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Naxos is situated in the Cyclades group of Greek islands. It is the largest island of the group, however tourism is mainly found along the stretches of white sand beaches on the west coast. Naxos is very unheard-of compared to its famous neighbouring islands, nonetheless as beautiful and well worth a visit!
Naxos is the perfect alternative to the busier more well-known islands, if you are looking for a peaceful getaway, to relax on a beach all to yourself, this is the island for you! Being the most mountainous island in the Cyclades, means quaint traditional hilltop villages perfect for wandering through the cobbled sheets, tasting the local Greek cuisine and browsing unique local stores.
If you love Greek history, you are an outdoor lover or simply enjoy laying on the beach you will love Naxos. With lots to do and see on the island, it is perfect for the adventurous type.
Planning a holiday to Naxos? The best way to get there is first flying to Athens. Ryanair offer flights from Dublin 3 times a week in the summer. Olympic Air also offer flights from Dublin 4 times a week. From there daily ferries depart from Piraeus Port to Naxos. The ferry length is 4-5 hours.
Night life in Naxos is very low key. There are a couple of spots to go if you are looking to dance the night away. However, most locals prefer a nice place to sit, have a drink and listen to some music, so jazz bars are popular.
You will find plenty of picturesque locally run taverns in Naxos town, sourcing locally grown produce with dishes to suit everyone. For more affordable local restaurants head out of the town, where you will find true authentic Greek dishes.
Naxos is famous for its many beaches. Windsurfing and other water activities are very popular and readily available! The beaches on the west of the island are busier with tourists, they also have the facilities to cater for them. Plenty of seaside taverns and sun loungers. If you are looking for more secluded beaches, head to the east side of the island! Here you will find private bays to catch some peaceful tanning time!
The best time to visit Naxos is in the summer months of June to August. The hottest month is July with average temperatures of 25°C. January is often the wettest month in Naxos with an average of 80mm of rain.
Naxos is a Greek island. In Greece, the currency is Euro.
Naxos is 2 hours ahead of Ireland, GMT+2.
It is easy to get around the island as there is a reliable bus service. Car hire is also readily available.