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Agios Prokopios Naxos – A Guide to Agios Prokopios Beach

A wide stretch of pristine beach with golden sand that stretches for a good few kilometres and an irresistible crystal clear, shallow sea with a stunning shade of turquoise – this is what you can expect from Agios Prokopios Naxos! Agios Prokopios Beach is one of the best Naxos beaches if not the best beach Naxos is so famous for. 

The southern end of the Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos is super quiet with not much infrastructure apart from a couple of sunchairs to rent out and one or two beach shacks selling cold drinks. This is the perfect place for a chilled beach day where you can stretch your own towel and just enjoy the peace and quiet by reading a book or simply listening to the sound of the waves.  

Agios Prokopios Naxos

At the northern end of Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos, you can find a range of restaurants and cafes as well as a few good beach clubs with comfy sunbeds, music and all-day drink service. This is where you can spend a day on the beach in style sipping cocktails and soaking in the beach club vibes. 

Agios Prokopios village is an excellent destination for a day trip, but also, if you’re looking for where to stay in Naxos, Naxos Agios Prokopios amongst Plaka Beach, Agia Anna Naxos and Chora Naxos Town is one of the best places to stay on the island. 

I have spent quite some time on Naxos island, writing travel guides, exploring the island and taking photos with my camera and drone of this incredible island. On this page, I’m sharing with you my best tips, including the best hotels in Agios Prokopios Naxos, things to do near Agios Prokopios, the best restaurants and Agios Prokopios beach bars and more!

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Enjoying the early morning on the beach
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Agios Prokopios Beach Clubs

Quick Guide to Agios Prokopios Naxos

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Where is Agios Prokopios Naxos?

Agios Prokopios Naxos is situated on the western coast of the island, a 10-minute drive from Naxos port (6 km) and a 5-minute drive from Naxos Aiport. The convenient location of Agios Prokopios town makes it one of the favourite locations to stay on Naxos, especially for families. 

For those that prefer to stay in Naxos Town, Agios Prokopios Beach is an excellent destination for a day trip from Chora, accessible by a car, an ATV vehicle or even bus. More about how to get to Agia Prokopios Naxos in the next sections. 

Click on the map below, to get an interractive map of Agios Prokopios Naxos Town & Agios Prokopios Beach.

Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos

How to get to Agios Prokopios Beach & Town 

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Car Rental Naxos 

The most convenient way of getting to Agios Prokopios 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 near Agios Prokopios Beach for free. There is a large, unpaved car park area where you can leave your vehicle for the day. 

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

For a last-minute booking, you can find a few car rental Agios Prokopios shops in the northern part, along the main road.  

ATV Rental Naxos

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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, or 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 that they are almost as expensive as car rentals 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 

bus naxos stop, Agios Prokopios Naxos

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 Timetable Naxos (includes bus Naxos town to Agios Prokopios)

Bus Naxos Port to Agios Prokopios

Getting a bus Naxos port Agios Prokopios is super easy and takes around 15-20 minutes. You can purchase your ticket from the Naxos Public Bus Terminal located near the port in Naxos Town. Take bus 1 or 10 to get from Naxos Chora to Agios Prokopios Beach. Bus Agios Prokopios to Naxos town should cost €1.8 or $2. The trip from Agios Prokopios to Naxos Town is equally easy. Check the schedule beforehand to ensure you don’t miss the last bus. The bus stop is located near the northern end of Agios Prokopios Beach. 

Taxi Agios Prokopios Naxos 

Another way of getting to Agios Prokopios is by taxi. This may be a good option if you are not planning on renting a car but arriving late via the Naxos port or airport. Travelling by taxis around Naxos is the least economical way and I would only recommend doing it as an option of last resort. 

Agios Prokopios Beach – What to expect?

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The northern end of Agios Prokopios Beach

Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos is easily one of the best beaches Naxos island is so renowned for! For those, that value staying close to a beautiful, quiet beach where it’s safe to swim even for kids, this may be the perfect place on the island. 

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The crystal clear water at Agios Prokopios
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The tranquil end of Prokopios Beach

Paralia Agios Prokopios Naxos is sandwiched between Naxos Town and Agia Anna town with only 6 km distance to the Naxos port and 4 km to the airport of Naxos. Naxos Prokopios Beach 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. 

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Early morning at the beach
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Enjoying the morning stroll

There are two parts of the Ag Prokopios beach Naxos 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. 

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Southern end of Agios Prokopios Neach

Naxos Agios Prokopios Town 

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Agios Prokopios Beach Club
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Drink service to the beach

At the northern end of Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos Greece, you will find Agios Prokopios town that features an excellent Naxos accommodation choice including some incredible luxury Agios Prokopios beach hotels. Here, you will also find a range of excellent restaurants and cafes, as well as a few beach clubs with comfy sunbeds and umbrellas – perfect for spending a beach day in style. 

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September prices
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Beach front dining

Agios Prokopios town is super small and mainly centred around the beach promenade. You won’t find it here wild nightlife going on until the early morning, but you will certainly get a good selection of chic places where you can drink a fancy cocktail and watch the sunset Agios Prokopios is renowned for. 

If you continue walking or driving south, you will get to the charming town of Agia Anna which is also a must-see place on Naxos. Walking time between the northern end of Agios Prokopios beach Agia Anna beach is around 15 minutes. 

What’s the best time to visit Agios Prokopios Naxos Island? 

Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos

The best time to visit Ag Prokopios 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 Naxos Prokopios is no different. For those that want to stay on Agios Prokopios 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 Agia Anna town and Plaka Beach. For culture and authentic experience lovers, there are mountainous villages of Halki and Filoti that are also located very close to Agio Prokopios Naxos. 

How long do I need for Agios Prokopios Beach Greece?

Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos

There are a few ways you can enjoy Agios Prokopios Greece. Since Agios Prokopios Naxos has an excellent location, central to the best places to visit on Naxos, you can stay here your whole time in Naxos. You can also come to Agios Prokopios beach for a day. In this case, I recommend arriving in the late morning and having lunch in Agios Prokopios town or Agia Anna. If you don’t have the whole day for Agios Prokopios, arrive for a morning stroll and then continue your sightseeing of the island (there is an entire section dedicated to what other interesting places are nearby or read my other Naxos posts for inspiration).  

Best Agios Prokopios Hotels 

Luxury Hotels Agios Prokopios Naxos

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Virtu Suites via Booking.com
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Virtu Suites via Booking.com

Virtu Suites Naxos Luxury Hotel Agios Prokopios with sea view and jacuzzi.

Location | Virtue Suites are located just across the street from Agios Procopios Beach, close to a good selection of cafes and restaurants. 

Rooms | A range of rooms, suites and villas are offered, some come with a private jacuzzi or pool. All units come equipped with a kitchen and a balcony. They also all boast a sea view. 

Facilities | The Agios Prokopios hotel features an outdoor pool, sun terrace, an in-house restaurant and a spa and wellness centre. 

Best for | One of Naxos hotels on the beach best for friends and families, couples, luxury beach vacations. 

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Margaret of Naxos via Booking.com
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Margaret of Naxos via Booking.com

Margaret of NaxosAgios Prokopios Hotel Naxos with jacuzzi. 

Location | Margaret of Naxos is located a minute walk from the beach and close to an excellent range of beach clubs and restaurants. 

Rooms | A range of double and triple rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar. Some units come with a balcony and a jacuzzi tub. 

Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and car/bike or shuttle services can be arranged upon request.

Best for | Best Naxos Agios Prokopios hotel for couples and families. 

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Liana Beach Hotel & Spa via Booking.com
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Liana Beach Hotel & Spa via Booking.com

Liana Beach Hotel & Spa – Agios Prokopios beach hotel with a pool.

Location | This Agios Procopios hotel is located a minute’s walk from the beach and near a selection of cafes and restaurants. 

Rooms | A range of double and triple rooms are offered to guests, all come with a balcony and tea and coffee making facilities. Some units feature a sea view and a hot tub. 

Facilities | Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness and spa centre, a restaurant and a bar as well as free parking. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast. 

Best for | Best Naxos island hotel Agios Prokopioson the beach for couples, families and friends.

Midrange Agios Prokopios Naxos Hotels

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Katerina Hotel via Booking.com
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Katerina Hotel via Booking.com

Katerina Hotel NaxosAgios Prokopios apartments with pool access.

Location | Katerina Hotel is located a few minutes walk to Agios Prokopios beach.

Rooms | The property features a range of twin rooms and one-bed apartments with a kitchen and balcony. 

Facilities | This Naxos hotel Agios Prokopios offers an outdoor pool with sunbeds, free parking, a bar, an airport shuttle and excursions arrangements upon request. Breakfast is available at an additional charge. 

Best for | Friends or a family. 

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Hotel Semeli via Booking.com
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Hotel Semeli via Booking.com

Hotel Semeli Cycladic rooms with pool access.

Location | Hotel Semeli Naxos is located a 7-minute walk to the beach. 

Rooms | Tastefully decorated, Cycladic win rooms are equipped with a kettle, fridge and a balcony. They also come with a smart TV including Netflix. 

Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free parking and use of the pool. The hotel can also arrange airport transfers. 

Best for | Best Agios Prokopios Naxos hotel for friends and couples. 

Budget Naxos Hotels Agios Prokopios 

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Golden Bay via Booking.com
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Golden Bay via Booking.com

Golden Bay Naxos Apartments with the kitchen by the beach. 

Location | Golden Bay is located a minute’s walk to the beach and a range of cafes and restaurants. 

Rooms | This hotel Naxos Agios Prokopios features a range of rooms including studios and 2-bed apartments. All include a balcony and a kitchen. 

Facilities | Free private parking, car rental and excursions arrangements. 

Best for | Best accommodation Agios Prokopios for friends, families and couples. 

Best Places to Stay in Agia Anna

The town of Agia Anna is only a short walk from Agios Prokopios Beach so if you prefer to stay in Agia Anna, here are the top hotel pics:

Luxury Agia Anna Naxos Hotels

In this section, you will find the best luxury Naxos Agia Anna accommodation options.

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Cycladic Islands Hotel & Spa via Booking.com
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Cycladic Islands Hotel & Spa via Booking.com

Cycladic Islands Hotel & SpaHotel 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, family & couples, beach vacation, pool lovers, self-catering.

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Iria Beach Art Hotel via Booking.com
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Iria Beach Art Hotel via Booking.com

Iria Beach Art HotelBeachfront 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. 

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Orion Naxos Hotel via Booking.com
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Orion Naxos Hotel via Booking.com

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. 

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Sea Nymphs Suites via Booking.com
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Sea Nymphs Suites via Booking.com

Sea Nymphs SuitesAttractive 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!

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Despina Hotel via Booking.com
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Despina Hotel via Booking.com

Despina HotelStudios 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. 

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Birbas Hotel via Booking.com
Birbas Hotel via Booking.com

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, and friends. 

Best Agios Prokopios Restaurants 

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Agios Prokopios Restaurants 
Agios Prokopios Restaurants, Agios Prokopios Naxos

Here are the top pics for the best restaurants Agios Prokopios Naxos:

La Trattoria | Beach restaurant Agios Prokopios seving Italian food.

Del Mar Cafè | Best restaurant Agios Prokopios for pizza, pasta & sandwiches.

​​Symposium | Agios Prokopios restaurant specialising in Greek cuisine. 

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. 

Milos boat

All-Inclusive Catamaran Day Cruise & Snorkelling 

All-Inclusive Boat Tour Naxos to Small Cyclades 

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Private Food Tour in Naxos Old Town 

Apollo Temple, Naxos

Half-Day Private Tour of Naxos

Places to see near Agios Prokopios Beach 

Chora Naxos Town 

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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 of 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. 

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The view of Agia Anna in the distance

Just a few kilometres south of Agios Prokopios Beach, along the western coast of the island, you’ll find the charming fishing village of Agia Anna. 

The town has a lovely stretch of sandy Agia Anna beach with shallow water that is suitable for everyone to enjoy. Various beach bars and picturesque cafes line up the coast offering sunbeds and umbrellas rental and drink and food service. There is also plenty of room to bring your own towel if you prefer that. 

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.

Plaka Beach Naxos 

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Aerial shot of Plaka Beach

Situated a 16-minutes drive from Agios Prokopios Beach, 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, 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. 

The village of Filoti 

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Filoti Naxos

Filoti is the largest village on the Cyclades island Naxos, built on the slopes of mount Zas with some spectacular island views, traditional Cycladic architecture with sugar cube houses, quaint churches and whitewashed alleys. The most picturesque part of Filoti is a small square, home to Panagia Filotitissa Church. From the church, head towards the main road west through the adorable alley until you get to a cute cafe with colourful chairs set on a large staircase. The place is owned by a super friendly elderly lady and it’s called The Old Cinema (To Palio Cinema). Have a coffee here and a desert, and spend a lazy afternoon chilling in the shade. 

Some of the best hikes in Naxos start from Filoti, and the choice is ample! Perhaps, the most popular hike to do in Filoti is the Mount Zas trail. Naxos Filoti is also excellent to experience the local life, spend some time in the local tavernas, talk to the Naxians and eat what they eat. And, oh boy, Filoti has an excellent choice of the local, family-owned tavernas where you can gorge on the Cycladic and Greek cuisine and eat your heart out. I’m leaving a list of the best places to eat Naxos in Filoti below. 

The village of Halki 

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The picturesque village of Chalki Naxos

Set in the very heart of Naxos island, Halki, also spelt Chalki Naxos (or Chalkio Naxos), is a charming, small village with an authentic Cycladic vibe. Halki Naxos is located, a 25-minutes drive (16 km distance) from port Naxos and also a 25-minutes drive from Agios Prokopios Naxos. 

Despite being a bit of a hidden gem, Halki offers many interesting Naxos Greece things to do and exciting places to see, so if you don’t mind not staying close to a beach, Halki town may be a super unique alternative. 

Chalki Naxos village boasts many excellent bars, cafes and traditional local tavernas hidden in the network of its narrow alleys. The best thing to do in Halki is to order freshly squeezed orange juice, sit, people watch and absorb all the cuteness! Don’t forget to try the village speciality – loukoumades, which are sweet, puffy pastries served with cinnamon, chocolate sauce or ice cream!

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 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?

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Naxos Port

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 operates multiple times per day. You can also take a ferry to Naxos from Pireaus Port in Athens. Check the next section for more information.

Naxos Ferries 

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 of 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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