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Days 4-5
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Sail south from Mykonos to reach Naxos; arrive in the late afternoon and spend the early evening with a predinner stroll around Naxos town to take in the ancient sights. The island is blessed with beaches but offers much more; there are classical temples, Byzantine churches, and endless hikes. Rent a car to explore it all.
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  • Art and Culture
  • Beaches


  • Walk around Naxos town (Chora) to take in its biggest sights: the ancient Portara, a massive doorway to nowhere; the castle; and the Domus Venetian Museum, a historic Venetian residence.
  • Looking for the perfect beach? The southwest coast of Naxos offers the Cyclades' longest stretches of beach, all of which have tavernas. Try Plaka, Ayios Prokopios, and Prygaki, the least developed.
  • See Cycladic and Mycenaean treasures at the Naxos Archaeological Museum. Don't miss the white-marble Cycladic statues, which have violin-shaped bodies.


  • Naxos town celebrates the Dionysia festival during the first week in August, with concerts, folk dancing, and free food and wine.

Side Trips

  • Filoti, 12 mi/19 km southeast of Naxos town, is the starting point for walks in the countryside, including the climb to Zas cave.
  • Head toward Sangri to reach the ancient Temple of Demeter, circa 550 BC. There's also a small museum here.

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