Naxos is the largest and central island of a group of Greek islands called the Cyclades. It was the heart of Cycladic culture, one of the earliest and most important civilizations in the Mediterranean, which is known for its peaceful growth and unique minimalism in artwork.

Marble statuettes, magnificent ancient temple ruins, Byzantine monasteries, Venetian castles, crusades by pirates, conquerors and struggles for liberation amalgamate in the island’s long history that counts six thousand years of human presence. Endowed with most fertile soil and blessed with winter rains, Naxos is a confident and hospitable lady floating in centre of the Aegean, who nourishes a continuum of peace and gratitude.

A richly varied landscape blessed by Mother Nature with fruitful valleys, high mountains and endless sandy beaches with emerald and turquoise water render Naxos a charming and beautiful destination – a warm hug by the universe.

General information

Area: 440 km2
Population: 18.800 inhabitants (c. 2011)
Capital: Chora in the western side of the island
Shoreline: 148km
Highest peak: Mount Zeus (Zas) 1003 metres
Distance from Piraeus: 103 nautical miles (NM)
Access: Both by air and sea from Athens (daily scheduled trips)

Naxos is the largest island in Cyclades and one of the most beautiful in Greece, located south of Myconos and east of Paros. East and south of Naxos lies a complex of very small islands, called the “Small Cyclades” (Donousa, Schinousa, Irakleia, Keros and Koufonisia). The landscape includes green mountains and rich soil valleys which end at beautiful beaches.

The highest mountain of Naxos is Zeus at 1,003 meters (3,290 ft); it is the highest of Cyclades and largely responsible for the significant levels of rainfall in the winter months in Naxos (as opposed to most of the Cyclades) and hence its fertile lands.

The climate of Naxos is dry, with mild winters and cool summers. The average temperature ranges from 14 to 16 C (57-61 F) in the winter and 27-30C (81-86F) in the summer.

Local products

Potatoes, fruits and vegetables, wine, citrus liqueur, olive oil, wide variety of cheese, ceramic and weaving products.