Naxos Island Greece
Naxos Island is the largest island in Cyclades and it is one of the most beautiful among the Greek Islands. It combines superb fine sand beaches, with fertile valleys and mountainous beauty. It is one of the best holiday destinations among the Greek Islands, and its many attractions include the unique beauty, the variety of the landscape, the numerous historical places to visit, the beautiful walking wander routes the tradition that has been preserved in many villages makes Naxos a "must" destination.
Naxos is a popular destination for all kind of interests. It is a holiday resort for families, young and olds, people who really enjoy the sea and the sun, people with special interests such as civilization and history, people who enjoy activities such as cycling, mountain bikes, walking tours 4x4 drive beach sports, water ski, yachting and the island has the reputation to be wind surfers paradise.
Blessed by mother nature, at the hub of Cyclades. Magnificent beaches, remarkable monuments, picturesque hillside villages, mountain scenery, fertile valleys, wonderful groves of olives and fruit trees, a lot to see and do, much more than a sea and sun destination.Visitors will find lots of blessings, rolling green hills and valleys with clusters of Byzantine churches, medieval towers, and villages with handsome neoclassical houses. The long sandy beaches, the lovely and lively capital town that has grown up in and around its own massive Venetian Castle.
The first mention of Naxos dates back to the 8th century BC. It was one of the major centres of the Cycladic culture and later was taken by the Romans in 41 BC, Under the Byzantine Empire, Naxos was part of the thema (region) of the Aegean Sea, which was established in the mid-9th century. In the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade, the Venetian Marco Sanudo conquered the island. The Venetians ruled Naxos from 1207 until it fell to the Turks in 1566. The influence of Venetian architecture is obvious in Hora's Castle, some handsome mansions in Hora, and many of the towers that punctuate the hillsides.
The airport, the good interisland ferry service and the high-speed ferries make Naxos easy to visit. Naxos is at the hub of the Cyclades Islands ferry system and this is an ideal location for a Greek island hopping holiday.