So far, it has maintained a low profile compared to its more touristic neighbours. However, Naxos’ rich history, tranquil mountain villages and gorgeous beaches have recently made it into various travel magazines around the world, and the number of visitors is rising.
Upon your arrival, you will notice the magnificent 2500 years old entrance of the Apollo temple. The busy harbour and its surroundings are a contrast to the tranquillity of rest of the island. Unlike most of its neighbours, Naxos’ geography provides with a good water supply; consequently, agriculture and animal farming are still the core economic activity. During your stay you should taste the local produce such as the meat, the cheeses (graviera, kefalotyri and touloumotyri) and the famous Naxos potatoes.
You will find many car rental options at the harbour if you wish to explore. Head to the villages of Apeiranthos, Chalkio and Keramoti at the lush green highlands of mainland Naxos; you will be surprised by the beauty here. For the more adventurous souls, hike to the top of mountain Zeus, which the ancient Greeks believed to be the birthplace of God Zeus. At 1,003 m. (3,290 ft) of altitude, this is the highest peak in the Cyclades. Then head to the small mountain village of Filoti, where you will find several outdoor restaurants for a good meal.