Activities on Naxos.
Naxos is an island in Greece and as such one of its
main activities would be anything related to water since that is what surrounds the island.
Naturally being one of the large islands,
it has a lot more to offer in terms of land activities due to its size,
making overland travel a necessity. Outdoor sports on land include mountain biking,
hiking and horseback riding but water related activities are its main holiday adventure.
Swimming. at one of the beaches (and there are at least 30), many with blue flag waters, is a firm favorite closely followed by snorkeling and diving. A little higher on the budget scale are windsurfing, kite surfing and sailing. All the necessary equipment can be hired for the former two and renting spots on a sailboat for a day is not unreasonably priced. If none of these activities is your thing because you want a little solitude to wind down, something as simple as several yards of tackle and a hook for some fishing can provide endless hours of quiet reflection as you gaze out to sea.
Naxos Island –> Water sports
The beaches of Naxos. are all blue-flag. beaches and due to the northern summer winds
are considered ideal for all sorts of watersports.
Visitors to the island who wish to catch these winds range from beginner to Olympic class.
Apart from swimming which is the most widely practiced sport,
windsurfing is a firm favorite because the winds average 5 Beaufort during
the day which is ideal for windsurfing. These winds also
support different styles of windsurfing (freestyle, free-ride, slalom/speed and wave).
Due to the windy conditions, Kitesurfing has become increasingly popular and several schools
operate on the islands windy coast.
The organized beaches of Agios Georgios and a little farther away, Plaka,
are best for waterskiing fans and offer equipment for rent.
Motorboats for hire with experienced drivers, also provide opportunities
for wakeboarding, banana and tube riding for excitement.
Naxos Island – Hiking-Trekking
Naxos, Island features a network of hundreds of kilometers hiking and trekking to explore.
From antiquity to the late 1960’s,
this network of trails once constituted the transportation thoroughfares from one village to another,
and the main means of access between the settlements to the nearby fields and other farming areas that belong to the locals. Essentially speaking, the hiker-trekker
is treading the same paths created by feet from ancient times till today.
The walking trails .and rural tracks on ,Naxos Island, have linked trails of cultural interest that lead to ancient monuments,
churches and chapels of all sizes and ages,
medieval towers at strategic points, traditional farmsteads that still produce goods,
monasteries both active and abandoned, to old water mills, water fountains and cool springs.
Naxos Island – Bike Riding
Bike riding on Naxos Island can be a pleasant way to explore the countryside.
You will have to make day trips and perhaps plan for stopovers,
since the island is large and mountainous in the center.
On the plus side, you get to experience a rich natural environment of scenery
and landscape stretching from the coast to inland areas.
The variety of mountain trails, rural roads and asphalt road network,
provide something for everyone, whether it be biking or mountain biking.
The beauty of this means of transportation is being able to cover large
distances so cycling routes lead to various parts of the island otherwise explored by foot.
Visiting beaches a little farther than most care to walk is also something you might consider doing by bicycle.
Naxos Island – Horse Riding
Horseback riding, on holiday is surely something to take photos of and write home about.
This is something few vacationers think of doing usually opting for boring activities by comparison.
The price of renting a horse is very competitive compared to other parts of Europe which is usually considerable.
It is also a unique experience to gallop along Naxos’s beaches and ride the trails
that offer the chance of seeing the beauty of the island at a walking pace.
There is no need to worry about lack of experience in this matter since
the local operators also provide rides on Naxos beaches to riders of all skill
levels and even ponies for children. Get to see all the best places accompanied
by a guide who knows the trails.