Naxos Island Greece
Naxos Island is the largest island in the Cyclades and it is one of the most beautiful and interesting of the Greek Islands. Located in the south Aegean sea, Naxos is midway between Crete and the Athens mainland.
Naxos has the cosmopolitan atmosphere of a modern tourist destination, but at the same time has kept its traditional lifestyle and its local culture. Hora (the main town) is a harbour and the administrative centre of the island. As well as the historic old town, it has a modern centre, which offers all kinds of facilities. There is a Health Centre, banks, very good shopping and lots of restaurants, bars and cafes. It has a lively nightlife, not only during the summer months, like most islands, but all the year round.
Its famous beaches on the south western side of the island, provide endless stretches of golden sand and sand dunes, now developing rapidly, they still maintain some of the atmosphere of the seventies when they were discovered by the "flower people".
However to really get to know Naxos, you must visit the inland areas and the mountain villages, walk the paths which crisscross the island, listen to the violin and the lute at one of the local festivals and get drunk on the island's energy.
How to Get to Naxos
Getting to Naxos by Sea
With many direct international flights to Mykonos and Santorini, these are ideal islands to begin your Naxos visit. Daily ferries and catamarans link these islands with Naxos and schedules can be found online at www.openseas.gr
Getting to Naxos Island from mainland Greece is simple as there are frequent ferry services from Piraeus and Rafina ports and many other Greek Islands. Piraeus and Rafina ports are easily accessed from Athens International Airport, thanks to suburban rail and metro to Piraeus and frequent buses to Rafina. There is also a direct bus link from Athens Airport to Piraeus port (route X96, about 90 minute journey). There are 6 to 8 daily sea schedules in total to and from Mainland Greece and journey time depends on ferry / catamaran type. Getting here with high speed vessels will take 3.5 to 4 hours, while journey time with a ferry is 5.5 to 6.5 hours.
Flying to Naxos
There are several flights per day from Athens to Naxos and back with 2 airlines currently offering this route.
Private charter helicopters or flights are also available to and from Naxos, the surrounding islands and the mainland.