The best beaches in Naxos for your family
Naxos is a winner with families - even Zeus was said to have spent his childhood here. It's small, laid-back and has been called the most family-friendly island in Greece... you get the idea.
Naxos isn't a big-hitting Greek tourist spot for Brits, so you won't find the same sprawling hotel complexes that you see in Rhodes or on other larger islands but you will see a child-focussed approach.
Naxos is also large enough to offer a whole host of family-friendly activities but is small enough that they're rarely far away. This holds true for the many stunning beaches on Naxos. Here are a few of our favourites.
Not to be confused with the Agios Georgios on the Island of Corfu, Agios Georgios is the closest beach to Naxos Town. It's also easily one of the most family-friendly beaches on the island with a water sports centre, umbrellas and sun beds to rent, extremely calm shallow waters and plenty of tavernas for lunch and snack breaks.
In summer, you'll find local families as well as tourists relaxing and swimming on its shores. Because of its proximity to the town, Agios Georgios is super easy to reach regardless of where you're staying on the island.
A little further away from Naxos Town, you'll find Agios Prokopios - the most famous beach on Naxos. It's easily reachable by bus from Naxos Town and unlike many beaches on the island, Agios Prokopios faces the southwest and is naturally sheltered from the wind. Like much of the rest of Naxos, Agios Prokopios is blessed with white sands and gorgeous crystal-clear water. Be aware, though, that there is a bit of a steep drop if you go too far out, so keep an eye on the kids.
On its eastern side, you'll find restaurants, beach clubs, shops and no shortage of umbrellas and sun beds. To the west, you'll find the beach's namesake - Agios Prokopios church and it's a little quieter. There are some great spots for snorkelling up this end, though, and you'll be amazed at how much life there is under the water.
Further south, you'll find Mikri Vigla Beach. The main beach faces north and is fairly windy - great for windsurfing but not so much for relaxing with small kids. However, if you head a little further down the coast, you'll find the Mikri Vigla Sahara beach (also known as Limanakia Beach) which is sheltered from the wind and has shallow waters ideal for swimming and playing with young kids.
There's a few tavernas and sun beds available but, overall, there are fewer facilities and less crowds than you'll see at Agios Georgios or Agios Prokopios.
If you're looking to get away from the crowds, consider driving to Pyrgaki Beach. It's fairly remote - around 18km from Naxos Town - and is situated in a small cove so is protected from the strong winds around Naxos. You won't find tavernas or sun beds to rent here but you will find fine golden sand, many dunes, shallow blue waters perfect for young children and very few people.
Last but not least, Plaka is the longest beach on the island stretching 4km down the coast. If you aren't staying nearby and don't mind public transport, Plaka is easy to reach as there are buses arriving multiple times an hour in peak season.
For older kids, Plaka is great for water sports as the sea is often more suitable for windsurfing than swimming. You'll find sun beds and umbrellas to rent all year round and, at the northern end, there are plenty of restaurants, beach clubs and hotels. Head to the south and you'll find nothing but sand and sea. It's the best of both worlds.
It's worth keeping in mind that Plaka used to be a nudist beach and there are still sections of the beach where nudity is allowed. Because the beach is so long, it's easy to avoid these sections - but it's best to be aware of this before going on a walk.