Where to stay in Naxos First Time: Best Areas

The best areas to stay in Naxos for first-timer are the capital – Chora, the towns of Agios Georgios, Plaka, Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Mikri Vigla, Abram Beach/Kampos, Aliko Beach, Stelida, Apollonas. In this blog, I will give more detail about where to stay in Naxos without a car, for families, budget, nightlife, and the best hotels in Naxos Town.

Despite being one of the largest Greek islands, Naxos remains largely undiscovered by the general tourist population. Once the seat of power for the surrounding Cyclades archipelago, the island is covered in historical structures and ancient ruins waiting to be explored.

Alternatively, head to one of Naxos’ many beautiful beaches for a relaxing summer break.The attractions of Naxos are well dispersed across the island, with ancient temples and ruined castles seemingly around every hill.

The best place to stay in Naxos for first-timer is in the capital, Naxos Town, where you will find plenty of amenities on your doorstep. There is a good mix of historical sites and contemporary points of interest in the city, to give you a good feel for the island in just a few days. Naxos is home to some of the best hotels on the island, as well as best nightlife, shopping, and nightlife.

Naxos Town is also the best area to stay in Naxos without the car. There is the central bus station right at the ferry port, which is very convenient to travel to other beaches and villages. Buses are more frequent in summer. From Chora, you can easily walk to the beautiful beach Agios Georgios nearby.

💖 Best Area for First Timers:Naxos Town (Chora)
💎 Best luxury hotel:Nissaki Beach Hotel
🏨 Best mid-range hotel:Argo Boutique Hotel
💰 Best budget hotel:Anatoli Hotel

📌 Where to stay in Naxos: Best areas to stay in Naxos

1. Chora, where to stay in Naxos town for first time & nightlife

Chora, where to stay in Naxos town for first time & nightlife

If this is your first visit, I recommend to stay in the capital city of the island, Naxos Town, also known as Chora in Greek. Located on the west coast, this urban center is one of the two most popular locations for tourists to stay, there is plenty to keep the whole family entertained here.

The city is the largest port town on the island, with most visitors arriving at the island by ferry from the mainland. Located right in the heart of the Cyclades, Naxos can be reached by ferry from Athens, as well as Koufonisi, Santorini, or Mykonos.

With so much to do and see in and around the city itself, as well as being directly next to the island’s primary entrance, Naxos Town is ideal for visitors staying for only a short period and for first-time tourists who enjoy the vibrant nightlife.

As you would expect from a city, there is a comprehensive selection of hotels, shops, jewelry stores, restaurants, tavernas, and bars. There are also bakeries, ice-cream parlors, and all-day cafes serving local sweet treats as you explore the city.

In the evening visitors can visit the various tavernas and waterfront bars that provide views over the busy port. Older visitors can enjoy the various wine bars and sample the products of the island’s vineyards.

There are several beaches around the town, with the largest and most popular being Agios Georgios. The beach is at the southern end of the town, separated from the busy port by a small peninsula. There are a number of beach bars, cafes, and mini-marts along the back of the beach, as well as sunbeds, to rent for a comfortable day on the sand.

The Naxos old town is attractive with narrow winding streets, archways, and quaint white-washed houses with bougainvillea trees around by the 13th century Venetian Castle (Kastro) within the Kastro’s old Venetian walls. The Kastro (often referred to locally as Glezos Tower or Crispi) was home to the ruler of the Duchy of Naxos.

When you first enter Chora, you go to the Brougos area, with the Old Market that offers a variety of shops and restaurants.

The best-known attraction in the city is the 6th century BC temple, Temple of Apollo (Portara Temple), situated on a small rocky peninsula of Palatia just beyond the port. From the harbor in Hora, you can view this charming temple.

The ancient ruins are a magnificent site that dates back thousands of years, whilst the more recently added café provides refreshments for visitors who need a break from the Mediterranean heat. It’s also a great spot for watching the sunset.

Additionally, there are several interesting museums in the city, such as the Archaeological Museum of Naxos – located in a 17th-century Venetian building; Site Museum of Naxos Metropolis, which provide fascinating insights into the island’s history and cultural development; the Della Rocca-Barozzi mansion which now is the Venetian Folklore museum;

Other places to check out are the Ursulines School and Merchant Academy, Protodikiou Square, Jazz & Blues Bar, Pocket Gallery, and Sanudo’s Tower.

Naxos Town is ideal for anyone who travels without a car, doesn’t intend to hire a car for their stay. Not only is the town full of sights and amenities that can be easily accessed by foot or public transport, but there are also a plethora of bus routes leading out of the city to allow you to explore the rest of the island. Make sure to check timetables though, as routes to more remote locations can be infrequent.

Naxos Town has a wide range of mix of accommodation that suits all types of travelers, the hotels and villas are centered around St George Beach. Accommodations can be fully booked in the high season around June to August, be sure to book it in advance if you plan to visit Chora in the summer season.

Stay in Naxos Town if you are a first time visitor, want great nightlife; you are not intending to hire a car; you are on a budget and want to save on travel; you are traveling to or from the island by ferry; visiting the Temple of Apollo is a priority.

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2. Agios Georgios, poplular beach town, very close to Naxos Town

If your dream holiday is staying near a beautiful pristine white-sand beach yet close enough to all the facilities you might need, Agios Georgios (St George) may just be the place for you. It is just a 5-minute walk from Naxos Town and 10 minutes from its port.

The blue flag beach is almost a mile and a half long with the water clear, shallow and warm of the Aegean Sea. Not surprisingly, it has become a favorite choice for families who have the security of knowing there are also lifeguards keeping an eye on everyone, kids included.

Windsurfing is great here and instruction is available. The road runs parallel to the beach so choose your spot, get shade and a lounger, and enjoy. 

Shops, taverns, restaurants, and showers line the road so you will lack for nothing. In addition, in line with modern developments, facilities are disabled friendly.

You have a good choice of accommodation here, from family-run guesthouses, self-catering apartments to beachfront hotels.

Stay in Agios Georgios if you want a family holiday location, you want to stay in one of the best beaches in Naxos, your preference is beachside accommodation, you are looking to be close to the capital and port.

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3. Plaka and Maragkas, family-friendly beaches in Naxos

A little further south down the coast is the smaller beach resort town of Maragkas. The beach is a long, uninterrupted stretch of sand that reaches all the way down to the neighboring town of Plaka. 

Plaka beach is the longest blue flag sandy beach on the island. The beach has crystal clear and calm waters and soft, very fine golden sand. This is a family-friendly beach with beach facilities like sunbeds and umbrellas. Plaka is well-connected with the capital, Chora, and within walking distance to the Agia Anna Beach on the north.

There is a good selection of mid-range and affordable accommodation on offer here, particularly further back, away from the water. The central stretch of beach between the two towns is especially ripe with hotels and apartment blocks, with some higher-end options offering stunning views over the water and the opportunity to stay just a few meters from the beach.

Alternatively, you can stay right by the beach in one of several campsites along the area. 

Beach bars and cafes, tavernas, shops, and restaurants are plentiful along the entire length of the beach, so no matter how far you stray, you will never be too far from refreshments. There are also a number of water sports companies operating throughout the beach, offering a variety of fun entertainment options for when you grow bored of relaxing on the sand.

As far as interesting sights, there isn’t much to see in the area. The ruins of Plaka Castle, a small fort tower, can be found along the main road towards Vivlos, and if you are heading that way you may want to stop in Vivlos town to visit the old windmill. 

Aside from that, there are a number of pretty churches, both modern and older, in the area. If you are hiring a car it would make a pretty road trip. If you are traveling around by bus, there are better sites further out that are more worth the journey.

Stay in Maragkas and Plaka beach if You want a comfortable beach town but somewhat quieter than the family resort of Agios Prokopios; Plenty of beach amenities;

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4. Agia Anna, one of the busiest beaches of Naxos

Located between Plaka and Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna is one of the busiest beaches of Naxos. It is a good example of a district that appears to be underdeveloped yet offers everything a holidaymaker might want. As a result, those wanting a holiday that includes being able to experience local life should look to Agia Anna.

It sits at the midpoint of the west coast where the fishing harbor is still fully active. The road runs parallel to the beach with Naxos Town under 4 miles away, while it’s5 minutes from the Naxos airport. You can cycle, catch the bus, or take a taxi to get between the two.

With a long sandy beach and shallow water, Agia Anna is popular with everyone. Sunbeds and parasols are available although water sports are limited. Instead, you may decide to take a trip on the Aegean to other parts of the island. 

Accommodation includes hotels and apartments along the coast road, right on the beach, or across the road. With shops, cafes, tavernas, and restaurants on-site, you have all you need, day and night, for a great holiday. 

Stay in Agia Anna if You want a place close to the beach, Tourist facilities are nearby;

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5. Agios Prokopios, where to stay in Naxos with family

Agios Prokopios, best area to stay in Naxos with family
Liana Beach Hotel & Spa in Agios Prokopios

Agios Prokopios is the most popular beach resort on Naxos for families. Located just 5km to the south of Naxos Town and very close to the airport, it provides all the comforts of a dedicated beach vacation town, with the convenience of being just a short distance from a major city.

Whilst the area is largely geared towards foreign visitors and tourists, there are still plenty of tavernas and traditional Greek restaurants for those looking for a slice of authentic island culture.

Agios Prokopios Beach is a long, wide stretch of soft golden sand, one of the best beaches in Greece. The east end of the beach is where it meets with Agios Prokopios town, and thus where you will find the majority of beach bars, cafes, and companies offering water sports facilities. 

If the beach doesn’t offer enough aquatic fun for your liking, there is the Aqua Fun Waterpark further inland. The park is full of waterslides and pools of various sizes, as well as comforts such as poolside bars and cafes, to provide the whole family with a relaxing day in the water.

Directly north, you can find the Limnothalassa Aliki Naxou National Park, great for a day out exploring the natural landscape. The Naxos Camping Grounds are nearby if you are interested in alternative accommodations. 

A good variety of mid-range hotels press up against the sand, with affordable options just meters from the beach. Directly north, on the same peninsula, in the region of Stelida, where you can find even more options for accommodation and a tranquil Stelida Beach.

The town is very near to the Naxos Apollon Airport, so is ideal if you’re traveling to or from the island by plane. Although this does mean that you may have to deal with some degree of noise from the air traffic.

Stay in Agios Prokopios if you are looking for a typical beach vacation, you want to stay near the main town but with more a resort feel, you want to stay near the airport, you are traveling with family.

Best Places to Stay in Naxos in Agios Prokopios:

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6. Apollonas, where to stay in Naxos for relaxation

Apollonas, where to stay in Naxos for relaxation
Adonis Hotel in Apollonas

Far from the busy beach resorts and tourist hotspots of the south and west, Apollonas (also known as Apollonia), at the very northernmost tip of Naxos, is ideal for anyone looking for relaxation, secluded getaway, and to escape their fellow travelers.

Apollonas Beach is a good-sized stretch of soft sand, where you can relax, unbothered by rowdy tourists.

The town is small and primarily residential, but there are several affordable options for accommodation along the waterfront. For such a little town, there is a pleasant number of restaurants and tavernas to choose from, overlooking the small port.

At the western edge of Apollonas, you can find the Kouros Monument. Also known as the Colossus of Dionysus, the eleven-meter tall, marble statue lays where it was carved so many centuries ago, never having been completed and erected. 

Being quite remote, Apollonas is best reserved for those who intend to rent a car for their vacation. This would also provide you the freedom to visit the Agias Monastery and the old Tower of Ayia a few kilometers away.

Stay in Apollonas if you really want to escape the tourist crowds, you want a small beach town with few other travelers, you don’t mind being far from the main towns, you intend to rent a car for your trip.

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7. Mikri Vigla, where to stay in Naxos for kite and windsurfing

Mikri Vigla, where to stay in Naxos for kite and windsurfing
Orkos Beach Hotel in Mikri Vigla

A little further south of Plaka is the small beach town of Mikri Vigla. Further removed from the main towns than the more northern beach resorts, Mikri Vigla is ideal for anyone looking for a quieter beach vacation. With its small-town vibe and traditional tavernas, you can really get a feel for authentic Greek life here.

Whilst the town is less geared towards visitors than other locations on the island, there are still plenty of beachside cafes, restaurants, and bars, and supermarkets to keep you supplied with everything you need for a comfortable stay. 

If you prefer a more active time at the beach, the area is particularly popular with windsurfers and kite surfers. There are several schools in the area offering lessons for beginners, whilst dedicated shops sell and rent the necessary equipment.

Although a small town, there are still plenty of options when it comes to accommodation. The main town has a selection of mid-range options, ideal for surfers who intend to spend most of their time on the waves.

Stay in Mikri Vigla if enjoy windsurfing, or would be interested in trying it on at Mikri Vigla Beach; you want a quiet break in a small local beach town;

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8. Abram Beach and Kampos, on northwest coast of Naxos

If you prefer a secluded cove to spend your days, with accommodation close by, look at Abram Beach and Kampos. The location is on the northwest coast of Naxos, 20kms north of Chora but there is one drawback if you want it as a base.

Accommodation is very limited so it is a matter of booking in advance because as a last-minute decision, you may be disappointed.

The beach is a mix of pebbles and sand. Snorkellers love its waters, windsurfers its breezes. Relax or explore the rugged terrain. There is a taverna on-site with necessities in Kampos village and Eggares where you can buy your needs. Naxos Town for more than the basics is half an hour away.

Stay in Abram Beach & Kampos if You can book well in advance, Basic needs are sufficient for you, Tourist crowds do not interest you.

Best places to stay in Abram Beach & Kampos:

  • budget ($): Petrino Located among a lush tree garden overlooking the Aegean Sea, 200 m away from the sandy Abram Beach. The hotel provides an on-site restaurant available where guests can also taste the wine produced by Petrino owners.
  • budget ($): Abrami Traditional Villas & Studios Located a hillside overlooking the Aegean Sea, 100m from Ambrami Beach. it offers air-conditioned units with a fridge, TV, private bathroom, and kitchenette.
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9. Aliko Beach, famous for its white sandy beach and cedar forest

Located near Kastraki and Glyfada beaches, Aliko beach is one of a few small beaches in a protected natural area in southwest Naxos. It is the salt flats that have earned this status as well as the cedar forest between the beach and the dunes. The beach itself is of beautiful white sand running down to shallow clear waters. 

Do not expect any facilities here so go prepared and take what you will need for the day. If you want to stay right there, accommodation is limited so make a booking well in advance to be sure. You will certainly not come across crowds, but you only need a few before the accommodation is full.

You should really hire a car if you want to stay in this part of Naxos.

Stay in Aliko Beach if You want to be away from crowds; Basic facilities are all you need; Natural settings appeal to you.

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10. Stelida, a quiet location close to Naxos town

Stelida is only 3 miles from the capital, located on the northwest coast of Naxos. There are limited amenities at this sand/pebble beach, but you have the sun, the sea, and usually not many other people around.

Things are changing however as more people hear about Stelida. Building on the hillside now includes everything from apartments to luxury villas and resort complexes. You will not be alone for long! 

There are larger sandy beaches like Agios Georgios, currently more popular, yet Stelida has its appeal. Tranquility is a start and the village just a short walk from the beach offers a Greek experience, as well as some things of archaeological interest.

Stay in Stelida if You want a quiet base; Local amenities are unimportant; You still prefer to be close to Naxos Town.

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11. Pyrgaki Beach, beautiful place with beautiful sandy cove

Pyrgaki Beach, beautiful place with beautiful sandy cove
Psili Ammos Studios in Alyko

Several kilometers south of Mikri Vigla is the little beach town of Pyrgaki. The town itself consists of just a few residential roads, several hotels, a supermarket, and a few tavernas and restaurants. There is enough to keep you comfortable for the duration of your stay, but not the comprehensive conveniences of the larger resort towns.

Pyrgaki beach is a beautiful stretch of sand, ideal for relaxing on without the pressing crowds that flock to other beaches. However, the real draw to the town is the Alyko Cedar forest in the west.

The forest covers the nearby peninsula and makes for a lovely walking spot, with several more, secluded, quiet beaches to check out. The most interesting thing in the forest though is the sprawling abandoned hotel that now lays in ruins. 

Covering half of the peninsula, the ruins are a playground for anyone who enjoys exploring ruined buildings. Lovers of street art will appreciate the many impressive murals that now adorn the walls.

Despite the small size of the town, there is a good range of accommodation available, from affordable to more luxurious options. However, if none of these options suit your taste, there is a larger selection along the stretch of coast connecting Pyrgaki to Mikri Vigla.

Stay in Pyrgaki if you want a really quiet beach town; exploring an abandoned, ruined hotel sounds like fun; you appreciate street art and murals.

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12. Melanes, oldest villages in Naxos

Melanes, oldest villages in Naxos
Villa Elia in Melanes

A few kilometers inland of Naxos Town, the small village of Melanes sits amongst the mountains and groves. A residential town, with far fewer hotels than the beach resorts, Melanes is perfect for anyone wanting to experience authentic, local life. Meanwhile, the relatively close proximity to the main town means you won’t be far from city conveniences should you need them.

Set amongst beautiful farmlands, the village is ideal for anyone who enjoys spending their time exploring or walking around the natural landscape. To the east, through the trees, you can explore a small cluster of old ruined buildings, left to crumble amongst the trees.

A pleasant walk away to the south, you can discover the Marmaroti waterfalls and the ruins of the old watermill. The short trek through the pretty forests is well worth the reward of exploring this old stone structure. A café is available nearby if you need a break before heading back to town.

The town itself has a few restaurants to serve the local residents. There are only a few options for accommodation in the area, so if you find something you like make sure to book well in advance.

Stay in Melanes if You enjoy walking in nature; Discovering old, ruined buildings is fun; You want a small mountain town, not too far from the convenience of the main city; Beaches are not a priority

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13. Glynado, a mountain town in the south of Naxos town

Glynado, a mountain town in the south of Naxos town
Seven Suites in Glynado

Glynado is an inland, mountain town, a few kilometers south of Naxos Town. The town itself is small, with a few restaurants and bars, tavernas, and independent shops. However, a large road connects it straight to the main town of Naxos, so it is convenient if you want to shop and dine in the larger city and then return to the more picturesque town to relax.

There are several interesting historical sites to visit in the local area. The Tower of Belonia can be found in the east of the town itself and the St John Monastery is to the west. The ruins of the grand Temple of Dionysus are just a kilometer or so northwest and well worth a visit by anyone visiting the island.

If you want a break from taking in the culture and history of the island, Karts Heart Rock go-kart track is located at north of the town. Ideal for an afternoon of racing around a track with the wind in your hair.

Unlike many of the other inland towns on the island, accommodation here is plentiful so you are sure to be able to find somewhere that suits you.

Stay in Glynado if You want a small inland town with plenty of options for accommodation; You enjoy exploring historic buildings; Beaches are not a priority.

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14. Ano Sagkri & Sangri, stay in southeast part of Naxos

Up in the mountains of Naxos, near the Rachi Polichnitou Park, you can find the rural town of Ano Sagkri, in the region of Sangri. The town itself is beautiful but very small, with just a few tavernas and restaurants catered to the local population.

The main attraction in the area is the wonderfully well-preserved Temple of Demeter in the south. The 6th-century structure is one of the best kept examples on the island and still features upright walls and fully erect columns. Whilst you are barred from entering the temple, for the safety of both yourself and the ancient building, getting close a structure that has stood for one and a half thousand years is an experience not to be missed.

For more information about the temple, and the history of the local area, you can head to the nearby Archaeological Museum of Gyroulas. Admission is free and you can view artefacts found in and around the temple, from pottery to stone inscriptions and ancient statues.

There are various other notable historical structures in the area, including Bazeos Tower and the otherworldly Monastery Kaloritsa to the east. A particularly high number of churches are scattered around the area from various historical periods.

Being so far removed from the popular tourist resorts along the west coast, options for accommodation here are more limited. What is available is on the more luxury end of the scale, so if you have a larger allowance for accommodation you can plan a lovely trip here. If you are working on a budget, you may be better off staying outside of the village and visiting for a day trip.

Stay in Ano Sagkri And Sangri if You want to explore the Temple of Demeter; Beaches are not a priority for you; You are interested in visiting the historical sites of the island; You are not worried about budgeting.

Best places to stay in Ano Sagkri:

  • Ayiopetra Exclusive Getaways This accommodation offers a seating area, a fridge, a minibar, and a coffee machine. Close to Naxos Island National Airport, and 600m from Temple of Demetra.
  • Villa Anthemion This villa is located Áno Sangrío, offers free wifi, a garden, a terrace, 2 separate bedrooms, a living room, a fully equipped kitchen, and 2 bathrooms. Close to Temple of Dimitra, Pyrgos Bellonia, Kouros Melanon, Plaka Beach, and Plaka Camping.
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15. Filoti, beautiful village in Tragea region with olive groves

Filoti is a small mountain town right at the centre of the island. If you’re looking for a quiet getaway, this local village, far removed from the tourist traps around the coast, is ideal. The town is primarily residential, with little designed to cater to tourists, so if you are looking to experience the authentic everyday lifestyle of the island, Filoti is perfect.

The town may be small, but it has everything you will need for a pleasant stay. There is a good selection of restaurants, tavernas, and cafés along the main road, and a bakery at the north of the village where you can sample freshly made local pastries.

The Tower of Barozzi is the main tourist attraction of the town. The old stone building is a 17th-century Venetian fort that once housed the ruling nobility of the region. It remains remarkably well preserved at the northern end of the village.

Being such a small, residential town, there are no big hotels or apartment blocks here. What accommodation is available consists of affordable local guesthouses and comfortable villas. Perfect for immersing yourself in the local atmosphere of the town.

Stay in Filoti if You want to experience small-town Mediterranean life; A quiet village away from the tourist resorts is ideal; Beaches are not a priority; You will be rent a car during your stay.

Best places to stay in Filoti:

  • Giannakis Filoxenia Located in Filoti, Giannakis Filoxenia provides accommodation with a TV. Free WiFi is provided. Naxos Castle is 12 km from the aparthotel.
  • Dreamcatcher of Zeus Located in Filótion, this accommodation offers a balcony, free WiFi, a patio, and a terrace. The nearest airport is Naxos Island National Airport, 12 km from the property.
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You can reach Naxos by flights from Athens and Thessaloniki, as well as ferries from from most islands including Athens.

If this is your first visit, I recommend to stay in Naxos Town which is the best area to stay in Naxos for first-timers. Booking hotel here, you will be located in the heart of actions, with some of the best hotels, nightlife, restaurants, bars, and shops right at your doorstep. With its bus station and ferry terminal, you can also easy travel to other towns and beaches.

Naxos is an up-and-coming vacation destination, that remains as yet unspoiled by the crowds of tourists that flood to other Greek islands. If you are looking for an authentic Greek experience or just a quieter beach getaway, Naxos is the place for you. Anyone who loves history and ancient ruins should already know about Naxos and its plethora of fascinating old structures. Everyone else should take the opportunity to visit before the rest of the world finds out.

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