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Aghia Anna is a very appealing resort with a picturesque port and a long sandy beach, which is perfectly located just 4 miles from Chora (also known as Naxos Town), capital of the gorgeous island of Naxos. Aghia Anna exudes plenty of relaxed and laid-back charm, but it also boasts plenty of enticing taverns and cafés, and its fabulous beach has a huge choice of water sports. If you want to do some shopping and sightseeing, you’ve got all the attractions of historic and beautifully preserved Chora (Naxos Town) on hand. Inland, you’ll find charming villages and ancient ruins scattered across the verdant hills, as well as some fabulous hikes and biking trails.  

Top attractions

Top attractions

Aghia Anna enjoys a charming setting on the south west coast of Naxhttps://www.loveholidays.com/holidays/naxos-holidays.htmlos, and boasts a stunning sandy beach, a pretty little port, and there is a huge choice of water sports available, including wind-surfing and kite-surfing. Naxos is the greenest of the Cyclades islands, and you’ll be able to enjoy its fabulous fresh produce in Aghia Anna’s wide range of restaurants, taverns and cafés. All the stunning sights of Chora (also known as Naxos Town), which has a beautifully preserved historic heart, are found right on the doorstep, or you could head inland to the rugged hills for some fantastic hiking, biking and climbing routes.

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Eating out

Eating out

You’ll find plenty of atmospheric restaurants and taverns in Aghia Anna, many of which enjoy a fantastic setting overlooking the beachfront. Most of them specialise in the delicious Greek and Mediterranean cuisine, and, of course, the island’s famous fresh produce is the star. You’ll be able to enjoy some outstanding seafood, including grilled swordfish, octopus, and squid, as well as sturdy meat stews made with lamb or goat. For a snack, go for the classic souvlaki –  the famous grilled meat skewers – which will be served by delicious chips (the potatoes of Naxos are celebrated across Greece!) You could also head to a bakery to try one of their aromatic pies, filled, perhaps with some of the locally produced cheeses. 

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Families

Families

Aghia Anna has long been a popular destination for family holidays in the sun. The gorgeous, long sandy beach is the biggest draw, thanks to its fantastic range of facilities from cafés to pedaloes for rent. The beach has shallow sections that are ideal for younger children, plus a host of water sports that will keep older kids happy. There are lots of family friends cafés and restaurants in the area, and the gorgeous island capital of Chora (also known as Naxos Town) is a delight to explore on foot with kids. Children will also enjoy the water park, with its slides and pools, and the wonderful boat trips that depart from the harbour.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

There are water sports galore in Aghia Anna, which is part of a long swathe of beaches on the southwest coast of Naxos. The northern part of the beach is slightly more exposed, and it is particularly good for wind-surfing and kite-surfing, but other sections of the beach are calmer and better suited to popular activities such as sailing, snorkelling, swimming and paddle boarding. There are lots of local suppliers offering equipment rental, excursions and tours. Inland, you can go horse-riding, hiking and mountain biking – Naxos is an outstanding destination for hikers – and its rugged hills are blessed with a network of excellent and well-marked trails. 

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Beaches

Beaches

Aghia Anna boasts a fantastic beach of fine, pale sand, which is lapped by crystal-clear waters and backed by low, green hills. It extends, virtually unbroken, all the way to neighbouring Aghios Prokopios to the north and Plaka to the south, and a wonderful coastal path links all three beaches. Aghia Anna’s beach is well equipped with sunbeds and parasols to rent, and there are lots of atmospheric taverns and cafés within easy reach. There is also a huge range of water sports available: the section to the north is more exposed, which makes it ideal for kite-surfing and wind-surfing, while further south, you’ll find places to rent paddle boards and kayaks. Much of the beach is calm and shallow, which makes it perfect for younger children.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Aghia Anna is a quiet town, which particularly appeals to families and couples. Nightlife is largely restricted to the harbourfront restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy a few drinks and a chat with the locals as you gaze out over the beautiful sea. If you’re in the mood for a wider choice of bars and clubs, then head to Chora (also known as Naxos Town), the lively island capital, which is just 10 minutes’ drive away, and boasts a huge range of entertainment options. There are lots of enticing cocktail bars tucked away in the exquisite old town, if you’re looking for something more laid back, plus a host of lively clubs and bars along the waterfront where you can party all night long.

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Couples

Couples

The Greek Islands exude a very special charm that instantly makes you feel relaxed and refreshed. Naxos in no exception, and the appealing little resort of Aghia Anna makes a fantastic holiday destination for a romantic break in the sun. You can bask in the sun on the endless golden beaches, linger over a fabulous seafood lunch on a pretty terrace shaded with vines, and perhaps have a go at some of the huge range of water sports available along this stretch of coast. You could go for a romantic stroll along the beachfront promenade, take a sunset boat tour, or explore the enchanting historic quarter of nearby Chora (also known as Naxos Town). 

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Culture

Culture

Aghia Anna is located just 4 miles from the centre of Chora (also known as Naxos Town), the gorgeous capital city of Naxos, which is full of enticing cultural attractions. It is a beautifully preserved harbour town with steep, medieval streets that wind up the hill to a Venetian castle (called the Kastro). You can enjoy amazing views from the top of the hill, and the castle is home to an excellent archaeology museum. Out on a small islet just north of the capital, Chora’s most famous landmark is the ‘Portara’, which means ‘Big Door, and was once attached to the enormous (and never completed) Temple of Apollo (built around 500 BC). 

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