About Naxos

Naxos is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and is the largest and most fertile island in the Cyclades. It has an area of 428 square kilometers and its coastline reaches 148 km. It is 103 nautical miles from Piraeus.

Being in the center of the Cyclades, it has west of Paros, north of Mykonos, east of the Small Cyclades and Amorgos and south of Ios.

In general, it is a mountainous oval island. Highest top is the Zas with a height of 1004m. The second largest mountain is Koronos. At the same time it also has extensive fertile plains and valleys, resulting in its rich landscape.

Its climate is mild Mediterranean, with light winter and cool summer thanks to the summer winds, the so-called meltemia.

Its population reaches 18,200 inhabitants. Previously, the major resource was the emery (Naxi earth) that was mined in the northeast of the island. In recent years, tourism and the agro-processing industry (wine, sweet cherry, liqueur, high-quality cheese products) have grown significantly. Agricultural (potato, olive, fruit) and livestock farming are quite developed.

Being inhabited since the Neolithic Age (5th millennium), Naxos has a long and rich history.

There are many myths about Naxos, which shows the importance of the island during antiquity. The most important of these are: a) the upbringing of Zeus in Naxos, from which the name of its tallest mountain (Zas> Zeus) came, and b) the abandonment of Ariadne from Theseus to Naxos, where her husband took her God Dionysus.

The rich archaeological data show that Naxos was the center of the Cycladic civilization (3200-2100 BC, Grotta, Cycladic figurines), it was inhabited in the Mycenaean years (Aplimata) and with the settlement of the Ionians (c1000 BC) Experienced a new period of acne, culminating in the 7th and 6th centuries. B.C. (Portara, Temple of Apollo). In the Persian wars he opposed the Persians, from whom he was destroyed (490 BC). Member of the Athenian Alliance, then passed into the hands of the Macedonians, the Ptolemy of Egypt, the Rhodians and finally the Romans. During Byzantine times, it belonged to the Aegean Sea and was subject to many pirate raids, which forced the residents to turn into the hinterland, set up new settlements and build towers to protect. In 1207, Marcos Sanudos occupies it and makes it the seat of the Archipelago Duchy. In 1537 he was plundered by Barbarossa and in 1566 he was taken over by Joseph Nazis. In 1579 he was conquered by the Turks and liberated with the rest of the Cyclades by the revolution of 1821.

Today Naxos is a typical Cycladic island with beautiful beaches , many attractions, rich hinterland ( villages ) and well-developed tourist facilities (Summerland Hotel).


For those who want to engage in water sports In our summer holidays, on our beaches you will find water sports centers Which have to offer you a wide variety of activities at sea such as Wind-surfing, water Ski, Banana, wakeboard , tubes , kneeboard, sea Jet, bicycle, canoe, sailing.


In Naxos, the island of Olympian god Dionysus, the god of wine and entertainment, you will find nice bars offering flashy and delicious cocktails, nightclubs, Clubs ), with modern music and good drinks for the youth, and not only taverns or live music restaurants (bouzouki, guitar etc), and delicious appetizers.


Naxos, the largest island in the Cyclades, has plenty of beaches, some of the finest in Greece. Especially Kastraki, where Summerland Hotel is based, is the largest and one of the most idyllic beaches on the island.

How to get there

Access to Summerland Hotel in Kastraki.

Naxian Products

Another reason that makes Naxos stand out from the other islands is its tastes. The pure local ingredients and products (Meat, fish, milk, cheeses, potatoes, fruit and vegetables, oil, fruit olives...

Naxos Network

Naxos has a relatively good road network. Asphalt road leads to most of the villages, beaches or the sights of the island. The few dirt roads for the furthest districts are flat.


During your stay at the Summerland Hotel in Kastraki, Naxos, do not miss the opportunity to visit some of the island's remarkable attractions. In Chora, the port is dominated by Portara , the "trademark" of Naxos. It is a remnant of an incomplete archaic temple of Apollo.

Tours in Naxos

On such a large island as Naxos, with so many beaches and such remarkable attractions, tours are of special interest. The basic excursion organized by the travel agencies is the Chora-Engares-Apollonas route, following the northwest road of the island.


Such a large island, like Naxos, is natural to have many villages. In fact, most of them are connected with good paved roads. So you can use Summerland Hotel in Kastraki to get to know some of them.


Wedding ceremony in the yard of Agia Paraskevi chapel ( 500 m from Summerland ) by the Mayor or Deputy Mayor of Naxos. The ceremony may include traditional customs according to your wishes. The ceremony can be held alternately in the Summerland area.

Useful Phone Numbers

Find out some of the most useful telephone numbers in Naxos Island.


Summerland Hotel is located in Kastraki, Naxos. It is a magnificent beach of the most beautiful of the Cyclades. Extensive white sand forming sand dunes, shady cedar, crystal clear blue-green waters and the glorious sunlight of Greece make up the perfect setting for a summer holiday in the Aegean.DISTANCES:Kastraki Beach: 250m Naxos Capital City (Chora): 16.5km Port: 16.5km Airport: 16km Hospital: 16km Nearest village, Bible (Tripods): 7km Nearest beaches: Mikri Vigla, Alyko Nearest tavern: 250m, in Kastraki Bus stop: a few meters away Nearest telephone booth: 250m Supermarket: 900m Mini Market: 250m