In summer, the main activities of our guests are of course swimming and relaxing at the beach. The bathing season starts in May or June and lasts until October or even November. The small idyllic sand beach directly in our bay with its shallow water is ideal for children. In summer it is often rather wavy at our beach because of the meltémi-northwinds. In winter and more rarely in spring a big storm can carry the sand away so that there is for some time only a small or no sand beach left outside the water.
All pictures are taken in our bay (except the one with the kayak, which is not far away either).
In the small bay directly in front of our property and the area around you can also go snorkeling. The diverse sea bed with rocks, sandy bays and sea grass meadows is inhabitated by many interesting organisms and you can observe fish, crabs, sponges and much else. If you are lucky you might even see dolphins, a sea turtle or the extremely rare monk seal which still occurs in our area.
Here you will find more pictures of our beach.
Near our cottages and in the wider area there are also many other bays well protected from the north winds that our guests like to visit.
The small beach Kryfolimanáki lies a 5 min walk away.
the beautiful beach Chochlakás near Moutsoúna on the south side of Cape Stávros
the beach of Pánormos on the Southeast corner of Naxos and Psilí Ámmos that lies half way there
In spring and fall, when the weather is cooler, you can go hiking and explore the area with its old olive groves and dwarf bush vegetation, or walk along the dry riverbeds lined with oleander. On gravel roads you reach the neighbouring village of Moutsoúna, Cape Stávros, or the old emery mines. Please note that the paths on Naxos are always stony and that much of the vegetation is thorny. Sturdy shoes are important!
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 many sights. 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 organ
see also: What to see: The vicinity and the island
back: The cottages