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Naxos location help?

My husband and I are in our late 20s no kids and staying three nights Naxos in mid September. I am torn on where to book our hotel or Air BNB. I have looked at hotel Grotta which is uphill from port and away from the town and beaches but I am worried it will be more of a hassle to do anything from his location. I think we will like to be close walking distance to all the things the town has to offer. We also want to enjoy some beautiful days laying on the beach. Preferably where there is good restaurants but not packed with tourist and people. We are considering George beach, Agios Prokopios, and Agia Anna for the beaches we would likely want to go to. Is it better to stay close to town and bus to beaches for the day? Or better to stay at away from town and George beach and out bus in one evening for dinner or something. We don't plan to rent a car. Breakfast and shuttle from ferry port would be great if they are included. Would like to stay under $120 a night ideally. Please help. Thanks!

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Naxos is wonderful! I stayed in the top floor penthouse apartment at Santa Katerina Apartments and loved it! Small building, 2 flights up, spacious bedroom, bathroom and living room; cozy and comfortable; nice balcony, full kitchen, great host. Quiet area, easily walkable into town and to St. George’s Beach. Grocery and cafe nearby. Way under your budget. Can book direct or thru Bookiing,com. I very much hope that traveling to Greece and elsewhere in Europe will be back to normal by September, good luck!

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We loved Studios Kalergis, right on St. George Beach. In fact we could walk from our patio onto the wide sandy beach. We had free use of sun beds from the snack bar next door in May. I would not expect crowds in November. Way under your budget.

Great location with lots of restaurants nearby & an easy flat walk to town. You could take a bus to check out other beaches or hire a taxi to take you on a little tour of the island one day. The only problem is that you will not be ready to leave after just three days!

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I stayed in St. George Beach at Studios Naxos, top floor with large balcony overlooking beach, sea and town. Probably a lot less expensive than the $120 you are budgeting so you can save money on more important things . . . Greek Food!

Short walk to waterfront and Old Town or there is a nice town square with shops, markets and tavernas. Owners picked us up and dropped us off at the port. Owner speaks perfect English and gave us a free bottle of local wine.

If you are not renting a car then St. George Beach would be your best option as it's close to all services.

Lots of other options in/near Naxos Town but St. George would be my recommendation. Decent beach with white sand.

Hopefully by mid-September everyone will be able to travel again!

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The U.K. government is currently advising that social distancing is likely to be in place for a further 6 months. I can’t see the rest of Europe being any different, which means no international travel during this time.

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Who know if you will be able or advised to go then. In any case, we loved Naxos and stayed at the Hotel Grotta. But we are not beach people and the beach is far. If you want beach time then the other locations and places cited by others may be a better fit for you.
We hung out in the town, ate really fresh seafood along the wharf and took local buses to outlying villages and for hiking. Also they were filming a movie trailer near the water so we watched in the distance from our balcony.

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We spent a week on Naxos in 2017. We stayed at Alkyoni Beach Hotel on St. George Beach. The location was a 10 min walk to town & restaurants. They also have a restaurant on the premises. We enjoyed the wonderful buffet breakfast every morning by the pool. We had a large room with a lovely patio. We would definitely stay at this wonderful accommodation again. We used the bus service in town for an afternoon to a small village and to visit other beaches. I don’t recall the nightly accommodation fee. All the best.

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We stayed at Hotel Grotto last April. It was wonderful with a beautiful sunset view of Apollo’s Temple and they put on an unbelievable daily breakfast buffet. I’m not sure about your limitations for walking but we are in our late sixties and did not find a 10 minute walk to the harbor or old town strenuous in any way. The beach right below the hotel is rocky and if you like to lay on a longe chair under a thatched awning with drinks being served, you will definitely be happier on the wide sandy beach of Agios Georgious. Of course, then you will have a 5-10 minute walk to the harbor for restaurants serving wonderful seafood. Chora is small and I’m not sure where you are going to find beach, a variety of great restaurants and no crowds. The people are friendly, the food wonderful and the scenery stunning, enjoy!

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We stayed at St. George Beach just a short walk to the waterfront and Old Town, very nice accommodations at Studios Naxos, a studio with lovely views of the beach, bay and ocean.
If you need a transfer then go to naxos airport taxis. I booked online and then used them again on my return.

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Naxos is a very large, self-sustaining island with a lot to offer outside the medieval (and ancient Mycenean) old town, and the fantastic beaches. That being said, I decided to split my time between the town and beaches. Hotel Grotta is excellent and quiet at night with spectacular views, but only a 10 minute walk into the town center for restaurants and the little museums, exploring the Venetian castel, etc.
My beach option was Agia Anna, at Orion Naxos hotel, a 5 minute walk from the conveniences of the Agia Anna village, but yet away from the fray, and on the almost deserted Cedar-covered promontory between Agia Anna and Maragas/Plaka beaches. With no rental car, this is a very convenient little oasis with great beach/swimming areas (north and south) that are almost deserted. In July and August, the main Agia Anna beach is pretty full, but not the southern end.

The small interior villages of Naxos should be visited if at all possible, the island has many Byzantine churches, monasteries, ancient sites, small village museums, a weaving cooperative, Kitron factory, olive mill, wonderful little restaurants, and very friendly people.

Just so you know, there is a bus that runs (on a schedule) between The Chora (Naxos town) and the beaches, plus some interior villages - and Circles the northern part of the island. It’s about 15 minutes from the Chora to Agia Anna, so staying at the convenient a Hotel Grotta Does not exclude dedicated ‘beach days’ — This bus can Also be used for a great day trip into the interior, on your own.

A lot of Naxos information is available online from multiple sources. Enjoy.