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Plaka Beach is one of the most beautiful on the gorgeous island of Naxos. An endless stretch of golden sand, it has plenty of inviting taverns and restaurants, great facilities and a wealth of water sports. It retains all the sleepy charm for which the Greek Islands are renowned, but you’ll find the vibrant capital of Chora (also known as Naxos Town) just 6 miles away. The cape of Mikri Vigla just outside the village has another beautiful beach and a shady cedar forest to explore. Inland, you can visit a string of pretty, traditional villages which are set amid olive groves and vineyards.

Top attractions

Top attractions

Just 6 miles from the lively little capital of Chora (also called Naxos Town), Plaka Beach is one of the best on the island of Naxos. It is relaxed and laid-back, but you’ll find plenty of facilities for water sports and the sea is spectacularly clean and vividly blue. There is a smattering of taverns, where you can tuck into the delicious local cuisine, and, if you want to do some shopping and sightseeing, vibrant Chora (Naxos Town) is just ten minutes away by car. There are some lovely walks through the cedar woods at Mikri Vigla, a beautiful headland located just outside the village, or you could head inland to go hiking in the verdant hills.

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Eating out

Eating out

Plaka is not a large resort, but it has a good choice of restaurants, cafés and bars, many enjoying a spectacular beachfront setting. The local cuisine is famous throughout Greece, thanks to the island’s abundant fresh produce which forms the basis for a wide variety of delicious traditional dishes. Perhaps you’re in the mood for some fresh fish, which might be served straight off the grill at one of the waterfront restaurants. Or you could go for one of the classic stews, prepared with lamb or goat. And there’s nothing more refreshing in summer than a Greek salad, topped with fresh feta-like cheese. Naxos is celebrated for its fantastic cheeses, and there are a huge range available. And, of courses, you can wash it all down with the local wine.

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Families

Families

If you’re looking for a relaxed family holiday with plenty of sun, sea and sand, than Plaka fits the bill perfectly. A delightfully laid-back village, it overlooks a stunning beach that stretches all the way up this gorgeous stretch of coast. There are sections which are ideal for younger children, with shallow seas and good amenities, while older kids will enjoy the facilities for water sports, which include wind-surfing, kite-surfing and diving. There are lots of great walks in the area, and the whole family will enjoy a day trip to the charming island capital of Chora (also known as Naxos Town), which has lots of shops and cafés. Its harbour is the starting point for boat excursions, always a hit with kids, and there is also a small water park.

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Action & Adventure

Action & Adventure

Plaka is at the southern end of several beaches that extend in a virtually unbroken string all the way up to Aghios Prokopios. There is a wide range of water sports available, whether you simply fancy paddle-boarding or snorkelling or want to get the adrenaline pumping with some wind-surfing of kite-surfing. (The beach by Mikri Vigla is particularly good for wind-surfing and kite-surfing.) Naxos is also a great diving destination, and local suppliers arrange courses and excursions to the best wrecks and diving sites. You could also go horse-riding, or head inland to go climbing, hiking and canyoning in the island’s beautiful, rugged interior.

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Beaches

Beaches

The best beaches on Naxos stretch along its southwestern coast, and Plaka has one of the loveliest. An endless swathe of golden sand lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters, this beach has something for everyone. There are sections with sunbeds and parasols, or you can stroll down to find a quieter, wilder corner for some seclusion. Popular with families, the waters are shallow and clean, ideal for even the youngest children. The beach stretches all the way up to Aghia Anna and Aghios Prokopios in an almost unbroken string, and you’ll find facilities for a wealth of water sports. There are also plenty of restaurants and taverns within an easy stroll.

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Nightlife

Nightlife

Plaka is a quiet and relaxed little town, and the nightlife reflects the chilled-out island vibe. You can enjoy a drink out on a terrace on a balmy summer night, or sit by the waterfront and soak up the sea views. If you’re looking for more options, head up the coast to Aghia Anna and Aghios Prokopios, two slightly larger resorts, but for the widest choice of nightspots, visit Chora (also known as Naxos Town). Naxos is not a party island, but Chora boasts a host of atmospheric bars and clubs, which include everything from charming little wine bars in the narrow, ancient streets to lively beachfront clubs.

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Couples

Couples

Plaka’s fabulous beach, tranquil island vibe and pretty little village makes it perfect of a blissed-out, romantic holiday. The long, gorgeous beach has plenty of sun beds and parasols for rent, or you can stroll to find a lovely, secluded section of the beach just for you. If you enjoy water sports, you can take your pick from snorkelling, diving, wind-surfing and sea kayaking. There are some beautiful walks through the cedar woods at Mikri Vigla, or you could head inland to hike through the green hills, dotted with enchanting traditional villages. In the evenings, you can linger over a romantic dinner with sea views, or head into vibrant Chora (also known as Naxos Town) to take in some of the nightlife.

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Culture

Culture

Plaka is located just 6 miles from the beautiful island capital of Chora (also known as Naxos Town). Breathtakingly set overlooking a gorgeous harbour, its ancient streets wind up to a Venetian castle, from where you can enjoy panoramic views. The town is full of beautiful churches and mansions, including a splendid cathedral which dates back to the 13th century. The town’s most iconic monument is the Portara, an enormous entrance gate which sits on a tiny islet at the entrance to the harbour. This splendid, marble monument is all that survives of an unfinished temple to Apollo, erected in the 6th century BC.

 

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