Greece is blessed with so much sea, and sailing around the islands is a quintessentially Greek experience. Furthermore, there are various spots around the islands that can only be revealed when you approach from the sea. Therefore, after you are satisfied in having explored Naxos but are still a bit restless and feel you want to take to the seas, consider these sailing day trips from Naxos to the neighbouring islands.
Day trips from Naxos to Koufonisia
Introducing Koufonisia (Ano & Kato Koufonisi), two islands that were completely off the tourist radar 10 years ago. They used to be as pristine as can be, as the only way to visit them was to cross over from Naxos in a small boat, and agree on a time of pick-up. Nowadays, Koufonisia are much more popular, resulting in some touristic development, however, they still remain quite rudimentary compared to the other close by islands. The highlight of your day trips from Naxos to Koufonisia will definitely be the stunning beaches which are out of this world, with the most azure waters you will come across in the Aegean sea.
Day trips from Naxos to Paros
Paros is a popular one within the Cyclades cluster and is situated east of Naxos island. Your day trips from Naxos to Paros will allow you to discover its endearing charm, its quaint fishing harbours and Cycladic alley ways. Architecturally, Paros is more Cycladic than Naxos, so visiting the neighbouring island for a day will reveal those visuals that most of the Cyclades are renowned for. The cubist white houses and the blue dome churches as well as some lovely little coves too. You can even venture out further towards Antiparos, which is Paros’ sister island and typically more serene.
Day trips from Naxos to Schinoussa, Iraklia and Keros
For discovering even lesser known islands, Schinoussa, Iraklia and Keros islands, are located just off the southern coast of Naxos. Keros in particular is a small island that has great archeological importance as recent excavations uncovered the remains of an intricate system of tubes that were used to keep sea water out of the settlement, and a plethora of buildings, dating back to the Bronze Age, between 2,750 and 2,550 BC.
Naoussa, a traditional fishing village on Paros