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Naxos Island - Where to stay?
Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades group of islands and is for sure one of the most beautiful. The island has a lively town with a run of cafes, bars and restaurants stretching along the harbour front. To the back of the town you find a maze of narrow streets that are common place on these amazing islands, again here many cafes and restaurants are dotted throughout the town. If your looking to stay in the town itself it is possible to find numerous small pension style hotels, with a number of more modern style properties located down towards the town beach. Just outside the town are a number of lovely beach resorts, they are all low key offering a few cafes, shops, mini markets and a good choice of restaurants. The beaches on the west coast of Naxos are some of the best beaches to be found in all of Greece, offering soft powder sand and incredibly clear seas.
The resort of Agios Prokopios is about a 10 minute bus journey from the town, here you have a marvelous sweep of beach with amazingly clear sea. The resort offers a good choice of accommodation, small budget aparthotels, family run hotels and some recent additions that offer up to the minute facilities. Agios Prokopios is a lovely holiday resort that will appeal to most tastes, couples, families and even groups of friends that are not in search of crazy nightlife but instead a Greek holiday with beautiful beaches and chilled out atmosphere.
Located just beyond Prokopios, the two resorts are now joined and are very similar in atmosphere. The beach here is the same soft powder sand and with a selection of local amenities. Accommodation is available in the form of small hotels and family run apartment style properties. A good choice of budget accommodation is available which makes it a perfect choice if your wanting to spend some time in a lovely beach location but keep costs down. Onlky during the months of July and August are rates a little higher with accommodation hard to find. Agia Anna is just a 10 minute walk from the beach of Plaka, this is one of the best to be found not only on Naxos, but maybe the whole of Greece. A good local bus service operates from Naxos town coming to Agia Anna and beyond to Plaka beach, this service normally operates until midnight in high summer.
Until just a few years ago Plaka had just a few village rooms for rent and the camping area of Maragas. It was a haven for the young and people looking for an hedonistic escape from modern life. In truth it has not changed that much, a small amount of development has appeared with some good quality hotels and a further campsite being opened further along the beach. It has not changed the feel of the area that much, the beach is an absolute beauty, with clean clear sea and the curve of sand stretches for around 7 kms. The further you walk along the beach, the fewer people you will see and the less clothing they will be wearing!. A few Tavernas are dotted along the back of the beach, making it easy to pop in for a lovely cold beer and a nice bit of lunch. Plaka is still a perfect choice for those who want to chill out and feel that they are escaping from the hustle of modern day life, an absolute pleasure.
Small but perfect for a get away from it all break. Offering a small choice of holiday accommodation, mini market and a few tavernas, thats Mikra Vigla. The beach is another fantastic stretch of soft sand, going on for many kilometers and linking up with the hamlet of Kastraki. The small coves that are on the back side of Vigla are maybe the best for late afternoon relaxation. Looking across to the island of Paros, to sit and look across the tranquil Aegean as the sun sets is just heaven. Mikri Vigla is top draw for those wanting to chill and unwind.