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Introduction

Naxos - Greece

Naxos - Greece

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Naxos is an island in Greece, with 429 square kilometres the biggest of the Cyclades group. It's located right in the centre of the Aegean Sea. Roughly 20,000 people live on the island and it's a popular tourist destination, including some fine beaches and ancient ruines as well. Something for everyone's taste.

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Geography

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Towns

  • Naxos town
  • Drymalia

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Sights and Activities

  • Beaches like the ones at Agia Anna, Agios Prokopios, Alikos and Kastraki.
  • Ancient ruins like Dimitra's temple at Sangri, and Dionysus' temple below Glinado village.
  • Portara gateway.

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Events and Festivals

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Weather

Naxos has a mild Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summes and mild but wetter winters. Summers from June to September average around 25-27 degrees Celsius during the day and still above 20 degrees at night. The influence of the sea means that it never feels oppresively hot and nights are kept nice and warm as well.
Winters from December to February are mostly betweeen 13-15 degrees Celsius during the day and 10-12 degrees at night. Most of the rain falls during these months with heavy rainshowers mainly in December. Summers are almost completely dry.

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Getting There

By Plane

Naxos Island Airport is only served by Olympic Airlines to/from Athens. There are no direct flights from other places, so you have to connect here.

By Boat

Naxos has around six ferries a day to Piraeus (five hours), Paros (one hour), Ios (1¼ hours) and Santorini (three hours), as well as four daily with Mykonos (three hours).
There is one daily boat to Tinos (4¼ hours), Syros (three hours), Iraklia (one hour), Schinousa (1¼ hours), Koufonisia (two hours), Amorgos (2½ hours), Donousa (one to four hours, depeding on route) and Ikaria (1½ hours).
There are five ferries weekly to Anafi (seven hours).
There are two boats weekly to Astypalea (5½ hours), Sikinos (3½ hours) and Folegandros (2½ hours).
One ferry goes weekly to Kythnos (seven hours), Kea (8¾ hours), Lavrio (10 hours), Thessaloniki (15 hours), Rhodes (14 hours), Kos (8¼ hours) and Heraklion on Crete (seven hours).

Alltogehter, there are around half a dozen companies who operate on the above routes.
Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.

Apart from the regular ferries, there are fast boats and catamarans. Note that they are much more expensive, though much faster as well of course. For example to Crete, it saves at least 3 hours.
There are at least two catamarans daily to Paros (45 minutes), Mykonos (1½ hours) and Piraeus (four hours). There are also daily services to Ios (50 minutes), Santorini (1½ hours) and Heraklion on Crete (3¼ hours), and four weekly to Tinos (1½ hours) and Syros (1¼ hours)

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Getting Around

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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Coordinates
  • Latitude: 37.106821
  • Longitude: 25.375576

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