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14 Epic Beaches of Naxos Greece – You Must Visit

There is nothing quite like the beaches of Naxos! The island of Naxos is the largest Cycladic island and boasts the best beaches out of all the sister islands. Naxos Beaches are plentiful and mainly located on the island’s western coast. 

Some of the best beaches Naxos boasts are attached to bustling small towns full of life and available facilities, such as tavernas, beach bars and sunbed rentals. Other Naxos island beaches are underdeveloped and unspoiled, perfect for nature lovers. Imagine spending your vacation on one of the pristine beaches in Naxos Greece, tucked between rolling hills with golden sand framed by the azure waters of the Aegean Sea. 

Alyko Beach Naxos

Below, you will find a comprehensive guide to the best beaches on Naxos. The beaches are in order of popularity, and as nature and off-grid destinations lover, my personal top beaches in Naxos are #6 – #8. Each best beach Naxos possesses comes with an in-depth guide and review, so you can choose your favourites to visit during your Naxos holiday.

Under each section, I also included the best Naxos beach resort or apartments, but if you need more choices, check out my full guide – Where to stay in Naxos

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Naxos Island – Quick Guide 

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Naxos Beaches Map

As I mentioned earlier, the best beaches of Naxos are located on the western shore. If you want to enjoy a few of them during your stay on Naxos, it makes sense to base yourself on the island’s western coast. A great town for the Naxos first-timers is the island’s capital – Chora or the charming Agia Anna town. Below, you will find the best beaches in Naxos map. Click on the map for an interactive version where you can zoom in and set routes. 

Beaches of Naxos Greece Map

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You may also like – 20 Best Milos Beaches – For Epic Shots, Adventure & Swimming

Best Town Beaches of Naxos

In this section, you will find the three best beaches of Naxos that are attached to a town and offer plenty of beach facilities and comforts such as sunbeds & umbrella rentals, water sports, beach clubs and bars. If you the kind of person who gets bored quickly and needs plenty of entertainment or enjoys being close to tavernas and bars, you may be able to find your personal best beach in Naxos here. 

#1 Agios Georgios Beach Naxos 

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Where is Agios Georgios Naxos Beach?

The beach of Agios Georgios is located just a short walk from Chora, which is the island’s capital and the Naxos Port. For that reason, it is also often referred to as Naxos town beach or Naxos Chora beach. The island’s port is also located nearby – only 3 km away, and Agios Georgios is definitely the most accessible Naxos beach. 

Who is Agios Georgios Best for?

Most first-timers to Naxos (including me) decide to stay near Agios Georgios Naxo, and it’s a fantastic choice for anyone, especially those who don’t want to rent a car. The northern side is excellent for families and the southern end for nightlife enthusiasts. Agios Georgios is also an ideal place for kitesurfing learners, thanks to its shallow waters and strong wind at its most southern tip. Agios Georgios is a good beach but by no means the most spectacular on the island, for that check the off-beaten track beaches of Naxos section.     

Hot to Get to St George Beach Naxos?

You can reach St George beach on foot from the port, and the walk will take about 15 minutes or a 6-minute drive.  

Agios Georgios Naxos

What to Expect at Agios Georgios?

Naxos Agios Georgios Beach is the closest beach to Naxos Town and an excellent place to base yourself if you’re a first-timer to the island. Paralia Agios Georgios is situated no longer than a 15-minutes walk from the heart of the old town. The beach stretches over a few kilometres and boasts soft, golden sand and clear, shallow waters. 

As you approach the beach of Agios Georgios Greece from its northern side or Chora Town, you can walk on a wooden bridge built along its edge. This part of the beach is mostly quiet, with a few beach bars and restaurants lined up along it. There are also a few places that rent umbrellas and sunbeds and offer drink service throughout the day. There is also a lifeguard on-site, and the water is super shallow and calm, perfect for kids. Perhaps, because of that, families in particular like this part of the beach. But the beach is super chill and really is good for anyone. The only thing that may be a little annoying is that the water is very, very shallow, and it takes quite a long walk in before it gets deep enough to swim.

I particularly enjoyed staying in this part of the beach and spending time sipping a cocktail or a beer in Vammos Beach Bar Naxos. 

Going further south, the beach crowd gets a little younger, and beach bars and restaurants are a little fancier. In this part of Agios Georgios Naxos beach, the vibe is more lively with music playing in the beach bars and cocktails being served, and people partying until the sunset and beyond. If you’re looking for the best Agios Georgios nightlife spot, come to this part. 

The very southern edge of Agios Georgios Naxos Greece Beach gets a lot of wind, and it’s where you’ll see lots of windsurfing enthusiasts. And, thanks to the decent amount of wind and super shallow water, this area is perfect for trying windsurfing for the first time. If you ever wanted to learn this incredible water sport, this part of Agios Georgios village is excellent, with a couple of local windsurfing schools to choose from.  

Best Time to Visit St George Beach?

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Agios Georgios Beach is great to visit any time of the day. As the beach is ‘attached’ to the Chora town, most visitors that come to this beach stay nearby. I particularly enjoyed Agios Georgios beach in the afternoon for a drink, and since the beach is west-facing, it is also excellent during sunset time. 

If you’re on Naxos during the high season (July and August) and travelling by car, I recommend getting to Agios Georgios in the morning to ensure you have somewhere to park!

TIP | If you’re staying elsewhere on the island, you can combine visiting Naxos Town with a few hours of chill on the beach. 

Things to Know/Take With You

Shallow water | Agios Georgios has super shallow water, which is great for kids’ safety but a little annoying for everyone else. The water gets only deep enough to swim after 100-200 meters of walking in. 

Parking | A couple of municipal parking lots close to the beach offer parking free of charge; however, they fill up very quickly. Unless you arrive early in the morning during July or August, it’s impossible to find a space in those parking lots. There are also a few paid car parks, for example, Parkin that offers 24 hours parking and some cleaning services too,

Location | Municipal parking, municipal car park by the shore

Best Places to Eat Near Agios Georgios Naxos

Nissaki Restaurant since 1971 | Best restaurant in Naxos Agios Georgios Beach for a fancy dinner, beachfront

Kavouri | Traditional Agios Georgios restaurant, family-owned, Greek food, beachfront

Oasis Restaurant | Excellent Greek food 

Best Places to Stay in Naxos Agios Georgios

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Argo Boutique Hotel via Booking.com
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Argo Boutique Hotel via Booking.com

Argo Boutique HotelHotel 2 minutes from the beach & suites with a jacuzzi.

Location | Argo Boutique Hotel is located only a 2-minute walk from Agios Georgios. 

Rooms | A range of rooms come equipped with a balcony and fridge, and some suites come with an outdoor jacuzzi, spa bath or hydromassage shower cabin. 

Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and use of the pool, spa, bar and restaurant. 

Best for | Couples on a romantic stay by the beach.

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Naxos Hotel Poseidon via Booking.com
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Naxos Hotel Poseidon via Booking.com

Naxos Hotel Poseidon –  A hotel 100 meters from the beach. 

Location | Hotel Poseidon Naxos is located 100 meters from the northern edge of Agios Georgios and a short walk to Chora marina restaurants and cafes. 

Rooms | The hotel features a range of tastefully designed Cycladic rooms and suites sleeping up to 4 adults. All rooms come with a balcony, a fridge and a coffee machine, while some come with a hydromassage cabin. 

Facilities | A charming cafe – bar is available to guests.

Best for | Couples and families, beachgoers. 

Other Attractions Near Agios Georgios Beach

An excellent place to visit in combination with Agios Georgios Naxos Beach is the ancient capital of the island – Chora which is famous for the Portara, the Venetian castle and its charming old city. 

For more inspiration on the must-do things in visit – Chora Naxos Town Guide  

#2 Agia Anna Beach 

Agia Anna Beach Naxos

Where is Agia Anna Naxos?

Agia Anna town with its incredibly stunning beach 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 couldn’t be more different. 

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. 

Hot to get to Agia Anna Naxos?

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Beach Cafe at Agia Anna.
Agia Anna Beach Naxos
Agia Anna Beach.

Agia Anna beach is situated only a few kilometres away from Chora and you can easily get here with a car, scooter or ATV. If vehicle rental is not in your budget that is not a problem at all because it is also possible to get here by bus from Naxos Town.

Take 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. 

What to expect at 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. Most of them 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 of Saint Nicholas. Walk behind the church, 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, you can also find here one of the nude beaches Naxos and other Greek islands are famous for. 

Agia Anna beach is also very close to Agios Prokopios beach, and you can take a casual 16 minutes stroll there. 

If you need more information about Agia Anna, you can find it here – A Guide to Agia Anna Naxos Beach

Who is Agia Anna Best For?

Agia Anna is the perfect beach for those that want to enjoy a more quiet beach than Agios Georgios but still want to be close to good dining options and chic beach clubs that are a little more chilled and quiet. Agia Anna is suitable for children and it’s also great for couples that enjoy a small-town charm. 

Best Time to Visit Agia Anna Naxos Beach?

Agia Anna Naxos

For those that want to stay on Agia Anna Beach for the day, late morning is the best time 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. 

Things to Know/Take to Agia Anna Beach

Naxos Nude Beach | If a nudist beach is your cup of tea, there is one near Agia Anna town. You can walk here from town or park near Paradiso Taverna and take a boardwalk. The nudist area is to the left of the wooden path before it bends. 

Parking | There is a free public car park lot in Agia Anna, I’m leaving its location here. Agia Anna town is not as busy as Chora and parking here should be much easier. If you won’t find the place in the municipal parking lot, try street parking away from the town centre. 

Best Places to Eat on Agia Anna Beach

Paradiso Taverna | 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

Best Hotels Agia Anna Naxos on the Beach

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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 | The 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 | Hotel facilities include a fitness centre and spa. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free parking. 

Best for | Couples, romantic, chilled stay on the beach.

 

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

Sea Nymphs SuitesAttractive suites with large terraces.

Location | The hotel 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 | Romantic stay for couples, near the beach. 

Other Attractions Near Agia Anna

Agia Anna beach is close to Agios Prokopios and Plaka beaches which will be reviewed in this post later on. You can also combine Agia Anna Beach with visiting the traditional Cycladic villages of Vivlos, Filoti or Halki. 

If you’re interested in learning more about the last village check out the full Guide to Halki Naxos

Filoti Naxos 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. In Filoti, you can feel the local vibe and really see how the people live outside of the touristy areas.  Filoti is also an excellent destination for outdoor enthusiasts! Perhaps, the most popular hike to do in Filoti is the Mount Zas trail.

#3 Maragas Beach Naxos

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Where is Maragas Beach?

Maragas Beach is located 8 km from Naxos Port and Chora and 9 minutes from Naxos Airport Apollon. Maragas is a lively stretch of sandy beach sandwiched between Agia Anna Beach from the north and Plaka beach from the south. The iconic Paradiso Taverna is only a few minutes walk from the northern end of Maragas beach. 

Hot to get to Maragkas Naxos?

As Maragas beach is located only 8 km from Naxos, it is an easy drive to do in a rented car. The only thing to be aware of is that the road that runs along Maragas beach is a dirt track road that often gets very dusty in the summer. 

If you’re not an experienced driver, you may find this road a little challenging. The dirt track road may be even more challenging if you’re riding a scooter for the first time. ATV vehicles are much better in this scenario. They are made for those types of roads and are super easy to drive. They are however much more expensive than scooters.  

Another option for getting to Maragas Beach is taking a bus from Chora. You can find the bus terminal on the main road by the port. Take Line 1 which goes all the way to Mikri Vigla and stops at Maragas Beach Naxos.  

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Maragas Beach.
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Maragas Beach.

What to expect at Maragas Naxos Beach?

Maragas beach stretches along the coast, south of the town of Agia Anna until Plaka Beach. It belongs in this section because Maragas is one of the lively best beaches on Naxos. Here, you will find various beach clubs that offer comfy sunbeds and umbrellas for rent and drinks and food served all day long. Some of them have a lively party vibe, others are more chilled and quiet. Maragas beach enjoys shallow and calm waters that are perfect for swimming. It also boasts soft, golden sand.

Maragas Beach Naxos can get very busy due to the nearby Maragas camping site that serves a young crowd that enjoys a good party. Across the dirt track road that runs along the beach, you can find a decent selection of local tavernas and restaurants where you can enjoy dinner after spending time on the beach. 

As you continue south, along the coast, Maragas Beach gets quieter and less busy. Here there is also a possibility to enjoy various water sports such as kayaking and windsurfing.  

Who is Maragas Best For?

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Maragas Beach.
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Maragas Beach.

Maragas Beach is excellent for couples wanting to enjoy a lively location and beach club comforts. It is also a great beach for doing watersports and taking windsurfing lessons.  Maragas Beach on Naxos is also a great destination for a day trip from Chora.  

Best Time to Visit Maragas Beach

Maragas Beach is good at any time of the day. If you prefer fewer people around you on the beach, choose morning until lunchtime. I visited Maragas in September in the middle of the day and it was not overcrowded at all. Maragas Beach is also excellent at sunset!

Things to Know/Take to Maragas Beach

Dirt Road | As I mentioned above, be aware of the tricky road and hire a vehicle that you’re comfortable driving in the off-road conditions.  

Parking | You can park your vehicle along the dirt track road, just make sure you don’t block any beach entrances. 

When you arrive at Maragas Beach and you see that is too busy for your liking, continue driving south to the part which is normally way quitter. 

Best Places to eat on Maragas Beach Naxos

Cedar Cafe Naxos | Bohemian vibe and soul music with light bites and good drinks. 

Peppermint Naxos | Beach bar Naxos Maragas with free sunbeds and a pool for customers. Great for cocktails, breakfast and dinner. 

Yazoo Summer Bliss | Beautiful interior and quality food, right on the beach. 

Best Beach Hotel Naxos Maragas

Nikos & Maria Studios via Booking.com
Nikos & Maria Studios via Booking.com

Nikos & Maria Studios,Apts and Suites –  Deluxe suites with jacuzzi & 2-bed apartments for families. 

Location | This property is located a minute walk to Maragas Beach, with a range of beach bars and cafes. Plaka Beach is a short walk away. 

Rooms | A range of rooms is available to guests, all come with a balcony and a kitchenette. Some units feature a sea view, while deluxe suites come with a hot tub. There is also a 2-bed apartment for bigger groups and families. 

Facilities | Free airport shuttle and parking are offered to guests as well as breakfast for an extra charge. The hotel also features a bar and a restaurant. 

Best for | Comfy family holiday with kitchen facilities, romantic stays for couples. 

Other Attractions Near Maragas Beach Naxos

As mentioned above, Maragas Beach is super close to both – the town of Agia Anna and also Plaka Beach. You can easily combine the three locations in a day trip. 

Best Nature Beaches on Naxos 

This section is devoted to the more undeveloped and unspoiled beaches of Naxos, perfect for nature lovers and holidaymakers that seek peace and quiet. 

#4 Plaka Beach Naxos 

Plaka Beach Naxos

Where is Plaka Naxos?

Plaka Beach is located on the western coast of Naxos island, a 20-minute drive from Chora Naxos Town and the island’s ferry port. If you’re arriving by plane, Naxos airport is only 6 km away from Plaka Greece. Despite being so close to the lively Chora and popular town of Agia Anna, Plaka Beach Naxos is a tranquil oasis where you can truly unwind for the day, or even better, have an off-grid vacation. 

Plaka Naxos is also a short walk from Maragas Beach Naxos – a more lively area littered with chic beach clubs, water sports facilities and restaurants for when feel like being around the people more. 

Hot to get to Naxos Plaka?

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Medusa Resort.
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Mandala Beach Club.

Plaka beach stretches for a good few kilometres along the coast and it’s accessible by car, scooter or ATV vehicle. A large chunk of the road leading to Plaka Naxos is a dirt track so have that in mind when choosing the rental vehicle. 

You can set your satnav to take you to Medusa Resort. Right by the beach, there is a large parking area where you can leave your vehicle free of charge. Another beach entry point can be found at its southern end, near Mandala Beach Club. At this end, you can leave your vehicle on the side of the road.  

It is also possible to get to Plaka Beach Naxos by bus Line 1 which runs multiple times a day from Chora. 

What to expect at Plaka Beach on Naxos?

Plaka Beach Naxos

Plaka Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches of Naxos! Plaka stretches over a few kilometres and its coast is largely underdeveloped with only a few hotels and guest houses and a couple of restaurants. The beach has soft, dark golden sand and crystal clear water that has a beautiful turquoise shade and is shallow and perfect for swimming.

The northern end of Plaka Beach has more amenities, a few beach bars and sunbeds & parasol rentals. It is also where Medusa resort is located. North of Medusa, there is a more lively area of Maragas Beach littered with chic Naxos beach bars, sunbeds rentals and restaurants. Here, you will also find water sports facilities such as windsurfing classes and standup paddleboards rentals. 

Plaka Beach Naxos

The southern end is completely untouched and this is where you can find a quiet spot for a relaxing beach day. Make sure you pack plenty of water and snacks with you as there aren’t many shops nearby. Also, take a towel, a good book to read or a relaxing playlist and enjoy the pristine beach, the sound of waves and the calm waters. 

At the very southern end of Plaka, you’ll find Mandala Beach, with a few sunbeds, which is also a gorgeous spot for a beach day. In September, when I visited the sunbeds were €10 for the set and the beach was almost entirely empty. There is also a small cafe on the beach that sells cold drinks and light bites, perfect for lunch. The place felt like a slice of paradise. 

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Who is Plaka Naxos Beach Best For?

Plaka Beach is one of the best beaches of Naxos for families, but also for couples that love nature and want to spend a peaceful beach day away from the noisy bars and crowds. 

Best Time to Visit Plaka Beach Naxos

Plaka Beach never gets overcrowded so any time of the day is good for quality beach time at Plaka!

Things to Know/Take to Plaka

As Plaka Beach is largely underdeveloped, make sure you take plenty of water and snacks with you to keep you going throughout the day. The southern end of Plaka is most secluded and the northern end has more beach bars and sunbed rentals. 

Best Naxos Hotels on the Beach of Plaka

Medusa Beach Resort via Booking.com
Medusa Beach Resort via Booking.com

Medusa Beach Resort NaxosBeachfront Hotel Plaka Naxos with pool.

Location | Medusa Resort Naxos is situated right on the beach, on the northern end of Plaka Beach a few minutes walk along the beach to a couple of beach bars. 

Rooms | Medusa Naxos features a range of double, twin, family rooms and suites. All come with a balcony with a sea view and a minibar.

Facilities | Guests can enjoy a pool set in a lush garden, a pool bar, a beach bar with sunbeds and two restaurants. Free parking and a superb breakfast are also available as well as canoeing and snorkelling equipment. 

Best for | Medusa Hotel Naxos is best for families, couples and friends, luxury, a small resort vibe on the beach.

Golden Sand via Booking.com
Golden Sand via Booking.com

Golden Sand Plaka Naxos – Beachfront Plaka Hotel with pool & family rooms and jacuzzi suites.

Location | Golden Sand Naxos is set right on the most northern end of Plaka Beach, minutes walk to Maragas Beach. 

Rooms | A range of rooms is available to guests – double, triple, suites with sea view and jacuzzi as well as family apartments with kitchen. 

Facilities | The hotel features a pool, bar and a restaurant. An airport shuttle is also available upon request. 

Best for | Families as well as couples on a romantic getaway, beach lovers and pool-goers.

Other Attractions Near Plaka Beach Naxos

Plaka Beach is close to Maragas beach to the north and Mikri Vigla Beach to the south. You can also combine visiting Plaka with exploring the villages of Chalki Naxos and Filoti that are located east of Plaka. 

If you need more information, here is the full post about this beach – A Guide to Plaka Beach Naxos.

#5 Agios Prokopios Beach

Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos

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.

Hot to get to Naxos Agios Prokopios?

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. 

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Getting a bus from 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. 

What to expect at Agios Prokopios Naxos?

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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Agios Prokopios Beach.
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Morning at Agios Prokopios.

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. 

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.  

I wrote a whole blog post about this beach if you need more information or want to see more photos – A Guide to Agios Prokopios

Who is Agios Prokopios Beach Best for?

Agios Prokopios is one of the best beaches of Naxos for families! There is a lifeguard on duty and the seawater is shallow and calm on most days. It is also one of the best beaches in Naxos Greece for nature lovers. On Agios Prokopios, you can find a quiet spot to spend some quality time away from the crowds.   

Best time to visit Agios Prokopios

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Agios Prokopios rarely gets super busy so you can arrive any time of the day to enjoy it. If I had to choose my favourite time, I’ll go with the morning.

Bes restaurants

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 places to stay near Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos

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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.

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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. 

Other Attractions Near Agia Anna

A short walk away from the southern end of the beach, there is Agia Ana town, which is also worth checking out.  

#6 Orkos Beach Naxos

Orkos Naxos

Where is Orkos Naxos?

Orkos Beach Naxos is sandwiched between Plaka Beach and the town of Mikri Vigla on the northern coast of the Naxos island. If you’re looking for a super quiet beach, you will love Orkos Beach. 

Hot to get to Orkos Beach?

You can reach Orkos Naxos within just over a 20-minute drive from Chora town while the airport is located a 15-minutes drive. If you’re not planning on renting your own vehicle, you can also get to Orkos Beach by the local Naxos bus. Just take Line 1 from Chora to Mikri Vigla which runs along the coast and stops at other popular beaches of Naxos such as Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna And the nearby Plaka Beach.   

Orkos Beach Naxos
Kitesurfer at Orkos Beach.
Orkos Beach Naxos
The seclusion at Orkos Beach.

What to expect at Orkos?

Orkos Beach is a very small beach that you will find along the coast, just before the capital of kitesurfing – Mikri Vigla. When visiting for the first time, we couldn’t find it and had to go back. But, once we found it, we realised what a good spot that is!

Orkos beach Naxos boasts golden, powdery sand and turquoise water. The beach is a little more secluded from the wind that blows towards the main kitesurfing beach and it is also separated from the main road by a bunch of trees. 

Orkos Naxos

There are no sunbeds or tavernas on this beach, it is just a stretch of sand and almost no one around. In order to find a place to eat, head towards Mikri Vigla which has a few good spots. If you wanted to stay near Orkos Beach there are a few small hotels and private apartments to rent, inland from Orkos beach. 

Who is Orkos Beach Naxos Best for? 

Orkos Beach is a great place to relax. It is a beach that you would choose if you stayed in the local area. For those that are passing by on a day trip, Orkos Naxos is not really a destination in its own right. There are way more impressive beaches nearby!

Best places to stay near Orkos Beach 

Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas via Booking.com
Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas via Booking.com

Apricot and Sea Luxury VillasStudios & villas with pool near Orkos & Plaka Beach.

Location | The property is situated between Orkos and Plaka Beach with a few minutes walk to both and a short drive to Mikri Vigla’s northern and southern bays. 

Rooms | A range of studios and villas is available at the property. All come with a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony, some villas feature a private pool and a sea view.  

Facilities | Facilities include a pool, BBQ facilities and car rental. 

Best for | Couples, families, friends.

Orkos Beach Hotel via Booking.com
Orkos Beach Hotel via Booking.com

Orkos Beach Hotel Naxos –  Hotel with spa & pool.

Location | Orkos Beach Hotel is located right in the heart of Mikri Vigla, 2-minute walk to Orkos Beach and another couple of minutes to Mikri Vigla northern beach. 

Rooms | A range of rooms, family rooms and suites is available to guests. All come with a balcony and are equipped with a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities.

Facilities | Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and a complimentary breakfast. The hotel also features a pool bar, spa and beauty centre, a mini library, kids playground and a chapel. 

Best for | Kite and windsurfers, beach lovers

Other Attractions near Orkos Beach Naxos

Other great beaches near Orkos are Plaka beach and Mirki Vigla.

Best Off The Beaten Track Beaches in Naxos

In this section, you will find the best beaches Naxos Greece possesses that are a little more remote and a little harder to get to, and thanks to that they are never overcrowded! 

#7 Hawaii Beach Naxos 

hawaii beach naxos

Where is Naxos Hawaii Beach?

Separated with a cedar forest from the rest of the coast, you will find the best beach in Naxos Greece (in my modest opinion) called Hawaii, for a good reason! 

Hot to get to Hawaii Naxos?

Hawaii Beach is located about 18 km from Chora and the best way to get here is with a rented car or an ATV vehicle. A considerable part of the road to Hawaii Naxos is via a dirt track road, so make sure you are happy with the vehicle of your choice. 

You can also get to Hawaii by bus. Take Line 3 and get off at Alyko bus stop. From the bus stop, walk right where you will find a cliff. Down the cliff, you will find one of the most beautiful beaches Naxos is renowned for! 

The slope to access the beach.
hawaii beach naxos
The view at the top of the cliff.

What to expect at Hawaii Beach Naxos?

As Hawaii Beach is surrounded by a cliff, you will have to climb down to get to the beach. There are two places where it is safe to do it, and I recommend choosing the one on the northern end (on your right when you face the sea). Make sure you are wearing trainers or sports sandals to be able to safely descend the slope. 

Once you reach the beach, you will realise how beautiful the cliff is with hues of red and pink! The cliff also provides natural shade so you don’t need your umbrella with you. The beach is free from any infrastructure so make sure you bring everything you need for the day!

Who is Hawaii Naxos Best for?

As I mentioned earlier, Hawaii is by far my favourite of all beaches of Naxos. It has this wow effect, however, it may not be the best Naxos beach for young children. Apart from the tricky beach access, the sea gets deep quite quickly here.  

Hawaii Beach Naxos
The colourful cliffs of Hawaii Naxos.
hawaii beach naxos
The path to the beach.

Best time to visit Hawaii Beach Naxos 

My favourite time for visiting Hawaii Beach Naxos was the early afternoon and if you only have one day for this part of Naxos, make sure you also check out the beach of Aliko Naxos with a super picturesque chapel!

Things to know/take to Hawaii Beach Naxos

Take with you sturdy shoes to descend the cliff safely, water and a packed lunch as there are no shops or restaurants in this area, plenty of suncream and umbrella. 

Other Attractions near Hawaii Beach Naxos

When visiting Hawaii Beach Naxos, make sure to also check out Aliko Beach located within a short walk from Hawaii and Pyrgaki Beach which is also close by, only a few minutes drive away where you can find a few tavernas for lunch and sunbeds rental. 

#8 Aliko Beach Naxos 

Aliko Beach Naxos

Where is Aliko Naxos?

Set in a cedar forest, Aliko Beach attracts with a secluded location and a long stretch of golden sand with pretty, rusty hues. You can find Aliko Beach Naxos, halfway down the northern coast of the island, just under half an hour drive from Naxos Town.  

Hot to get to Alyko Naxos?

Apart from driving to Alyko yourself, there is also a local bus that stops near the beach. It’s Line 3 from Chora, and I’m leaving the link to the bus timetable at the end of the post, in the ‘How to get around Naxos’ section. The bus stops on the road a few minutes walk to the beach and then continues to Pyrgaki Beach. If you’re unsure where to get off, just ask the driver about Paralia Aliko.

Aliko Beach Naxos
Blue & white chapel at Alyko Naxos.
Alyko Beach Naxos

What to expect at Alyko Beach Naxos?

Alyko Naxos is a remote golden beach framed by shallow azure waters and lush greenery. Aliko Naxo Beach is all about bringing your own picnic and a towel and spending a relaxing day away from screaming kids and blasting beach clubs music! If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, then Aliko is your place. There are no sunbeds or beach bars on Aliko Beach, instead, you will find here a picturesque bay with a quaint church perched on one end

If you want to take some beautiful photos, walk up to the church, then take photos of the beach with the chapel in the foreground. Behind the church, there is also an abandoned hotel that has been decorated with colourful graffiti. Aliko is one of the top beaches Naxos possesses, for nature lovers! 

Alyko Beach Naxos

Who is Aliko Naxos Best for? 

Aliko Beach is excellent for nature lovers and those wanting to spend a day on a remote beach, away from the noise, but also from the usual beach facilities. 

Best time to visit Alyko Naxos

As Alyko Naxos is situated in remote, less accessible locations, it never gets overcrowded. So, if you’re planning to have a beach day at Aliko, you can arrive any time of the day. For those interested in photographing Aliko Naxos Beach, morning or late afternoon is the best time that receives the best light. 

Alyko Beach Naxos
People swimming at Aliko Naxos.
Aliko Beach Naxos
The rusty sand at Alyko Beach.

Things to know/take to Aliko Beach

If you’re into photography, get your camera fully charged as Alyko Naxos is super charming! Also, take your own towel, umbrella, plenty of water and snacks with you to last you the whole day. 

You can park your vehicle free of charge along the dirt track road, a minute walk to the beach.

Best places to stay near Aliko Beach Naxos

Finikas Hotel via Booking.com
Finikas Hotel via Booking.com

Finikas Hotel Naxos Suites with jacuzzi, spa & gym access.

Location | Finikas Beach Hotel Naxos is tucked between Pyrgaki and Aliko Beaches, a few minutes walk to each. 

Rooms | Finikas Naxos offers sea-view suites that can sleep 2-4 adults. All come with a minibar and a balcony. Some suites come with a jacuzzi. 

Facilities | Hotel facilities include a pool with a bar, a private beach area, an in-house restaurant and a complimentary breakfast. The property also features a wellness centre including a hammam, a hot tub, a sauna and a fully equipped gym. 

Best for | Couples & romantic getaway.

Other Attractions near Aliko

As I mentioned in the previous section the three beaches – Aliko, Hawaii and Pyrgaki are located very close to each other, so if you have the time, check them all out.

#9 Pyrgaki Beach Naxos 

Pyrgaki Beach naxos

Where is Pyrgaki Naxos Beach?

Pyrgaki Beach is located a 30-minutes drive from Naxos Town, down the northern coast, and it is the most remote beach I review in this article. The area of Pyrgaki has a few good local tavernas and a couple of small hotels, so it is entirely possible to stay here if you wish. Pyrgaki Beach is also close to Aliko and Hawaii beaches. 

Hot to get to Pyrgaki (Pyrgos Beach Naxos)?

You can drive to Pyrgaki yourself or take a bus Line 3 that comes from Chora, stops at the most popular beaches such as Agios Prokopios and Plaka with the last stop at Pyrgaki.  

Pyrgaki Beach
Pyrgaki Beach Naxos
Pyrgaki Beach

What to expect at Pyrgaki (Pirgaki Naxos)?

The road to Pyrgaki is a dirt track road with a lot of sand. When you arrive, you can park your vehicle right by the beach. Pyrgaki Beach is long and wide with a mixture of sand and small stones. There is plenty of space to stretch your own towel and for those that prefer sun loungers, there is a small patch with comfy sunbeds and umbrellas for rent

The seawater at Pyrgaki Beach is super calm, and for the water sports enthusiasts, there is a standup paddleboard rental, which is super fun to do there! Also, a few local tavernas along the beach serve local food in case you get hungry.  

Pyrgaki Beach naxos

Who is Pyrgaki Best for? 

Pyrgaki Beach is an excellent place for those that seek peace and quiet but want to have the comfort of the sunbeds and a choice of a few places to eat. The beach is great for couples and families alike. 

Best time to visit Pyrgaki Beach Naxos

Any time of the day is good to visit Pyrgaki Naxos!

Things to know/take to Pyrgaki Beach 

Pyrgaki Beach naxos

Sandy road & a hill | A word of warning – on the road that leads to Pyrgaki, there is a very sandy hill, so watch out if you’re on a scooter! I actually fell off my scooter on that hill! A moppet was my main mode of transport when I lived in Bali, so I consider myself a fairly experienced driver. So, if you don’t have much experience with riding a scooter, I recommend renting a car or an ATV instead, or leaving your moppet on the main road and walking to Pyrgaki. 

Bes restaurants near Pyrgaki Beach

Kotaki Tavern | Homemade traditional Greek food, beach views (Pyrgaki Beach)

Taverna | (Pyrgaki Beach) Traditional Greek food

Lighthouse of Aliko | location, near Faros Villas, Greek food 

Best places to stay near Pyrgaki Beach

Naxian Resort via Booking.com
Naxian Resort via Booking.com

Naxian ResortLarge Villas for families or groups of friends.

Location | Naxian Resort is located a 5-minutes walk to Pyrgaki Beach and a 15-minutes walk to Aliko Beach Naxos. 

Rooms | The property features 2-5 bedroom tastefully decorated villas with a large private garden, a terrace, a large living area and a fully equipped kitchen. Some villas come also with a private pool.  

Facilities | Car rental facilities available. 

Best for | Families and groups of friends. 

Psili Ammos Studios via Booking.com
Psili Ammos Studios via Booking.com

Psili Ammos StudiosBudget studios with kitchen, by the beach.

Location | This property is located on the eastern end of Pyrgaki Beach, a few meters away from the coast and an 18-minutes walk to Aliko Beach. 

Rooms | Available studios can sleep 2-4 adults and all come with a kitchen and a balcony.

Facilities | Psili Ammos feature a traditional restaurant with a sea view.

  
Best for | Couples, families and friends, beach lovers, self-catering chilled holiday.

Best Beaches in Naxos for Wind/Kite Surfing 

#10 Mikri Vigla Naxos 

Mikri vigla naxos

Where is Mikri Vigla Beach Naxos?

Mikri Vigla Beach is located south of Plaka Beach and a 25-minutes drive from Naxos Town. The Naxos Airport Apollon is 8 km away. Mikri Vigla is one of the best beaches in Naxos island or maybe even the best for kite and windsurfing!

Mikri Vigla Naxos

Hot to get to Naxos Mikri Vigla Beach?

Driving to Mikri Vigla Beach is fairly straightforward. The only thing to keep in mind is the dirt track, sandy road that leads to town. It is also possible to get here on a bus. Line 1 from Chora goes to Mikri Vigla and Line 3 goes to Pyrgaki via Mikri Vigla. 

What to expect at Mikri Vigla Beach Naxos?

Mikri vigla naxos
Kitesurfer on Mikri Vigla.
Mikri vigla naxos

Mikri Vigla is a small town that caters for an increasing number of kitesurfing enthusiasts with a few good accommodation options, a small range of taverns and cafes. There are two main beaches in Mikri Vigla – the northern beach – one of the best beaches of Naxos for kite and windsurfing due to its strong north wind, and the southern beach which is calm, perfect for non-surfers that enjoy sun lounging and swimming. If you’ve never surfed before, know that learning kitesurfing is one of the best things to do in Naxos, and Mikri Vigla is the perfect place!

If you want to visit Mikri Vigla on a day trip, come first to the kitesurfing beach to watch the surfers. This sport is really fascinating, and I really would love to try it one day. After admiring the skills of the kitesurfers, head to the southern Mikri Vigla beach to chill and swim in the calm waters. 

Who is Mikri Vigla Best for?

Mikri Vigla Naxos

Mikri Vigla beach is an excellent place for kitesurfing enthusiasts and those that would love to try it. It is also a great place to come and watch the kitesurfers from the beach flying above the sea and doing cool tricks. It is a very windy beach so it’s not really the best place for sunbathing or swimming. For sunbathing and swimming, head to the southern part that experiences much less wind. 

Best Time to Visit Mikri Vigla

Any time of the day is good to visit Mikri Vigla Naxos, so you can easily fit it into your day trip itinerary of Naxos.  

Things to know/take to Mikri Vigla Naxos 

The main beach at Mikri Vigla town is a kitesurfing beach thanks to the strong wind, if you want to chill on the beach, visit the southern Mikri Vigla Beach. 

Mikri Vigla Naxos

Best places to eat near Mikri Vigla Naxos

Victoria Cafe | Excellent for breakfast and lunch

Naxian Gastronom | Simple Greek food 

Taverna Axiotissa | Traditional, Greek cuisine 

Best Mikri Vigla Hotels

Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas via Booking.com
Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas via Booking.com

Apricot and Sea Luxury VillasStudios & villas with pool near Orkos & Plaka Beach.

Location | The property is situated between Orkos and Plaka Beach with a few minutes walk to both and a short drive to Mikri Vigla’s northern and southern bays. 

Rooms | A range of studios and villas is available at the property. All come with a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony, some villas feature a private pool and a sea view.  

Facilities | Facilities include a pool, BBQ facilities and car rental. 

Best for | Couples, families, friends.

Orkos Beach Hotel via Booking.com
Orkos Beach Hotel via Booking.com

Orkos Beach Hotel Naxos –  Hotel with spa & pool.

Location | Orkos Beach Hotel is located right in the heart of Mikri Vigla, 2-minute walk to Orkos Beach and another couple of minutes to Mikri Vigla northern beach. 

Rooms | A range of rooms, family rooms and suites is available to guests. All come with a balcony and are equipped with a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities.

Facilities | Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and a complimentary breakfast. The hotel also features a pool bar, spa and beauty centre, a mini library, kids playground and a chapel. 

Best for | Kite and windsurfers, beach lovers 

Other Attractions near Mikri Vigla Naxos Beach

This part of the island boasts some incredible beaches of Naxos, so when you’re visiting Mikri Vigla Naxos, make sure you also check out Plaka Beach and my three favourite beaches on Naxos – Pyrgaki, Hawaii and Aliko.   

#11 Glyfada Beach Naxos 

Glyfada Naxos

Where is Glyfada Naxos?

Glyfada Naxos is situated about 15 km from the island’s capital Chora. Other nearby beaches include Kastraki beach in the north and Hawaii and Aliko beaches in the south. 

Hot to get to Naxos Glyfada Beach?

Apart from driving yourself, which is straightforward, there is a bus Line 3 that goes from Chora to Pyrgaki and stops at Glyfada Naxos. 

What to Expect at Glyfada Beach?

Glyfada Naxos
Glyfada Beach.
Glyfada Beach Naxos
Glyfada Beach.

Glyfada Beach boasts a wide stretch of sand separated from the rest of the island with picturesque sand dunes and old cedar trees. The beach is largely underdeveloped and never gets too busy, so it is perfect for those wanting a quiet beach day. 

There are a few places where you can rent a sunbed and umbrella in season, but most of the beach is just sand and sea. Glyfada beach similarly to Mikri Vigla is also a kitesurfing and windsurfing beach so strong wind is common here.  

Glyfada Naxos

Who is Glyfada Beach Best for?

Glyfada beach is perfect for kitesurfing enthusiasts. On a non-windy day, Glyfada is also perfect for sunbathing and swimming. 

Best Time to Visit Glyfada Naxos?

Glyfada beach never gets too busy, so it’s good to visit any time of the day. If you’re not a kitesurfer, check the wind forecast beforehand. 

Glyfada Beach Naxos

Things to know/take to Glyfada Beach Naxos

Glyfada can get very windy, perfect for kitesurfers and not so perfect for other people wanting to just chill on the beach, sunbathe and swim. 

Other Beaches Naxos Boasts 

#12 Kastraki Naxos 

Kastraki Beach of Naxos

Where is Kastraki Beach Naxos?

Kastraki beach is located just after Mikri Vigla, 16 km from Chora through the village of Vivlos. If you walk south from Kastraki, you will get to Glyfada beach. 

Hot to get to Naxos Kastraki Beach?

Kastraki Beach of Naxos
The tranquil Kastraki Beach.
Kastraki Beach of Naxos
The beautiful cactuses at Kastraki.

Apart from driving yourself, which is straightforward, there is a bus Line 3 that goes from Chora through Vivlos all the way to Pyrgaki and stops at Kastraki beach. 

What to expect at Naxos Kastraki?

Kastraki beach boasts powdery, white sand and turquoise, crystal clear water. Kastraki winds along the shore with many different bays, which are perfect for those wanting to experience a beach day in a secluded location. 

The beach is largely underdeveloped and unspoiled, when you visit you realise how quiet and serene the coast is here! Sometimes, Kastraki can get a little windy, but the wind is not as strong here as at the neighbouring Mikri Vigla beach. 

Kastraki Beach of Naxos

Who is Kastraki Naxos Best for?

Kastraki beach is the perfect place for a secluded beach day. You can find a small cove and make it your private beach for the day or even sunbathe topless! 

Best Time to Visit Kastraki Beach?

Any time is good to arrive at Kastraki beach similarly to other Naxos beaches in this part of the island. Kastraki Naxos is the ideal place to spend all day relaxing. 

Kastraki Beach of Naxos
Kastraki Beach.
Kastraki Naxos.

Things to Know/Take to Kastraki Beach Naxos

Because Kastraki beach is completely untouched, make sure you bring everything you need for your beach day including an umbrella, plenty of water, snacks and a good book to keep you entertained. 

Other Attractions near Kastraki

As the route from Chora to Kastraki runs through the village of Vivlos, I recommend stopping there on the way back to explore this authentic place and dine in one of the local taverns. 

#13 Grotta Beach Naxos 

Grotta Beach Naxos

Where is Naxos Grotta Beach?

Grotta beach is located in the northern part of the centre of Chora, you can find it on your right while walking towards the Temple of Apollo. You can also access it from the northern side of the old town.  

Hot to get to Grotta Beach?

You can easily combine Grotta beach with visiting the historic centre of Naxos Town and the Portara. All Chora attractions are located from each other within a walking distance, so I recommend leaving your vehicle in one of the municipal car parks. If you travel by bus, the bus station in Chora is on the main road, right by the entrance to the port.  

What to expect at Grotta Beach Naxos?

Grotta Beach Naxos

Due to its northern facing location, Grotta beach is usually super windy and the sea is rough. Why then, do I recommend this beach in this post? It’s because Grotta beach is super picturesque and as a photographer, I loved taking photos of it! 

Grotta beach is small and instead of sand, it has a layer of small pebbles. If you want to snap some cool shots of this unique beach, access it from the path leading to Portara. From this point, you will get a panoramic view of the entire beach with a small hill with Cycladic whitewashed cube houses in the background. 

Who is Grotta Beach Best for?

Grotta beach Naxos is for anyone visiting Naxos Town, especially for those that love taking photos and can appreciate the unique beauty of this beach. 

Best time to visit Grotta Beach?

The best time for photography at Grotta beach is in the afternoon.

Best place to stay near Grotta Beach

best hotels on naxos
Hotel Grotta via Booking.com
best hotels on naxos
Hotel Grotta via Booking.com

Hotel GrottaCycladic Hotel with Pool, a short walk from the old town 

Location | Hotel Grotta Naxos is situated a 15-minutes walk from the Temple of Apollo and also a 15-minutes walk to the old town. It is also near Grotta Beach. 

Rooms | A range of tastefully decorated rooms that can sleep 2-3 adults is available to guests. Each room comes with a balcony and fridge and some feature a sea view.

Facilities | Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, free parking and a free airport shuttle bus. The property also features an in-house restaurant, a bar and an excursion desk.

Best for | Best hotel Naxos Chora for Couples, romance & nightlife lovers. 

Other Attractions near Grotta Beach Naxos

As Grotta beach is located right in the heart of Chora, you can combine it with visiting the Portara, the Venetian castle and other attractions of the old town.  

#14 ​​Apollonas Naxos Beach 

Apollonas Naxos

Where is Apollonas?

Apollonas is located on the northern coast of the island, 36 km away from Chora. Because the drive takes around an hour, the village of Apollonas largely remains under the radar of mainstream tourism on Naxos. 

Hot to get to Apollonas Beach Naxos?

The town of Apollon Naxos is a little remote and it will take around 1 hour to get there by car, scooter or ATV. There is also a bus that goes to Apollon Naxos – take Line 5 that goes from Chora up the coast to Apollon. 

What to expect at Apollonasd Naxos Beach?

The village is far away from pretty much all the other best places and things to do in Naxos island. Apollonas served as a fishing village and a port from where the Naxian marble was exported. Today, the village is a sleepy place with a few tavernas, a limited number of guesthouses and rooms for rent and a small, sandy beach. The most famous attraction is a half-finished, almost 11 metres tall statue dating back to the 6th century BC. The archaeologists believe the statue is probably representing Dionysus. You can find the Kouros Statue of Apollon near the village entrance. 

Who is Apollonas Beach Best for?

Kouros statue.

Apollonas Beach is for those that want to explore the quaint town of Apollonas and see the huge and fascinating Kouros statue. Otherwise, there are much better beaches in Naxos that are way more accessible for those that are interested predominantly in finding a good beach.  

Best time to visit Apollonas Beach Naxos

The best time to visit Apollonas beach is in the morning or during the day. As the beach faces southeast, it is not good for sunset. 

Best Apollonas Restaurants 

Nikos Tavern | Excellent food (Greek & seafood) with a sea view

Apollon | Traditional Greek food with a rich menu

Kalimera Grill | Souvlaki dishes 

Best places to stay in Apollonas Naxos

White House Apollon via Booking.com
White House Apollon via Booking.com

White House Apollon NaxosLarge apartments by the beach. 

Location | This house is located a short walk from Apollon Beach. 

Rooms | The property features 2-bed apartments that can sleep up to 6 adults, equipped with a kitchen and a balcony.

Facilities | Free parking, BBQ facilities and sun terrace. 

Best for | Families or friends. 

White & Blue House via Booking.com
White & Blue House via Booking.com

3 min from the beach – White&Blue House in Apollon

Location | 100 meters to Apollonas Beach.

Rooms | The property features 2-bed apartments that can sleep up to 5 adults, is equipped with a kitchen, and a balcony and features a sea view. 

Facilities | Facilities include free parking.


Best for | Couples and families.

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.

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 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 that 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.  

Car Rental Naxos 

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 driver’s licence. 

Car Hire Naxos Deals

Best Naxos Tours

A great way of exploring the island is by taking an organised tour. This is a particularly good options 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. 

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Private Food Tour in Naxos Old Town 

Apollo Temple, Naxos

Half-Day Private Tour of Naxos

Milos boat

All-Inclusive Catamaran Day Cruise & Snorkelling 

All-Inclusive Boat Tour Naxos to Small Cyclades 

ATV Rental Naxos

naxos ATV, getting around Milos

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 

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 

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Bus Stop in Chora, Naxos Town

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 

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. 

Final Word

I hope you found this guide to the most stunning beaches of Naxos helpful and you’re on your way to booking your Naxos vacation. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment below, otherwise, I wish you happy travels!

Mal xxx

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