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One of the best-kept secrets in Greece, Naxos lies about halfway between Mykonos and Santorini and while it may be less-visited than its more well-known neighbors, it’s home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the Greek Islands. You’ll be able to stroll cobbled streets lined with whitewashed homes, visit ancient ruins, hike soaring mountains and savor mouthwatering Naxian cuisine in a more tranquil, uncrowded atmosphere. To make the most of it all, consider a stay in one of these fantastic Airbnbs.
This beautiful two-bedroom apartment accommodates up to four guests, located just steps from the port while offering a breathtaking view of the Aegean Sea and the Portara, the island’s iconic ancient symbol that greets ferry passengers while sailing in. You’ll be within a short walking distance of shops, restaurants, bars and the beach. It includes a full kitchen for cooking up your own meals, enjoying a more authentic experience by shopping for ingredients with the locals. Air conditioning, a TV and Wi-Fi are all included too.
Ideal for a romantic couples’ retreat, the one-bedroom Flisvos Beach House is just steps from a beautiful beach with loungers while enjoying a gorgeous side view of the powdery white sands and turquoise sea. You’ll be right next to a watersports club and a restaurant/cafe for convenient dining and easy access to all sorts of fun on the water, while the center of Naxos town (Chora) is less than a 15-minute walk away. It includes a kitchenette with a Nespresso coffeemaker, a comfortable COCO-MAT bed, Wi-Fi, TV, and a veranda for relaxing with a glass of wine or enjoying sunset cocktails.
This one-bedroom apartment that accommodates up to two guests is just a short walk to Saint George Beach with its clear, shallow warm waters ideal for swimming, and about a half-mile to the center of Naxos town. You’ll have a balcony for enjoying the salty sea breeze, a fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. It includes access to a pool and garden, an ideal place to sip your morning coffee. Your hospitable host provides extra special perks like a bowl of fresh fruit waiting upon your arrival, and can arrange a car rental for you too.
This one-bedroom junior suite has an enchanting Cycladic design, located just a 5-minute walk from Saint George beach. Within 10 minutes on foot, you can be in the Old Town center or the waterfront, either of which offers a wide range of shops, restaurants, cafes and night clubs. It comes with a terrace where you can enjoy a spectacular view that includes the city and the island’s famous sunsets along with a BBQ for grilling, a fully equipped kitchenette, a SmartTV with Netflix and Wi-Fi.
While you’ll need to navigate a steep road to reach the two-story Villa Katerina, your reward is a stunning sea view from both floors. It sleeps up to four guests in one bedroom and includes a hammock, BBQ and two balconies for relaxing with that gorgeous view. There’s a full kitchen, air conditioning, Wi-Fi, TV, and beach essentials like beach towels, an umbrella, beach blanket, and snorkeling gear included too. You’ll be just a tenth of a mile from the sea and several idyllic beaches, Plaka, Orkos and Mikri Vigla.
Marietta’s is a Cycladic-style house just a short walk from the port of Naxos, the Venetian castle and museum, and Aghios Georgios beach. Accommodating up to four guests in one bedroom, you’ll enjoy endless views of the brilliant blue sea and total privacy. It comes with a large yeard for sunbathing, sunset views and sipping the host’s own organically produced wine. Other highlights include air-conditioning, a kitchenette, TV, Wi-Fi, and very hospitable hosts who will provide you with a warm welcome, and even meet you as you disembark the ferry.
A three-bedroom villa accommodating up to six in the main house and a guest studio, the Naxos Seaside Getaway offers a private, exclusive stay close to some of the island’s best beaches in the Orkos area, a 20-minute drive to Naxos port and Chora. Look forward to spectacular sea, mountain and sunset views along with a beautiful seasonal pool. All rooms boast sea views and open up onto covered verandas that lead to the pool and gardens with native plants, flowers, cacti, herbs, vegetables, olive and fruit trees. Inside, there’s an open-plan living/dining area with a kitchen bar, indoor and outdoor dining tables and a fully-equipped kitchen that includes a dishwasher, an espresso machine and a tap-operated UV water filter system so you won’t have to buy bottled water.
This 200-year-old Cycladic stone house, restored to its original iconic architecture, comes with three bedrooms, sleeping up to seven guests at the center of the island under the shadow of Mount Zeus atop a hill in Filoti village. It overlooks the charming village, a valley filled with olive trees and offers a breathtaking sunset view too, while colorful cafes and tavernas are within walking distance. Look forward to lots of historic character with the thick stone walls, Naxian marble, antique furniture and traditional decoration, while enjoying modern amenties, like a full kitchen and Wi-Fi. It includes an indoor fireplace too.
If you’re looking for an especially tranquil location, this studio that accommodates two sits along the east coast of Naxos, about 1.25 miles south of Moutsouna Beach where you’ll find beautiful beaches and coves for sunbathing and swimming with few other tourists around. Enjoy sitting under the shade of the olive tree, relaxing with a drink while surrounded by nature, and enjoying a spacious veranda with a panoramic view, including colorful sunrises. The studio itself has a double bed, small kitchen and dining area, and includes Wi-Fi.
Just a third of a mile from the small seaside village of Moutsouna on the island’s east coast, close to Azalas beach, a nature lovers’ favorite, Azaland offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the Aegean, including the uninhabited island of Makares and Donousa Island in the distance. The perfect place to relax, in this quiet area you’ll feel like you’re on your own island, complete with a pool for swimming with a gorgeous view. It includes two bedrooms, sleeping up to eight in six beds, and comes with Wi-Fi, cable TV and a full kitchen with a refrigerator stocked with items like fresh fruit, juice and beer.
Located on a farm along the island’s northwestern coast, two minutes on foot from the beach, this one-bedroom apartment comes with a beautiful balcony with sea, mountain and sunset views. Ideal for a romantic couples’ stay, you’ll be surrounded by trees, flowers and vines while enjoying plenty of the comforts of home, including a full kitchen, Wi-Fi and TV. Guests also enjoy access to the garden with hammocks and a dining table, ideal for sipping your morning coffee.
The Rosy Ipostatiko Studio accommodates up to three guests, although it’s best for a couple, located within walking distance of the beautiful small village of Galini, built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a mountain, just a few miles north of Naxos Town. Look forward to an especially hospitable host, a kitchen with all the essentials, a BBQ grill and a lovely pool too. The property includes an orchard, and at the right time of year, you can even pick your own oranges or pomegranates to enjoy at breakfast.