Hiring a sailboat is one of the best ways to discover the hidden beauty of Naxos. With endless sandy beaches and lively traditional villages, your private charter awaits you to pamper your loved ones for a one-of-a-kind vacation. You can easily find the ideal sailboat for your trip from any marina or port in Naxos and communicate directly with the owners of the vessels. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal boat, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options available:
You can book and hire a sailboat or speedboat with a skipper, or without if you own a license and enjoy a one-day cruise to Koufonisia or Schinoussa. You also have the option to hire a sailboat to visit Iraklia and Paros on a two-day or three-day cruise. Finally, you can rent a luxury sailboat and enjoy a multi-day adventure to destinations such as Amorgos, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Naxos is the biggest and most fertile island in the Cyclades. It has a wild landscape blessed with cedar forests, waterfalls, wonderful wetlands, and of course, endless sandy beaches. Naxos has the ideal setting and conditions for trekking enthusiasts, nature lovers, and windsurfing fans. For beginners, Agios Georgios, Agiassos, and Mikri Vigla have water suitable for all kinds of water sports. Some great villages worth visiting include Halki, Tripodes, Sangri, Apiranthos, and Atsipati which also offer hiking opportunities. If you want to educate yourself with the history of the island, the Castle of Naxos, the monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera, and the Temple of Apollo are must-see sites. The castle is one of the most preserved settlements from medieval times, the monastery remains to be the strongest fortress of Naxos and was used to defend the locals, and the temple is a landmark where the festivities of the God of wine, Dionysus were first held. Moreover, the town of Hora which is the capital of Naxos has the perfect traditional atmosphere where you can enjoy long promenades by the harbor. Once you have had your fair share of fun in the attractions, restaurants, and villages, you are ready to begin your sailing cruise in Naxos.
For a day cruise in Naxos, you can visit multiple destinations. Naxos is easily accessible to the Small Cyclades islands. These include Koufonisia, Shinousa, Despotiko, and Iraklia, known for their exotic waters. As you progress on your trip, some nearer destinations you can explore include the South of Paros, Tigani Island, and the Sea Caves. The Sea caves will take your breath away. Iraklia is a destination that you shouldn't miss during your sail trip. It is only 18 nautical miles away and is the largest island of the Small Cyclades but has only 115 residents.
You can explore fascinating sites, walk along the shorelines, or swim in clear beach waters. If you want to dive, you can explore the bottom of the sea, corals, and underwater environments. Iraklia is the perfect island to spend a quiet day away from the noise of the outside world. If you love a destination for romantic vacations and calm visits, the peaceful Aegean shelter of Schinoussa offers you such a place. It has laced coasts that help visitors to relax amid beautiful blue lights. The major port in Schinoussa is Mersini, where taverns belonging to locals sit. You can purchase fresh fish from the locals in Mersini.
Take your sailboat and visit Kato Koufonisi on a one-day cruise and be wowed by the natural swimming pools, bluish-green waters, and sun golden beach sand. The island has tiny sea caves waiting to be explored, lots of fish and seafood, and classy island parties. The small Paradise Island of Pano Koufonisi also awaits you for moments of relaxation. The island is a recent discovery and a tourism destination with its natural beauty and positive, quiet aura that hasn't been tampered with. Agios Georgios is a village in the northern part of Corfu Island which is also a great stop to add to your island-hopping program. It has aquamarine waters that offer a great place for a swim, although the water has scarce sea life and activity.
Finally, if you want to enjoy a unique sailing tour from Naxos, Amorgos is a beautiful island that houses beautiful beaches and rich Cycladic architecture. The private island is perfect for a family or group who likes to be discrete when relaxing away from the world. You can also walk through Chora village and see beautiful sights. Whether you prefer a weekend excursion or a longer boating holiday, the choice is yours. You can even set sail to Santorini and Mykonos, as well as the sacred island of Delos, for as many days as you please.
Below you will find some useful information for your sailboat rentals in Naxos.
Marina Naxos: Offers a berthing capacity for 70 vessels, with a depth of 5 m and a length of 20 m. The Airport is 10 min away with a car from Marina Naxos.
Port Naxos: Ideal for ferries but also private yachts and sailboats. Well-organized, offers WI-FI, plenty of shops, bars, and clubs.
The Airport is roughly 12 min away (4 km) from the port of Naxos.
Moutsouna Marina, Naxos: sailboats usually depart to nearby beaches and the Small Cyclades islands. Beach Ramnos and Scala are nearby, they are crystal-clear and have a couple of local fish taverns.
The Airport is roughly 1 hour away from Moutsonas Marina which is on the eastern coast of the island.
Marina Kalantos, Naxos: boat rentals depart to the nearby beaches of the marina and to the Small Cyclades islands. Great access to Shinousa and Iraklia. Far from the tourist crowds and well-protected from the winds.
Marina Panormos, Naxos: boat rentals depart to the nearby beaches and to the small Cyclades islands including Koufonisia. The water is very calm here, and you can enjoy half-day boat trips too.
Agios Georgios Harbor, Iraklia: A small port but with unparalleled paradise. Great for catamarans to anchor where large groups can enjoy the scenic bays and caves.
The Airport of Naxos is approximately 4 km from the capital settlement of Hora.
Naxos is also connected by ferry with Donousa, Iraklia, Mykonos, Koufonisia, Shinoussa, and Paros. You can also start from Athens with a ferry- the distance is roughly 100 nautical miles from the harbor of Piraeus. If you fly directly from Athens to Naxos the trip should take 30-45 minutes at most.
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