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Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades group at the very heart of the Aegean Sea. Neighbouring islands include Santorini, Paros, Mykonos and Ios. The island of Naxos features steep mountains and deep valleys, hilltop villages and quaint harbour towns, acres of verdant farmland and clean, sandy beaches that are gently splashed by waters that dazzle in their clarity.
Package holidays to Naxos are popular among Brits who like to combine beach days with afternoons spent seeing the sights or shopping amid the labyrinthine backstreets of the island capital. Windsurfers and kitesurfers also flock to Naxos to take advantage of the ever-present summer breeze that keeps them flying over the waves offshore.
Nightlife is low key in Naxos, which makes it an ideal destination for couples seeking romance and families who do not need round-the-clock entertainment.
Most hotels in Naxos offer stays on a self-catering or bed-and-breakfast basis. All-inclusive holidays in Naxos are not widely available, but the bountiful supply of excellent local restaurants more than makes up for this. Most hotels feature swimming pools, a bar or restaurant, simply furnished rooms and the warm welcome so often extended by cordial Greek hosts. The main holiday hotspots on Naxos are Chora/Hora (the main town, also known as Naxos Town), Agios Georgios, Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla, and Plaka.
Visitors arriving for Naxos holidays generally fly into Santorini and take the ferry to Naxos. The absence of an international air hub on Naxos has kept development to a minimum, so you can enjoy an authentic taste of Greek island life when you book cheap holidays to Naxos.
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The holiday season in Naxos begins in May and winds down from late September, when ferry services become less frequent. Average daily temperatures hit 20C in May, peaking in July and August at around 30C. A summer breeze rushes over most of the Cyclades islands, which is great for water sports (it also keeps the intense sun from feeling too hot at the height of summer).
Bargain holidays to Naxos are easier to find in June and September, when days are still hot but the crowds of July and August are nowhere to be seen.
Festivals are held throughout the year in Naxos; check what’s on before you arrive and snap up tickets for the best shows...
Domus Festival; May: Sunset concerts are a particular highlight of this month-long event at the Venetian Castle in Naxos. The festival features traditional island songs, piano recitals, jazz performances and a good helping of time-honoured Greek dancing.
Naxos Festival; July-September: Bazeos Tower is the setting for this summer festival that pulls together a strong line-up of cultural offerings.
Dionysia (festival of Dionysus); July-September: Dionysus, the god of wine and winemaking (among many other marvellous things), is connected to the island of Naxos and is celebrated each year at this summer-long series of events. The Wine Festival is a real favourite among locals and visitors alike.
Put your feet up or take a stroll to explore this lovely island, where great days are guaranteed…
Grown-up families: Don’t miss the portal/portara (in fact, you would struggle to miss it, such is its size). It’s a giant stone gateway reminiscent of a picture frame and it stands just outside of Chora on an islet connected by a causeway. Get up close to appreciate its size and splendour.
Relaxing: Plaka Beach is hailed as one of the best on Naxos. With gentle dunes, a pristine sandy stretch and waters so clear you will think you are in the Caribbean, relaxation will come naturally at this beauty spot.
Active types: Let that summer breeze dictate the pace of your afternoon as you have a go at windsurfing or kitesurfing. There are schools on the coast if you need a helping hand.