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    The best Naxos towns and resorts are mostly found along the island’s west coast. Here, you’ll find an excellent choice of hotels, beautiful sandy beaches and, of course, great sunsets. There’s also a lot of variety to be found, even just along this one coastline. Lively towns and sleepy villages are all within a very short distance of each other.

    Whether you’re deciding on where to stay in Naxos and just where to visit, it’s best to find the place that offers the right combination of facilities, atmosphere and location for your needs. A family staying in a destination that’s best known for its romantic seclusion will probably end up getting bored instead of enjoying the delights of this remarkable island. That being the case, have a look at our guide to Naxos towns and resorts to see which place suits you.

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    Hora (Naxos Town)

    Great for an all-rounder holiday

    Hora (or Naxos Town, as it's commonly known) is the capital and main port of Naxos Island. As you might expect from such a place, it's got a lively atmosphere and a lot of tourist facilities, including a bumper crop of hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs and shops.

    Naxos Town is a very practical, convenient and enjoyable place to stay during your holiday to Naxos. The excellent Saint George Beach (Agios Georgios Beach) is right on your doorstep. Some of the most interesting attractions on the island are nearby, including the Temple of Apollo and the Archaeological Museum of Naxos.

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    Agios Prokopios

    Great for families

    The star attraction of Agios Prokopios is undoubtedly the white-sand beach that the village is named after, along with the sapphire waters gently washing against it. Further inland, you'll find an excellent selection of hotels and the Aqua Fun waterpark. The village of Stelida is also close by, occupying the hills northwest of Agios Prokopios, which also has plenty of places to stay.

    The entire area has a good choice of eateries and a few small shops. The beach is known for its great water sports, particularly windsurfing. There are some delightful sights to see nearby too, including salt flats and ancient churches. The overall result is a family-friendly destination with a little bit of everything, but also a little quieter than Naxos Town, which is just 5 km away.

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    Agia Anna

    A quiet village atmosphere with big town facilities

    Agia Anna may have been a small fishing village once, but it has long-since become a tourist-friendly area in Naxos. The beautiful beach has plenty of umbrellas and sun loungers for hire, with a line of restaurants and bars just over the road from the shore. Behind that is a good choice of hotels, with more luxurious villas further back over the fields.

    That's not to say that Agia Anna has completely lost its heritage. The small pier towards the southern end of the beach is still used by fishing boats. The place still has the size and atmosphere of a village, though it's sometimes considered an extension of Agios Prokopios, as the 2 are very close together.

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    Plaka

    The biggest beach in Naxos

    The tiny village of Plaka is right at the southern end of a massive beach of the same name. At about 4 km in length (though parts of it go by other names), it reaches right up to the outskirts of Agio Anna, with lots of hotels and restaurants along the way. Plaka village itself is comparatively modest, consisting of just a few dozen villas and apartment complexes.

    Plaka is an excellent place to stay if you intend to hire a car during your time on Naxos. With few other facilities in walking distance, you'll need wheels if you're going to get food or check out the island's attractions. However, if you're looking for a peaceful beach destination, you won't have to go anywhere.

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    Mikri Vigla

    Naxos’ best water sports beach

    Mikri Vigla is one of the top spots in Naxos for water sports. If you want to try kitesurfing or windsurfing, the beautiful white-sand beach here is the spot for you. There are plenty of places in the tiny village that you can rent the gear from, as well as a few cosy tavernas you can relax in afterwards.

    Accommodation options in Mikri Vigla mostly consist of apartments at the end of dusty tracks, so you'll certainly get a nice quiet-village vibe from there place. The cape at the heart of the village is home to a rare cedar-tree forest and the surrounding hillsides are worth exploring for their little archaeological details.

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    Kastraki

    A place to get away from it all

    Kastraki is one of the best villages in Naxos for a romantic getaway. Aside from the fact that it's far enough away from anywhere else to be quiet and secluded – about 16 km south of Naxos Town – it also enjoys beautiful sunsets across crystals seas and a white-sand beach. Be sure to take a romantic afternoon stroll along the coast, among the cedar trees while you're here.

    However, romantic seclusion is not the same as isolated. Fortunately, Kastraki has just enough facilities to make it a comfortable place to stay, including good choices of accommodation and tavernas.

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    Apollonas

    A historical gem on the east coast of Naxos

    Apollonas is one of very few popular beach resort destinations on Naxos' rugged east coast. At 36 km from Naxos Town, it takes quite a long drive to get here, but it's worth the journey for the quaint fishing village atmosphere and historical significance of the place. Apollonas was once the main port for exporting Naxos marble across Greece and the Mediterranean.

    A few points of historical interest still endure around Apollonas, including the ruins of a prehistoric fort and a couple of ancient, half-finished kouros statues in the hills behind the village. Closer to the pebbly shore, you'll find some great seafood eateries and a few small hotels.

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    Apiranthos

    A living museum on the slopes of Mt Zeus

    Apiranthos (or Apérathos) is a charming mountainside town with beautiful marble architecture throughout. It has almost no hotels or guesthouses, so it's definitely a place to visit rather than book a hotel in when you're looking for where to stay in Naxos. However, it deserves a place on your bucket list all the same.

    The picturesque streets are lined with traditional buildings, some of which house local cafés and tavernas. There's also a choice of museums to visit, including the Archaeological Museum, Folk Art Museum and the Geological Museum of Apiranthos. The whole town is virtually a living museum, having changed little since Venetian times.

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    Halki

    The centre of Naxos

    Halki (or Chalkio) was once the capital and beating heart of Naxos, though you'd be forgiven for not realising it. While it's geographically right in the centre of the island, up in the hills and mountains, the town consists of just a few streets. Even that small amount of urbanisation is packed with traditional charm, though.

    Check out the many ancient churches that surround Halki, some dating back to the Byzantine era. The frescoes of the Church of Saint George Diasoritis are especially noteworthy and worth the 600-metre hike to get there. There are also some well-preserved Venetian towers to see, and you can enjoy the views across the Tragea Valley and its many olive plantations.

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    Koronos

    Naxos’ most beautiful local village

    Koronos is a fascinating traditional village clinging to the side of a verdant valley in the northeast of Naxos. Its mountainside location means that some of the streets and alleyways between whitewashed houses and charming tavernas are quite steep and stepped, so make sure you're wearing comfortable shoes during your visit.

    There are a few sights to explore in Koronos, including interesting museums and the old Church of Agia Marina in the centre of town, but the star attraction is just the atmosphere. With ample local wine produced by several local vineyards and lots of little local cafés in the public squares to enjoy it in with the welcoming locals, it's a delightful place to relax and simply soak up the scene.

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