Destination guide

Greek island dreams on Naxos

With its white houses and pristine sandy beaches on the coast of the South Aegean Sea, the Greek island of Naxos offers plenty of picture-perfect scenes. Days here are spent exploring the ancient ruins that dot the landscape and visiting hilltop villages and castles with incredible views over the water, or sailing off from the port to explore just a few of the 1000s of islands all around. Naxos vacation rentals are available along most of the coastline and inland, too, so you'll have your choice of dreamy island properties, whether in luxury villas and cottages, or whitewashed apartments in the center of town.

Things to do

Temples and ruins in ancient Naxos

Like many of the Greek islands and cities, Naxos boasts a wealth of ancient historic sites, many in the form of temples and ruins. You don't have to wander far to stumble upon an old castle, tower or house of worship built over the centuries of inhabitation here. In the capital city, you'll find ruins with incredible views, including the Temple of Apollo, which frames the Aegean Sea and makes a scenic backdrop for photographs and an incredible spot to watch the sunset. Further inland, you can visit the Temple of Demeter, a hilltop structure built of marble, with a small museum onsite.

Activities

Sightseeing in Naxos Old Town

Though there are endless historical sites to explore on Naxos, you'll want to start with a sightseeing tour along the stone streets of the capital city, which shares its name with the island. A hilltop castle looms over the town, overlooking the boat-filled port and surrounding coast. Along the narrow lanes that wind between whitewashed buildings, you'll run into all sorts of historic sites and museums, where you can pop in for a visit to escape the heat of the day in summer. There are also plenty of boutiques and markets for souvenirs, as well as wine bars and eateries for sampling the local cuisine.

Weather

Sun-soaked summers on Naxos

Summers in Greece are best spent on the islands, with spots like Naxos welcoming visitors to their sandy shores for a reprieve from the hot sun of July and August. Though beachside vacations are perfect for summer, this does tend to be the busiest season, so if you want to avoid the crowds, opt for a stay in spring or fall. The waters might be a little cool for swimming, but the historic streets will be empty. If you do visit during the warmer months, look for a Naxos vacation rental on the coast to enjoy the refreshing sea breezes.

Natural features

Hitting the beach on Naxos

The largest of the Cyclades islands of Greece, Naxos sits in the Aegean Sea, with a landscape that ranges from craggy hills and mountains to pristine sandy beaches. The most popular spots are found near the capital city of Naxos, where swaths of sand at Plaka and Mikri Vigla beaches welcome visitors to relax on lounge chairs beneath shady umbrellas and hop into the clear sea to splash around and cool off in the heat of the afternoon. If you choose a Naxos vacation rental along this part of the western coast, you'll be able to enjoy dramatic sunsets over the turquoise waters.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Naxos

Fly into Naxos (JNX-Naxos Island National), the closest airport, located 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that's convenient for your trip, you might consider flying into Parikia (PAS-Paros National), which is 15.1 mi (24.3 km) away.

Can I find a vacation rental around Naxos?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,047 vacation rentals near Naxos. From 256 Houses to 493 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Naxos for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Naxos?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Naxos. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • The Portara: 1,389 vacation rentals
  • Alyko: 1,437 vacation rentals
  • Temple of Apollo: 1,389 vacation rentals
  • Mykonos Town Hall: 1,387 vacation rentals
  • Naousa Harbour: 1,396 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Naxos listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Naxos?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 256 Houses in Naxos. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Naxos include:

  • Villas: 493 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 201 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 9 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Naxos?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 363 vacation rentals with pool available in Naxos. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.