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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. Although Naxos may not be as widely spoken about as its neighbouring islands, it is just as beautiful and well worth a visit!
Naxos is the perfect alternative to the busier, more well-known islands of Greece. If you are looking for a peaceful getaway where you can relax on a quiet beach, this is the island for you! Naxos is the most mountainous island in the Cyclades, with features such as quaint traditional hilltop villages, picturesque cobbled sheets, tasty local Greek cuisine and unique local stores.
If you love Greek history, 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.
Flights depart from Dublin to Athens with Ryanair 3 times a week in the summer. Olympic Air also offer flights from Dublin 4 times a week. Once you've landed in Athens, you can take the ferry from Piraeus Port to Naxos. The ferry length is 4-5 hours.
To learn more about things to do in Naxos, the best time to go and local info see here.
The nightlife 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 and have a drink and while enjoying some music, so jazz bars are popular.
You will find plenty of picturesque taverns in Naxos town which serve dishes made with locally-grown produce. 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 popular with tourists and have a number of facilities to cater to them, including seaside taverns and sun loungers. If you are looking for more secluded beaches, head to the east side of the island where you will find private bays perfect for 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.
Euro is the currency used in Naxos.
Naxos is 2 hours ahead of Ireland (GMT+2).
Getting around Naxos is easy as there is a reliable bus service. Car hire is also readily available.