Portara entrance of port at Naxos island

5 reasons Naxos is a great choice for family vacations in Greece

    We always recommend the Greek island of Naxos as a destination for family vacations. Here are 5 of the reasons why we think your family will love it!

    Naxos, Greece

    Whilst most first time visitors to Greece think that AthensSantoriniMykonos is the winning combination for their Greek travel itinerary, we’ve got an alternative suggestion for families. Instead of Mykonos, try Naxos as it’s far more suitable. Here’s why.

    #1 Family-friendly version of Mykonos

    We don’t want to put Mykonos down, because we love that island as well! The fact is though, that Naxos is far more suitable for families. There’s more of an authentic edge, less of a party scene, and it’s certainly less expensive!

    Whilst Mykonos has something of a ‘see and be seen’ about it, Naxos is content to keep its laid back feel. Think plenty of beaches, long meals, and family-friendly activities.

    Naxos port with boat and white houses

    #2 Ancient Ruins

    Like many parts of Greece, Naxos has more than its fair share of archaeological sites to explore! The most famous and iconic, is the Portara. This doorway with massive marble lintels is the only thing that remains of an unfinished temple that would have been dedicated to the God Apollo.

    Located close to the port, no family trip to Naxos is complete without a photo or two taken in front of it. The Portara also makes a lovely sunset spot as seen from afar. Enjoy the sunset, and then wander off to find a taverna serving tasty local dishes. Which brings us neatly on to reason number 3.

    portara at Naxos island

    #3 Naxos Cuisine

    We often described Greek cuisine as one of the most underrated in the world, and Naxos helps to prove the point. Whether sampling dishes made from their unique island grown potatoes, or trying traditional recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation, you’ll never be disappointed!

    Interested in a food tour in Naxos? Contact the Kids Love Greece team through the on-screen chatbox for more details!

    Naxos cooking food tour Kids Love Greece

    #4 Traditional Villages

    Agriculture has always been an important part of life on Naxos and still is to this day. Away from the tourist hotspots along the coast, you will find villages where life seems to go on unchanged. Old men gather in the Kafe Neo, distilleries produce the local ‘kitron’, and narrow alleyways and Venetian architecture set a perfect scene.

    We would highly recommend a tour of the villages of Naxos during your family vacation. If you are limited by time, at least try to visit Halki and Apiranthos villages.

    Naxos taverna Kids Love Greece

    #5 Great Beaches

    Did we leave the best until last? Possibly! Naxos has some wonderful beaches to suit all tastes. From small secluded areas to vast stretches of sand, there’s something for everyone!

    Families visiting Naxos should definitely check out Agios Prokopios and Plaka Beaches which are considered to be one of the more family-friendly. The blue flag beach of Agia Anna is also very lovely.

    If you have plenty of days to spend on the island, ask the locals which beach is their favorite. You may discover an area not mentioned in any guide books, where you can enjoy a little slice of Greek paradise all to yourselves!

    Surfkite at Naxos beach

    To find out more about family holidays in Naxos, contact the Kids Love Greece team today, and we’ll be happy to help.

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