You will find most of the ancient sites of Naxos on the north side of the town and they are well worth a visit. With quite a few places of interest on the island you will be kept busy if you haven’t come to just soak up the sun. Naxos museum is a good place to start as it is full of archaeological relics dating back to 5300 BC. Then there is Glezos tower, the fortress has an enormous tower and the building has recently been restored rather impressively. You also have Iria Temple that is found just outside the town. It was used as a place of worship and is believed to date back as far as 1300 BC. Most of the sites are close by to the main town, but if you want to go off the beaten track and explore the island, hiring a car would be ideal. Naxos has many villages to explore and they are so pretty and photogenic, with many old stone buildings. If you have had enough of ancient sites and poetic villages there is always the water park to spend the day in. It’s absolutely fabulous fun, for young and old, with loud music playing and loads of sun loungers all over the park to relax in. There are also a few restaurants in the park where the prices are a little elevated but if you need a snack you don’t have a lot of choice unless you have taken a picnic with you. Just outside of Naxos there is a terrific go- cart track that is open each day from 10am which is really great fun for all of the family.
Take in a movie at the open air cinema, where you can catch up with some of the latest releases while having a snack and a beer. You could even do some horse riding along the beach at sunset. If you want something more lively then there are some loud and lively clubs in the town, mainly around the waterfront area and believe me it gets packed. The town does have some nice bars towards the back of the town to relax in away from the latest music throbbing into your ears until the early morning.
Shopping is a little on the weak side in Naxos. There are shops and markets but it is just full of the usual tourist gift items, marble ornaments, beaded jewellery and lace and leather goods. There is a fine art gallery where you can purchase some modern art, but otherwise you won’t be breaking the bank on shopping.
Naxos does have some of the loveliest beaches with beautiful sand and warm turquoise waters. I believe there are around 14 of them dotted around the coastline from small coves to mile long beaches of pure white or golden sand. Many if not all of the beaches provide some water sports like sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, kite surfing and not forgetting the popular jet skis. No matter what sort of beach you’re looking for you will find it around this island, so if you just want to soak up the sun and play with the kids without there being crowds of people then you will find one. There are beaches with lush vegetated backdrops or ones with wonderful sand dunes and then there are the ones with fabulous views, you will be spoilt for choice.