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Naxos is the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades, famous for its long golden-sand beaches and crystalline turquoise waters. The island offers all the necessary ingredients for the perfect Greek Island honeymoon or romantic getaway.
What to do and see on Naxos
Away from the coast, discover a mountainous interior scattered with traditional whitewashed villages and a network of old footpaths – perfect for hiking – that snake between hilltop villages, old Byzantine churches and ancient Venetian ruins.
Climb to the summit of Mount Zeus (1004m), the Cyclades’ highest peak, for panoramic views over Naxos and the surrounding islands. Admire the enchanting village of Apiranthos, with its unique marble-paved streets and buildings, and Halki, a quiet town with a medieval fortress and several Byzantine churches, including the Panayía Protóthronis, home to beautiful 11th to 13th century frescoes.
In the old part of Naxos town (also known as Hora), get an insight into the Venetian era by visiting the fascinating Della Rocca-Barozzi Venetian Museum, a 13th century tower house set within the Kastro (castle) ramparts.
See fragments of a 13th century BC Mycenaean city in the excavated buildings of the Mitropolis Museum and, not far from town, visit the Pirgos Bellonia (Bellonian Tower), which was built under Venetian rule as a refuge from pirates.
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Best time to honeymoon in Naxos
The best time to honeymoon in the Cyclades is during the mid-season (May, June, September and October) when the weather is warm and the islands are less crowded.
Note: Peak season generally runs from July to August and is best avoided due to temperatures often exceeding 38°C and to the fact that the main islands are swamped with European holidaymakers.
From March to May, the temperature is cooler, hotel prices are more reasonable and the crowds non-existent. The winter off-season, from November through February, is generally quiet everywhere, however many hotels are closed.
Naxos is part of the Cyclades, a group of island that comprises Mykonos, Paros, Naxos, Ios and Santorini, plus a number of smaller islands. The Cyclades is located in the Aegean Sea, south-east of mainland Greece.
By air, Naxos is just 45 minutes from Athens. By ferry, Naxos is just 1 hour from Paros, 1 hour 15 minutes from Ios, 3 hours from Mykonos and Santorini and 5 hours from Piraeus.
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