According to ancient Greek mythology, Naxos is the land where the Nymphs decided to raise young Zeus, the king of men and gods. By having such an important role in mythology, Naxos inevitably came to be one of the most important island-centers of the ancient Greek world. Besides its vast historical and archaeological background of the island, Naxos offers a huge variety of diverse landscapes to the visitor. This is why we’ve prepared this guide with the best things to do in the island of Naxos.
Located in the middle of the Cycladic complex of islands and between the popular destinations of Paros and Mykonos, lies Naxos, the largest island of the Cyclades and the once center of archaic Cycladic culture.
Legend has it, that young Zeus was raised in a cave of mount Zas -or mount Zeus-, the tallest mountain in Naxos and the Cyclades, while Naxos is widely known as the place that hosted the marriage of Dionysus, the ancient Greek god of wine.
Blessed by the Olympian gods, Naxos, has always been a popular destination of Greece because of its beauty and vibrancy. It is also one of the best Greek islands for families, offering an abundance of choice in things to do, see, try and -of course- taste.
Do you want to know why Naxos is such a family-friendly island? Below, we’ve listed every single reason, just in time for you to book your summer vacations with your loved ones in our glorious island!
Is this your first time on Naxos and you want to learn the best spots to relax by the seaside or have a swim? Here is a list of the top beaches of Naxos we’ve carefully selected for you!