In summer, the main activities of our guests are swimming and snorkeling, and relaxing at the beach. The bathing season starts in May or June and lasts until October or even November. Our small, clean sandy beach with its shallow water is ideal for children. In winter and sometimes in spring the storms can carry the sand away so that there is only a small or no sand beach left. Still there is always sand in the water. The diversified underwater environment invites you to investigate the flora and fauna such as a variety of fish, crabs, algae, and sponges. If you are lucky, you may even see dolphins, sea turtles, or the rare monk seal.
Here you will find more pictures of our beach.
In spring and fall, when the weather is cooler, you can go hiking and explore the environment on foot. Close to the settlement of Agios Dimitris you will find many hidden, idyllic pebble beaches where you can enjoy water and sun undisturbed. Or you can hike up the hills with their dwarf bush vegetation and open woodlands or walk along dry riverbeds lined with oleander. On gravel roads you reach the neighbouring village of Moutsouna, Cape Stavros, or the old emery mines. Please note that the paths on Naxos are always stony and that everywhere grow thorny bushes. Good shoes are important for all the family!
If you rent a car, you can investigate the varied landscapes of the island in interesting excursions. There are small dream-like villages to be discovered with cosy tavernas, shops featuring local handicrafts, folklore museums, old oil presses and ancient relics. The olive groves and vineyards around the villages provide a network of paths suitable for small easy walks or longer hikes. There are ancient monuments and ruins to be explored: temples, towers, ancient cemeteries, Byzantine churches and monasteries, Venetian towers and castles. Nature-lovers can investigate lonely mountains, lush springs and rivers, some of them with year-round flowing water, hidden bays, beautiful pebble beaches, and rocky cliffs. We will be happy to help you with informations about the archaeology, history, folklore, botany, ornithology, or geology of Naxos.
The island of Naxos has many interesting sights to discover.
For people interested in flowers or bird watching spring is the best time to visit the island.
On Naxos you can see quite a few rare bird species, especially during migration; but there are also some interesting breeding species.
The flora is rich as well, and you can find many beautiful and rare species especially in spring.
Here on Naxos where life still runs in its old ways, you will have the opportunity to become acquainted with Greek traditions and folklore, or to take part, if you wish, in the gathering of grapes, olives, wild herbs or wild vegetables. Or you may be so lucky as to join one of the many local festivals — get in touch with Greece where it is yet unspoiled by tourism!
left: wine making; right: Easter service in Moutsouna
left: olive harvest; right: the Tsambouna, the traditional island organ
see also: What to see: The vicinity and the island
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