Plaka Beach

Plaka Beach is one of the longest of the beaches on this island that is known for its long stretches of pristine golden sand. Plaka Beach Naxos is a natural extension of Agia Anna Beach. There are, in fact a number of long beaches beginning right around Agia Anna (which is only about half a mile from the airport) and extending south down the western coast of the island for about twenty miles all the way to Pyrgaki. Each is separated by a small and charming fishing village and/or a rocky point jutting out into the sea. Plaka Beach holidays place you on one of the most unspoiled popular beaches on the island.

Plaka Beach sits in a long shallow curving bay between the villages of Maragas and Mikri Vigla and is about three miles long. Much of it is not developed at all, and a good portion of it is backed by large sand dunes. At the northern end of Plaka Beach Naxos there are sun beds and beach umbrellas available for rent. There are patches of fragrant cedar trees along the beach further south, so you can take advantage of natural shade. Behind the dunes are a few hotels near Plaka Beach as well as some dining spots, cafés, bars, and tavernas. Most of the local hotels can assist you with transportation to or from the airport, and can book tours for you. Many will also be able to provide you with motor scooter rentals, the perfect vehicles for getting around the island.

The lovely view from Plaka Beach Naxos is of the coastline of the neighboring Paros Island, located only about four miles away. From the port of the island's nearby capital of Naxos Town (also called Chora), you can take one of the Greece ferries for a day trip to Paros. Things to do here include windsurfing. The north winds (called "meltemi") that are prevalent in the Cyclades make this an excellent place for the sport, while the beach itself is protected from the winds. These winds that originate in central Turkey and the continent of Europe are contributors to the excellent conditions for sailing holidays in this area.

There are numerous choices for hotels near Plaka Beach beginning at its northern end, where you will find the widest variety and greatest number of properties. The deluxe Aegean Palace is a good example of one in this area, and is located in the village of Maragas. It offers 60 rooms, suites, and apartments, many with verandas and balconies overlooking the sea. In addition to other facilities, there is a children's swimming pool and play area, making this a good place for family vacations. Hotels near Plaka Beach that are at the far southern end of the beach include the Orkos Beach Hotel in the little village of Mikri Vigla. It is typical of the properties built along lovely Plaka Beach during the first decade of the 21st century—modern, but with architecture patterned on traditional old Greek houses. There are double rooms, studios, and apartments that can accommodate up to four guests. All have terraces with sea views, and the studios and apartments have kitchenettes.

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