Hiking – The terrain of Naxos makes it a top destination for those who enjoy the more active side of Naxos things to do. Hiking, trekking or walking , depending on the level of difficulty chosen, is indeed the best way to discover Naxos’ beauty. Consider that it used to be the way that the locals used to get around, well by foot or by animal. Today this old habitual routine of getting from one place to another has been revived by a local hiking enthusiast, who through her specially curated, predefined hiking itineraries will take you to walk the ancient marble paths, through villages, temple ruins, deserted chapels and spots that command astonishing views.
Horse riding – An experience that feeds both the mind and soul, horse riding in Naxos will not only reveal the natural beauty that can be enjoyed from various locations that can be reached only through specific horse riding trails, but also will satiate your soul as you connect with your horse. You can ride to sandy beaches and even ride into the sea, watch the sunset on horseback or take to the mountains and valleys of Naxos and learn about local customs, practices and become part of the Naxian way of life.
Cycling trails – For those who feel more comfortable riding a ‘vehicle’ that you are in complete control over, cycling around Naxos may be a more fitting feat. Follow the country trails along the coast, or take to the dirt road network of cycling routes either on your own from Agia Anna to Kastraki along the south western shores, or for those who seek more of an adventure, bolder cyclists can opt for the trail from Sangri to Agiassos. Organised cycling rides are available too, for those who prefer to ride with a group.
Water sports – The beaches of Naxos are for the most part, a playground for water sports enthusiasts. Wind and kite surfing are very popular activities in Naxos, with the top beaches for them being Agios Prokopios, Agios Georgios and Plaka, that both have Water sports schools to rent equipment and book lessons. Other top locations are Mikri Vigla, Pyrgaki and Kastraki beaches.
Water park – One activity most suited to the younger crowds but also to adults who have not lost touch with the child within them, the Aqua Fun Water Park of Naxos will provide endless moments of fun. With about 10 different slides and pools, entrance is 7 euros per person for the entire day. It is located in Stelida, about 6 km from Naxos town.
Naxian marbles – The crystalline, Naxian marbles have long been known throughout Greece for their exquisite quality. There is one specific region in Naxos near Kynidaros where 5 mountains meet, that is the source of marble for hundreds of centuries. Naxian marble has been quarried since Neolithic times, used for structures locally and exported to other islands and mainland Greece too. Evidence of this is Naxian marbles found on Delos island as well as Delphi too, two sites that have held great spiritual importance for the ancient Greeks. The village of Apollonas in the north east of Naxos is an ancient quarry site about an hour’s drive from Naxos town, where visitors can get to know the artisanal side of marble sculpting. There lies the massive, unfinished Kouros statue that dates back to the 6th century B.C.