6 days of luxury on water from Athens to Naxos
Stroll through Hydra island’s grand 18th century merchant neighbourhoods which became the home of Greece’s modern day artists and artisans.
Trip checkins are on Saturdays, at 5:00p.m. and you’ll be checking out from your yacht in Hydra on Thursday, at 5:00p.m.
- Visit some of the best known islands
- One way trip
- Ideal trip to combine with another holiday stay
What you need to know
Capacity: Up to 6 people
Yacht type: Sailing yacht
Departs from: Athens
Duration: 6 days, accommodation for 5 nights
Nearest airport: ATH – Athens, El Venizelos – Greece
ON THE WAY TO NAXOS ISLAND
Setting off from Athens, you’ll sail along the city’s southern coastline, reaching Kythnos’ port of Loutra around midnight. Loutra has been famous for its hot springs since ancient times, so next morning before you leave for Naxos, you might want to have breakfast and unwind in one of Loutra’s natural spas.
Naxos is more than just a Cycladic island – just like its iconic Portara gate, Naxos is a window into a living past that spans millennia, through cultures both Greek and foreign that left their mark. Whether you want to learn about classical or modern Greece, lose yourself in small alleys, explore lush forests, or dance ‘till you drop, you can do it at the largest and most bountiful island in the Cyclades.
THINGS TO DO IN NAXOS
Naxos’ most famous attraction is Portara, the 2500 year old gateway to a Tyrant’s unfinished temple. Also on the island is a well preserved temple dedicated to the goddess of Demetra. In Flerio, two unfinished Kouroi (statues of young males) have been lying patiently since the 6th century B.C. while the third and largest lies in Apollonas. Naxos’ religious importance during the Byzantine era is highlighted by the impressive number of churches that populate the island. The island’s inhabitants were both Orthodox and Catholic, and a Cycladic style Catholic Cathedral is to be found in Naxos town. Also at the main town is the majestic 12th century medieval castle. Naxos’ nightlife is to be found at Chora or Agia Anna – it might not have the verve of Santorini or Mykonos, but you won’t be disappointed. Many beach parties, as well as cultural and religious festivals are organized throughout the summer.
Naxos is known for its local products, mainly potatoes, cheeses and Kitro, the local liqueur painstakingly distilled from Citron leaves. At Chora, we recommend you eat at Apostoli’s just at the side of the Old Town, or at the garden of Elliniko. Drinks at Chora should be sipped from the Swing Bar – it combines new-age molecular bartending and old-school jazz on a lovely terrace overlooking the port. At the city of Apollonas, you’ll get a glimpse of the real Naxos, including a taste of the best seafood on the island.
Naxos has great beach life, especially after the suns sets. Agia Anna is a large, quiet and family friendly beach that offers everything you may possibly need – from restaurants and bars, to bus transport to Naxos’ main port. It’s here that Island beach club organizes its full moon parties. Agios Prokopios is probably one of the favorite beaches in the Cyclades and features luxurious sand and turquoise water. Of course, it can get crowded during the high season so you’ll want to arrive there early. If you want to cool off, head to the Mojito beach bar. The white sanded beach of Plaka is long and quiet, giving you the impression of being in the Caribbean. It’s excellent for a long walk, keep in mind though that naturists also use the beach.
Mikri Vigla is where surfers come to ride the waves – you’ll find a watersports center right on the beach. At the island of Panagia Parthena, a whitewashed church patiently awaits for Naxians to arrive for mass, 39 days after every Easter. There’s no beach there, but the large and smooth rocks attract visitors. Isolated Rina cove is accessible only with your yacht – there, you can hide away in Rina Cave and quench your thirst from the freshwater spring that lies inside.