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Naxos, the largest of the Cyclades, is an island of picturesque villages and interesting things to see. Whether that’s exploring the old town, archaeological museums, or mythological temples, there’s plenty to keep you amused. If it’s the beaches you’re after, there are lots dotted around the island perfect for windsurfing or relaxation, you just have to know where they are.
Here is a guide to the best beaches on Naxos for you to discover:
Agios Georgios Beach
Only 2km from Naxos Town, Agios Georgios is easy to reach and it’s one of the most popular spots for windsurfing due to the windy conditions and high waves. The beach is long and sandy, there are plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas, and cafes, restaurants and beach bars that serve a great range of food and drinks. Being close to the town, it can get crowded, but it’s a great place for families to spend the day. There are fabulous views of Paros and the sunsets are pretty amazing.
Agios Prokopios Beach
Not only is Agios Prokopios beach one of the most popular beaches on Naxos, it’s also one of the most beautiful in Greece. 6 km from Naxos Town, it has a long, golden sandy beach, turquoise blue water and parts unspoiled with sand dunes and free of sunbeds and umbrellas, so you get the best of both worlds here. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and watersports and diving are available. This beach has a perfect atmosphere, suitable for all generations, it’s easy to reach, but arrive before midday to beat the crowds.
Agia Anna Beach
Not far from Agios Prokopios you’ll find picturesque, Agia Anna; soft sand and crystal clear sea which is good for snorkelling. The beach is lined with beach bars and restaurants and there is a charming fishing port nearby. Agia Anna can be reached by bus or car or you can walk from Agios Prokopios about 1 km away. It’s less crowded than some of the other beaches in this area, so it’s popular with nudists.
One of the most stunning beaches on Naxos is Plaka beach, a long white sandy beach with sand dunes nearby and clear blue water. It isn’t crowded and its calm atmosphere makes it perfect for relaxation and great for families. It’s organised with sunbeds, umbrellas, there is windsurfing and other watersports available, and there are a few hotels, restaurants and cafes that provide food and drinks throughout the day. It’s 10 km from Naxos Town, so it’s easy to reach by bus.
Mikri Vigla Beach
Separated by a rocky hill, Mikri Vigla is located in a long, sweeping bay. It’s northern shores have golden sand, turquoise water and the Meltemi winds that affect this area are good for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The southern part of the beach is protected from the wind and the seemingly endless sandy beach and shallow water makes it ideal for families. It’s partly organised with tavernas that serve delicious food. Mikri Vigla is one of the best beaches to explore among the rocks and it’s a fabulous place to go for long walks or to gaze at the beautiful mountains in the distance.
Psili Ammos Beach
Close to the fishing village of Moutsouna, on the east coast, is Psili Ammos beach. It’s soft white sand, crystal clear water and cedar trees for shade attract visitors who are in search of a spot for relaxation. It’s non organised, but there are a couple of beach bars whose staff are very friendly and where you’ll find a delightful array of delicious food. Arrive early in the morning for gorgeous views of the small island of Donoussa, snorkelling, and an all out pleasureable way to spend your day.
Apollonas beach is 30 km from Naxos Town and is the most charming beach in the north of the island. It is beautiful, with sand and white pebbles, and it’s secluded, but it is very windy, so it’s not suitable for swimming, especially for children. It’s fairly isolated, so transport by car or bus is required. It’s not organised, but there are a couple of cafes and tavernas nearby.
In the south of the island the different bays of Kastraki beach offer crystal clear water, golden sands and an unspoiled environment. There are no sunbeds or umbrellas here, but there are a few tavernas around. It’s a good beach for walking, especially if you want to find your own private piece of paradise. If you continue down the beach, you’ll find yourself on Glyfada beach, surrounded by green hills and more secluded spots. Both beaches are popular with naturists at certain times of the year.
10 km from Naxos Town, the less crowded, Orkos beach, is non organised, but it’s great for families and windsurfing. Less than 1 km from Plaka, the tree lined, sandy beach and azure blue water can be reached by walking from Plaka or Mikri Vigla. The beautiful coves in this area provide privacy and the surrounding hills and villages provide a stunning backdrop to this charming beach.
Located in the south west, Alyko beach has beautiful coves, clear, blue water, a long sandy beach and red and white coloured cliffs, making it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It’s non organised, but family friendly and can be easily reached by car or bus. It’s a fabulous beach for snorkelling or exploring the nearby cedar forest. The beach has many hidden coves, so it’s a popular beach for nudists. If peace and quiet is the order of the day, then this is the place to come and spend the day.
Read more: Top things to do in Naxos
Naxos has many beautiful beaches, but they each retain their own character. Whether it’s relaxation, engaging in watersports or finding your own private spot, you won’t have far to go to find what you’re looking for.
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