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by Santorini Dave • Updated: December 4, 2018

Naxos Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • – 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).
  • 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.
  • Best Hotels in Naxos: Nissaki Beach HotelHotel Grotta.
  • Best Cheap Hotels in Naxos: Xenia Hotel NaxosPension Irene 2.
  • 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 Luxury Hotels in Naxos

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1. 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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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.

  • 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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86 Questions and Comments

  1. Naxos Beach Hotel

    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,

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  2. Princess Hotel in Naxos for Family of 5

    Hi Dave,

    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?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  3. Best Honeymoon Hotel in Naxos

    Hey Dave,

    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.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Either Nissaki Beach Hotel (luxury right on the beach) or Hotel Grotta (a little more charm and warmth). Both hotels are in Naxos Town.

  4. Ampelos Residence in Naxos

    Hi Dave,
    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?
    Many thanks!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  5. Itinerary for Greek Islands

    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?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  6. Two Days in Naxos

    Hi Dave,
    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?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  7. Location of Orkos Beach Hotel

    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?
    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Beach is great. 3 restaurants and 1 small market within walking distance. Otherwise not much around. Bus stop for Naxos Town (Chora) nearby.

  8. Honeymoon Hotel in Naxos

    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?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  9. Hotels Fully Booked: Iphimedeia Apartments in Naxos

    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!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  10. Hotel Glaros or Theros Boutique House in Naxos

    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?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      Glaros is much better located for town and beach.

  11. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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).

  12. Owner of Korali Hotels

    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.

    Warm Regards,
    Stelios Vathrakokoilis

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

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

  13. 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 The Hotel Expert

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

  14. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  15. Naxos to Hydra

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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

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

  16. Liana Hotel in Naxos

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

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

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

  17. Quiet Hotel near Naxos Town

    Dear Dave
    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.
    Thank you.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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.

  18. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  19. Itinerary for 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 The Hotel Expert

      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).

  20. 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 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.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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).

  21. 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 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?

    Many thanks,
    L. Nichols

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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).

  22. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  23. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  24. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  25. Hotels Fully Booked on Naxos

    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?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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).

  26. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  27. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  28. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  29. Owners of Kavos Naxos Hotel

    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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  30. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  31. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  32. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.)

  33. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  34. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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 The Hotel Expert

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

  35. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  36. Medusa Resort in Naxos

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


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave The Hotel Expert

      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).

  37. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  38. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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 The Hotel Expert

          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.

  39. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  40. 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) 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

  41. 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 The Hotel Expert

      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.

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