Naxos Yacht Charters
Explore island Naxos on your luxury yacht charter in Greece
As the largest and most verdant island of the Cyclades Islands, Naxos is filled with seemingly endless rolling hills, lush valleys, tranquil waters, grandiose mountains and traditional, Greek villages; each perched high above sea level.
Floating in the center of its surrounding archipelago, Naxos is believed to be the island where Dionysus, the mythical god of wine, was married. With exotic beaches like Plaka, Agios Prokopios, Orkos and Mikri Vigla – popular spots for sunbathers, swimmers and snorkelers – the island of Naxos is an ideal destination for couples, families and curious individuals alike. As traditional as it is beautiful, the island of Naxos boasts neighborhoods of inhabitants still living in cubed Cycladic houses and wearing classic Greek garb; painting a picture of Greek history in front of an idyllic backdrop of centuries-old churches, monasteries and Venetian castles dotted throughout.
During your next luxury yacht charter in the Aegean Sea, stop by Naxos and experience the historic and natural wonder of Greece’s beautiful past.
Things to Do and See on Naxos
Kastro: The oldest of four quarters of Naxos Town, Kastro stems from the Medieval period. Today, it is characterized by small stone buildings, paved passageways and historic arcades and arches. Boasting a romantic vibe, this ancient quarter lines its streets with boutique hotels, local shopping, delectable cuisine and a lively pedestrian scene. Centuries later, Venetian Catholic descendants still live in the old mansions dotting Kastro’s rolling terrain, and a 13th-century cathedral dedicated to the Virgin Mary still stands in the village today.
Bazeos Castle: Originally erected as a monastery in the 17th century, Bazeos Castle stands tall on the island of Naxos today. Named after the Bazeos family, who later purchased the property and refurbished the interior of the building, this historic site functions as a place for visitors to come and discover the fascinating cultural history of the Cyclades.
Portara: When you sail into Naxos by boat, the first thing you will notice is Portara, which is Greek for “great door.” Standing tall on a small islet, but connected to Naxos through a small causeway, this marble doorway is all that remains from the Temple of Apollo, the Greek god and protector of musicians and poets, in 6th-century BC. Facing the island of Delos, the presumed birthplace of Apollo, all that is left of Portara is three of its four original columns. Yacht charter guests are encouraged to climb to this site and view the enchanting sunset through Portara’s ancient columns; it’s a view you’ll never forget.
The Church of Panagia Drossiani: As the oldest Christian church in Naxos, the Church of Panagia Drossiani is one of the most significant Byzantine churches in history. Dating back to the end of the 6th century AD, this religious locale is filled with rare and ancient paintings – including one of Jesus Christ Pantokrator in the dome, and to the right of the altar, Agios Georgios on a horse and a little carrying water behind him. A popular destination on Good Friday – when locals gather at the church offer alcohol, raki, and bread with raisins and nuts to all guests in attendance, an old Greek tradition – the Church of Panagia Drossiani boasts a beautiful courtyard and idyllic views.