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BEST BEACHES IN NAXOS
Some of Greece’s most superlative beaches are to be found in Naxos. Most of them lie near Hora on the south coast, which has the largest concentration of hotels, restaurants and rooms.
However, there are also exceptional beaches on the southeastern coast, which has remained practically untouched by tourism.
Finally, the north coast boasts a number of attractive little coves.
South of Naxos Town Beaches (Hora)
About 7 km from Hora, this is a large organized and very beautiful beach with marvellous coarse sand in the water and out. Once it was Greece’s most superb beaches and it could still be if it were not so popular.
Another large, beautiful, organized sandy beach, which is more or less a continuation of Agios Prokopis.
In summer access and parking can be problematic because the road is so narrow. You can also get there by boat from Hora.
Enormous, lovely, quiet, Plaka begins where Agia Anna ends, and is only organized at a few spots. Its golden sands extend the length of narrow dirt road that tunnels through the high reeds that block out the sea.
Mikri Vigla and Orkos
The prettiest resorts in southwest Naxos with two large sandy beaches with translucent water.
Three kilometres of beach with fine sand stretches from Kastraki as far as Alyko.
The natural continuation of Kastraki beach, Alyko has an exotic south-sea atmosphere with its sand dunes and cedar woods.
To its right you’ll find five pretty beaches, all tucked into delightful coves, where you may surprise a few nudists.
21 km of Naxos Town, a bit beyond Alyko, there are two fantastic sandy beaches bordering clean clear water next to sand dunes and a marvellous cedar forest.
Another quiet sandy beach with clear shallow water bordering a small dispersed resort.
North of Naxos Town Beaches (Hora)
On the lacy shore below the road between and Apollonas you’ll catch sight of delightful little coves enclosing sandy or pebbly beaches.
The only ones accessible by car are Amyti beach and Abrami bay, beloved by those who like out-of-the-way places, but somewhat exposed to the north winds.
About 50 km from Naxos Town. A small, rather crowded beach with tavernas at the water’s edge.
11km from Apeiranthos. Next to the cove around which the pretty little port is built there is a series of lovely small beaches. When the meltemi is not blowing, the neighbouring Azalas beach is a good alternative. On its northern tip the pebbles give away to a perfect little sandy stretch.
This spectacular beach is set in magical surroundings, next to a cedar wood and far from any crowds and buildings.
The road is rutted and bumpy but, if your car can cope, you’ll be rewarded by a beautiful little deserted beach at the end of it.
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The beaches on the Aegean coast are better — cleaner, but exposed to the north wind — than those on the Pagasitic Gulf, which tend to be shallow, more crowded and less appealing.
ON THE AEGEAN SIDE
Three continuous, enchantingly beautiful, sandy / pebbly beaches. Two of them are separated by a dramatic rock with a natural tunnel through it.
Since there are always waves here, be careful if you’re not a good swimmer.
A couple of good tavernas overlook the beaches.
A summer resort with a pretty, but crowded, beach and tavernas. Analipsi and Vrios to the north are accessible by jeep. The spring at Analipsi makes it popular with campers.
Here too, there are three superb beaches to choose from, Plaka, Papa-nero and Mouressi. They all have sand, clear waters, and lots of people. There are also quite a few attractive, good tavernas.
A lovely sandy beach surrounded by imposing cliffs. You can get here via a dirt road. Access is difficult, so it’s a nature-lover’s retreat.