Getting There - More than adequate connections between Naxos and the other islands and Mainland Greece (Piraeus). Journey from Piraeus will take 5.5 hours by ferry, while Catamaran will take 3.5 hours only. There are 1-2 flights a day with Olympic & Aegean Airways from Athens airport (35 minutes).
Getting Around - There is a very good bus service in Naxos. Cars, bikes and bicycles are available for hire. Taxis are also available.
Links from Naxos to other Greek islands
few times a week: Sikinos, Folegandros, Crete, Santorini (Thera) 4-7 daily, Paros, Ios 3-5 daily, Tinos 4 a week, Amorgos, Koufonissia 1-2 daily, Donousa 5 times a week, Syros 5 times a week.
Cruises - Day trips - There are also cruises to the islands. Please check at local travel agencies for details or reservations or more information.
Entertainment - Nightlife - Varied and lively. Bars, discos, cafe shops, gellaterias, traditional "Kafeneio" with ouzo and charcoal grilled octopus, will satisfy all tastes.
Cine Naxos - an open air cinema will entertain you with a good selection of films (in English with Greek subtitles).
Excursions and beaches - The best golden beaches are in the south west part of Naxos island. The south west coast is almost one long sandy beach. The northern part of the island is green verdant and mountainous. The central part of the island -around Chalki village- is planted with olive groves. In Naxos Town the "Portara" ruins of an ancient temple, the ancient Kouros statues in Melanes and Apollon (the largest in Greece - 7 century BC), the Venetian castle in Naxos Town, small white chapels and churches, monasteries, are all an experience not to be missed. There are about 500 churches and plenty of Medievaland Venetian castles to visit. In Kalamitsia (in the area of Melanes) is the tower resort of the Jesuit monks (built at the end of the 17th century). At Danakos is the 12th century Monastery of Photodotis Christ which it was built by Empress Irene. In Moni, the church of Panagia (Our Lady) Drosiani with beautiful fresco of Panagia Nikopios.
Agia Anna - Fine, golden sandy beach
Agios Georgios - Fine gold sand - in Hora
Agios Prokopios - Fine gold sand (most popular beach)
Agiassos - Long bay with golden sand
Apollon - Wide pebble beach, plus a small sandy bay in the village
Kalandos - Beautiful sandy beach, accessed by boat or 4x4LionasPebble beach bay
Mikri Vigla - Fine white sand, very long
Moutsouna - Beautiful, fine sand coves Orkos beach (3 bays) with rise sand, just next to Plaka
Plaka - Fine golden sandy beach, the longest in Naxos - 7 kilometers longPyrgaki fine golden sandy beach
Easter Sunday - Panagia Argokiliotissa 5 May - Kinidaros 7 July - Potamia 8 July - Agios Prokopios 17 July - Koronos 26 July - Kinidaros 14-16 August - Filoti 29 August - Apollon 8 September - Koronida (Komiaki) 8 September - Moni 14 September - Tripodes (Vivlos)
Distance from Piraeus: 104 NM
Health Center: 22850 23333, 23676
Radio Taxi: 22850 22444, 24331
Bus Station: 22850 22291
Tourist Office: 22850 22717
Olympic Airways: 22850 23830
Port Police: 22850 22300
Police: 22850 22100, 23280
Naxos Airport (JNX): 22850 23292
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