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Naxos, Greece

Naxos, Greece
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Naxos is the name of an island and the name of a city in Greece. It is the name of the 429 square kilometers (166 square miles) Naxos Island, the largest of the Cyclades. It is also the name of Naxos City, the capital of the Naxos Island (Naxos City is also know as Hora). According to the latest statistics we could get our hands on, some 6,500 people call Naxos City home while some 18,000 people call Naxos Island home. Countless others call Naxos a great windsurfing destination.

Should you decide to go to Naxos to have some fun in the sun, there are some bits and pieces you need to know about. The following bits and pieces:

The best time to go to Naxos for wind is in the summer, from May to September. The windiest months of the year are July and August. The Meltemi wind in Naxos occurs when high pressure forms over the Balkans and low pressure forms over Turkey; it blows from the north at a speed that ranges from Force 4 to Force 6. In July the wind blows at Force 5; in August it usually blows at Force 6 – 7.

Primarily a flat water spot, Naxos consists of a large shallow lagoon that’s surrounded by a reef. The water in the lagoon is chest-deep and always flat. Beginners can take advantage of the flat water and work on their windsurfing skills while intermediate and advanced riders can work on some tricks (they’ll find better freestyle conditions near the edges of the lagoon).

If you want waves, you need to get out of the lagoon. When the wind’s blown, the outside of the reef has a rolling swell. The waves can get mast-high when the wind blows from the north east.

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There’s no major airport in Naxos, which is a bad thing and a good thing at the same time. It is a bad thing because getting there isn’t as easy as hopping on a plane and chilling all the way to Naxos. It is a good think because less tourists go to Naxos, which means the people who do go to Naxos really want to be there. Windsurfers in particular really want to be in Naxos because of the Meltemi wind and flat water.

Finding a place to stay, food and gear to rent should not be a problem. There are plenty of hotels and studios to choose from, plenty of local restaurants that offer Greek specialties, and two windsurfing centers that offer gear for rent.

The nightlife kicks off after midnight and goes on until dawn. The traveler who has to stick to a budget will probably not like that drinking in bars is a bit expensive and that staying in a club without buying a drink is a good way to get yourself kicked out.

Other outdoor activities
Apart from windsurfing, you can enjoy these other outdoor activities in Naxos: mountain biking, horse riding, snorkeling, cliff jumping, wakeboarding, and taking a catamaran trip.

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