The Best and Most Beautiful Beaches of Naxos

There is this grand history. There are those picturesque mountain villages. You can hike for hours alongside those Mediterranean olive groves and climb mountains from where you’ll have majestic views of the Aegean sea. All this is fine and dandy. But Naxos’ strongest suits are undeniably the beautiful long golden beaches hemming turquoise crystal clear waters. In this guide, I show you how to get to the best beaches of Naxos comfortably by public bus.

Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos
Please, make yourself comfortable and enjoy the view of Agios Prokopios Beach.


Naxos is the largest island in the Cyclades and caters to every visitor’s needs: There are picturesque settlements like the mountain villages that I’m introducing in an extra post. You can go hiking to literally godly mountain tops. There are ruins of ancient temples, olive trees, flocks of sheep, Greek cuisine, and traditional music. And there is the Aegean sea with the clearest water I’ve ever seen. Seriously, I still cannot believe how pristine those waters are. Therefore, despite all those amazing spots and fun activities, Naxos is the perfect destination for all you ocean lovers and beach bums.

Kastraki Beach in Naxos.
Water in many colors.

While the east shores are made up of steep cliffs, to the west, they are flat and pleasantly hem the beautiful waters with stretches of golden sand.

Different Strokes For Different Folks

Now, Naxos is not this untouched rural isle that it might have been decades ago. Although it’s by far not as overrun as Mykonos or let alone Santorini, it is touristy, and those visitors are an important source of income for the islanders. Therefore, parts of the beaches are what planners would euphemistically call developed: There are beach beds and umbrellas that come with a price tag, obviously. Oftentimes they are rented out by a bar or restaurant that is more than happy to serve you drinks and snacks. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially since, contrary to other touristy places, no one forces you to use these services. You can very well spread out your beach towel under one of the trees or bushes, drink from your water bottle, and have a fantastic day.

I personally prefer secluded beaches with as little infrastructure as possible and only a few like-minded fellow swimmers. This being said – and as a solo traveller – I really prefer to have at least one fellow swimmer around just in case.

Going Public

Naxos offers beaches for every taste and I’m listing the most beautiful ones below. Since I’m introducing them starting at the island’s Chora, they are automatically also listed from the most to the least crowded ones.

Bus Tickets in Naxos
These colorful tickets show how much fun it is to explore the island of Naxos by public bus.

Apart from their beauty and comfortableness, they have in common that they can be conveniently reached by public bus throughout the day. Also, Naxos’ bus system is so comprehensive you can even go on some beach hopping and explore three or even four of them in just one day.

In this guide, I’ve added the best bus connection to the individual beaches below. Nevertheless, as schedules are subject to change, I’d recommend checking the bus company’s comprehensive website. Also, the ladies at the KTEL bus station in Naxos’ Chora are very helpful. If you have already determined your plans for the day, you can buy all your tickets there in advance. And don’t worry about changing your plans: You can still utilize unused tickets for other trips – which have to be at the same price, obviously.

Either way, you have to get your ticket in advance before boarding the bus. Apart from the main bus station, kiosks and mini markets are selling bus tickets, too.

Agios Georgios Beach

If you are staying anywhere in or around the Chora, Naxos’ main town, you can get to Agios Georgios Beach just by walking. This sandy beach is located on the southern outskirts of town and is one of the most popular and crowded beaches on the island. Yet, since it’s a couple of kilometers long, you’ll have no difficulties finding your favorite spot. From here, you also have a lovely view of the island of Paros across the sea.

Agios Georgios Beach Naxos
The crystal clear waters of Agios Georgios Beach.

While the northern part which is closer to town is fully organized with sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, the southern part is ideal for sports facilities. It’s there where you’ll find businesses renting out water sporting gear. It is one of the most famous spots on the island for windsurfing and is also suited for beginners since the waters are shallow.

You can bring your own drinks and snacks, however, there are several cafes and restaurants alongside the beach road.

All in all, Agios Georgios Beach is a great option if you want to hang out on a beach for just a bit for instance before going on a half-day trip in the afternoon. Hence, it’s a quick and dirty clean option.

Agios Prokopios Beach

The most popular beach on Naxos is Agios Prokopios as it offers the perfect surrounding for everyone. You can relax on the sunbeds of one of the many beach clubs. But be aware that here, everything is a bit posher, and two sunbeds with an umbrella can set you back up to 40 €uros during the high season. Also, when it comes to us poor solo travellers, the owners are merciless and not willing to rent the beds out individually. You have to rent the whole set for two people.

If you’re not ready to spend this kind of money, you’ll certainly find a nice spot to spread out your beach towel as the beach seems endless.

Agios Prokopios Beach in Naxos.
Agios Prokopios Beach.

If you are a beach stroller, you can also use one of the sunbeds until the owner asks you to pay. Don’t get me wrong, I was willing to pay for my chair. But only for the one I was using, not for a second one I didn’t need. Since we couldn’t agree, I left after having used his chair for an hour.

Behind the beach is a small settlement consisting of no-frills restaurants and bars, small shops and convenience stores, and affordable accommodation options.

If you are travelling with small kids, you need to be extra careful. Not only because of the water but also because one of Naxos’ main roads going south lies right behind the beach.

Obviously, you can also practice your favorite water sport in the amazing waters of the Aegean sea.

How To Get There

To get to Agios Prokopios Beach, take either bus #1 or bus #10. During the shoulder and the high season, these buses are going every 30 minutes. From the Chora, a single ride costs 1.80 €uros and the ride takes about 15 minutes.

Agia Anna Beach

Agia Anna is basically a continuation of Agios Prokopios. The long sandy beach is divided into some smaller bays. Also, there is a small picturesque fishing port.

The small cove next to the port is protected from the winds and normally calm. Therefore, it’s great for a nice swim even when the winds are rippling the waves.

From Naxos’ Chora, Agia Anna Beach can be quickly and easily reached by bicycle, motorbike, car, or public bus, obviously.

Agia Anna Beach In Naxos
The nudist part of Agia Anna Beach lies behind the promontory.

Just like on Agios Prokopios Beach, you can rent sun beds and umbrellas. Since the beach is much shorter, it gets crowded quite quickly.

The main road at Agia Anna Beach is lined with beachfront restaurants, cafés, and bars. From here, you have a grand view of the neighboring island of Paros.

Behind the Greek Orthodox Saint Nicholas church on the headland south of the beach is the very popular nudist part of Agia Anna.

How To Get There

To get to Agia Anna Beach, take either bus #1 or bus #10. During the shoulder and the high season, these buses are going every 30 minutes. From the Chora as well as from Agios Prokopios Beach, a single ride costs 1.80 €uros. The ride takes less than 20 minutes from the Chora and just a couple of minutes from Agios Prokopios Beach.

As a matter of fact, it’s probably quicker to walk between those two beaches since they are one about one kilometer apart. The route from Agios Prokopios across Agia Anna all the way down to Maragas Beach is a wonderfully scenic walk.

Plaka Beach

What back in the day used to be just a wild nudists’ beach developed into one of the most popular beaches of Naxos. Yet, in some places, it kept bits of its original vibe. Although today everyone finds their jam on the long sandy beach, it is still popular with nudists. During the high season, it does get busy, however, it is still much quieter than the beaches further north.

Plaka Beach in Naxos
Plaka Beach where you can enjoy the sea….

Although there are also parts with sun beds and umbrellas, major parts of the approximately four-kilometer-long Plaka beach are just open to everyone. Although it gets quite busy during the high season, compared to Agios Prokopios or Agios Georgios Beach, Plaka deems almost serene. Everything is much more relaxed here. By the way, here it was no problem to rent just one sun bed. Also, the pack would have cost only ten €uros so I ended up paying five €uros for a sun bed and an umbrella.
Let’s hear it for Plaka.

Plaka Beach in Naxos.
….and the sand.

Plaka is totally down my alley already for the fact that one of the most popular activities there is walking. During the high season, the beach looks like people are on a crusade as they are walking up and down this wonderful part of the coast.

In the beach’s vicinity, you’ll find all kinds of small hotels, studios, and apartments. Many of those are small family-owned units. Also, you’ll find a good number of taverns, many of which offer excellent views and great local cuisine.

How To Get There

To get to Plaka Beach, you have to take bus #1. During the shoulder and the high season, the bus is going every 30 minutes. From the Chora, a single ride costs 2 €uros and takes less than half an hour. If you are coming from Agios Prokopios or Agia Anna, you’ll get there in about ten minutes and you have to pay 1.80 €uros.

Obviously, you can walk down the shore, however, it’s about one hour from Agios Prokopios to Plaka, hence, during the summer months, this is probably no option.

Kastraki Beach

“The next bus to Alyko comes in two hours”, are the last words I hear as the bus doors are closing and the coach unhurriedly rolls along the sand trail towards the main road. I’m on Kastraki beach and what I see is just breathtakingly beautiful: To my feet is the water. It harmoniously changes its color from light transparent turquoise to emerald green and finally to the deep blue of ink. Behind me are the rugged mountains of Naxos, dotted with whitewashed houses. Everything is so beautiful, I simply need to capture this in a thousand pictures. So as I walk alongside the shoreline, I snap away, again and again.

Kastraki Beach Naxos
Kastraki Beach.

It’s noon, and the sand under my feet is hot. I would have come here much earlier but the first public bus towards Kastraki and the famous beach of Alyko leaves Naxos’ Chora already at 7.30 and the next one only at 11. Yes, definitely the downside to exploring the world by public transport.

The beautiful beach of Kastraki showers you with everything you’d expect from an Aegean island. There are crystal-clear waters in surreal shades of turquoise and blue. The beach is in some parts divided into small cozy coves. In other parts, it stretches like a long trail of silvery sand before your eyes. Either way, you’ll find peace and quietness everywhere.

I walked down the entire beach and have seen only one relatively small spot where they rent out sun beds and umbrellas and serve drinks on the beach. Other than that, you have to take care of your own comfort.

Kastraki Beach
Beautiful bays.

In the hinterland towards the main road, you’ll find average-priced taverns, guest houses, and small convenience stores. The Kastraki area is definitely the perfect retreat for those who seek serenity and total relaxation.

How To Get There

Bus #3 takes you to Kastraki Beach in around 45 minutes. Even during the shoulder and the high season, there are only five buses per day. They are leaving the Chora every day at 7.30 and 11 in the morning and at 1.30, 4.30, and 6.30 in the afternoon. The buses back to the Chora leave Kastraki at 8.10 and 11.40 in the morning and at 2.10, 5.10, and 7.05 in the afternoon. A single ride costs 2.60 €uros. I’d recommend buying all your tickets in advance at the KTEL bus station in the Chora. Otherwise, you need to look for a convenience store or a kiosk that is selling bus tickets in Kastraki.

There is no bus connection to Kastraki from either of the above-mentioned beaches. Obviously, you can walk down the shore. However, it’s about 90 minutes from Plaka Beach. Especially during the summer months, this is probably not a valid option.

Glyfada Beach

Where does Kastraki Beach end and Glyfada Beach begin? Come on, does it really matter? This beautiful sandy beach is among the longest beaches on the island of Naxos. Also, it is nestled between the beaches of Kastraki and Alyko. That’s a whole lot of beaches, hence, they never get crowded.

Glyfada Beach
Glyfada Beach.

Also, the rolling sand dunes, the unique cedar forest, as well as a pond between the beach and the main road make Glyfada quite unique.

Naxos is an island, hence, when the wind blows, the beach of Glyfada is quite exposed. Therefore, it’s also a popular spot among windsurfers and kitesurfers. However, it’s also great for swimming just like the entire coast.

Mountains behind the Glyfada Beach
Also, the hinterland is absolutely stunning.

If you are coming by car, you can leave your vehicle next to Faros hotel and restaurant and cross to the beach from there. Getting there by public bus, you have to get off at the Glyfada stop, obviously.

Cedar Grove

This is supposed to be a majestic cedar forest, but what I see are mostly shrubs. Which is good since about five minutes into my walk, I lost my way. It feels pretty ridiculous to be lost amidst a grove of plants that reach my shins. But those suckers are sturdy and thorny I have to look for sandy patches between them since otherwise, they scratch my bare legs.

Glyfada Beach
In this part, you can clearly spot a trail. In other parts, not so much.

Usually, I’m fine with losing my way. I don’t have much choice anyway since I have no sense of orientation whatsoever. But ever since I broke my leg in a secluded gorge and was found only eight hours later, I’ve lost a bit of my swag. Therefore, as I’m meandering between these prickly bushes, I’m starting to get a bit nervous. It’s good that the forest is not that majestic, after all. From time to time, there is a sad dry cedar obstructing my view’n’way, other than that, only those bundles of thorns.

And then I come to a larger sandy patch with lots of footprints. Prints of sneakers and dog paws and bird feet. I follow those traces and finally I reach a road. Ahead of me, I see the water. And I spot the famous ruins of Alyko.

How To Get There

Bus #3 is serving Glyfada Beach five times a day, I’ve quoted the times in the Kastraki section above. A single ride costs 2.60 €uros. To get to Glyfada from the Chora takes less than an hour.

Obviously, you can get from Kastraki to Glyfada and then from there to Alyko by bus. But who does that? I pointed out above that buses are few and the beach is so beautiful that you won’t mind walking – even for more than an hour. As you get hot, just jump in the water. If you get tired, just take a nap on your beach towel in the shade of a tree or bush.

Alyko Beach

Yes, the incredible beach of Alyko was not only my final destination but also the grand finale of my day trip to the southwest of Naxos. Located on a piece of land projecting out into the sea, it consists of the island’s most varied and definitely most beautiful beaches. Since Alyko is actually a small peninsula with various sandy beaches and coves, it caters to every taste. Also, Alyko’s greater coastal area includes saltpans from which the cape got its name: Alyki translates to saltpan in English.

Alyko Beach
Alyko Beach

Leaving Glyfada Beach, you’ll first get to Kedros Beach on the Alyko peninsula. Here, you still find a dense cedar tree forest stretching down to a fantastic white sand beach which is mainly popular among nudists.

Bay at Alyko Beach
Bay of Mikro Alyko.

Then comes Hawaii Beach, which I still find quite funny. It is below a 10 meters high cliff. Rock formations separate it from Kedros beach in the north and Mikro Alyko, a small sandy beach in the south. Finally, there is the true and one and only Alyko Beach which is the most popular of them all. Not only is it in a quite spacious bay. Contrary to the other beaches on the peninsula, access is also easiest. Yet, it is an ideal beach for those who seek privacy.

Alyko Beach
While the water is fantastic, the rocks on the shore can be dangerous. Make sure to wear swim shoes with rough soles.

Whether Glyfada or any of the beaches around Alyko offers spots where you can rent sun beds or umbrellas. This is pure nature without any touristy infrastructure whatsoever. All that you need you have to bring with you. Therefore, I put together a pack list for a day on a secluded beach which you find below.

An Unexpected Open-Air Gallery

Alyko Beach is not only famous for its many idyllic secluded bays. It has actually a real landmark.

Pretty much in the center of the peninsula is a long-abandoned and uncompleted hotel complex. Supposedly, it stems back from the days of the military Junta in Greece. It is believed that as the government changed, this construction was considered illegal. Even as you look at the ruins today, you’ll realize that this was a completely disproportionate project. Believe it or not, the hotel was planned to have 1,000 rooms! A chunk like this would have totally destroyed the beauty of Alyko and the peninsula’s distinctive biotope. Fortunately, after decades of disputes, this crazy project was simply abandoned.

Mural at the Ghost Hotel in Alyko Beach
Keep your eyes open as you walk around the ruins of Alyko Beach. Mural by Lia Koutelieri aka lika.

Today, those decaying buildings provide amazing opportunities for street artists mainly from Greece but also from other parts of the world. As a matter of fact, the Hotel Ruins of Alyko became one of the top attractions on the island.

Mural at the Ghost Hotel in Alyko Beach
Greek Gods on a crumbling wall by LUD artwork.

You know that I’m a street art buff. Since this post is designed to provide you with all the info you need when it comes to the natural glories of Naxos’ best and most beautiful beaches, I’m not going into detail about the artists that contributed to this quirky open-air gallery. Nevertheless, I wrote another post dealing exclusively with the Amazing Murals of the Hotel Ruins of Alyko.

How To Get There

Alyko Beach is one of the beaches also served by bus #3. From the Chora, the trip takes less than an hour and the fare is 3.10 €uros. I’ve quoted the departure times in the Kastraki section above. To return to the Chora, you can take the bus at 8.25 and at 11.55 in the morning and at 2.25, 3.15, 5.25, and 7 in the afternoon. However, I strongly recommend to double-check those hours on their website.

As a matter of fact, I got to Alyko Beach walking all the way from Kastraki Beach. However, I included two relaxing beach stops on the way. The distance between the bus stop at Kastraki and Alyko is about 7 kilometers if you walk on the beach. Walking comfortably, this should take about 90 minutes. The walk along the road is a bit shorter but I’d argue there is no point in walking there.

Pyrgaki Beach

I got to the scenic beach of Pyrgaki by pure accident as I was desperately looking for a place to buy something to drink. Supposedly, there was a food truck next to Alyko Beach but that was just supposedly. In my quest for quenching my thirst, google maps told me there was a supermarket within a walking distance of about ten minutes, and go figure, in front of it was Pyrgaki Beach.

Pyrgaki beach is located in a small cove. This long sandy beach is in most parts not organized, hence, there are only a few spots with parasols and sunbeds for rent. Since this lovely beach is not as famous as Alyko, it is one of the best choices for those who wish for tanning and swimming in a quiet place.

Nevertheless, there are some eateries, and the above-praised supermarket right next to the beach.

How To Get There

Pyrgaki Beach is the final stop of bus #3. From the Chora, the trip takes less than an hour and the fare is 3.10 €uros. I’ve quoted the departure times in the Kastraki section above. To return to the Chora, you can take the bus at 8.25 and at 11.55 in the morning and at 2.25 and 5.25 in the afternoon. However, I strongly recommend to double-check those hours on their website.

As a matter of fact, I got there walking all the way from Kastraki Beach. However, I included two relaxing beach stops on the way. The distance between the bus stop at Kastraki and Pyrgaki is about seven kilometers if you walk on the beach. Walking comfortably, this should take about 90 minutes. The walk along the road is a bit shorter but I’d argue there is no point in walking there.

Getting to Pyrgaki from the Alyko peninsula takes less than ten minutes.

What To Pack For a Beach Day

If you stay at a beach hotel, you can simply walk from your room to your sun bed in a swimsuit, a book and a cocktail in hand. In that case, kudos – and you won’t need this checklist. If however, you intend to spend the day on a beach from where you cannot just go back to your room in case you forgot something, you should read this list thoroughly.

Putting it together, I had you beach walkers in mind. You folks who leave their accommodation in the morning, taking the bus to some remote place from where they come back only in the late afternoon. If you forget to take certain things with you, you won’t have them available during the entire day, it’s as simple as that.

Therefore, the below list does not only contain quintessential items like your wallet and your reading glasses but also some gadgets that are not crucial but will make your day on the beach more comfortable and pleasant.

1. Wallet and Keys

Sometimes it’s the most evident stuff that we tend to forget. While you are focusing on your swim goggles, you realize that you left your wallet in the room only the moment you need it. Therefore, the most important item is your wallet with some cash, one credit card for emergencies, and some form of ID. I’m emphasizing taking only one credit card for security reasons. If you should lose your wallet or if it gets stolen, you’ll still have your other cards safely in your room. Also, I’m always taking my ID with me instead of my passport. Yes, losing it is annoying, however, not as serious as losing a passport.
Oh, and don’t forget to take your keys before you slam that door. I’m always having a noticeable lanyard with me that I attach to my holiday apartment key during my entire stay. Maybe this idea works for you, too.

2. Beach Tote Bag or Backpack

If you’re planning on spending the entire day on one beach, a tote bag might be the better choice since you don’t have to dig deep as you are searching for your stuff. However, if you want to visit various beaches in one day, it might be more comfortable to carry all your paraphernalia in a backpack.

3. Beach Towel and Possibly an Extra Towel

Obviously, you won’t be laying in the sand, hence, you need a beach towel. However, I like to have also a smaller towel with me just in case. Apart from serving its original purpose, it can also be folded or rolled into a small pillow.

4. Parasol or Beachtent

I hate it when on a beach, there is no spot in a shady place. I immediately fear dying from heat stroke. And while not everyone is a hypochondriac like me, it’s really not healthy and also simply unpleasant to fry in the noonish heat.

Fortunately, you’ll find a tree or even just some bushes on basically every beach that I’ve introduced in this post. However, if you want to secure your shady spot and don’t want to depend on the position of some tree, bring a parasol or one of those beach tents with you. Actually, they are not that bulky and heavy and they will make your beach day so much more enjoyable.

5. Swim Suit and a Spare

When I’m planning on spending the day on the beach, I put on my swimsuit underneath my clothes. If you do that, too, don’t forget to pack either some underwear or simply a second bikini so you can change and don’t have to spend the day in wet swimming clothes after a refreshing dip.

6. Sun Shades and Possibly Reading Glasses

In the bright sunlight on a white beach, sunshades are not a fashionable accessory but an indispensable necessity.
If you need reading glasses, you probably have also sunshades with the visual acuity you need. If not, don’t forget your regular glasses since you don’t want to schlepp that big novel in vain.

7. Sun Hat or Shawl

Just like you don’t need shades just to be trendy, a sun hat is not only a fashion statement. Especially if you’re planning on walking down a beach for a while, not covering your head can become truly dangerous. To cover also your neck, a light scarf or shawl that you wrap around your head and neck can be a very chic alternative. Either way, make sure to cover your head when you are exposed to the sun.

8. Swim Gear, Goggles, or Snorkeling Mask

So now we finally leave the necessity department and we’re moving to the fun section. Goggles or even a mask will allow you to experience the underwater world in shallow bays.

9. Swim Shoes

While the water of the Aegean sea is just incredibly translucent, the ground can be nasty. Not only are there pebbles that are not pleasant to walk upon. Oftentimes, there are big rocks with slippery surfaces and sharp edges. That’s a terrible combination and I definitely recommend wearing swim shoes with a good grip.

My Tip: Don’t waste little money on those low-quality shoes that you can buy at drugstores or souvenir shops. Go for good quality and buy your shoes at a professional diving store. They might cost triple what you’d pay for the cheap ones, but only high-quality shoes will really protect your feet. Also, swim shoes are great for walking on hot sand in the noonish heat.

10. Change of Clothes

I already reminded you of taking a change of underwear or a spare swimsuit with you. In addition, I like to pack a spare T-shirt and even light trunks just in case I get wet or spill something on myself. Remember, you are planning for a long and hopefully a bit adventurous day, hence, expect the unexpected.

11. Book

Forgetting your book won’t definitely ruin your day trip. However, it’s annoying to find yourself on a beach where you could comfortably enjoy a good read only to realize that you’ve left it behind.

12. Mobile Phone with Head Phones

Your mobile phone is definitely something you should have on you at all times. You can quickly snap some pictures of great scenery, listen to your favorite playlist – and call for help. Although I hope the latter will never be necessary, I know from my own experience that your phone should be ready to save you at any time.

Now, the headphones. I know that there are people who hold extensive conversations on speakerphone in public places. Or who watch movies or listen to music as if the world was theirs alone. I hate that. So if you are not all by yourself in a secluded, please, use headphones.

13. Storage For Valuables

A gadget that helps to protect your valuables is probably far more important for solo travellers like me. But also couples or even groups of friends might want to frolic carelessly in cool waters without getting robbed.

There are various kinds of pouches that store your money, credit card, ID, phone, and the like. As those containers are waterproof, you can have all your valuables on you even in the water. I’m personally not a big fan since I simply don’t feel comfortable carrying all that stuff with me while swimming or snorkeling. Also, one of my most valuable items is a camera that doesn’t fit in any of those containers.

Therefore, I’m using a mobile safe. That’s a bag reinforced with a metal web that cannot be cut open. Also, it is secured with an iron string and a padlock. The downside is that you need a big tree branch, a post, or the like to attach the safe firmly. For instance, the post of a wooden beach umbrella is ideal. At the end of the day, you need to protect your valuables against a petty quick’n’dirty theft, not armed robbery.

Lock tote on Klein Bonaire
You can lock your tote to anything fast – for instance, a big branch.

14. Inflatable Pillow

And once again I’m drifting from something really important, namely the safety of your belongings, to a rather random gadget that simply should increase your comfort. You’ll probably have one of those inflatable neck pillows for your air travel, anyway. So why not use it on the beach: Whether you want to take a nap or just read lying comfortably on your back – an inflatable pillow will support your head and neck.

15. Snacks

Especially if you’re a fan of rather secluded beaches chances are that you won’t be able to purchase any kind of snack during the day. Fortunately, Greece is one of the countries where bakeries are selling all kinds of hearty and sweet baked goods. In addition, I like to take some hard fruits or vegetables like apples, cucumbers, and carrots with me to the beach. These snacks are simply more refreshing.

16. Water And Possibly some Juice or Soda

While having something to munch on is good but not necessarily vital, having enough liquids to replenish definitely is. For a beach day, that should be at least a bottle of 1.5 liters.

But what good does it do to have something with you that you don’t like to drink? After a while, I tend to get tired of drinking plain water. Therefore, I also take a small bottle of juice or even a soda like coke or 7Up with me- just to mix things up a bit and ensure that I drink enough over the day.

What Do You Have to Add?

I would love to know you but obviously, I don’t.
Therefore, I might have missed listing something that you urgently need to enjoy a careless day on the beach.
What is it?
I’d be pleased if you share it with me and the other readers in the comment section below!

Well-Organized Activities

Obviously, this post is made to show you how easy and comfortable exploring Naxos’ beaches by public bus can be. However, if you want to explore the shores from the water, that’s a whole different story and you’ll need an experienced and reliable tour operator. Also, especially for solo travellers, joining a group on a day trip can be a nice change and a great opportunity to meet like-minded fellow travellers.

Therefore, here are some suggestions for what to do when visiting Naxos. Especially during high season, pre-booking online will guarantee your place at the activity of your choice*:

Although Naxos’ beaches are just fantastic, they are not the only attraction the island has to offer. In this post, I’m introducing Naxos’ five picturesque mountain villages that you can easily visit by public bus. Then, to read about other great activities, go to this post and take your pick!


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10 Replies to “The Best and Most Beautiful Beaches of Naxos”

  1. You know we are beach people and were excited to read more about the beaches of Naxos. Good to know that the public buses are a good way to visit the beaches. I love all the sand beaches you found. I am ok with strolling on rocky beaches but need sand if I am lying down! Or even if I rent a sunbed and umbrella. But I would be packing my reef shoes. Definitely some breathtakingly beautiful beaches and views! Naxos will be on our plan when we finally do our trip around the Greek Islands.

    1. Beach shoes will make your trip so much better as you have to enter the fantastic waters over some tricky rocks in many places.

  2. I’m from the coastal region of Kenya, which is known for its magnificent beaches, but I have to say, the beaches at Naxos are on a whole new level. I really hope I’ll get the opportunity to visit in my lifetime.

  3. The water there at the beach looks beautiful! I was not familiar with Naxos, and it sounds like a wonderful place to visit and explore. That is also a neat tote to be able to lock stuff up during your travels!

  4. This is a great guide to the beaches on Naxos. I hate how they get away with charging so much for an umbrella and sunbed in the peak season. But then I also understand it’s the only time to make money. I prefer the sandy options to the coves, it’s a real beach to me 😀

  5. Super impressive beaches. I do feel like I’d love spending my time there and that’s a lot coming from a person who lives a 20-minute pleasant walk from the beach. wonderful photos and a very helpful guide

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