When I first visited the town of Agia Anna Naxos, I was amazed by how charming the place is! Life in Agia Anna Greece is much slower than in the bustling island’s capital Chora, and thanks to that, you can really relax here and soak in the Cycladic vibe.
Right in the heart of this delightful town, Agia Anna Beach attracts with its golden sand and azure, crystal clear sea! What more do you need for the perfect holiday?
I have spent quite some time on Naxos island, writing travel guides and exploring the island with a camera in hand, taking photos of this incredible island. On this page, I’m sharing with you my best tips!
Quick Guide to Agia Anna Naxos
✈️ Check the best Athens to Naxos flights via Expedia
🚢 Book your Naxos ferry from Athens or another Greek island through Ferry Scanner
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Chora Naxos: Naxian Horizon
Plaka: Acti Plaka Hotel Naxos
Agia Anna: Iria Beach Art Hotel
⛵Best Naxos Boat Tour: All-Inclusive Boat Tour Naxos to Small Cyclades
Where is Agia Anna Naxos?
Agia Anna town is situated on the northern coast of Naxos island, 7 km south of its lively capital town and port – Naxos Town. Despite being so close to the busiest part of the island, the vibe in Agia Anna Naxos couldn’t be more different.
Agia Anna is the perfect place if you enjoy the more off-beaten track and chilled destinations but still close enough to Chora to pop into the car and drive for a night out.
Agios Anna Naxos is also close to some of the most incredible beaches of Naxos, such as Agios Prokopios Beach and Plaka Beach, which are both located only a short drive away.
If you’re into exploring more authentic villages tucked away in the mountains, I recommend visiting Vivlos and Halki Naxos, which are also situated only a few kilometres away from Agia Anna.
How to get to Agia Anna Naxos?
Car Rental Naxos
The most convenient way of getting to Agia Anna Naxos town is by driving yourself. The roads on Naxos are well marked, and the journey should only take a few minutes. Also, you can park in Agia Anna for free.
Car Rental in Naxos is super common and widely available on the island. I found that online car rental costs the same as doing it in person on arrival, and it saves you the hassle of shopping around on the island. It also makes sense to prebook the car online if you’re travelling during the peak season.
I usually use DiscoverCars to search for the best car rental option and always opt-in for the full insurance cover to save myself unpleasantries such as paying an excess fee for damages. Also, check if you need an international driving licence to drive in Greece. If you’re from one o the EU countries or the UK, you can legally drive in Greece with your country’s driver’s licence.
Car Hire Naxos Deals
In this blog post, we will tell you how easy it is to rent a car in Naxos, covering everything from prices, rental conditions, insurance requirements, tips for driving in Naxos, and so much more.
ATV Rental Naxos
Riding an ATV vehicle is also a popular form of exploring the island. ATVs are easy and fun to drive, and they are good at riding off-road. If you’re planning to visit places like Plaka Beach, Aliko Beach, Hawaii Beach, Pyrgaki, you may want to consider getting an ATV as an alternative to a car. I was travelling on a scooter in that area, and at times the road was very tricky with sandy, slippery surfaces.
The downside of renting an ATV is they are almost as expensive as car rental and may be unpleasant to drive in windy conditions. The prices start at €50 per day. If you decide on an ATV vehicle, make sure you rent it from a reputable dealer. Always check their reviews and get yourself insured. You may also require an international driver’s licence.
TIP | If you want to rent it for more than one day, try negotiating down the price. You may also offer a cash payment to get a better deal.
Scooter Rental Naxos
Probably the cheapest way how to get around Naxos other than the bus is renting out a scooter. Since I lived in Bali for a long time, this was my preferred way! I rented a scooter in Naxos Town for €20 a day in September and I paid cash.
You will probably need to negotiate a little and pay in cash to get a similar rate, but it’s entirely possible! Before you decide on renting a scooter, make sure you have the appropriate driving licence suitable for scooters. They actually check it in every rental shop! If you’re from the UK, a full driving licence is sufficient.
Naxos Bus System
If renting a car in Naxos is not your cup of tea, you can also travel around the island on Naxos buses. There is a private bus Naxos company that runs several lines connecting all the places worth visiting on Naxos such as Plaka Beach, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Glyfada, Aliko, Halki, Filoti and even Vivlos with Naxos Town and making using buses in Naxos easy.
Bus ticket prices are also very reasonable, costing anything between €1.8 and €5 for a single trip. I’m leaving a link to the Naxos bus schedule below.
Bus from Naxos Port to Agia Anna
You can purchase your ticket from the Naxos Public Bus Terminal located near the port in Naxos Town. Tale Line 1 or 10 to get from Naxos port to Agia Anna Naxos town or Agia Anna beach. Bus Naxos Chora Agia Anna should take around 20 minutes and cost €1.8 or $2.
Best time to visit Agia Anna Naxos?
The best time to visit Agia Anna Naxos is between the months of May and October when the island of Naxos is experiencing summertime with plenty of sunshine and minimal rainfall. If you want to enjoy some quality beach time, you will definitely get it between June and September, and if you rather avoid the high season, choose either June or September.
In terms of the time of the day, I find that the best time for almost any exploring is in the morning, and Agia Anna Naxos is no different. For those that want to stay on Agia Anna Beach for the day, late morning is the best to arrive. You will get the sunshine already on the beach, but it will be early enough to pick the best sunbeds and umbrellas or a spot for your towel.
If you want to add more interesting places to your day trip itinerary, consider also checking out Plaka Beach and Agios Prokopios Beach. For culture and authentic experience lovers, there are mountainous villages of Halki and Filoti that are also located very close to Agia Anna.
How long do I need for visiting Agia Anna?
The village of Agia Anna Naxos is super small, and you will be able to check it out in 2 hours tops. You can also spend a morning on Agia Anna Beach and have lunch at one of the Agia Anna restaurants Naxos overlooking the beach. Or visit 1 or 2 villages in the mountains and head to Agia Anna Beach for a chilled afternoon.
For those that want to stay in Agia Anna, I recommend adding 2-3 days in Agia Anna, to your Naxos itinerary.
The Town of Agia Anna Naxos – What to Expect?
Agia Anna Naxos is located only about 15 minutes drive from the lively Naxos capital – Chora, yet the vibe here couldn’t be more different! The town is super chilled, and you won’t find here noisy beach clubs with party people drinking all day long.
Agia Anna is couple and family-friendly, where you can truly relax on a stunning Agia Anna Beach, which has powdery, golden sand and shallow, calm sea – perfect for swimming.
For a small town that Agia Anna is, the place has a surprisingly wide range of excellent restaurants and stylish beach cafes where you can take a break from sun lounging and grab a delicious lunch.
Agia Anna doesn’t fall short in terms of facilities either, such as car/scooter/ ATV rental shops, Naxos tours and boat trips services and a good grocery store. There is even a small Agia Anna port Naxos that services daily boat trips.
Agia Anna is also excellent for affordable booking Naxos hotels from luxury to budget options. Agia Anna Naxos is really one of the best villages in Naxos if you don’t mind the absence of vibrant nightlife.
Agia Anna Beach Naxos
Agia Anna Beach stretches along with the town and attracts with shallow, azure waters that stay calm most of the time and is perfect for swimming for anyone, even children. Agia Anna Beach is lined up with Naxos Agia Anna Beach restaurants.
Some of them are really cool with interesting boho decor. They normally offer sunbeds and umbrellas for daily rent, but there is also plenty of space to stretch your own towel.
At the end of the beach, boat cruises leave daily to the nearby Greek islands such as Kaufonissi from a small jetty. And a short walk away from the village centre, you can find a quaint white and blue church. Walk behind it for stunning, panoramic vistas of Agia Anna and some interesting rock formations.
You can find here a secluded spot and enjoy your little, private beach for a romantic time or just a relaxing time by yourself. Nearby, there is also a nudist beach.
When you get bored of the Agia Anna beach, 16 minutes walk from Agia Anna town, there is Agio Prokopios Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Naxos that offers a more lively scene and a selection of chic beach clubs. Also, a short drive south, there is Maragas Beach Naxos with lively beach clubs and watersports options.
Best Hotels Agia Anna Naxos
Luxury Agia Anna Naxos Hotels
In this section, you will find the best luxury Naxos Agia Anna accommodation options.
Cycladic Islands Hotel & Spa – Hotel Agia Anna with pool.
Location | This Agia Anna hotel is located 11 minutes’ walk from the beach.
Rooms | All double, twin, and triple rooms come with a coffee and tea maker, a fridge and a balcony; some feature a sea view. Suites also come equipped with a private kitchen.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free parking and access to the hotel bar and spa facilities and a swimming pool.
Best for | Best hotel Agia Anna Naxos for friends, a family & couples, beach vacation, pool lovers, self-catering.
Iria Beach Art Hotel – Beachfront hotel right on Agia Anna Beach Naxos.
Location | Iria Beach Art Hotel is located right on the beach, in the heart of the village.
Rooms | This Agia Anna beach hotel features a range of double and triple rooms equipped with a balcony and a coffee machine. Some rooms come with a sea view and a whirlpool tub.
Facilities | This Agia Anna resort facilities include a fitness centre and spa. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free parking.
Best for | One of the best Agia Anna Naxos resorts for couples, fitness enthusiasts, romantic, chilled stay on the beach.
Midrange Agia Anna Hotels
In this section, you will find the best two midrange hotels in Agia Anna Naxos.
Orion Naxos Hotel – Agia Anna studios Naxos with kitchenette, near the beach.
Location | Orion Naxos Hotel is located near the Agia Anna and rock formations. Agia Anna Beach is located within a 7-minute walk.
Rooms | All rooms come with a kitchenette and a balcony; some also feature a seating area and a sea view. Suites can sleep up to 4 adults.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a shared lounge.
Best for | Best Agia Anna apartments for a self-catering vacation, friends, families, couples.
Sea Nymphs Suites – Attractive Agia Anna Naxos studios with large terraces.
Location | This Agia Anna hotel Naxos is situated right in the heart of Agia Anna and across the street from its beach.
Rooms | The property features a range of double rooms and double deluxe suites that feature a minibar, coffee machine and a large terrace.
Facilities | Free parking and breakfast can be provided at an additional charge. The hotel can also arrange a port or airport shuttle.
Best for | Best Naxos Agia Anna hotel for a romantic stay for couples near the beach.
Budget Naxos Hotels Agia Anna
If you’re planning on booking Agia Anna Naxos accommodation within the budget range, then check out this section!
Despina Hotel – Studios Agia Anna Naxos with kitchen + balcony.
Location | This Naxos hotel Agia Anna is located an 8-minute walk to Agia Anna Beach.
Rooms | Rooms can sleep from 2 to 4 adults, and all come with a private balcony with a garden view and kitchen. Some of the rooms feature a spacious dining area.
Facilities | Free parking and wifi in its public areas.
Best for | Best budget hotel Naxos Agia Anna for friends, couples, families, self-catering vacation.
Birbas Hotel – Studios with kitchen + balcony.
Location | Hotel Birbas is located a 13-minutes walk to the beach and town of Agia Anna.
Rooms | The property feature double and superior studios as well as family rooms. All come with a private kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | There is free parking for guests and car rental arrangements on request.
Best for | Best Agia Anna Naxos hotel for families, couples, friends.
Things to do in Naxos Agia Anna
#1 Laze at Agia Anna Beach
Having a beach day is definitely one of the best things to do in Agia Anna Naxos! Agia Anna Beach is a lovely place to chill and swim in the crystal clear water of the Aegean Sea. If you want to stay close to the local amenities and Agia Anna Naxos restaurants, choose the main strip of the beach in the town’s centre.
Agia Anna also has a nudist beach which you can find to the left of Saint Nicholas Church, and if you want to spend the day entirely away from the people, choose the area behind the church, where you can find a small piece of beach entirely to yourself.
There is also a quiet beach on the other side of Agia Anna port, which tends to be less busy from the main beach strip. To find it, walk south along Agia Anna Beach until a small jetty with moored colourful boats. The quiet beach on the other side of the jetty.
#2 Chill at one of Agia Anna Beach Bar
For those that want to spend their beach day comfortably, I recommend hiring a pair of sunbeds and an umbrella from one of Naxos Agia Anna restaurants located on the beach. There are a few choices, just stroll along and choose your favourite spot with comfortable sunbeds. My favourite was Ostria Cafe with a chic, boho decor!
#3 Dine at the iconic Paradiso Taverna Naxos
When you search for Naxos island on Google, you often get pictures of Taverna Paradiso Naxos. And, there is a good reason for that because the location of this Greek taverna is epic. Book your table for a time just before the sunset and enjoy sitting right on the beach overlooking the sea, which is the perfect spot to enjoy the sunset!
The restaurant tables are located under a beautiful tree with fairy lights switched on in the evening. If you’re looking to spend a romantic evening, Paradiso Taverna is perfect! This Agia Anna restaurant serves traditional Greek food such as pasticcio, stuffed peppers, greek salad, seafood and meat dishes.
TIP| If you travel during the high season, book your table ahead.
Location | Paradiso Naxos
#4 Visit Saint Nicholas Church
Saint Nicholas Church in Agia Anna Naxos is the most picturesque place in town. It is perched on a small hill and located in the southern part of Agia Anna. You can either walk here from town or park your vehicle at Paradiso Taverna and take a wooden boardwalk along the shore.
You will go past the nudist beach on your left, and after a few minutes of a leisurely stroll, you will get to the church. Saint Nicholas is a small chapel with Cycladic whitewashed walls, blue frames, and a quaint bell tower. Don’t forget to bring your camera as the place is super beautiful and offers stunning views of Naxos Agia Anna town.
Location | Saint Nicholas Naxos
#5 Snap a photo at the Agia Anna Viewpoint
For the best views of the picturesque town of Agia Anna Naxos, walk to the Agia Anna viewpoint, you can find the directions on how to get there below, but basically, you need to take the boardwalk around the Saint Nicholas Church. It is a cool spot for enjoying the view of this still traditional fishing village.
Also, if you want a beach day in a secluded spot, this is where you find it. You can find a small piece of beach divided by large rocks, which can be yours for the day. Don’t forget to bring plenty of water, a good book and some snacks to keep you going as there are no shops nearby. The only other thing to keep in mind is that this part of Agia Anna can get a little windy.
Location | Naxos Viewpoint
#6 Take a cruise to Kaufonissi island
Kaufonissi island is a popular boat tour destination from Naxos. Daily boat tours leave the port of Agia Anna, and you can also book your spot online with Get Your Guide. On this tour, you will get to explore the uninhabited island of Kato Kaufonissi – its unspoiled shore, including rock pools and caves. The boat also stops at the quaint island of Pano Kaufonissi.
#7 Visit the Archeological site of Yria
For the fans of ancient history and exploring ancient ruins, there is a small but interesting archaeological site of Yria, located a few kilometres from Agia Anna. Although the place is super small, it is worth checking out if you enjoy this sort of activity and are in the area anyway.
It features small museums with a collection of artefacts that was in the past a temple and a village. Ask the museum keeper for more information if you’re interested.
Entrance | €3
Location | Archeological site of Yria
#8 Enjoy an Outdoor Cinema
If you’re planning to stay in Agia Anna Naxos overnight, watching a film in an outdoor cinema could be a super cool idea for evening entertainment. This place is located a short walk from the town centre, and in the summer it organises various cultural events. Check their timetable when you’re there. The ticket for the evening show costs €10 and includes a drink and a snack. There is also a bar that serves various alcoholic drinks throughout the show.
Entrance | €10 (film + drink & snack)
Location | Prokopios Arts Festival
Best Agia Anna Restaurants
Traditional Greek Tavern Giannoulis | Best restaurant Agia Anna Naxos for homemade food and service
Paradiso Taverna | An Agia Anna taverna with epic settings, on the beach and excellent Greek cuisine
Ostria Cafe Restaurant | Cute cafe on the beach, town centre, great food
SUERTE Cafe Beach Bar | Agia Anna Beach Club, great breakfast, sunbeds rental
Aloha Beach Bar | this island bar Agia Anna Naxos, affordable cocktails & sunbeds
Other Things to do near Agia Anna Naxos
Chora Naxos Town
Chora or Naxos Town is the bustling capital of the island of Naxos and its port town. Here you find all the tourist amenities such as restaurants, the best bars in Naxos, souvenir shops, car and ATV rentals and tour operator shops.
Naxos town is home to the island’s most iconic landmark – Portara which is what is left after an important temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo built in the 6th century BC. A daily morning stroll to Portara was the highlight of my Naxos holidays.
The old town of Naxos city, perched above the port, is an excellent place to explore with many charming small shops selling handmade crafts, a few interesting museums, quaint churches and of course – the Venetian castle – Kastro.
Agios Prokopios Naxos
Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos is easily one of the best beaches Naxos island is so renowned for!
Agios Prokopios Naxos is sandwiched between Naxos Town and Agia Anna town within a walking distance to the latter. Agios Prokopios boasts an expansive stretch of golden sand and shallow, azure waters. There is a lifeguard on site ensuring every member of the family stays safe and has plenty of room to bring your own towel and umbrella.
There are two parts of the beach with a little different vibe. The northern end is quiet with nothing more than a beach, perfect for families and nature lovers while the southern end is packed with cute beach bars that offer sunbeds and deliver cocktails straight to your sun lounger. Along the southern end, you can also find a range of cafes and restaurants.
Plaka Beach Naxos
Situated a 12-minutes drive from Agios Anna Naxos, Plaka Naxos is known to be the best beach in Naxos. When you visit the island, you’ll be spoiled with superb beaches in Naxos Greece, and Naxos Plaka is certainly one of them!
Plaka Beach on Naxos is one of the unspoiled and underdeveloped beaches on Naxos, with golden sand and calm waters thanks to its sheltered location. At its northern edge, you will find a few hotels, a couple of beach bars and sunbeds and parasol rentals. Don’t expect, loud music and a lively, party vibe though!
Even this part is super quiet and perfect for a relaxing getaway in nature. The southern end of Plaka Beach on Naxos is even less developed, with not much besides a golden beach and gentle waves washing against the shore.
Best Naxos Tours
A great way of exploring the island is by taking an organised tour. This is a particularly good option if you don’t have enough time. Here are some of the best hand-picked Naxos excursions, Naxos boat tours and best day trips from Naxos island.
All-Inclusive Catamaran Day Cruise & Snorkelling
All-Inclusive Boat Tour Naxos to Small Cyclades
Private Food Tour in Naxos Old Town
Half-Day Private Tour of Naxos
Best time to visit Naxos?
Naxos experiences its peak season during July and August when the island receives the most visitors, hotel prices are at their highest and so are the daily temperatures averaging around 27 degrees Celsius.
June, September and October are the perfect months to visit Naxos island. You can expect plenty of sunshine, temperature averaging in the mid-twenties degree Celcius with seawater staying at above 20 degrees Celsius as well, which is ideal for swimming. During this time you can also grab some good deals on accommodation and rentals and enjoy half-empty Naxos beaches.
How many days in Naxos?
Naxos is the biggest Cycladic island which is impossible to visit on a day trip. Luckily, all the most exciting things to do in Naxos and Naxos best beaches are concentrated on its western coast. To fully appreciate the island’s beauty and the best of Naxos, I recommend spending here at least one week.
How to Get to Naxos?
Direct Flights to Naxos
The only direct way via an aeroplane to the island is Athens to Naxos flight. Several airlines serve this connection and these are Olympic, Sky Express and Aegean. Use a flights browser such as Kayak to find the cheapest or best flight.
Naxos airport is situated on the western coast of the island, an 8-minutes drive from Chora. You can hire a car, take a taxi or a bus to get to your Naxos accommodation.
How to get to Naxos from the UK?
As there is no direct flight between the UK and Naxos, you will need to fly to Athens and then go on a flight Athens to Naxos, which operate multiple times per day. You can also take a ferry to Naxos from Pireaus Port in Athens. Check the next section for more information.
The most common way of getting to Naxos is taking a ferry either from Athens or, if you’re island hopping in the Cyclades, from another island. Several companies service the route between the Cycladic islands in Greece such as Seajets, Blue Star Naxos, and Hellenic Seaways.
If you want to save some money on the ferries that can be costly, especially if you’re island hopping, I recommend booking your fares way in advance. I always use Ferry Scanner to look for the best tickets.
If you’re planning your trip to Naxos at peak season, booking your ferry in advance makes even more sense, especially if you’re not very flexible on dates. If you book online, Ferry Scanner offers an extended free cancellation period in case your plans change.
When searching for tickets, you will also notice that slower ferries can be a lot cheaper, so if you don’t mind a 2-3 hours longer trip, booking a slower ferry can be a good way of saving some money.
Travelling on ferries is an experience in its own right! Remember to arrive early as the boarding process and loading the vehicles is swift, and boats don’t wait around and usually leave on time. Also, always check ahead of time if your ferry is scheduled to go on time.
Ferry services rely on good sea conditions, and cancellations are common, especially in September and October when there are more chances of strong winds.
Ferries to Naxos from Athens
Athens to Naxos ferry is the most popular route and the most frequent service. Ferries Athens to Naxos leaves multiple times a day from Piraeus or Rafina ports to Naxos Town. Depending on the ferry, the journey takes anything from 3 to 5 hours. For ferry schedules and prices, check Ferry Scanner.
Ferries Santorini to Naxos
A ferry Santorini Naxos is another popular route with multiple ferries scheduled daily. The trip takes from 80 minutes to 3 hours, and during summer holidays, ferries get booked out quickly, so consider booking online if you’re travelling during that time.
Ferries Mykonos to Naxos
The same applies to ferry Mykonos to Naxos. The journey takes between 35 minutes to just under 2 hours, and online booking is recommended for travels between July and August. Because the two islands are so close to each other, taking a day trip from Naxos to Mykonos is a popular form of visiting the more expensive Cycladic sister island.
Ferries from Crete to Naxos
A ferry Crete to Naxos is way less popular and less frequent. There is only one ferry from Crete to Naxos with Seajets which takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you’re not flexible on dates and travelling during the peak season, make sure you prebook your Crete to Naxos ferry online.
Ferries from Paros to Naxos
Ferries Paros to Naxos are frequent, and the journey takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the route of your ferry Paros Naxos. If you are short on time, you can also visit Paros on a day trip from Naxos if you take a fast ferry.
Ferries from Milos to Naxos
Milos island is quite far from Naxos, and there is only one ferry per day with a journey time of almost 4 hours.
Ferry from Ios to Naxos
There are a few ferry services per day between Ios and Naxos. Ios is a much smaller island. It takes around 60 minutes to get there by ferry, which means you can also visit Ios on a day trip.
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