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Accommodations

villageSee our Greece hotels for a complete look at accommodations available on this island. You'll find many very fine choices. There are also campgrounds on Naxos.

History

Legendary, romantic, repleat with power and completely enchanting describe the history of Naxos. Naxos has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and was a cultural center of classical Greece. The name harks back to a son of Apollo named Naxos.

There is abundant marble of Naxos, giving it the distinction of being the one of the first Greek islands to use marble. It was later one of the more important island exports. The sculptors of Naxos made the lions of Delos and the largest kouros statues ever found.

Naxos is famous in myth. The unfinished gateway you see in the photo on the left is from the Temple of Apollo. The gateway is on the island of Palatia, linked to the port by a causeway. Lots of sunset photos get framed in this gateway!

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If you like exploring on foot, stop in one of the local bookshops and get Central Naxos – A Guide with Map. Naxos still has an old-fashioned citron distillery, so track some down to try as a traditional liqueur: kitron. The liqueur comes in three strengths with three degrees of sweetness. You can find kitron liqueur in shops near the waterfront. There's good shopping for embroidery and hand-made silver jewelry in Naxos. See more pictures of Naxos.

The Complete Details

Helpful Information
Transportation Facts
  • By Air: 2 to 3 flights a day from Athens. (€60)
  • There are several links a day by ferry and hydrofoil to Tinos, Mykonos, Ios, Santorini, Syros, Amorgos, Crete, Paros and Andros
  • Islands of the Lesser Cyclades are also served twice a day: Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonisi, and Donoussa.
  • During summer there is ferry service twice a week to the Dodecanese.
  • By Ferry Boat: From Piraeus, 7 to 8 per day, 7 hr.,€16
  • By Hydrofoil: One a day from Piraeus, €30, 3 1/2 hr.
  • On Naxos, you can use the frequent buses or rent a car, motorcycle or bicycle. Exploring on foot is recommended and walking guides are available on the island.
Island Resources
  • Tel. Code: 2285
  • Customs in Naxos: (2285) 22238
  • Naxos Port: (2285) 22939
  • Police Office of Koronida/Komiaki town: (2285) 81247
  • Tourist Police of Naxos: (2285) 22100
  • Agricultural Bank of Naxos (Protopapadaki): (2285) 22718
  • Police Office of Filoti town: (2285) 31224
  • Police Office of Halkio town: (2285) 31224
  • Police Office of Naxos town: (2285) 23280
  • Agricultural Bank in Filoti (Main square): (2285) 31700

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