If you’re looking to soak up the sun on soft sand and crystalline waters, Naxos delivers. From family-friendly stretches edged by shallow water to wind-powered kitesurfing spots, there’s something for every beach lover.
The soft sand, gentle dunes and magnificent sea colors of this dream beach make it an insider tip for peace seekers. Tourist offers like umbrellas and sun loungers are not available here, so you can enjoy a completely relaxed flair!
1. Plaka Beach
One of Naxos’ longest beaches, Plaka offers soft sand and shallow turquoise water for peaceful floating or splashing with the kids. The beach is organised (with sun-beds and umbrellas) along part of its length, but remains quieter than other beaches in high season. It also offers tavernas and hotels nearby. The sand dunes are dotted with cedar trees for a touch of natural beauty.
The best time to visit Plaka Beach is between the months of June-September, when Greek summer brings hot and sunny days with a smaller number of tourists. The waters are still warm enough for swimming, too.
2. Agios Georgios
Agios Georgios is one of the largest beaches on Naxos, offering plenty of sunbeds and tavernas for your beach holiday. Despite the popularity, it’s still not too crowded.
Budget-conscious beach-goers can find free space on either end of the beach, where you can relax without paying for a sunbed. If you’re planning to book a sunbed, however, make sure you reserve in advance as it gets busy.
On the southwest coast of Naxos is windy Pirgaki Beach, a favorite among windsurfers. It’s not an organized beach so don’t expect to find sun loungers, but there are a few resorts and restaurants nearby.
3. Alyko Beach
Located in the southwest of Naxos this beach is one of the most beautiful ones on the island. It has a great combination of whitish sand and azure waters. It’s also surrounded by Kedrodasos, a large cedar tree forest area.
This is a popular beach for tourists, so you’ll find loads of sunbeds and umbrellas to rent. It’s a good spot to relax with a cocktail or have lunch at one of the tavernas.
Besides the beautiful beach you can also visit the ruins of an abandoned hotel complex that now hosts magnificent works by WD street art. It’s worth walking a bit to see it.
4. Kastraki Beach
The southern end of this long beach is an adrenaline-seeker’s paradise due to the strong winds, while the northern section – also known as Apollonas Beach – is sheltered and ideal for swimming. It’s close to Naxos Town and surrounded by quaint villages that make it a great spot for beach-hopping.
The sands here are soft and golden, the sea is blue, and you’ll find a few cafes and tavernas. It’s not an organized beach, but it can get busy if the wind is blowing hard. It’s a good option if you want to avoid the crowds at Agios Georgios or Aliko.
5. Lionas Beach
Located in the western part of Naxos, this quiet beach is a favourite among locals. The rocky shore and clear water are the highlights but swimming isn’t ideal as the wind often makes it choppy.
It’s a popular spot for snorkelling though and has tavernas for when you need to refuel. There are no sun loungers here so bring your own towel or roll up on a chair behind the sand dunes.
This beach is a good alternative to busy Agios Georgios and Agios Prokopios. There are a few accommodation options and lively tavernas for enjoying a fresh seafood meal.
6. Moutsouna Beach
This is a windsurfer’s beach, with plenty of options to rent gear and take lessons. However the southern end is sheltered from the wind so can be an excellent family-friendly spot to swim and relax. There are also taverns with fresh fish, and spectacular views of the pier and port.
A lovely little cove surrounded by cliffs and bluer-than-blue water, this picturesque beach is off the beaten track and often quiet, especially in summer months. It’s near the village of Apollonas so if you’re looking to stay longer, there are plenty of taverns and hotels to choose from.
7. Orkos Beach
Adjacent to Plaka Beach, Orkos offers a quieter experience with its pristine golden-hued sands and crystal clear waters. This is another popular beach but still far less crowded than some of its neighbours thanks to its sheltered location and the cedar forests that line the shore.
This is also one of the best beaches for snorkeling. Just keep in mind that this is a rocky beach and during the summer months can be windy. Bring some food and water if you’re planning on spending a few hours here.