Are you looking for a Greek island for your summer holidays? A place that has it all like beautiful landscapes, wonderful beaches, long history but also a lively nightlife? If you answered yes, book your ticket quickly and travel to Naxos. It is the largest island in the Cyclades and a favorite destination for thousands of tourists every year. According to Greek mythology, the fertile land and popular wine of Naxos, or Axia, was the result of the marriage of the god Dionysus and Ariadne. Zeus hid on the same island when he was a child to protect himself from his father. To discover all the beautiful places, it is necessary to Naxos rent a car.
Why travel to Naxos
“Why should I choose Naxos and not another island for my holiday?” Naxos, has deservedly won the love of its visitors because it has many advantages. First of all, it is an island ideal for all travelers: families, couples and groups of friends. Also, it is a very economical destination. In Naxos there are plenty of beaches with clear and shallow waters. They have been awarded the blue flag. Who wouldn’t want to take endless dives in the sea on their summer holidays?
Also, if you visit Naxos, you will have the opportunity to try some water sports, such as windsurfing, wakeboarding etc. Other than the very famous beaches that are nearby the Chora of the island, with your rental car, visit some unknown to many people, but equally amazing. A holiday in a new place means getting to know its past and history. So, if you leave the beaches for a bit, you will have the opportunity to see the many sights that exist on the island.
Furthermore, Naxos is famous for the local dishes. It is recommended not to leave the island, if you don’t first try the famous Naxos graviera, the xinomyzithra and the ” salatouri ” which has stingray, parsley and onion. Don’t be afraid to try the traditional drink of Naxos which is the liqueur citron. Naxos, as said earlier, is also suitable for those who prefer to walk around the narrow streets of the island at night, drink cocktails in the bars and dance in the clubs until sunrise.
Is it necessary to rent a car in Naxos?
Although there are buses in Naxos, to explore every corner of the island, you will need a car. With this you will be able to go to areas where public transport does not reach. If you are worried about traffic, it will only be very heavy in the main part of the island. Drive your rental car into the interior and get to know the mountain villages of the island.
Most of Naxos’ roads are asphalted. There are some gravel roads in the more remote areas, but they are fairly smooth. The island has twenty petrol stations near the port. Before you decide to explore the island’s villages and archaeological museums, make sure your vehicle has enough petrol.
What to see, if you travel to the island
With the car you rent, you can reach Apeiranthos, one of the most characteristic villages of the island. It is situated on the slopes of Mount Fanari and you will be charmed by its magnificent views. There, if you prefer, visit the archaeological museum, the geological museum based on the collection of Manolis Glezos and the museum of folk art.
Also, visit the church of Panagia Apeirathitissa which is one of the oldest churches of Naxos. Sixteen kilometres away from Chora is Chalki. It used to be the capital of Naxos. In Halki, you will have a tour of the citrus distillery and have the opportunity to taste the ouzo that they make.
To summary, if you want to get to know the whole island of Naxos, you need to have a car that will greatly help your transportation.