The best beaches in Naxos for your family
Naxos is a family travel haven - even Zeus was said to have spent his childhood here. It's safe, small, laid-back, has been called the most family-friendly island in Greece... you get the idea.
Naxos isn't a typical Greek tourist spot for Brits, you won't find the same sprawling hotel complexes that you see in Rhodes or the larger islands but you will see a child-focussed approach that doesn't exist on many others.
Naxos is also large enough to offer a whole host of activities but is small enough that they're rarely far away. This holds true for the many stunning beaches on Naxos, you're spoiled for choice but here are a few of our favourites.
Not to be confused with the Agios Georgios on the Island of Corfu, Agios Georgios is 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 sunbeds for 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 enjoying relaxing and swimming on the 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, there is a bit of a steep drop if you go too far out though so keep an eye on the kids.
On the 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 that things are a little quieter. There's 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 wind and has shallow waters ideal for swimming and playing with young kids.
There's a few tavernas and sunbeds available but overall, there's less facilities and less crowds than you'll see at Agios Georgios or Agios Prokopios. Great for sunbathing and relaxing as a family.
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 sunbeds for rent here but you will find fine golden sand, many dunes, shallow blue waters that perfect for young kids 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's buses arriving multiple times an hour in peak season.
Likely one for older kids, Plaka is great for water sports as the sea is often more suitable for windsurfing than swimming. You'll find sunbeds and umbrellas to rent all year round and at the northern end, there's plenty of restaurants, beach clubs and hotels. Head to the South and you'll find nothing but sand and sea. Best of both worlds.
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 best to be aware before going on a walk!