Property spotlight / Greece

    Kavos Naxos - Greece

    With its golden sand beaches, lush mountainous interior and sleepy white villages, peaceful Naxos is among our favourite spots for a Greek getaway.

    Easy-going atmosphere that ensures instant relaxation.

    In a prime position within walking distance of esteemed Agios Prokopios beach, Kavos Naxos comprises sleek self-catering suites and family-sized villas with vine-shaded verandas. Throw in hotel-style service, a pretty infinity pool and panoramic views towards neighbouring Paros, and you’ll see why it’s our top choice on the island.

    The lowdown

    • Getting there

      You can fly to Naxos from Athens, or it’s around a 90-minute fast ferry crossing from either Mykonos or Santorini.

    • Insider tip

      Sunset cocktails at the pool bar are not to be missed. Try the minty mojitos, they’re legendary.

    • Need to know

      The walk back from the beach is uphill and unpaved, so families may prefer to hire a car or take a taxi.

    • Combine with

      Naxos provides a sleepy counterpoint to a few nights enjoying chic Mykonos or Santorini. Or how about an island-hopping jaunt combining lesser-visited Cycladic islands like Paros, Milos and Folegandros?

    The open-plan studio suites are ideal for couples, each featuring its own sitting area, kitchenette and spacious sea view terrace. One-bedroom apartments come with separate living and dining rooms.

    If you’re travelling as a family, there’s a range of freestanding two and three-bedroom serviced villas to choose from – some with splendid roof terraces from which to enjoy those sparkling sea views. All accommodation is light, airy and tastefully decorated in soothing Cycladic white.

    The turquoise waters of Agios Prokopios beach are a 15-minute walk away, with a further selection of sandy coves within a short drive. The cobbled streets of Naxos Town are just 10 minutes’ drive away, where you’ll find a taverna packed harbour and Venetian citadel. And if you fancy being active, Naxos’ green fertile valleys and mountains make it ideal for walking holidays.

    Head to the poolside restaurant where you can dine on home-cooked specialities, from seafood salads to roasted lamb shank, all made utilising the island’s freshest produce. Wander down to the local village and you’ll find plenty of traditional tavernas for eating out in too.

    “Traditional stone-clad buildings are scattered throughout exotic gardens, where you’ll find blooming bougainvillea and rose bushes alongside the scent of lavender and rosemary.”