Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades, it is an island of picturesque villages and interesting things to see. Whether that is exploring the old town, archaeological museums or mythological temples, there’s plenty to keep you amused. If it is the beaches you are after, there are lots dotted around the island perfect for windsurfing or relaxation, you just have to know where they are.
- Agios Georgios
Only 2km from Naxos Town, Agios Georgios beach is easy to reach and it’s one of the most popular spots for windsurfing due to the windy conditions and high waves. The beach is long and sandy, there are plenty of sunbeds, umbrellas and cafes, restaurants and beach bars that serve a great range of food and drinks. Being close to the town, it can get crowded, but it is a great place for families to spend the day. There are fabulous views of Paros and the sunsets are pretty amazing.
- Agios Prokopios
Not only is Agios Prokopios beach one of the most popular beaches on Naxos, it is also one of the most beautiful beaches in Greece. Located 6km from Naxos Town, it has a long, golden sandy beach, turquoise blue water and parts unspoiled with sand dunes and free of sunbeds and umbrellas, so you get the best of both worlds here. There are plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants and watersports and diving are available. This beach has a perfect atmosphere, suitable for all generations, it is easy to reach but it is adviced to arrive before midday to beat the crowds.
- Agia Anna
Not far from Agios Prokopios you will find picturesque Agia Anna beach, soft sand and crystal clear sea which is good for snorkeling. The beach is lined with beach bars and restaurants and there is a charming fishing port nearby. Agia Anna beach can be reached by bus or car or you can walk from Agios Prokopios beach which is about 1km away. It is less crowded than some of the other beaches in this area, so it is popular with nudists.
One of the most sunning beaches on Naxos is Plaka beach, a long white sandy beach with sand dunes nearby and clear blue water. It isn’t crowded and its calm atmosphere makes it perfect for relaxation and great for families. It is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas, there is windsurfing and other watersports available, and there are a few hotels, restaurants and cafes that provide food and drinks throughout the day. It’s 10km from Naxos Town, so it is easy to reach by bus.
- Mikri Vigla
Separated by a rocky hill, Mikri Vigla beach is located in a long, sweeping bay. Its northern shores have golden sand, turquoise water and the Meltemi winds that affect this area are good for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The southern part of the beach is protected from the wind and the seemingly endless sandy beach and shallow water makes it ideal for families. It is partly organized with tavernas and serve delicious food. Mikri Vigla is one of the best beaches to explore among the rocks and it’s a fabulous place to go for long walks or to gaze at the beautiful mountains in the distance.
- Psili Ammos
Close to the fishing village of Moutsouna, on the east coast, is Psili Ammos beach. Its soft white sand, crystal clear water and cedar trees for shad attract visitors who are in search for a spot of relaxation. It is non organized, but there are a couple of beach bars whose staff are very friendly and where you’ll find delicious food. Arrive early in the morning for gorgeous views of the small island of Donoussa, snorkeling and an all out pleasureable way to spend your day.
Apollonas beach is 30km from Naxos Town and is the most charming beach in the north of the island. It is beauriful, with sand and white pebbles and it’s secluded but it is very windy, so it is not suitable for swimming, especially for children. It is fairly isolated, so transport by car or bus is required. It is not organized, but there are a couple of cafes and tavernas nearby.
In the south of the island the different bays of Kastraki beach offer crystal clear water, golden sands and an unspoiled environment. There are no sunbeds or umbrellas here, but there are a few tavernas around. It is a good beach for walking, especially if you want to find your own private piece of paradise. If you continue down the beach you will find yourself on Glyfada beach, surrounded by green hills and more secluded spots. Both beaches are popular with naturists at certain time of the year.
Located 10km from Naxos Town the less crowded Orkos beach is non organized, but it is great for families and windsurfing. Less than 1km from Plak, the tree lined, sandy beach and azure blue water can be reached by walking from Plaka or Mikri Vigla. The beautiful coves in this area provide privacy and the surrounding hills and villages provide a stunning backdrop to this charming beach.
Located in the south west, Alyko beach has beautiful coves, clear blue water, a long sandy beach and red and white coloured cliffs, making it one of the most beautiful beaches on the island. It is non organized but family friendly and can be easily reached by car or bus. It is fabulous beach for snorkeling or exploring the nearby cedar forest. The beach has many hidden coves, so it is a popular beach for nudists. If peace and quiet is your thing, then this is the place to come and spend the day.