The 13 Best Naxos Beaches

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As the biggest of Greece's Cyclades Islands, Naxos has no shortage of wonderful beaches. The island is also somewhat quieter than its better known neighbours, so is ideal for a relaxing break away from the crowds. Away from the coast Naxos offers a lush, mountainous interior dotted with ancient sites and charming villages.

You will find the best beaches in Naxos are mostly situated on the west coast and conveniently close to the island's main town. Boasting fine golden sands, crystal clear azul water and year-round sunshine this is a destination that doesn’t disappoint.
If you do feel like exploring there are a handful of pristine, hidden coves tucked away on the far side of Naxos.

  • 1. Saint George Beach

    Saint George Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming
    • Kitesurfing

    Agios Georgios, better known to pretty much everyone as Saint George Beach, is perhaps the most visited beach anywhere on Naxos. Taking its name from an attractive little chapel at its northern end, it lies just south of Naxos town, only 300 metres from Plateia Protodikiou, the town's main square.

    Easily reached on foot, Saint George Beach sits firmly within the town's boundaries, so visitors are always in close proximity to… read more »

  • 2. Plaka beach

    Plaka beach

    Generally regarded as the best beach on Naxos, Plaka is a huge stretch of fine white sand backed by low sand dunes. The waters of the bay at Plaka are calm and clear with a definite green tint. 

    Whilst there are areas of the beach with the familiar straw umbrellas and sun-beds, much of the beach still retains a relatively wild feel and is largely unspoilt. 

    The southern end of the beach… read more »

  • 3. Agios Prokopios Beach

    Agios Prokopios Beach
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    Great for:
    • Snorkeling
    • Swimming

    Voted the third best beach in Greece, and ranking in the top ten of a Europe-wide poll, Agios Prokopios beach remains one of the most popular beaches on the island of Naxos as much for its innate beauty as for its proximity to the island's main town of Chora (Naxos town) and the ferry port.

    Just a short drive, bus ride, cycle or stroll from Naxos town, Agios Prokopios beach is… read more »

  • 4. Orkos

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    Great for:
    • Kitesurfing

    One of Naxos' most widely-known beaches when it comes to windsurfing, the thick golden-hued grains or Orkos Beach are still quieter in the number of visitors they receive than some of their near neighbours.

    Divided into two main sections, Orkos Beach's larger portion runs for 700 metres, and is edged the whole way by cedar trees, together creating a quintessential Mediterranean feel. Its smaller section is around 100 metres in length,… read more »

  • 5. Kastraki Beach

    Kastraki Beach
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    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,… read more »

  • 6. Apollonas Beach

    Apollonas Beach

    Head northeast from Naxos town for around 30 kilometres and you'll reach the double whammy of the gently curving sands of Apollonas Beach and the Kouros colossal ancient statue just a few hundred metres away. Lying more than ten metres in height, this unfinished marble statue of the Greek deity Dionysus (the god of wine and merriment) remains where it was begun some 2,600 years ago.

    Back on the… read more »

  • 7. Aliko Beach

    Aliko Beach

    Offering up one of Naxos' most naturalistic settings is Aliko Beach, backed by a protected forest of cedar and other native trees. Facing south rather than west like most of the beaches in the area, the white sands of Aliko Beach are interspersed with small occasional pebbles. While there are significant areas of submerged rock off the beach, they lie on either side of a clear zone which slopes gently… read more »

  • 8. Mikri Vigla

    Mikri Vigla
    Kostas Limitsios
    Great for:
    • Kitesurfing

    Follow the coastline of Naxos south from Naxos town for around 12 kilometres, and you'll soon discover the delights of Mikri Vigla. Within walking distance of a choice of accommodation options, Mikri Vigla is actually made up of two individual beaches separated from one another by a forested cape that juts out into the Aegean Sea towards Paros.

    The most northerly beach faces out towards the tiny island of Parthena, just… read more »

  • 9. Pirgaki Beach

    Pirgaki Beach
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    One of the more remote beaches to be found on Naxos, it's more correct to say that this large expanse of fine white sand is made up of three individual coves that get better the further south you meander. Also spelt Pyrgaki, the sands are mixed with some shells and small pebbles, particularly at the water's edge, though this doesn't stop those in the know heading to Pirgaki Beach for… read more »

  • 10. Agía Ánna Beach

    Agía Ánna Beach
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    Great for:
    • Swimming

    Considered to be a southern extension to Agios Prokopios Beach, Agía Ánna Beach nonetheless holds its own Blue Flag certification. A little over six kilometres from Naxos town, it has developed from a scene of backpackers camping on its soft golden sand in the 1970s and 80s to one of the island's best organised beaches today.

    The majority of its one-kilometre length is arranged with sunbeds and umbrellas for hire,… read more »

  • 11. Agiasos Beach

    Agiasos Beach

    The near-straight line of fine sand that forms Agiasos Beach is surrounded by green hills, and edged by light blue waters on the one side. On the other, it is backed by shrubs that separate it from the road.

    Also spelt Agiassos, the beach is a more secluded and tranquil place to sunbathe or swim than others on the west coast of Naxos, to the extent that you won't find… read more »

  • 12. Panormos Beach

    Panormos Beach
    Great for:
    • Snorkeling

    The small beach of Panormos is situated at the end of a short fjord-like bay in the southeast of Naxos. Sheltered from the wind thanks to the protection given it by a peninsula of land to the south, its waters can appear more like a swimming pool than open coastline.

    A popular spot for yacht owners to drop anchor for a couple of hours in privacy, these waters are not… read more »

  • 13. Kalados Beach

    Kalados Beach

    Located in a small inlet surrounded by an otherwise rocky coastline in the far south of Naxos, Kalados Beach is one of the island's more isolated stretches of sand, but is no less beautiful for that. As an 'unorganised beach', visitors won't find sunbeds or umbrellas for hire, and other amenities are limited to a sole tavern providing refreshments. It makes Kalados Beach an ideal destination for those looking for… read more »