Lying on the west coast of Naxos approximately 16 kilometres south of the main tourist hub of Naxos town, Kastraki Beach offers visitors clean white sands, clear waters, and a real sense of seclusion. This sweeping three-kilometre beach is a quieter choice than many of its neighbours, and can never be said to get overcrowded.
Ideal for a romantic stroll in the shallows, you won’t find any water sports here, though there is still the option to rent sunbeds and umbrellas should the shade of the occasional cedar tree not be quite enough. There are also a handful of accommodation options and places to eat a few steps back from Kastraki Beach itself.
The views towards the neighbouring Cycladean island of Paros are wonderful, particularly at sunset when colours run from blush to gold. For those looking to explore its waters to the max, it is possible to snorkel just offshore. Who knows, you might even spot an ancient pot!
The main downside to Kastraki Beach is the need for private transportation. The buses to the beach can be unreliable, meaning you’ll need to opt for a taxi unless you’ve rented a vehicle for your stay on the island.
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