Best Places to Stay in Naxos – Tips & Advice
- Which towns and beaches in Naxos are best? Stay in Naxos Town or Agios Georgios Beach for a great mix of walkability, dining, sights, and easy transportation. Stay at Agios Prokopios or Agia Anna Beach for two great beach towns but still easy accessibility to Naxos Town and the ferry port. Stay in one of the mountain villages to experience local life, food, history, and nature.
- Best Hotels in Naxos: ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat • Nissaki Beach Hotel • Kavos Boutique Hotel
- Best Hotels for Families: Nissaki Beach Hotel • Iria Beach Art Hotel
- Best Cheap Hotel in Naxos: Saint Vlassis
- Best Honeymoon Hotels in Naxos: ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat • Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaway • Medusa Resort
- Best Restaurants in Naxos: To Elliniko • Doukato • Nostimon Hellas • Giannoulis Taverna
- Best Bars in Naxos: Like Home • Naxos Café • Oniro Wine Bar
What are the Best Places to Stay in Naxos?
- The Best Areas for most travelers in Naxos are Naxos Town (the Chora), Agios Georgios Beach, Agios Prokopios Beach, and Agia Anna Beach. These areas offer the best mix of great hotels, sights, dining, and easy transportation.
- The Best Places for Sightseeing include Naxos Town with the highest concentration of attractions, including the castle ruins, Apollo Temple ruins (the Portara), sunsets over the port, and Old Market Street. Those interested in history, hiking, and local life may prefer to stay in one of the mountain villages, closer to the Temple of Demeter ruins, over 200 Byzantine churches, and Zas Cave, the mythological home of Zeus.
- The Best Places for Living Like a Local are the mountain villages, especially Chalki, Moni, Sangri, and Filoti, all offering modern comforts and excellent, locally-sourced food in a quaint setting, where many people still earn a living through traditional means, whether herding goats, farming crops, craftworking, or distilling the island’s signature liquor kitron.
- The Best Beaches and Beach Towns vary by interest. The best beach in Naxos is Plaka, a long stretch of wide golden sand with a handful of beach clubs and restaurants at the north end and a quiet south end. The best beach for families is Agios Georgios, with shallow, calm water and tons of great restaurants and hotels (many with pools). Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna Beaches offer lively (but not too wild) beach clubs, great dining, easy access to Naxos Town and the port, and are set in small coves protected from the winds.
Staying in Naxos Town
Naxos Town, also called Chora, is the largest village on Naxos island. This is where the vast majority of hotels, restaurants, and bars are located, as well as the main ferry port. Like many Cycladic villages, Naxos Town is built like a maze with narrow, crisscrossing footpaths and stone stairways packed with shops and centuries-old Orthodox chapels. The village spreads down the sides of a hill topped with the ruins of a 13th-century Venetian castle. Jutting out into the sea and accessible by a raised path is Apollo Temple, also called Portara, with its large door all that remains of an unfinished 6th century B.C. temple. Compact, bustling and entirely walkable, Chora offers the most convenience of any area on the island, with restaurants and bars open late into the night and bus service to all parts of the island. This is an especially great village for those traveling for short trips, as every necessity is within a short walk.
The Best Hotels in Naxos Town
Staying at Agios Georgios Beach
Family-friendly Agios Georgios (Saint George) is the closest beach to Naxos Town. Ideal for children, the beach is set in a small bay (which offers protection from the wind) with calm, clear, shallow water. This lively beach is lined with casual restaurants and beach clubs with umbrellas and sunbeds for rent. There is a water sports center at its south end with kitesurfing, windsurfing, cycling, and catamaran sailing available. Located just a short walk from Naxos Town, it’s easy to stay here and enjoy the beach all day, then walk into town for sunset drinks or dinner in Chora. (There is no clear divide between Naxos Town and the Agios Georgios area so it’s a little arbitrary what is considered a Naxos Town hotel and an Agios Georgios hotel.)
The Best Hotels at Agios Georgios Beach
Staying in Stelida
Stelida is the promontory at the westernmost point on Naxos. Though it sits between the 2 most popular areas of the island, Naxos Town and Agios Prokopios Beach, Stelida itself is very quiet, with just a handful of luxury hotels and private villas, all recently built (this is the most expensive real estate on the island). Though the development here is all new, this is actually the site of the island’s oldest civilizations with evidence of early humans dating back to the Middle Paleolithic area (over 40,000 years ago). Stelida has only a handful of restaurants, mostly in hotels, but it’s just a 15-minute walk to Agios Prokopios for more dining options or to catch the bus to Naxos Town. There is also the little-known, tranquil Stelida Beach almost due north of Agios Prokopios, also about a 15-minute walk from the heart of the area. There is also a small but fun water park for families, Aqua Fun, open during the peak of summer.
The Best Hotels in Stelida
- Kavos Boutique Hotel
- Naxian Collection Luxury Villas & Suites
- Naxian Utopia Luxury Villas & Suites
- Naxos Cave Suites
Staying at Agios Prokopios & Agia Anna Beaches
Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna are two adjacent beaches south of Stelida, facing southeast and shielded from the wind. Both beaches have calm, turquoise water, golden sand, a variety of restaurants, and fun beach clubs. Both beaches are well-connected by bus to Naxos Town. Agios Prokopios is the larger, busier beach of the two and boasts a small dive center and several bars and restaurants. Agia Anna feels more like a small village and the beach is a little narrower and quieter, though it still has a beach club with late-night dancing, three or four quality beach restaurants, and a bustling little pier with local fishing boats at its south end. Walking the entire length of both beaches from the northern tip of Agios Prokopios to the southern edge of Agia Anna only takes 30 minutes, so it’s easy to stay at one beach, while enjoying the other. From Agia Anna Beach, it’s a 10-minute walk to Plaka Beach for even more options.
The Best Hotels at Agios Prokopios Beach
The Best Hotel at Agia Anna Beach
Staying at Plaka Beach
At just over 4 km, Plaka Beach is the longest on Naxos island. Known for its soft, golden sand and gentle water, Plaka is the very best beach in Naxos and among the best in Greece. The bulk of the beach’s hotels, restaurants, and beach clubs are located at the north end (sometimes called Maragas). Farther south the activity gives way to long expanses of serene natural beauty, where beachgoers have plenty of space to themselves in the sun or under the shade of the occasional cedar tree. Plaka Beach is well-connected to Naxos Town by bus and it’s an easy walk from the north end of Plaka to Agia Anna Beach.
The Best Hotels at Plaka Beach
Staying at Mikri Vigli Beach
Mikri Vigla is a headland on the southwest side of Naxos with beaches on the north and south sides. The main Mikri Vigla Beach faces north toward the wind, making this a popular beach for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The south-facing Mikri Vigla Beach (aka Limanakia or Sahara Beach) is protected from the wind, with calm, shallow water perfect for swimming and popular with families and nature-lovers. Mikri Vigla has a handful of hotels and traditional tavernas but is generally very quiet with plenty of wide-open space to enjoy.
The Best Hotels at Mikri Vigli Beach
Staying at Aliko & Southern Beaches
Aliko Cedar Forest is a rare gem on Naxos: a the largest and densest of the 8 cedar forests in Greece, spreading over 800 sqm and filled with a range of cedar, heather, and wildflowers and with 4 small, sandy beaches breaking up its stony coast (one of which is a nude beach). In the middle of the preserve are the ruins of a never-finished hotel, which has become an open-air street art gallery brimming with colorful graffiti murals. To the north are Kastraki and Glyfada Beaches, gold and white sand beaches, loved for their excellent swimming, kitesurfing, and windsurfing. South of Aliko is Pyrgaki Beach, a tranquil stretch of soft sand spread over 3 coves. These beaches are largely unorganized with only a few seafood tavernas, a smattering of hotels, and no beach clubs.
The Best Hotels at Aliko & Southern Beaches
Staying in the Mountain Villages
The greenest island in the Cyclades, Naxos supplies most of the ingredients used in the fine dining restaurants of Santorini and Mykonos, and its inland villages are the heart of the harvest. In the mountain villages, many locals still make their living in traditional ways: herding goats and sheep, farming crops (especially olives and grapes), cheesemaking, and handcrafting textiles. The central villages are filled with history, including the 6th century B.C. Temple of Demeter and 200 Byzantine chapels, many filled with ancient frescoes (including Panagia Drosiani pictured above). Zas Cave is here, the mythological childhood home of Zeus, accessible by a wonderfully challenging hiking trail. Though steeped in tradition, the villages offer modern conveniences, including open-air restaurants, lively small bars, boutique shops, and more. Even if you don’t stay overnight in the mountains, do plan on making a day trip to Chalki, the most charming village.
The Best Hotels in the Mountain Villages
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