of Megalohori at that property? What are your thoughts? Thank you again for the site and your time.
    Cherie Vallance

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Alti is good value for what you get and the great views. The only drawback is the location which doesn’t allow for walking to many restaurants or shopping. You mention that you like getting around by personal transport which is good because otherwise you’d be taking lots of taxis or buses to get to Fira and the other villages. It’s a great hotel if you really don’t mind have to get on your scooter to go eat dinner. Not so good if you want to be walking distance from the action.

  54. Good Hotel Bed/ Best Beach

    I want to head off to Naxos for two-three weeks in June 2015. Since I’d prefer not to have to rent a car, being close to Naxos Town is probably a good idea. Here are my questions:

    Of the hotels you know in/around Naxos Town, which have the best beds for someone who has an old back injury and needs a high quality mattress? The bed doesn’t have to be orthepedic–just one that isn’t all springs or one you sink into.

    Swimming is what I most want to do–besides walking, exploring, and so on. Which are the two best beaches reached from Naxos Town? Ideally, I guess I’d like a find a “town” beach and a more secluded beach (reachable by bus, maybe).

    All thanks to you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Nissaki is the best hotel on Naxos (but still pretty affordable) and has nice good quality beds (or did when I slept there in October). Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna are 2 great beaches and each is easily accessible from Naxos Town.

  55. Naxos and Santorini with 2 Kids

    Dave you have by far been the best guide for Greece for us. We are flying to santorini from Belgrade and wanting to stay at El Greco and the go to Naxos. We have a 4 and 5 year old. What do you think the best option is: 3 nights in each? Is there somewhere you’d recommend for us for Naxos to stay?
    Tamara Tesic

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      3 nights on each island sounds perfect. El Greco is good for families (but no caldera views). Nissaki is my favorite hotel on Naxos and good location for both beach and restaurants in town.

  56. Naxian Collection or Villa Marandi

    Hi Dave,
    Thank you so much for all the great info! Me and my husband are traveling to Greece in the end of June, staying in Santorini for 5 nights then Naxos for 4. We are torn on where to stay in Naxos….either The Naxian Collection or Villa Marandi. Both have availability. Any thoughts or suggestions?
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Both are nice hotels that are about a 12 minute bus ride into Naxos Town (you can even walk if you’re energetic). Other beaches are within walking distance. There’s not a lot around either of these places so don’t expect to be right in the thick of things. A car rental at both would be good if you wanted to see the rest of the island.

  57. Naxos to Santorini by Ferry

    I’m planning a holiday to Naxos but would like to visit Santorini as well. How to get from Naxos to Santorini? How long will it take from Naxos to Santorini?
    Thank u.
    Jedahli Nicolaisen

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The best, easiest, and cheapest way to get from Naxos to Santorini is the daily Blue Star ferry that leaves Naxos at 12:50 and gets to Santorini at 13:10. There is also a Hellenic Seaways high speed ferry (in summer) that leaves a little earlier and makes the trip a little faster – but then you have to worry about booking tickets in advance, they tend to be canceled or delayed more often than the Blue Star, and they don’t provide outdoor deck views of the caldera as you arrive at Santorini. Take the Blue Star.

  58. Budget Hotel in Naxos

    Hi Dave,

    We are married couple (married last year) and want to stay in Naxos from the 27th June to the 5th July for 8 nights. Orama Studios in Agia Anna were recommended to us. Our budget is a bit tight, we still want to choose the best available option near a good beach and fine restaurants. We would appreciate your kind suggestions. Thanks

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s an inexpensive basic hotel not far from Agia Anna beach. Agia Anna is 15 minutes by bus from Naxos Town and has good sand, good choice of restaurants, and a quiet relaxed atmosphere.

  59. Kavos Naxos Hotel

    Hi Dave, I am thinking of staying at Kavos Naxos with my family, 14 year old and 12. Do you know if this is a good location. We like to eat at different quaint restaurants but don’t like staying in the hustle and bustle of a town.

    Thanks in advance for your help.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s a 10 minute walk to Agios Prokopios beach (one of the best on the island) and the bus into town (15 minute ride). There isn’t a lot around it and you might want to have a rental car if you stay there. Depends what you’re looking for. I personally wouldn’t call it a good location (I prefer staying within walking distance of Naxos Town) but if a quiet somewhat-remote spot suits you then it’s fine.

  60. Hotels and Beaches in Naxos

    Hello, Dave!
    We are travelling to Greece after the 13th September. We would like to visit Santorini for about 3 days and then go to Naxos, where we are going to get married in a beautiful simple, symbolic ceremony just for the two of us.
    As we are in honeymoon, we would like to stay in a nice, well decorated hotel, maybe with a spa and with a sea view. Is that possible in Naxos?
    Is it easy to get to Naxos from Santorini and how long does it take?
    Are there boat trips (to other beaches or other interesting places) available in Naxos (just for two) and it is worth to do it?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Hotels to look at: Naxian Collection, Lagos Mare, Nissaki Beach Hotel. Spas are rare on Naxos but Lagos Mare has a good one.

      The beaches are accessed by regular bus from Naxos Town. There are not a lot of boat tours offered around Naxos but you can charter a private trip with Captain George.

  61. Hotel for Family of 3 in Naxos

    Hello, I was trying to figure out what would be the best place to stay in Naxos and I think I found the answer here!
    I am traveling to Greece, Santorini on May 30th (2015) and heading to Naxos on June 6 till June 11th or 12th.
    I will be with my 2 kids that are 17 and 18 so we don’t really need a kid-friendly hotel. We want to enjoy the beautiful beaches but also some Greek villages or small towns. We really want to find some authentic places with the small streets and local places. What do you think would be the best place for us to stay in? We can spend anywhere between 1000-1500 dollars for the stay. We’ve never been to Greece so I am pretty clueless…
    Thanks so much for all the information!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Xenia Hotel has a great location in the center of Naxos Town – large triples and quadruples are good value. The winding alleys of the town are just out the door. The bus station is nearby to explore the rest of the island.

      1. Naxos Island Hotel

        Hi Dave,
        The hotel and location look great, but we want to stay on the beach, but one that is close by to some villages do we can spend the evening browsing authentic areas.
        Any recommendation or am I asking for too much?
        How is the Naxos Island Hotel, does it have a good location?
        Thanks so much!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Nice hotel near a great beach with lots of restaurants around – but it’s a beach resort so I wouldn’t call it “authentic”.

  62. Cheap Hotels with Pool/Beach in Naxos

    Hi Dave.. thanks for providing such great experience and advice!
    I am travelling to Greece from Canada with my 9 year old daughter, and will be staying in Naxos and maybe one or two other islands (just under 3 weeks). This holiday is a huge deal for us and we have been talking about it ever since she can remember. My dream is to open the door and see the beach in the morning, drinking coffee (me) on the balcony or terrace. It’s important though that there are activities close by for my daughter, and children around. We’d like one hotel with wonderful sea views, then another hotel with a pool. Any thoughts on hotels that would fit the bill (any islands close to Naxos?). We are on a tight budget… Thanks for any advice you can give.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kalergis Studios is an inexpensive hotel right on the beach near Naxos Town. Pension Irene 2 is a great budget hotel with a pool, 5 to 10 minute walk to the beach and town.

      1. Kora

        Thanks very much! Really appreciate this..

  63. Luxury Hotels on Naxos


    First thank you for all your information. I will be heading to greece for my gf’s 30th birthday in September we will be going to Santorini for 4 days and would like to go to another island that is close to Santorini that has an amazing beach. While doing research we found Naxos. We are looking for a hotel that is on or close to the beach that is luxurious. I would love to find something like Naxian but on the beach. Do you have any reccomendations in Naxos? we are also open to looking at other islands with an amazing hotel on an amazing beach if something comes to mind.

    thank you in advance for your input,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      There are not a lot of luxury hotels in Naxos. The Nissaki Beach is the probably the nicest hotel in Naxos and a good location near town and good beach.

      For real luxury hotels (and great beaches too) go to Mykonos.

  64. Sun Beach Hotel in Naxos

    Do you know anything about Sun Beach Hotel? We are a family of five and that looked like a good option for us.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      A simple budget hotel with a good location. Close to St George beach and about a 10 minute walk to the town and port.

    2. Hotel for Family of 5

      What would be some better options for a family of five? We have three teens. Thank you. Kim

      1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

        Try the quadruple room at Xenia, the family 2-bedroom suite at Lagos Mare, or (budget) apartment at Pension Irene 2.

  65. Hotel in Naxos for Family of 4

    Hi Dave!

    My husband and I are planning a trip to Greece with our two children (ages 3 and 6 months) for the month of September. Access to beaches, safe accommodation and readily available healthcare are all very important to us. We think we’ve settled on Naxos. Do you have any advice on where a family of four should stay? We’d like the option of a kitchen but I don’t want to stay at an independent villa. We’d like to stay somewhere with access to a concierge for questions etc. We’d also like to stay somewhere central that would allow access to grocery shops and that would work as a good jumping off point to see the island.

    Any advice would be great!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Kalergis Studios have nice family suites with kitchenettes and steps from the beach. It’s in Naxos Town (where I would recommend staying). Hotels in Naxos generally don’t have concierge but the owners and managers (hotels are often family owned) are a huge help with any questions.

      1. Courtney

        Thanks for the recommendation! I’ve been looking at Spiros too. I like the idea of having someone local accessible 24 hrs. I assume we’d get this at a hotel but not with studios?

        Also, will the ocean be swim able in September/October?

        Thanks so much!

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

          Yes, believe Studios only have somewhere there day and evening.

          Water is great for swimming in September and early October. Can get iffy after that and depends on the weather.

  66. Belogna Iknos in Naxos

    Hi Dave,

    Belogna Iknos seems very nice. You have mentioned that we need a rental car for it.

    Is it far from Naxos? Would taxis be available there?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      It’s about 10 minutes from Naxos Town. Taxis are a fine way to get around but hired car is better.

  67. Greece for Teenagers

    Hi Dave,
    We’re a group of 17-18 year old teenagers and we’re planning a trip to Greece this summer. We’re considering Fira or Naxos, which would you say is better or do you have any other suggestions? Maya

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      You’ll love Naxos for the beaches, food, villages, hikes. But if you’re looking for any partying you’ll find it pretty slow. Not that it’s dead, you can certainly be out late having a great time, but people don’t go to Naxos for the party.

      You’ll love Fira and there’s lots to see and do on Santorini. It’s a little older crowd in Santorini. Don’t think you’d feel too young, lots of teenagers around but you will see lots of couples and honeymooners wherever you go.

      Ios is probably your island if you are looking for college-age nightlife. Great beaches and cheap hotels. Not as much to see and do as on Naxos and Santorini though.

  68. Hotels for late February/early March

    Which are the best hotels that are open and accommodating guests in late February / early March?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Most of the high-end hotels open from mid-March to mid-April.

      The best hotel open at that time is the Naxian Collection at St Prokopios Beach. This is not in the main town and will be very quiet in March. In Naxos Town (where I would stay in March) the Xenia Hotel is nice and right on the main strip (close to the port and bus station). It’s always a good value hotel but in March it’s especially cheap for what you get.

  69. Santorini and What Other Island?

    Dear Dave: I have waited 30 yrs to finally visit Greece. We have 2 wks the first of July. Santorini is a definate for me to see, but I cant decide where else to go. Can you recomend another spot to us. We are early 50s, love the beach, want to meet locals and really get the feel for the country. Any help would be appreciated. All the travel guides say mykonos, however, we are not party night life people. We are better with a bottle of wine and some really local music. Thank you in advance. So excited to be there! Lauren

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Go to Naxos. Wonderful beaches, great villages up in the hills, great food, nice people. And very easy to get to from Santorini.

  70. Naxos Island Hotel

    Hi Dave – have you been to Naxos Island Hotel? I’m looking to book there and would love your thoughts! Thank you!!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Great hotel but not right on the beach. Agios Prokopios (one of the best beaches on Naxos) is a very short walk away. This is a very good hotel but not the 5 star luxury that you’ll see on Santorini (hotels like that are rare on Naxos).

  71. Family Hotel on Naxos

    We are a family of 6 (2adults, 3 small kids and a baby) looking for a place in Naxos for a long summer stay. In addition another family might join us.
    Can you advise of a nice, kids friendly, comfortable and affordable place for our big group?
    Also would you say Naxos is a good island for kids?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Naxos is a great island for kids – probably the best of any Greek island. 2 hotels come to mind: Paradisia Villas and Sigma Studios. They have different pros and cons. The Paradisia has bigger nice rooms and a good pool but it’s a good ways from the Chora (main town). The map can make it look like it’s in the Chora but it’s not – at least a 25 minute walk. So you’d likely need a rental car to make it practical. Sigma Studios has an awesome location near St George’s beach (very kid friendly) and you’re about a 5 minute walk from restaurants in the main town (plus there are restaurants at the beach just out your door). But there is not pool at Sigma and rooms are more basic. In any case the Chora is a wonderful little town and I prefer staying close to it as opposed to out at one of the beaches farther down the island.

  72. Naxos Hotel for 2 Couples

    We love Greece and we are 2 couples thinking of going to Naxos next June /July. We love a sandy beach with clear water, tavernas and restaurants within walking distance and we like to mix with the locals. A 4/5 star hotel half board but would consider B&B don’t need a spar. We also like to take the local bus to explore. Cost, we are looking perhaps somewhere between £800 – £1,000 pp for 11 – 14 nights. Can you recommend, hard to make a choice!!
    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Cindy & Mac

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      The Nissaki Beach Hotel is my favorite hotel on Naxos. I’d call it a 4 star hotel. Great location. The beach directly in front of it is ok – but a short walk to the left there’s beautiful sand and several beach bars/tavernas. There are nicer beaches on Naxos but I like being in Naxos Town where the restaurants, shops, and bars are. Plus it makes exploring the island easier as Naxos Town is the hub of the bus system. The other beaches are easy to get to from Naxos town too.

  73. Hotel on Naxos for Group of 6

    We have 5 adults and a toddler. Would Nissaki be a good fit? My daughter wants to be close to the beach. We will be in Greece from 9/26/14-10/6/14. Should we book now online. We can only to stay for 2 nights

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Greece, Italy, and Everywhere

      Nissaki would be perfect (but you would need 2 rooms). Great location close to town and right on the beach which is very kid-friendly. The beach does get nicer with a short walk but it’s still good just in front of the hotel. Booking online will (almost) always get you the best rate.

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