Naxos Activities

Establishment neighborhood
Captain Panos Sailing
Naxos Harbor, Naxos
There are a few different boat companies on Naxos, but the expeditions led by Captain Panos and his crew easily lead the pack. There are dozens of secret coves, hidden caves, and sandy beaches on Naxos that are reachable only by boat, and Panos knows all of them. It takes a full day to get the lay of the land, but the hours pass too quickly in a haze of swimming, snorkeling, and—for the more intrepid explorers—cliff jumping. Water, snacks, and beer are abundant on the boat, and lunch is served on a nearby island, Pano Koufounisi. The crew knows every nook and cranny of the island and is especially good at encouraging the more nervous swimmers into the water. Their historical and topographical knowledge, meanwhile, beats any guidebook.
Naxos Port, Naxos
This two-and-a-half-thousand-year-old marble doorway leads nowhere. What was left of the never-finished temple was completely ransacked by Turkish and Venetian invaders during their respective occupations of the island. Standing about eight meters high, the Portara is made of solid marble and stands on what has become its own small island (blame the wind and waves for the erosion) reachable by causeway. There is something majestic about this portal. Maybe it’s the fact that it faces the island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo. Or maybe it’s that this giant doorway is still standing, having survived the battering of the elements for thousands of years. In any case, the scenery and the structure are simply breathtaking.