|Transportation||Air, ferry, hydrofoil|
|Main Attractions||Beaches, wine, windsurfing, archeology|
|Food||Many excellent choices|
|Accommodations||Many excellent choices|
Naxos is the largest and most fertile of the Cyclades. It has 428 sq. km of land mass and 148 km of coast. With a population of 20,000, it lies 103 nautical miles from Piraeus. Naxos' Mt. Zas (also known as Mr. Zeus or Mt. Zefs) is the highest (1,004 meters) in the Cyclades. It is a green island with many sandy beaches, a lively port, a mountainous interior, many charming small villages and a number of archeological monuments. Olives and citrus groves flourish here. The citron thrives on Naxos. In antiquity the citron was a symbol of affluence and fertility.
The locals grow much of their own food in verdant valleys. Excellent wine and kitron are produced here. Potatoes are a large crop and the main export. The west coast is almost uninterruped beach and popular with tourists. But in the mountainous interior it's much quieter and lures the romantic wanderers and poets (most notably, Lord Byron). Ruins from the ancient Greeks are sprinkled everywhere on Naxos.