Visit Naxos in 3, 4, 5 days | TOP 10 things to do in Naxos

How to visit Naxos in 3, 4 or 5 days? What to do and see in Naxos to enjoy your holidays in the Cyclades in Greece? A trip to Naxos rhymes with transparent water, breathtaking landscapes and an idyllic setting.

  1. What to do in Naxos 🌊
  2. How to get to Naxos 🛥
  3. Best accommodations in Naxos👍
  4. Good places to eat in Naxos 😋
  5. Itineraries to visit Naxos in 3, 4 or 5 days 🤩
  6. What other islands of the Cyclades to visit? 🇬🇷
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1. Best things to do and visit in Naxos

Naxos is one of the most visited islands of the Greek Cyclades. However, Naxos is not as touristy as Santorini or Mykonos. Moreover, Naxos is a larger island than its neighbours. For example, it is still possible to find yourself on a beach all alone. Among the best things to do in Naxos are the ancient ruins, the beautiful bays and beaches to discover, the boat trips or the discovery of the Naxian cuisine.

1.1 Walking around the old town of Naxos

If you arrive on the island of Naxos by ferry, you will see the old town of the island in front of you. Naxos town is also called Chora. It has about 7,000 inhabitants. This is where the main port of the island is located.

Naxos Venetian Castle. Among the essential things to do in Naxos, there is naturally a visit to its castle: Castro. It was built by the Venetians above the old town of Naxos. Lose yourself in the alleys of this ancient fortress, and discover very beautiful panoramas over Naxos and the Mediterranean.

Metropolitan Church of Zoodochos Pigi. During your trip to Naxos, also discover this magnificent Orthodox church! It is a stone’s throw from the port of Naxos: place the church on Google Maps.

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1.2 Discovering the ancient temple of Apollo

The Portara of Naxos? This is also what the remains of this ancient temple of Apollo are called. Indeed, the temple is in the form of a door made up of 4 blocks of marble which each weigh 20 tons. It is estimated that the construction of the temple must have started around 530 BC, but the temple was ultimately never completed.

Admire a magnificent sunset. From the temple you will discover a magnificent unobstructed view of the island of Naxos. It is an ideal location to enjoy beautiful sunsets. La Portara is one of the essential places to do in Naxos during your trip.

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1.3 Visiting the most beautiful villages of Naxos

White houses, Byzantine churches… Fall under the spell of the small mountain villages of Naxos! The island of Naxos is a fairly hilly island. Visiting the villages is one of the cool activities to do during a trip to Naxos.

Which villages to visit in Naxos? Here is a small list of the most beautiful villages of Naxos. Click on each name to place it on Google Maps, see photos and traveler reviews.

  • Koronos: considered the most beautiful village of Naxos.
  • Apiranthos: a pretty picturesque village to discover.
  • Halki: this is where there is a Kitron distillery (local alcohol from Naxos).
  • Filoti: another interesting village to visit in Naxos.
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1.4 Visiting the Rina Caves from Naxos

Magnificent landscapes and unforgettable swimming! Visiting the Rina Caves is one of the best things to do in Naxos. Discover all the natural beauties that are found all around Naxos. Take advantage of the transparent waters for swimming!

How to do? Many companies offer multi-hour cruises that include a visit to the Rina Caves, as well as lunch on board. Here is an example to give you an idea: see the photos and the duration of this activity.

1.5 Discovering the most beautiful beaches of Naxos

What else to do in Naxos? Enjoy gorgeous beaches, of course! As for the other islands of the Cyclades, Naxos has very pretty beaches. As the island of Naxos is the second largest island of the Cyclades, there are more small corners and places where you can find yourself alone on the beach. Unbelievable!

Here is a small list of the most beautiful beaches of Naxos:

  • Agios Prokopios: located 6 km from the port of Naxos, near a small village of 200 inhabitants, this beach is magnificent.
  • Alyko beach: a very pretty beach in Naxos with transparent water just the way we like it! Not far from the beach, you can explore the ruins of a hotel (an unusual little activity to do in Naxos).
  • Glyfada Beach: a large white sand beach, an ideal place to practice windsurfing (note: it is quite windy)!
  • Lionas beach: a pretty pebble and black sand beach that is not very touristy even in high season.

Good to know! The beaches of Naxos are known to be windy.

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1.6 Swimming in the prettiest bays of Naxos

Explore the crystal clear waters of Naxos! In order to discover the most beautiful bays of Naxos, you can rent a boat, or take a cruise around the island. The advantage is to be able to enjoy the beauty of Naxos in a small group. Moreover, the landscapes from the waters are not at all the same.

Cruise. This cruise lasts between 5 and 8 hours and includes lunch. You will be able to taste local specialties while enjoying the crystal clear waters of Naxos. Find out more: see photos, reviews and rates for this cruise.

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1.7 Discovering the hidden treasures of Naxos

During your trip to Naxos, you can also explore the hidden treasures of the island. In addition to its natural beauties, Naxos also has a cultural and historical facet. Here are some places to know if you are going to visit Naxos:

  • Temple of Demeter
  • Church of Panagia Drosiani
  • Kouros of Apollona
  • Kalamitsia
  • Fotodoti Monastery

Good to know! If you want to visit these places with a guide, it is possible. It’s even very interesting. The guided tour allows you to better understand the history of Naxos, as well as to completely delegate the transport part of the visit. For example, this tour in English.

1.8 Going to the Koufonissia Islands

The beaches of the Koufonissia Islands are magnificent. Many travelers choose to take a cruise to these islands which are located near Naxos. Among these islands, there is even a totally uninhabited island. Discover more information here: see traveler reviews.

1.9 Hiking Mount Zeus

It is in a cave of this mount where Zeus would have been born! A hike to climb Mount Zeus is an activity to do during your trip to Naxos (preferably in the morning, to avoid the hot weather).

You will need 2-3 hours for this hike (and good shoes!). But rest assured: the panorama from the top of the mountain is well worth the effort! The trail is fairly well marked.

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1.10 Visiting Mykonos or Santorini from Naxos

You can absolutely choose Naxos as a base camp to visit the other islands of the Cyclades, and in particular the best known such as Mykonos or Santorini.

Good to know! Accommodation prices in Santorini or Mykonos skyrocket in the summer, as these are the most popular islands. By choosing to stay in Naxos, you can benefit from the lower fares while still having the option of visiting Mykonos and Santorini by ferry in a day. You can organize the tour yourself by booking return ferry tickets from Naxos, or take an all-inclusive tour.

Example. The boat trip is about 2 hours to go to Mykonos from Naxos. You can book the return ferry, and spend a whole day in Mykonos: prices for a return trip from Naxos. In order to be sure of having a place on the ferry, book tickets in advance to leave with peace of mind.

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2. How to get to Naxos?

How to visit Naxos? Several solutions are available to us.

By plane with a stopover in Athens. This is the fastest solution, because in general the stopover in Athens does not last long. Moreover, it is also a good solution, if you want to visit Naxos directly. Moreover, it is also a good solution if you also want to avoid seasickness. Indeed, ferry trips are not the trips that are comfortable.

Plane + Ferry from Athens. Many travelers visit Athens and then go to visit the islands. To do this, they arrive in Athens by plane, then go to Naxos by ferry. Athens is a very interesting city to visit, with a very rich heritage (our blog post on Athens). For example, you can arrive in Athens, spend 1 or 2 days there, then leave for Naxos or another island. On the other hand, count between 3 h and 6 h 30 min by ferry between Athens (Port of Piraeus) and Naxos.

By ferry from other Greek islands. The ferry between the Greek islands is a fairly common transport. For example, one can visit Mykonos, Santorini or Paros quite easily from Naxos. Some ferries make the trip in just 40 minutes.

Good to know! In the low tourist season (November to March), there are far fewer ferries. Check the times in advance, and even better – book.

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3. Best places to stay while visiting Naxos

The capital of the island of Naxos is Chora. This is where the main port of the island is located. It is the liveliest place on the island. You can choose to stay in Chora, if you are going to visit Naxos in 2 or 3 days. Nevertheless, you can choose quieter and more secluded places on the island. Here are some places to stay to visit Naxos.

Georgia Mare: an aparthotel in Chora that offers double rooms with sea view, but also triple rooms for a family trip to Naxos. Traveler ratings speak for themselves.

Finikas Hotel: just a few minutes walk from Alyko Beach (one of the most beautiful beaches in Naxos), this hotel is an ideal place for an unforgettable holiday. This is an address to remember if you are going to visit Naxos.

Discover other places to stay to visit Naxos in our blog post: Where to stay in Naxos.

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4. Restaurants where to eat in Naxos

Discover our selection of the best places to eat in Naxos. Click on the restaurant to see its location on Google Maps.

Sarris Tavern: a good tavern as we like them!

Doukato Restaurant: an excellent place to have a great time! The setting is magnificent. Book in advance to avoid waiting.

Nissaki Restaurant since 1971: located just in front of the sea, this restaurant is perfect for a romantic evening.

To Elliniko Restaurant: a good Greek cuisine restaurant with very reasonable prices! This is a good address in Naxos for lunch.

Babylonia Bar: this gay bar is located high up just opposite the port of Naxos. A very nice place to spend a great evening in Naxos!

Cooking lessons! If you want to immerse yourself more in local life, you can book a Naxian cooking class. This course includes the preparation and tasting of traditional dishes. An activity to do to mark your trip to Naxos: see prices here.

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5. Itinerary to visit Naxos in 2, 3 or 4 days

Here are some ideas of activities to do in Naxos during a 3, 4 or 5 day trip.

How to visit Naxos in 3 days?

  • Discover Chora and its atmosphere
  • Visit the Venetian Castle of Naxos
  • Discover the local cuisine
  • Admire a beautiful sunset from the ancient Temple of Apollo
  • Take a cruise to discover the natural beauties of Naxos (see photos and prices for a catamaran cruise with lunch)
  • Visit the hinterland of Naxos and its most beautiful villages
  • Hike Mount Zeus

Visit Naxos in 4 days:

  • Discover the beaches of Naxos
  • Visit the hidden treasures of Naxos such as the Temple of Demeter or the Fotodoti Monastery (for example, take a day trip, or rent a car to discover the places on your own)

What to do on the 5th day of a trip to Naxos:

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6. What other Cycladic Islands to visit besides Naxos?

The Cyclades are the most famous Greek islands. In total, the Cyclades include nearly 250 islands, islets and rock islets. The ferry is the most convenient means of transport to move between the islands. Some ferries are direct, others make other stops. Some ferries are also faster than others. The trip to Naxos can therefore be accompanied by the visit of other islands.

  • Santorini: ferry trip between 1h20min and 2h20 from Naxos. Santorini is certainly the best known and most touristic island! Discover the essentials to prepare your trip to Santorini in our blog post: tips for visiting Santorini.
  • Mykonos: between 40 minutes and 1h30 from Naxos. Mykonos is the second most famous island of the Cyclades! If you want to visit Mykonos, this post might help you: best things to do in Mykonos.
  • Paros: between 30 minutes and 1 hour from Naxos. Find more information about the island of Paros here: what to visit in Paros)
  • Milos: more than 3 hours. Milos is a very pretty island in the Cyclades, still relatively untouristy compared to Santorini or Mykonos (read our blog post: best things to do in Milos).

Visiting the main islands of the Cyclades in just one week is impossible. Nevertheless, you can visit in 7 days at least 2 islands, even 3 islands. Choose the ones you like the most!

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Naxos is an interesting island to visit, if you want to avoid the crowds. As the island is larger, we have the feeling of having more space and meeting fewer visitors. From Naxos, it is quite possible to visit other other islands such as Mykonos or Santorini during a day. Maybe it is even the best island of the Cyclades?

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