Naxos is the largest island of Cyclades and it is located in the center of this complex, between Paros and Mykonos. This is a wonderful island with long sandy beaches and interesting sightseeing. Holidays in Naxos is particularly perfect for families or romantic couples.
In mythology Naxos was linked with the wedding of Dionysus and Ariadne, a union that blessed the island with its fertility and its distinctive wine, which was highly prized in the ancient world. Naxos is one of the few Cycladic islands, which has been inhabited continuously since the dawn of civilization: archaeological evidence indicates the presence of permanent settlements already in the end of the 4th millennium BC. From the many archaeological remains in which all historical periods are richly represented – much has been learnt about the history of the Aegean.
The rich history of Naxos is embodied in a huge number of attractions, including ancient temples, Venetian fortress, Byzantine churches and chapels and many museums that tell visitors about the most interesting historical and cultural features of the island. The routes suggested are not to be done in one day. For example the tour to Apollon via Filoti is long and you cannot see the most from all the villages in a single day. So the first day can be the route up to Moutsouna, and the second day up to the final destination, Apollon.
Without doubt, Naxos has some of the greatest beaches in Greece. Long stretches of golden sand and the most amazing color of blue sea you will ever see. The south west of Naxos is almost one beach, interrupted by a few peninsulas. North east and north west beaches are beautiful too, while the new road south to Moutsouna leads to Psili Ammos Beach and Panormos Bay both almost undiscovered beaches. Most of the beaches are on the bus route.
There are several very well-known restaurants on the island offering excellent cuisine and although the international fast food craze has not been able to survive amongst such high quality, the local version of fast food such Gyro and Souvlaki offer an appetizing, inexpensive and quite nutritious alternative that simply cannot be beaten. And don’t forget to taste the local delicacy called gouna, the lightly sun and air dried fish, sprinkled with local olive oil and lemon juice, remember the ouzo!! These you will find along with all seafood types and recipes at the ouzeri lining the seafront at the port, as well as in other tavernas almost everywhere on the island.