Naxos stands out from the Cycladic competition with its unusually crisp white beaches and an exceptionally lush, fertile terrain. With none of Mykonos' pretense or Ios' ferocious partying, the island is a destination for those who enjoy a good hike and low-key evening entertainment. Naxos is also home to its fare share of ancient sites, off-lying mountain villages, and excellent family-run taverns.
Life on Naxos centers around the Hora, or Naxos Town, where most of its taverns, restaurants and shopping spots are concentrated. Travelers will need to venture out south of town to find some the finest Naxian beaches, however - settlements most revered by tourists include waterside Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna, as well as the long stretch of sandy Plaka Beach. The windy beaches of the northwest are reserved for water sports enthusiasts, while the inland mount Zas and tucked away village of Halki attracts adventure-seeking hikers. Naxos isn't one to rely solely on tourism, however - its fertile terrain produces ample olives, citrus, potatoes, and a variety of other fruit and vegetables, which allows for the existence of so many organic-only eateries. Most local businesses are family-run, passing on knowledge and experience to the younger generations - it is not unusual to see a cafe or small store managed by father and son only. The island is also home to its very own "Kitron" citrus liquor distillery and an old olive press manufactory - both open to visitors and offering guided tours.Read More