Life on Naxos centers around the Hora, or Naxos Town, where most of its taverns, restaurants and shopping spots are concentrated. Travelers will need to venture out south of town to find some the finest Naxian beaches, however - settlements most revered by tourists include waterside Agios Prokopios and Agia Anna, as well as the long stretch of sandy Plaka Beach. The windy beaches of the northwest are reserved for water sports enthusiasts, while the inland mount Zas and tucked away village of Halki attracts adventure-seeking hikers.
Naxos isn't one to rely solely on tourism, however - its fertile terrain produces ample olives, citrus, potatoes, and a variety of other fruit and vegetables, which allows for the existence of so many organic-only eateries. Most local businesses are family-run, passing on knowledge and experience to the younger generations - it is not unusual to see a cafe or small store managed by father and son only. The island is also home to its very own "Kitron" citrus liquor distillery and an old olive press manufactory - both open to visitors and offering guided tours.
Take a turn up a narrow alley in the island's Hora and inevitably get lost in the maze of windy streets of what is, perhaps, Naxos' main attraction aside from the splendid beaches. Explore the ancient, packed with authentic Venetian mansions Kastro district dating back to the 13th century.
Perhaps the most scenic spot on the island, the Portara (also known as the Temple of Apollo) is where locals and visitors flock at sundown to take in the splendid golden sunsets. Walk along a causeway and up towards the ancient gate-like structure perched atop the hill for some of the best views.
La Vigne Wine Bar (Naxos Town)
Apart from its broad collection of local and international wines (organic wines and French champagne imports, for example), the La Vigne Wine Bar offers first-class dining on Greek, French, Asian, and Caribbean cuisine-inspired dishes in an intimate and welcoming atmosphere.
Good to know
There is a well-developed bus network on the island, so reaching nearly any settlement (especially during high season) shouldn't present much difficulty. Tickets must be bought prior to boarding and are always sold at bus stations and/or ticket machines.
In Naxos Town, the bus station is located right by the port, not for from the Tourist Information Center.