Naxos island. Cyclades. Portara, Naxos island

The Aegean Islands


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Naxos: a small, independent world, right in the middle of Cyclades, at the heart of historical development, fertile, rich in history, abundant in ancient, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, full of customs, music and festivals organized all year long. A hospitable place welcomes you with plenty of frangrances and flavors of cheece, wine and vegetable varieties able to captivate the most discerning diners. “Naxos surpassed all the other islands in prosperity”. Herodotus, Pindar, Archilochus of Paros, as well as the great writer Nikos Kazantzakis have written about the beauties of Naxos. And god Dionysus gracefully raised a glass of wine to its health…

The castle of Naxos Chora is unique in the Aegean and inhabited for centuries. The island’s aristocracy was historic and the descendants of old rulers still reside in their magnificent mansions.

Naxos countryside glows under the Aegean sun, full of springs, rivers, beautiful settlements, orchards, plains, valleys, orange groves, lemon groves… Byzantine monuments stand out in the olive groves of Tragaia. Stalactites drip slowly in the famous cave on Zas (Drion). Thousands of people enjoy their vacations every year at the endless sandy beaches decorating seashores like a golden jewel. But Naxos is much more; it hides even more treasures. Traces of prehistoric settlements, ancient and Venetian towers that lasted over the centuries, museums with rare treasures, local fectivals, celebrations, cultural events that amaze the visitors and also paths and dirt roads that challenge the adventure-lovers, fragrances of thyme, spearmint, jasmine, wildflowers and chaste trees, as well as mohair from the sheep pens where graviera dries. There are plenty of things to enjoy and keep in memory when the boat sails and you say goodbye to Portara, the emblem of Naxos that shines under the light of the evening sun. You will soon come back. It is difficult to ever have enough of Naxos, this wonderful small world of the Aegean.


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Visitors of Kalymnos and Kos can easily reach a hidden paradise every summer. Arriving at Pserimos you will find Avlakia, the only village on the island, which is supposed to be built on the site of an ancient settlement. Even today, remnants of ancient dwellings can be seen, and parts of pottery dating back to…


Until the mid 1980s Folegandros belonged to the so-called barren line. Then it was included in the regular itineraries of Piraeus and started being discovered by West Europeans and Greek holidaymakers. The island is the ideal destination for mild/ alternative forms of tourism, a fact that is closely associated with its long tradition in self-sufficiency.…


Tinos is known all over Greece, as well as abroad, thanks to the rich pilgrimage of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary. However, this island, with its extensive and rich history in the art of marble sculpture, possesses many unique features: its villages, real masterpieces of architecture, the …otherworldly landscape of Volax with the round…
Syros island, Cyclades


Glamorous, crowded, beautiful, is very impressive from the first moment with its two states, Ermoupoli and Ano Syros, built amphitheatrically on their hills. Vaporia with the imposing mansions which gaze at the sea, Agios Nikolaos, the renonwed Apollon theatre and the Town Hall with its square, San Tzortzis of Ano Syros, Fragosyriani of Markos Vamvakaris,…
Sikinos Harbour at night


Authentically Aegean, exceptionally quiet, without fanfare and away from dazzling lights, Sikinos is anti-conformist and carefree. It is addressed to people who want to experience the holidays as an actual break from the workload and the hectic pace of the city. Chora, on the edge of the winds and under the roof of Pantanassa, Alopronia…


This island is just a stride, where you can reach each accessible place after a few hours walk. Schinoussa addresses those who dream of peaceful vacations far away from the noise of the major tourist destinations of the Cyclades. Taste fava beans, local goat, string beans and fresh fish. Swim in Psili Ammos, Tsigouri and…
Church of Panagia Chryssopigi in Sifnos


First and last image: Ochre and white. Kamares rest on the foot of Agios Symeon and it is reflected on the waters of Agia Marina. The next image will be given by the route towards Apollonia and the villages around it that are tied with dozens of stone walls, which are called “louria” (straps) by…
Serifos island


The first view offered to the visitor of Serifos is the infertile slopes with the “petrified figures” which bring to mind the myth of Perseus. Then, the ship turns to the port and the visitor views Livadi and Chora dominating with its cube-shaped, white-washed houses hooked on the conical rock, looking just like frozen white…
Santorini island, Cyclades


Santorini is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Greece that has gained international recognition while being the most beautiful and romantic place to visit. What Santorini brings to every visitor’s mind is the myth of the lost city of Atlantis, the Volcanoes [Palea (“Old”) and Nea (“New”) Kammeni], the famous Caldera and the…
Rineia or Rhenea . Cyclades


Rineia seems to be connected to Mykonos and Delos with invisible chains for centuries. Besides, according to Thucydides, when Polycrates –the tyrant of Samos– was dominating with his fleet in the Aegean, he occupied Rineia and he dedicated it to Apollo of Delos chaining it to Delos… Those who own a private yacht will find…


Polyaigos (Polivos) is an exotic paradise. The colours, the feeling it offers and the images that will stay in your memory forever cannot be easily described in words! One dip in the turquoise waters with the seabed of the bright white sand and you will feel as if you were reborn. This wondrous microcosm waits…
Naoussa, Paros island


Call it cosmopolitan and you will be right. Call it famous in the Aegean, “birthplace” of water sports, gathering place for the young, favourite place of poet Seferis, and you will be right once again. Paros ignites people’s imagination since the pre-Historic times. Due to its abundant marble of high quality, it inspires artists. Due…
Naxos island. Cyclades.


Naxos: a small, independent world, right in the middle of Cyclades, at the heart of historical development, fertile, rich in history, abundant in ancient, Byzantine and Venetian monuments, full of customs, music and festivals organized all year long. A hospitable place welcomes you with plenty of frangrances and flavors of cheece, wine and vegetable varieties…


A woman of dazzling beauty, like the statue of Aphrodite which made the island famous all over the world: this is how Milos looks like if you circumnavigate it. White, green, pink, red, yellow colours inedibly paint the slopes and the volcanic rocks with the amazing forms and shapes. Turquoise and green-azure waters, caves, rocky…
Mikri Venetia, Mykonos island


Since the ‘60s Mykonos has been a symbol of cosmopolitan and luxurious vacations and it is one of the most world-renowned Greek travel destinations. It is also famous for being a gay friendly destination. Hundreds of celebrities, members of the international jet set, artists, intellectuals, tycoons, ship owners and politicians have all strolled through the…


The dark historic memories cast their shadow on that almost uninhabited islet, only 2.5nm away from Lavrio. The memories are even harder for the thousands of Greeks, who had a relative that survived or died in the “disciplinary” hellholes. From 1912 to 1952, Makronisos operated first as a concentration camp, then as a quarantine for…


There are destinations which attract your whole attention you right from the beginning, like a strong cocktail that burns the throat while there are those that capture you little by little, with a kind and calm manner that sooths the soul. Kea belongs to the second category. It gently calls the visitor to share its…


Since the 1990s, Koufonissia have been the ultimate alternative holiday destination of Cyclades. Before that no tourists used to visit these islands, which is the main reason why their natural beauty is unaltered, with their beaches remaining unchanged, their caves unearthed and their mainland remaining virgin. Keros – the bulwark of protocycladic art – as…
Kythnos. Kolona. Cyclades


Despite the fact that Kythnos is very close to Attica, it has managed to maintain the traits of an Aegean island. First of all, there are two small towns on the island, Chora and Dryopida, that look completely different from one another, yet both of them have simple and good-hearted people. Secondly, the island’s coastline…
Kimolos_Psassa beach


Venetians and Francs called it ‘Arzantiera’, meaning Silvery, for the gray-white rocks that welcome you emerging from a shiny and crystal clear sea, as you reach the port of Psathi. Some wanderers believed that the name was given after the ancient silver quarries, which have not been found up to the present day. The inhabitants…


Keros is a semi-mountainous, steep island extending over a surface of 15km2 only 1,5NM northeast of Pano Koufonisi. Its highest peak is Mount Papa (at 432m). The coastline of Keros is 27km long and it is not very fragmented. Hence, there are only a few natural harbors and coves on the southern and northeastern side…
Ios Chora


Ios is a beautiful multifold island. An island well-known in places such as Australia, Italia, Austria, America, England, France, Sweden, Germany for the nightlife which the visitors enjoy but it is also filled with traces of its long history. With golden sandy beaches and crowded or more deserted and peaceful beaches. With its Cycladic and…


Thirasia belongs to Santorini volcanic complex, along with Thira, Aspronisi, Nea Kameni (volcano). Your first view over the island is on the small boats that organize trips ending at Korfo, the small port of Thirasia with the excellent fish taverns. It is only a few kilometers away from the busy villages of Kaldera, Thira, though…


The pristine natural landscapes, the very few cars, the idyllic beaches where you can spend hours swimming and the peaceful and hospitable people are only some of Irakleia’s qualities. Take a walk through the alleys of Panagia, swim under the imposing rocks of Merihas, gaze upon the landscape from the top of Mountain Papas, explore…


Windswept Donoussa stands in the northeastern extremity of the Cyclades. It is a majestic place for those who seek alternative, or just tranquil holidays away from the urban/consumer morals. Go up the alleys of Stavros. Quench your thirst with the unforgettable water in Mersini. Discover the shipwreck of World War II in Kedros. See the…
The historical acropolis of Delos and old ruin site


Delos is known worldwide as one of the most important and impressive archaeological sites of Greece. The entire island is an archaeological site and has been included on the World Heritage Sites list of UNESCO since 1990. Moreover, it has been an important natural botanical museum with a wide variety of plants for thousands of…
The island of Gyaros


Ferries traveling to Cycladic tourist destinations usually pass by Gyaros. However, this arid and treeless islet east of Kea and north of Syros is of great historical significance. It was once a place of exile, imprisonment and torture for thousands of Greek communists. Over 22,000 political prisoners were sent to this islet in the second…


Antiparos is an island waiting to be discovered outside the usual routes of those who enjoy the island hopping in the Aegean. Over the last years many Greeks and foreigners have explored it and some of them have even built their villas here. Others hang around in their yachts and sailboats along its magical coasts…
Andros island


Seafaring lifestyle, natural and material wealth, abundant water resources, Andros Chora with unique architecture and history, museums that attract summer visitors, exquisite sandy beaches, magnificent villages hidden amid the lush vegetation, monasteries with long history, castles, dovecotes, windmills and watermills. The second biggest Cycladic island after Naxos extends over a surface of 374km2 and it…
Anafi island


Anafi is a well hidden secret in the southernmost edges of the Cyclades, 12 n.m. from renowned Santorini. Its geographical position and its difficult, up to now, coastal access, did not allow the island to develop touristically as other islands of the Aegean did. Thus, from the moment the legendary Argonauts discovered it up until…


One of the most beautiful destinations in the Cyclades. In many areas it seems still untouched by the tourist development. The special energy that Amorgos gives out, its unique nature, the contemplation from high above, the old paths which bring out the pleasant herb odour, the lovely deep blue color of its waters, make visitors…
Halki island, Dodecanese


Imagine an island, very close to cosmopolitan Rhodes, but completely different. Imagine that you can walk the entire island in 4 hours! With castles, ancient ruins, country churches and windmills. With beaches without water sports, and roads without cars. With a Chora of incomparable aesthetics. Imagine an island destined for other biorhythms, for the coolest…
Dodecanese - Tilos island


Several castles, a ghost-village, a late-Byzantine monastery, a capital city built below the ancient acropolis, paved paths surrounded by aromatic shrubs and beaches with colors of all hues between blue and green; these are definitely but few advantages for such a small island. Tilos inspired M. Karagatsis, it was the country of the ancient poet…
Dodecanese - Telendos


A sea channel like this is the best inspiration for fables through the centuries. The legend speaks about the beautiful “Potha”, daughter of the king of “Telendos”, who fell in love with the prince of Kasteli right accross. Kalymnian divers talk about an entire sunken city that remains undiscovered. Telendos resembles a rock in the…
Port of Symi. Dodecanese


The atmosphere of this special island state charms from the very first moment: a historical preservable settlement unique in size and elegance that reminds us of the bloom it experienced in the 19th century when it had 25.000 residents. The “humanlike” mansions with their doors-mouths and windows-eyes are all located overlooking the sea, with daring…
Dodecanese - Saria


The small island of Saria offers unparallel pictures and landscapes that spark the imagination. Would you like to visit the Doric Nisyros (one of the four cities in Karpathos) or see how Saracen pirates turned the ancient palaces into small arched houses? Would you pull down the church of Agia Sofia to discover new parts…


Rhodes, the Island of the Knights, as it is called, has much to offer to its visitors and it is hardly surprising that its economy relies to a great extent on tourism, since it is a timeless destination. The Rodini park, the ancient Kamiros and the ancient Ialyssos, the Valley of the Butterflies and the…
Patmos. Dodecanese islands.


The sacred island of Patmos is also known as the island of the Apocalypse and Jerusalem of the Aegean. A powerful, formidable energy runs through the alleys and gets mixed up with the fragrance of the pine trees and the warm and cold currents that caress you during your tour around the island. A tour…
Monastery of Panagia Spiliani, Nisyros


Provided with full information about the volcano of Nisyros, the youngest of the volcanic centers of Greece, you wander dazzled by the special aura of this small island. Panagia Spiliani and the Venetian walls, Mandraki, Emporios and Nikia, the thermal springs and the impressive buildings of the baths, the black chochlaki and the «vastadia» become…
Dodecanese - Leipsoi


On the one hand, the nature, the deep blue sea, the indented coastlines, the low altitudes – on the other hand, the humble human presence, the terraces, the olive groves, the chapels, the vineyards well-known for their wine and a whole settlement above the harbor. This is Leipsoi, a dot in the vast Southeastern Aegean,…
Leros, Dodecanese island


In the ancient Greek language, “Leros” means mild, gentle. In fact, it seems that this description about this island is still true, as it has a gentle development of tourism, smooth rocks, fertile valleys and enclosed coves. The shape of the island reminds us of an ideogram. Moreover, on this island you can find a…
Kos island. Dodecanese


The fact that Kos is among the first ranks of the most popular Greek vacation destinations is not a matter of chance. Its antiquities, its monuments from the early Christian times and its medieval castles alone are enough to place the island among the top spots of that list. But the Asclepeion, the Nerantzia Castle…
Dodecanese - Kastellorizo


The island of only 9 sq. km is a sea junction between Europe and Asia, on the edge of the Aegean. One and only, wonderful settlement, which impresses with its colorful houses of excellent architecture and its churches, is built upon the arid rock. Similar admiration is caused by the Blue Cave, one of the…
Karpathos island. Dodecanese


If you set out for Karpathos it means you have already made up your mind. You don’t accidentally hop on a boat and get off when you reach Pigadia, neither do you get on a plane and fool around until you land on the Afiartis runway. You have made your decision from the start and…
Kasos island. Dodecanese.


A key expression in Kasos is “na s’evro” (to meet you). If you know how to use it, you can open any door in Kasos. It can be a greeting welcoming you to the island, but it could also open the gates of paradise. But what else is Kasos, apart from a lonely, bushy rock…
Dodecanese - Kalymnos


If one wants to talk about Kalymnos and be honest, should first get to know its sea and love it, because, as long as there is sea, we can talk about Kalymnos and its people. We can talk about a special kind of people who are passionately attached to a dry rock in the Aegean;…
Astypalea. Dodecanese islands


What is a …Cyclades island doing in the Dodecanese? Or, better yet, what is a …Dodecanese island doing in the Cyclades? Well, one way or another, this is the physiognomy of Astypalaia. An island on the “borderline”. A cultural bridge between the two large island groups. An island located between Amorgos and Kos that never…
Agathonisi island. Dodecanese


This island is a little hidden paradise. Traditional way of life and authentic island hospitality in a landscape with minimal human intervention – that is what is offered for carefree and completely anti-conformist holidays.
Arkioi island, Dodecanese


Arkoi is the largest of a cluster of small islands and islets located on the northern side of the Dodecanese. Arkioi (ancient Arkitis) is a rocky island with little water in its soil and relatively little vegetation. The island is tiny, the houses few.
Ypsilis castle. Ypsiloteras monastery.
Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe.
George Detsis. 06/2008.



"Glezos" tower. Kastro. Chora (Naxos).
Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece.
George Detsis. 09/2004.

Naxos towers


Filoti village.
Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe.
George Detsis. 06/2008.



Chora (Naxos). Night scene. Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. George Detsis. 09/2004.



Parthenos beach. Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe. George Detsis. 07/2007.

Water sports





Naxos - By Boat

By Boat


Panormos beach. Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe. George Detsis. 06/2008.

Panormos (Panermos)


Plaka beach. Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe. George Detsis. 07/2007.



Mikri Vigla beach. Naxos island. Cyclades. Greece. Europe. George Detsis. 07/2007.

Mikri Vigla


More Info

Driving on the dirt road that connects Melanes to Potamia, an imposing monument will stand in front of you as you take a turn. This ruined building was the countryside residence of the Jesuit monks. It is built in a gully next to a great spring. At the end of the 17th century it was in the centre of the area, where the property managed by the Order of the Jesuits was expanding. The monastery–residence had a tower-like architecture and many rooms luxuriously decorated. It was built by the most famous Jesuit clerics of Naxos, Roberto Soze, and operated as a school for a short time.

Despite the tourist development, Naxos is still based on agriculture and livestock production, as was the case throughout its history.

NAXOS CHEESE. Naxos has fertile plains, waters, lush mountains and a livestock production that has always been particularly developed. Today it is estimated that hundreds of cows graze in the meadows of Naxos and many goats and sheep on the mountainous side of the island.

Milk production is large and cheese production has become an activity with great tradition over the years. The most famous cheese is graviera (at least 80% cow milk and maximum 20% sheep milk) with protected designation of origin (PDO) since 1996. Also famous is kefalotyri – the so-called male cheese, as the cheese producers call it to differentiate it from myzithra, the female cheese that is also made of sheep milk. There is also the goat milk, the white feta cheese and xinomyzithra (sour cream cheese). The Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Naxos produces the largest quantity of cheese and collects over 12,000 tons of milk annually by its milk producers. You can find the cheese varieties of the union at the port service station (, while there are also other cheese dairies on the island. Cheese is also sold by small producers, shepherds etc.

NAXOS POTATOES. They are famous for their quality and taste due to fact that the island’s soil is rich in potassium and sandy clay.

CITRON. Naxos citron is a distillate, not liquor. It comes from the distillation of pure alcohol in traditional copper pot stills. Its raw material is the leaves of the citron (citrus medica) which belongs to the wild citrus trees (in the fruit family including lemon, orange etc.). The leaves of the tree of citron that contain strong aromatic essential oils were first used by winegrowers during the distillation of raki. The cultivation of citrus fruits in Naxos dates back to the 17th century. In 1896 Markos Vallindras founded in Chalki the homonymous distillery. Exports began in 1928.

The citron plants are collected in October to February and distillation follows. The citron of Naxos is also traded as teaspoon sweet in jars. Liquor comes in three colors: yellow (no sugar), white (a little sugar, preferred among the Naxians) and green (more sugar). The distillate helps digestion.

OIL/HONEY. About 400,000 olive trees on the island fully satisfy the local needs for oil, while around 4,000 cells produce pure thyme honey.

SWEETS. One of the most well-known local sweets is “melachrino”, a kind of walnut pie with a small amount of citron. It is usually served with ice cream made ​​from sheep milk. In Naxos they also produce a great variety of teaspoon sweets, like eggplant, quince, citron, fig, walnut etc. Naxos amygdalota (almond cookies) are also very delicious.

WINE/RAKI. The cult of Dionysus in Naxos was interwoven with the cultivation of vines and wine production. Vineyards are mostly found in mountainous and semi-mountainous areas of Naxos, where locals produced the famous “sweet” wine. They also produce raki.


The production of local wine takes place in mid-autumn, while raki is produced at the end of October and November.

Naxos is connected to the Athens airport (the flight takes 45min) and to the ports of Piraeus and Rafina with boats and speedboats.

Athens airport

+30 210 3530000

Naxos airport

+30 22850 23292

Naxos port authority

+30 22850 22300

Municipal port fund

+30 22850 29050

Rafina port authority

+30 22940 22300

Municipality of Naxos-Chora

+30 22853 60100

Health Centre of Chora

+30 22850 23333, 23676

Citizens’ Service Centre (KEP) of the Municipality of Naxos

+30 22850 37130

Police department

Chora: +30 22850 22100

Filoti: +30 22850 31224

Chalki: +30 22850 31224

Apeiranthos: +30 22850 61361

Koronida (Komiaki): +30 22850 52247

Tourist information

+30 22850 25201

Naxos hoteliers association

+30 22850 25938

Room rentals association

+30 22850 24565

Naxos traders association

+30 22850 24120