Naxos is the largest of all the Cycladic islands, in Greece, and a prominent tourist destination. Consisting of several traditional villages and amazing beaches, the island has a wide range of options available to visitors. Due to the fresh water and the fertile landscape, Naxos is also an extremely green island, making agriculture an important part of its economy, along with tourism.
You will find below information about how to get to Naxos by ferry, where to buy your tickets and information about Naxos and its ports, with many photos.
Ferries to Naxos in Cyclades Greece depart from the ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina & Lavrion) and from many other islands' ports. Naxos is connected by ferry with Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Amorgos, Ios, Milos, Koufonisia, Tinos and many other islands.
A ferry ticket to Naxos from Athens costs '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros) - '60' 'EUR' (60 Euros) for a standard seat and the ferry trip lasts for 3.5-8 hours, depending on the type of ferry (conventional or high-speed).
Ferry schedules to Naxos
There are ferry connections between Athens and Naxos all year round. However, in the peak season, there are frequent ferries to Naxos also from many Aegean islands like Santorini, Mykonos, Paros, Amorgos, Ios and more.
Ferry to Naxos from Athens
Ferries from Athens to Naxos depart from Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion ports. Discover how to get to the 3 ports of Athens from the airport and Athens's center. In the low season, there are usually 2 daily ferry departures from Athens, but in the peak season, there are frequent ferry routes from 7.30 in the morning to 5.30 in the afternoon. The ferry companies that connect Athens with Naxos are Blue Star Ferries, Fast Ferries, Golden Star Ferries, and Seajets.
How long is the ferry trip from Athens to Naxos? The ferry trip from Athens to Naxos lasts for 3.5-8 hours, depending on the type of the ferry (conventional or high-speed/catamaran). A conventional ferry will get you to Naxos in about 5-8 hours, while a high-speed/catamaran in about 3.5-4 hours. Read more about Athens - Naxos route.
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Ferry to Naxos from Paros
Ferries from Paros to Naxos operate all year round, but the routes are more frequent in the summer. The duration of the ferry trip from Paros to Naxos is 25-45 minutes and the cost of the ferry ticket is '10' 'EUR' (10 Euros) - '15' 'EUR' (15 Euros). Read more about Paros - Naxos route.
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Ferry to Naxos from Santorini
Ferries from Santorini to Naxos operate all year round, the routes are more frequent in the summer, though. More specifically, during the peak season, there are at least 8 daily ferries from Santorini to Naxos. The duration of this ferry trip is 1-2 hours and the cost of the ferry ticket is '20' 'EUR' (20 Euros) - '40' 'EUR' (40 Euros). Read more about Santorini - Naxos route.
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Ferry to Naxos from Mykonos
Ferries from Mykonos to Naxos operate only in the summer. More specifically, during the peak season, there are some ferries from Mykonos. The duration of this ferry trip is 1 hour and the cost of the ferry ticket is '35' 'EUR' (35 Euros) - '38' 'EUR' (38 Euros).
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Ferry to Naxos from other islands
Naxos is also connected with other ports and islands like Amorgos, Milos, Ios, Koufonisia, Tinos, Syros, Folegandros, Schinoussa, Crete, Sifnos, Iraklia, Donoussa, Andros, Patmos, Astypalea, Sikinos, Kythnos and more. Just check our booking engine to see all available connections.
What types of ferries travel to/from Naxos?
The types of ferries that travel to/from Naxos are conventional ferries and high-speed/catamaran ferries. Conventional ferries are slower, while high-speed ferries are faster. More specifically, the ferry trip from Athens to Naxos with a conventional ferry lasts for 5-8 hours and the ferry trip with a high-speed/catamaran ferry lasts for about 3.5 hours. The ferry trip to Naxos from the islands of the Cyclades is way shorter.
Island-hopping from Naxos
Sitting in the heart of the Aegean sea and being surrounded by the Cyclades islands, Naxos is a very good base for island-hopping. Naxos is very close to the Small Cyclades, a little group of islands, part of the Cyclades island chain. So, island hopping to the rest of the Small Cyclades islands, like Koufonisia, Iraklia, Schinoussa, and Donoussa is a must. What’s more, island-hopping to Santorini, Paros and Mykonos are very popular.
Travel tips to organize your travel:
- If you’re traveling to Naxos on a budget, the best thing to do is to book a ferry ticket for a conventional ferry, as they are cheaper than the high-speed ones.
- The best way to plan your trip from Athens is to book your ferry tickets in advance, as Greek ferries may be fully booked, especially in July and August. This also applies to ferry tickets from Naxos to Athens.
- Naxos is very close to Paros and Mykonos, which gives you the perfect chance to island-hop to the islands of the Cyclades.
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INFORMATION ABOUT NAXOS
Naxos is the largest of all the Cycladic islands and a prominent tourist destination. Consisting of several traditional villages and amazing beaches, the island has a wide range of options available to visitors. Due to the fresh water and the fertile landscape, Naxos is also an extremely green island, making agriculture an important part of its economy, along with tourism.
The history of Naxos is deeply connected to mythology. While some believe that Zeus himself was raised there, others state that the giant brothers Ephialtes and Otus lived on the island. Another myth states that Theseus abandoned princess Ariadne on the island, after she helped him defeat the Minotaur, but she eventually married Dionysus, the god of wine, who also lived on Naxos.
Naxos was inhabited since the ancient times and had developed a strong civilization. Many ancient temples and statues have been found on the island, indicating a rich cultural past. However, Naxos reached its top in the Venetian times, when trade and agriculture was developed and made it an economical centre. The Venetian Castle and elegant mansions dominate in Chora and the coutryside.
The greenest island in Cyclades, the landscape of Naxos is dominated by high mountains, stunning valleys and blooming vegetation. The central tourist spots on the island are Agios Georgios, Plaka, Mikri Vigla and Agios Prokopios, where you will find many hotels, gift shops, bars and restaurants. Visitors can also enjoy a lot of water sports there, while wind surfing is the most popular activity on the island due to the proper wind conditions. Many beaches are well equipped and have been awarded the Blue Flag Award for their cleanness.
Why visit Naxos?
Hop on a ferry to Naxos for glorious sunsets, delicious food, beautiful beaches, and archaeological sites!
- Naxos is the largest and greenest island of the Cyclades island chain.
- Thanks to its close distance to the rest of the Cyclades islands, Naxos is a very good base for island-hopping.
- Naxos is a top destination for windsurfing in Greece.
- According to the myth, the fertility of the island's soil is credited to the union of Ariadne, the goddess of fertility and Dionysus, the god of wine.
- Naxos is famous for its locally produced citrons, which are used for liqueur making.
The best season to visit Naxos
The best season to visit Naxos is hands down summer. During the summer, you’ll have the chance to visit Naxos’ beautiful beaches, as well as many archaeological sites. The island is also beautiful during Spring, and an ideal period for hikers.
Is Naxos for you?
Naxos is a great alternative to the often overcrowded Cycladic superstars like Mykonos and Santorini. Being more laid-back, Naxos is a perfect island to marvel at the magical Cycladic scenery, swim in clean waters, and have fun!
Sightseeing in Naxos
Naxos was inhabited since ancient times and had developed a strong civilization. Many ancient temples and statues have been found on the island, indicating a rich cultural past. Portara Naxos, the huge marble gate of an ancient temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo, is the most popular sight in Naxos. Standing on the top of a hill above Naxos Chora, Portara offers a magical view of the sea and the sunset! Naxos reached its top in the Venetian times when trade and agriculture were developed and made it an economical center. The Venetian Castle and elegant mansions are a vestige of the Venetian occupation.
- Kastro (the venetian Castle)
- Melanes Kouros Statue
- Temple of Demeter
- Apollonas Kouros Statue
- Panagia Drossiani
- Archaeological Museum
- Bazeos Tower
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Beaches in Naxos
Naxos has some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades and some of them are considered as the most beautiful in Greece. Some of the best beaches are:
- Plaka beach
- Agios Prokopios beach
- Aliko beach (Hawaii)
- Mikri Vigla beach
- Sahara beach (Limanakia)
- Pyrgaki beach
- Maragas beach
- Orkos beach
- Agia Anna beach
- Agios Georgios beach
- Kastraki beach
- Psili Ammos beach
- Panermos beach
... and more
Villages in Naxos
Naxos is famous for its main village, Chora, characterized by its Venetian castle but also for its many traditional villages located in the mountains. The most beautiful villages are located in the area of Tragea:
- Chora, main town
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More about Naxos
Photos of Naxos
About Naxos Port
Connected ports to Naxos
Athens, Piraeus - Athens, Rafina - Athens, Lavrio - Amorgos, Aegiali - Amorgos, Katapola - Andros - Astypalea - Anafi - Crete, Heraklio - Crete, Rethymno - Donoussa - Folegandros - Ios - Iraklia - Kalymnos - Karpathos, Port - Kasos - Kastelorizo - Kea - Kimolos - Kos, Port - Koufonissi - Kythnos - Leros - Lipsi - Milos - Mykonos - Nisyros - Paros - Patmos - Rhodes - Santorini (Thira) - Schinoussa - Sifnos - Sikinos - Skiathos - Symi, Port - Syros - Thessaloniki - Thirassia - Tilos - Tinos
A lovely island in the centre of Cyclades, Naxos is a calm family destination. The main port is found in Naxos Town and serves ferries from Piraeus, Rafina and other islands of Cyclades.
There are frequent buses that connect the port of Naxos to places all around the island, particularly the tourist places. The bus station is located very close to the port.