Naxos has a great variety of different landscapes offering stunning vistas. Nowhere else in the Cyclades could you find lofty mountains, fertile valleys, plateaus, springs, rivers, caves and endless beaches. Naxos is the well-kept secret of Cyclades with charming hotels and numerous restaurants serving local cuisine.
Each visit in Naxos, the largest island of the Cyclades complex, is a challenge. All archaeological sites and monuments show the course throughout history and are of course extremely interesting. Naxos is a destination that covers all tastes and “wallets”. There you can find various hotels, room, apartments, taverns, restaurants, sightseeing and beaches.
One of the most common sports is windsurfing, as Naxos is a windy place, with the summer wind called “meltemi” reaching up to 5 Beauforts during the day. In this beautiful island you can find many beaches for all levels (beginners, intermediate, advanced, experts) and all categories (slalom/speed, wave, freestyle, free ride). The beaches of Amiti, Ai Giorgis and Agiaso are ideal for wave sports. At the lagoon of Ai Giorgi you should try out slalom windsurfing and freestyle.
At the beaches of Ai Giorgis, Plaka and Mikri Vigla are operating sports centers with modern equipment for those you want to learn all secrets of sports. Note down that kite surfing is prohibited at the beach and the lagoon of Ai Giorgis because of the close distance of the airport.
Mikri Vigla is an international meeting point of windsurfers and kite surfers. For those who prefer water skiing, wakeboarding, banana and tube activities, the ideal place is Ai Giorgis and Plaka beaches, where you can rent equipment and enjoy every ride.
Naxos is an island where you can see various landscapes and roads great for mountain biking and road cycling.
Naxos is the island of Gods. Dionysus, Apollo and Zeus were worshipped here as archaeological evidence indicates. Close to the port of Naxos, on the tiny island of Palatia (Dia) you can still see the remains of a marble gate about 6m high and about 3,5m wide known as “Portara” by the locals (meaning big door). It is part of a marble sanctuary of Apollo built during the 6th century B. C.
The island of Naxos plays a key role in history after the fourth crusades as it goes under Venetian Occupation. Naxos is the centre of the Duchy of Naxos, a Venetian colony created in 1207 by Marco Sanudo, the nephew of the former Venetian doge Enrico Dandolo. The Venetian and Catholic influences are obvious till today.
According to Greek mythology, Zeus was born in Crete but raised in Naxos and from that fact the tallest mountain of the island was named from this Greek god. Also, Theseus abandoned the princess Ariadne of Crete on this island after she helped him kill the Minotaur and escape from the Labyrinth.
The island named after the legendary first ruler, king Naxos. Some researchers support another opinion, where the name Naxos came from an ancient Greek word that means sacrifice, as in the island took place many sacrifices for honoring the Greek gods.