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Naxos Island is the largest island and is in the center in Cyclades, is only 105 nautical miles away from Piraeus (the main port of Athens) and 87 nautical miles from Rafina Port -east side of Attica-, close to the International Airport of Athens. It has endless sandy beaches along with smaller ones wedged between rocks, large fields and mountain ranges, lush, green valleys, orchards and olive groves, barren stretches, touristically developed seaside settlements and mountain villages whose inhabitants still live their lives as their predecessors did many years ago all exist harmoniously on this small piece of land.

There are more than adequate ferry and catamaran / highspeed schedules from Piraeus to Naxos island from both ports. A ferry from Piraeus will take 6 - 6.5 hours to get you in Naxos, while catamaran will take only 3.5 hours.

There are also 2-3 flights (flight time 40 minutes) a day from Athens Airport 

On your arrival, getting from Naxos Town to Agios prokopios is not a problem as we offer a free transfer service from / to Naxos port / airport.

Agios Prokopios is only 5 Kilometres away from Naxos Town (port) and there is a frequent and inexpensive bus service.

The bus and the taxi station in Agios Prokopios is in the square and on the beach just 200 metres from the hotel. You will find a taxi all day and night.

You will find bus to Naxos or to another beaches (Agia Anna , Plaka every half an hour from 08:00am till 01:00am

History of Naxos

The island has been inhabited continuousy since the end of the 4th Millennium B.C up until today and hunbreds of monuments scattered all over the island are proof of the civilization which existed since ancient times: ancient temples, castles, chrurhes from the early Cristian period and fortified houses, towels and monasteries.

There are not many islands where their most famous archaeological site is the first thing you see when you arrive by ferry. The Portara, the doorway to the ancient Temple to Apollo which was built in 522 BC and never finished, which sits on a small island in the harbor and is connected by a small causeway. Above the whitewashed houses of the town is the Venetian Kastro that was built in 1207 and was the seat of power in the Cyclades for 300 years. Within the castles inner walls are a number of Venetian residences, a 13th Century Catholic Cathedral, and the French School where Nikos Kazantzakis, Greece's greatest modern writer who wrote among other things, Zorba the Greek and The Last Temptation of Christ, studied. The building is now the Archaeological Museum which contains some fine examples of white marble figurines and ceramics.

The area called The Bourgos is where the Greeks lived when the Venetians controlled the town and its winding streets are full of restaurants and shops.

The harbor itself is a lively area of cafes, restaurants, travel agencies and shops.There are banks where you can change travelers checks and when they are closed the travel agencies also have exchange services.

The Archaeological Museum of Naxos has some notable exhibits. Given that traces of Greek antiquity are to be seen everywhere, each part of the island has somethirig of interest. Near the pretty coastal village of Apolonas, for instance - on the north side of the island is a half-finished outsize 'kouros' (statue of a youth), dating from the 6th century BC, still lying in the marble quarry where it was abandoned. Another such statue can be seen at Melanes. An interesting archaeological museum is to be found at Apirathos, a village where a number of strange customs and habits have survived.

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