Lying in the heart of the Cyclades Naxos is the largest, greenest and most fertile island in the Archipelago
In mythology the birthplace of the God of wine Dionysus and where according to legend Zeus was reared in a cave on the highest mountain in the Cyclades (Mount Zas) the island was described by Herodotus as the “the richest island in the Aegean”, and indeed it is rich, in beauty in history, and in the abundance of the food and drink it produces. This self-sufficiency means Naxos has not needed mass tourism and hence retains an authentic Greek vibe.
Naxos was the capital of the “Duchy of Aegean Sea”, established by the Venetian Marcos Sanudo during the Venetian rule from the 13th century.
Heritage, Culture and Beaches
Standing on the west coast the capital and main port is Naxos town crowned by the Venetian castle, the town consists of both Venetian and Cycladic architecture and is considered to be one of the prettiest in the Cyclades.
The entire south west facing coast of the islands consists of the sandy beaches with the turquoise waters that Naxos is famous for. The interior of the island consists of many authentic villages, churches, monasteries and archaeological sites.
Naxos offers something for all travelers, families, solo’s couples and groups.