Naxos – the genuine Cyclades

Naxos island. A place in the heart of the Cyclades, in the bosom of the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. An island destination that is well connected due to its popularity, during your holidays in Naxos you can expect value for money, picturesque traditional villages, wonderful beaches, a fortified town, one of the most impressive ancient ruins greeting you at the harbour and a long standing Naxian marble quarry culture. It is the largest island of its cluster, therefore you really need to consider transport options for your holidays in Naxos in order to fully discover it. Naxos continues to attract many families, and people from Greece and abroad for one very simple reason: it is entirely unpretentious, totally imbued with genuine Cycladic vibes. The locals are especially cordial, welcoming newcomers during their holidays in Naxos as if they were part of their social circle. The food is exceptional, made with love, from recipes that have been on the island for generations and, of course, the most quintessential ingredient which is the Greek ‘meraki’*. If you are looking for a more gourmet dining experience, there are very few choices available, however an essential part of getting to grips with most genuine side of the island while on your holidays in Naxos is experienced through the quaint little places that reveal its rudimentary appeal.

‘Meraki’: The soul, creativity or love put into something; The essence of yourself that is put into your work.”

12 Facts You Didn’t Know about Naxos

Naxos shows abundance in emery, an industrially important rock type that has been used for its iron bearing properties. Smyrida as it is known to the locals, dates back to the Bronze Age and most of the world’s supply of emery has originated from Naxos, in the bowels of Ammomaxi mountain. Emery is still mined today, but at a much lower rate since it has been replaced by synthetic substitutes, while Koronos village is where most emery mines (almost 50) can still be found today.