Is this your first time on Naxos and you want to know the best spots to relax by the seaside or have a swim? Here is a list of top beaches we’ve carefully selected for you!
Located at the center of the Aegean Sea, Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades. Due to its size, it offers a great variety of landscapes for the traveler to explore, such as typical Cycladic sceneries with golden shorelines and white houses, castles, and fortresses of the past, endless olive groves or even snowy mountains!
Naxos, except for its vast history though, it is known as an idyllic destination and for its family-friendly atmosphere. From long-stretching sandy beaches to rocky secluded coves, Naxos offers numerous options for every type of traveler. Plan ahead and visit the ones that suit you best!
Plaka Beach - credits: www.mygreekheart.com
Some 9km away from the Chora of Naxos, Plaka is one of the most popular beaches of the island of Naxos. Stretching for more than 4km, this calm sandy beach with its sand dunes and its crystal clear turquoise waters is an ideal solution for an easy-access, family-friendly excursion. Due to its length, Plaka is available for nudists as well, especially on its southern part. Even though parts of the beach are organized with water sports facilities, umbrellas and sunbeds, you can always find a quiet spot for you to lay your beach towel and enjoy the scenery. The best way to end your experience there is to try the local delicacies in one of the traditional restaurants nearby! Plaka is accessible by car and especially during summer, there are frequent bus routes for you to get there.
Kastraki beach - credits: naxos.net
Just a 20 min car-ride away from the town of Naxos, Kastraki beach lies on the eastern part of the island and consists of numerous small bays for you to choose from. This white sandy beach is easy to access by car but always consult the local bus timetables, since it is not one of the popular options. The beach is not heavily organized with umbrellas and sunbeds to rent, therefore it preserves its original character and it is appropriate for everyone who seeks moments of seclusion and tranquility. Small restaurants and canteens offer you the chance to get your refreshments and snacks while laying on the beach.
Hawai beach in Alyko, Naxos - credits: travelithenature.blogspot.com.blogspot.com
The area of Alyko, which literally means saltpans, is located just after Kastraki, heading south. This peninsula, protected as a natural habitat (Natura 2000), offers one of the most iconic sceneries of the island. Walking through a cedar forest, you will reach Kedros beach, where you can rest under the shade of the cedar trees and cool yourselves down in the crystal clear waters. Hawaii beach offers a different landscape with reddish rocky formations, accessible through a 10m drop down to the beach. Alyko beach, the easiest accessible one and therefore the most popular, is the option for those who prefer a calm sea with a cooling breeze. Since its a protected area, the beaches remain pristine so remember to bring your towel with you! Alyko is accessible by car and by the local buses, especially during summer.
Azalas,Naxos - credits: naxos.net
Azalas beach lies on the northern part of Naxos and it is ideal for adventurous visitors and nature enthusiasts. Located about 500m away from the nearby beach of Moutsouna, it is accessible by car and motorbike or even on foot! If you manage to get there, you’ll find yourselves on a wonderful pebbly beach, protected by tall rock formations. Gaze at Makares islands or Donousa while swimming on the crystal blue waters of northern Naxos! Since access is not easy, prepare yourselves appropriately before you leave Moutsouna. Do not forget to check the timetables for the local bus routes.
Orkos beach, Naxos - credits: truenaxos.com
Orkos beach can be found between Plaka and Mikri Vigla. Just 10 km away from the Chora of Naxos, Orkos is one of the most beautiful beaches the island can offer. Easily accessible by car, you can choose out of three independent beaches, divided by rock formations. These small coves offer a great opportunity to those that seek for a secluded beach right next to the long beaches of the southwest part of the island. Due to its location, Orkos is preferred by windsurfers as well, away from the bathers of Plaka and Mikri Vigla. Since there are not any beach facilities nearby, make sure to prepare yourselves in advance before getting there.
Ayios Prokopios beach
Ayios Prokopios beach, Naxos - credits: naxos.net
For those who want to party, play water sports, enjoy cocktails and cool refreshments on the sand or just relax on a beachfront sunbed, Ayios Prokopios is the place to be! This 5.7 km long beach, with white sand and deep blue water is an option for every age and taste. Spend your day on Ayios Prokopios, try local delicacies at the traditional restaurants around the coastline but save some time in the evening to experience the nightlife the beach has to offer. Just 15 min away from Chora, the access to the beach is super easy, especially during the summer months of the year even by public transportation.
Naxos, the largest island of Cyclades has many beautiful options to offer for every taste, from small tranquil secluded beaches to wide and long sandy ones buzzing with energy and life! Do not miss the chance to visit one of those while being on the island, and check out one of our Greece’s tours!