The island of Naxos is located in the Cyclades island group, south-east of Athens, and surrounded by the islands of Paros and Mykonos. Being one of the largest islands in the Cyclades, it’s often difficult to decide where to stay in Naxos. The island is blessed by many white-sand beaches, plenty of beach resorts, crystal clear waters and a rugged mountainous interior with scattered inland villages.
This guide will take you through where to stay on Naxos island, including a map of Naxos to help you find the best place to stay that meets your family’s needs.
We visited Naxos for 4 nights as part of our travels around Greece this summer, with the island being one of the highlights of our trip and one of the few places we’ve chosen to return to on our trip to Greece next year. Naxos has some of the best beaches in Greece for families and one of the best islands in Greece for families.
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Where to stay on Naxos Map
Staying in Agios Prokopios
The resort of Agios Prokopios is by far the best place to stay on the island. The resort is situated 4km south of Naxos Chora and Naxos port and down the road from Naxos airport.
Agios Prokopios has everything you would need for the perfect trip, including one of the best beaches in Naxos with crystal clear waters, amenities (a local spa shop, bakery and souvenir shop), plenty of tavernas and takeaways and a friendly vibe. Agios Prokopios is also within walking distance of the neighbouring resort of Agia Anna.
A good transport system connects Agios Prokopios to Naxos town by bus up to every 15 minutes in high season. You can also reach Agios Prokopios via hire car. Discover whether you need a car in Naxos here.
The road is flat and easy to drive. The resort makes an excellent base for exploring the island. View hire car prices and availability here.
Best places to stay in Agios Prokopios:
Our Top Recommendation – Ioanna Apartments
Travelling as 2 adults and a 1-year-old, we chose the Ioanna Apartments. This choice ticked all our boxes, including having an enclosed balcony, a cot provided, within walking distance of the beach, kids’ pool and a budget price. We were VERY impressed, and the apartments have fantastic value for money.
Other Top accommodation in Agios Prokopios:
This hotel features an excellent pool. Rooms fit 2-4 guests and range between basic double rooms and large studios with balconies overlooking the Naxos countryside. The hotel is ideal for all travellers, from couples to large families. Cots are available. View the latest prices.
Set right on the beach with sea views, Deep blue is often one of the best value-for-money places to stay in Agios Prokopios. The studios feature stunning balconies and make an excellent place to stay for families, with cots available on request. View the latest prices here.
Situated on the beachfront of Agios Prokopios beach, the hotel features 2 outdoor pools, a spa, and a fantastic breakfast. Rooms can accommodate 2-5 adults and range from a double room overlooking the pools to a deluxe suite with a private spa bath. View the latest prices here.
Staying in Chora Naxos
Chora is the capital of the island and one of the biggest towns in the Cyclades. The town is the easiest to reach in Naxos because it is the home of Naxos port and very near Naxos airport.
Naxos Chora consists of white traditional Cycladic houses sloping up a hill towards Kastro castle. The town is also home to Portara, the remains of an unfinished temple from long ago.
There are two beaches in Naxos town – St George beach (Agios Georgios Beach) and Grotta beach.
All buses in Naxos start at Naxos port, making the town the best for exploring more of the island.
Where to stay in Naxos Chora:
Anatoli Hotel | (Great for families, couples & groups)
This hotel is built in the traditional white Cycladic style with all the amenities you will need and is only a 7-minute walk to the centre of Chora.
The hotel features a fantastic swimming pool, and rooms cater for 1-4 guests depending on room type. Breakfast is also included in the price, making the hotel excellent value for money. Cots are also available. View the latest prices and availability on booking.com here.
Amalthia Luxury Studios |(Couples, small families)
The Amalthia studios are just meters from Naxos port, offering fantastic views of the port area. The studios are self-catering and provide all the equipment needed to cook delicious meals. Rooms are either apartments or studios and fit 2 people. Cots are also available.
Pansion Anna Maria |(budget travellers, solo travellers, couples)
Anna Maria is located in the heart of Naxos old town, just a 3-minute walk from a vast range of amenities. Room prices are excellent value for money.
Agia Anna is one of the most popular resorts in Naxos for families. Here, you’ll find plenty of souvenir shops and tavernas and some lovely family-friendly accommodation. The beach of Agia Anna is just a few minutes walk from Agios Prokopios to enjoy the facilities of both resorts. The resort is also part of the frequent bus link from Plaka to Naxos Chora via Agios Prokopios.
Places to stay in Agia Anna, Naxos
Budget – Orama Apartments
For the price, you’re definitely getting your money’s worth here! The complex features studios and 2 bedroom apartments with an outdoor pool fully equipped with sunbeds and umbrellas within 500m of Agia Anna beach. Please note that cots are NOT provided, although babies are very welcome.
Mid-Range – Margaritis Apartments
These apartments have a perfect location for families on Agia Anna beach. The roomy apartments are fully equipped with a sea view and cooking facilities. Rooms sleep 2-4 adults. Cots CAN be provided on request, and extra beds can be added for a charge.
Luxury – Cycladic Islands Hotel and Spa
This luxury hotel is 400m from Agia Anna beach. The complex features modern self-catering studios with an outdoor pool. Rooms sleep 1-4 adults + kids, and cots CAN be provided upon request.
Plaka is home to one of the most popular beaches on Naxos island, which is a whopping 4km long.
Note: The south part of the beach is popular with nudists.
Places to stay in Plaka, Naxos
Mid-Range – Plaza Beach Hotel
Right on Plaka beach, the Plaza hotel has a large swimming pool surrounded by gardens. Please note that cots and extra beds CAN’T be provided, although kids are very welcome.
Luxury – Medusa Beach Resort and Suites
This resort features a lovely swimming pool overlooking Plaka beach and is surrounded by gardens. The Medusa resort is excellent for activity lovers.
Breakfast is offered to all guests. Cots ARE provided, and extra beds can be provided at a cost. Snorkelling and canoeing equipment can be provided, and other activities such as horse-riding can be arranged at a cost.
Mikri Vigla is home to some very up-market accommodations.
Places to stay in Mikri Vigla
Under 250 yards to Mikri Viglos beach, these apartments also have an outdoor pool. Rooms are fully equipped with cooking facilities, and cots ARE provided on request.
Located right on Mikri-Vigla beach, this hotel has a fantastic pool equipped with sun loungers and a bar and is surrounded by lush gardens. There’s also a lovely kids’ playground on-site. Kids are very welcome. Rooms sleep 2-5 adults, and cots CAN’T be provided.
Renting a villa is brilliant for families. These villas are 200 yards from Mikri Viglos beach and feature stunning private outdoor pools and sea views. Each villa sleeps 4-8 guests. No cots are provided, but kids are welcome.
The somewhat isolated seaside village of Apollonos is located on the island’s northeastern tip. If you want a memorable off the beaten path experience, head to Apollonos.
Apollonos is home to Apollon – a beautiful white sand beach with crystal clear waters. The beach is backed by traditional tavernas, waterfront cafes and souvenir shops.
Tip: Bus services to the village are few and far between. To stay in Apollonos, you will need to hire a car. You can view prices and availability here. It’s also possible to visit via an organised bus tour, but you won’t be able to stay overnight.
Best places to stay in Appolonos:
Right next to Appolon beach, the Adonis hotel features double, twin and family rooms overlooking the gardens or Appolon beach. The hotel has its own veg garden where guests can help with agricultural tasks. No cots can be provided, although kids are welcome.
Stelida is an excellent place to stay in Naxos for families. Just South of Naxos town and nearby Agios Prokopios, Stelida has its own picture-perfect beach. Regular buses link Stelida with the two towns.
Places to stay in Stelida
Budget – Pirgos Stelida Hotel
This hotel is only 10 yards from a private beach! The rooms are fully equipped studios with balconies and the option of having a sea view. Rooms sleep 2-4 adults + kids. Cots and extra beds CAN be provided on request.
Mid-Range – Naxos Cave Suites
This family-run complex is 100 yards from a beautiful beach. The spacious cave-like studios have a fully equipped kitchenette, balcony and panoramic sea views. A traditional Greek breakfast is provided for guests. Rooms sleep 2 adults + kids. Cots and extra beds are NOT provided. Kids are very welcome.
This inland village is one of the many traditional Greek villages in Naxos. If you want a unique experience, head inland.
In the heart of Filoti village, these apartments are very traditional. Rooms sleep 2-4 adults. Cots can be provided at a cost. View the latest prices and availability for your dates here.
Where to stay in Naxos without a car
If you’re visiting Naxos without a car, it’s best to stay near the port and the airport in or surrounding Naxos town.
Here are the top 5 places to stay in Naxos without a car:
- Agios Prokopios
- Agia Anna
- Naxos Hora
Package holidays to Naxos
Naxos only has an airport that connects to Athens, so you’ll most likely have to catch 2 flights or a flight then a ferry from Athens to get to Naxos. Due to this, there aren’t many package holidays to Naxos, and the island is more popular with island hoppers. Here are some sites to get you started planning your trip to Naxos: