The largest island of the Cyclades, Naxos welcomes visitors who seek a traditional getaway that remains truly Greek. Its rugged landscape and unspoiled coastline truly spoil visitors whether solo-travellers and couples enjoying a Greek island hopping holiday who plan to explore the cultural sights and the most picturesque beaches or families looking to kick back and relax moving from the beach to the beachbar/cafe and back again.
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Where to stay in Naxos island – The best areas to stay
Stay in Naxos Town aka Chora
Chora (pronounced Hora) is the picture-postcard heart of the island with its picturesque medieval backstreets containing whitewashed houses and chapels, windmills, a cathedral, and Venetian castle which offer stunning views out across the harbour front with port.
Those who like to keep busy with sightseeing can explore the museums, art galleries, and shops before stopping for a drink or bite to eat at one of the many charming cafes or restaurants. Despite the slightly dishevelled look which is what makes it so charming and authentically Greek, Chora is anything but a sleepy town. At night you can enjoy a home cooked meal in a family taverna, tap your feet to the beat in jazz bars, or let your hair down at the dance clubs.
Since Chora is the main town on Naxos it’s open all year unlike some of the seaside tourist resorts and there’s a good bus service to other parts of the island if you don’t want to rent a car or quad bike. Accommodation in Chora is limited and can become fully booked June-August with accommodation varying from basic studio rooms to boutique hotels.
Recommended Hotels in Naxos Town
Xenia Hotel – This elegant boutique hotel sits in the heart of Naxos Town surrounded by shops and restaurants. The contemporary styled rooms are light and airy with everything you need for an enjoyable nights sleep before stepping out onto the street to explore all that Naxos has to offer.
Hotel Anixis – This beautiful whitewashed hotel will meet all your expectations for a memorable Greek getaway. Decorated in traditional Cycladic style, rooms have a sea or castle view. Find a book to borrow in the hotels living room/library and enjoy a drink in the rooftop bar where breakfast is also served.
Stay in Agios Georgios aka St George
If you’re looking for the best of both worlds, combining a blue flag beach holiday with plenty of nightlife and sightseeing Agios Georgios is the place for you.
The blue flag beach might not be the most picturesque on the island but the sheltered bay with shallow water is perfect for the kids and you can enjoy stunning sunsets whether you’re sitting out on the sand or watching from one of the numerous waterfront cafes or bars.
Water sports such as windsurfing can be enjoyed and you can choose between settling down on a sunbed with waiter service or putting your towel down on the free stretch of beach away from the crowds.
Naxos Old Town is a short walk away, about 15 minutes to reach the port enabling you to spend some days/nights exploring the quaint backstreets, museums, and different variety of shops, tavernas, and bars.
Accommodation here consists of cosy family-run hotels as well as larger modern beach front hotels with pools and affordable self catering apartments.
Recommended hotels in Agios Georgios
Saint George Hotel – This quaint-essentially Greek white-washed hotel with urns of bougainvillea outside enjoys a seafront location with shops, tavernas, and bars as well as a bus stop all just seconds away. The bright and airy rooms are decorated beautifully with some rooms having a kitchenette.
Alkyoni Beach Hotel – This seafront resort with friendly staff is perfect for families and couples who enjoy the choice of relaxing on the beach or by the pool in beautiful garden surrounding.
Stay in Plaka
A laid back seaside resort located 7km from Naxos Town with a long blue flag sandy beach offering water sports and a selection of waterfront tavernas, shops, and accommodation ideal for couples seeking a traditional beach holiday with plenty of time to kick back and relax.
The beach has a large family-friendly organised section with sunbeds and umbrellas and a nudist beach at the far end with sand dunes and rocks. Accommodation is mostly family-run with small hotels, self-catering apartments, and studios.
If you don’t want to rent a car, you can reach Agios Prokopios and Agios Ana on the bus very easily giving you different beaches and shops/tavernas to visit if you so wish, otherwise just enjoy the panoramic views and dream you never have to go home!
Recommended hotels in Plaka
Plaza Beach Hotel – A modern hotel that backs onto the beach decorated in typical Cycladic style stone architecture within garden grounds, the spacious airy rooms decorated with dark wood furniture. There are plenty of relaxation options here in water, choose from the sea, pool, sauna, or Turkish bath!
Naxos Island Escape Suites -Just 100 metres from the beach this stylish accommodation is sure to charm you with its sea and mountain views. The perfect romantic getaway for couples who want to enjoy time alone and fully relax whilst enjoying the finer things in life.
Stay in Agia Anna
This popular tourist resort is one that has visitors returning year after year thanks to the picturesque location with long sandy beach and quaint fishing port with secluded cove, the perfect place to lay your towel down when the wind gets up.
You’ll find a long stretch of tavernas, bars, shops, and hire car and excursion offices ensuring you’re never stranded or bored and there is accommodation to suit every kind of traveller with hotels, apartments, and basic studio rooms.
The resort of Prokopios joins onto Agia Anna allowing you a more upmarket selection of bars, shops, and tavernas a 10 minute stroll away as well as a smaller beach or hop on the bus and explore Naxos town aka Chora which is just over 6km away.
Recommended hotels in Agia Anna
Anemomilos – This boutique style aparthotel with pool gives you the best of both worlds. Enjoy breakfast on the terrace (cat lovers will be feeding the feline friends!) but also the convenience of being able to make snacks in your room with shops, bars, and tavernas moments away.
Iria Beach Art Hotel – Charming Cycladic style exteriors merge with modern interiors at this award-winning boutique style hotel with beach front location. The staff go out of their way to ensure you have a fabulous time and you can book hiking, horse riding, and cooking classes from reception.
Stay in Agios Prokopios
5km from Naxos Town and within close proximity to the airport, the resort of Agios Prokopios is situated between 4 lakes with a national park behind and is known for having one of the best beaches in the whole of Greece. Agios Prokopios is a wonderful location to enjoy a laid back beach holiday.
There are plenty of upmarket waterfront cafes, tavernas, and bars to keep you fed and watered when you leave your sunbed after a relaxing day on the sandy beach.
When you want to get out and about to do some sightseeing, Naxos Town is a short bus ride away with regular services to and fro and you can also walk to Agios Anna where you’ll find more shops, bars, and restaurants.
Recommended hotels in Agios Prokopios
Naxos Island Hotel – Enjoy world-class service at this stunning 5 star hotel. The on site spa and gym has a hot tub, sauna, Turkish bath, and 2 massage treatment rooms with panoramic views over the water from the rooftop terrace/pool/bar area.
Katerina Hotel – Providing guests with traditional hotel rooms or studio apartments, this family-run hotel prides itself on its breakfast. Located 150 metres from the beach you can relax by the pool or rent a car directly from a reception to go off exploring.
Stay in Apollonas aka Apollonia
This picturesque fishing village is the most Northern village on Naxos, 36km from Chora. With its gorgeous wild beach and hill views to take your breath away, Apollonas provides a wonderful secluded getaway.
Sheltered by the mountains, the bay and village are mostly enjoyed by day trip visitors with a few self-catering rooms/apartments on offer for people wishing to stay over and enjoy the tranquillity of a rural Greek fishing village when the day trippers have left.
Be sure to rent a hire car so you don’t feel stranded at the end of the earth though there is a bus too but with an unfrequent schedule!
Recommended hotel in Apollonia
Adonis Hotel – Located in the seaside village of Apollonas and just a 2 min walk from the beach, it offers air conditioned rooms with balconies, Tv, fridge and free Wi-Fi.