Hiring a catamaran is one of the best ways to discover the hidden beauties of Naxos. With its endless sandy beaches and lively traditional villages, your private charter awaits you to pamper your loved ones for a one-of-a-kind vacation. You can directly contact the owners of the vessels for the ideal catamaran, or simply allow a BednBlue travel expert to guide you with some suggestions.
You have plenty of options available:
You can book and hire a catamaran with a skipper--or without one, if you own a license--and enjoy a one-day cruise to Koufonisia or Schinoussa. You also have the option to book a catamaran to throw a party, celebrate a wedding anniversary, or enjoy a sunset cruise. Finally, you can hire a luxury catamaran and enjoy a multi-day adventure to destinations such as Paros, Amorgos, Mykonos, and Santorini.
Naxos is a central, yet biggest and most fertile island of the Cyclades. The wild landscapes are blessed with cedar forests, waterfalls, wonderful wetlands, and, of course, endless sandy beaches. Naxos has the ideal setting and conditions for trekking enthusiasts, nature lovers, and windsurfing fans. For starters, Agios Georgios, Agiassos, and Mikri Vigla have water suitable for all kinds of water sports. Some great villages worth visiting include Halki, Tripodes, Sangri, Apiranthos, and Atsipati, which also offer hiking opportunities. If you want to educate yourself on the history of the island, then the Castle of Naxos, the monastery of Panagia Ypsilotera, and the Temple of Apollo are all must-see sites. The castle is one of the most well-preserved settlements from medieval times. The monastery remains to be the strongest fortress of Naxos and was used to defend the locals. The temple is a landmark, where the festivities of the god of wine, Dionysus, were first held. Moreover, the town of Hora, which is the capital of Naxos, has the perfect traditional atmosphere, where you can enjoy long promenades by the harbor. Once you have had your fair share of fun in the attractions, restaurants, and villages, you will be ready to begin your sailing cruise in Naxos.
A catamaran rental in Naxos will allow you to visit multiple destinations. Naxos is easily accessible to the Small Cyclades islands. These include Koufonisia, Shinousa, and the sea caves. The sea caves will definitely take your breath away. Iraklia is a destination that you shouldn't miss during your sail trip. It is only 18 nautical miles away and is the largest island of the Small Cyclades, with only 115 residents. You can explore fascinating sites, walk along the shorelines, or swim in clear waters. If you want to dive, you can explore the bottom of the sea with its corals and underwater environment. Iraklia is the perfect island to spend a quiet day, away from the noise of the outside world. If you love a destination ideal for romantic vacations and tranquility, the peaceful Aegean shelter of Schinoussa offers you exactly that. It has laced coasts that help visitors relax amid beautiful blue lights. The major port in Schinoussa is Mersini, where you can find tavernas owned by locals. You can also purchase fresh fish from the locals in Mersini.
Take your catamaran and visit Kato Koufonisi; here you will be impressed by its natural swimming pools, bluish-green waters, and sun-golden beach sand. The island has tiny sea caves--waiting to be explored--lots of fish, seafood, and classy island parties. The small paradise island of Pano Koufonisi also awaits you for some moments of relaxation. The island is a recent discovery and a tourism destination, with its natural beauty and positive, tranquil aura that hasn't been tampered with. Agios Georgios is a village in the northern part of Corfu island, which is a great stop as well. It has aquamarine waters that offer a great place for a swim, although the water has scarce sea life and activity.
A sunset cruise in Naxos is highly recommended on a catamaran. A comfortable and safe route to the north or south coast of the island will surely offer guests an entertaining day. You will have the luxury to sip on wine, listen to music, swim in crystal-clear waters, and take in the Cycladic sunset.
Finally, renting a catamaran in Naxos will allow you to visit Amorgos; a beautiful island that houses equally beautiful beaches and rich Cycladic architecture. The private island is perfect for a family or group who enjoys relaxing away from the rest of the world. You can also walk through Chora village and see many beautiful sights. Whether you prefer a weekend excursion or a longer boating holiday, the choice is yours. You can even set sail to Santorini and Mykonos, as well as the sacred island of Delos, for as many days as you please.
Below you will find some useful information for your catamaran rentals in Naxos:
Marina Naxos: Offers a berthing capacity of 70 vessels, with a depth of 5m and a length of 20m.
The airport is 10 min away (by car) from Marina Naxos.
Port Naxos: Ideal for both ferries and private yachts and sailboats. It’s well organized and offers Wi-Fi, as well as plenty of shops, bars, and clubs.
The airport is roughly 12 min away (4km) from the port of Naxos.
Moutsouna Marina, Naxos: Catamaran depart toward the nearby beaches and the Small Cyclades islands. Beach Ramnos and Scala are nearby; their waters are crystal clear and you will find a couple of local fish taverns.
The airport is roughly 1 hour away from Moutsonas Marina, which is on the eastern coast of the island.
Marina Kalantos, Naxos: Vessels depart to the nearby beaches of the marina and to the Small Cyclades islands. It provides great access to both Shinousa and Iraklia. It’s far from the tourist crowds and well protected from the winds.
Marina Panormos, Naxos: Vessels depart toward the nearby beaches and to the Small Cyclades islands, including koufonisia. The water is very calm here, and you can enjoy half-day boat trips too.
Agios Georgios Harbor, Iraklia: It's a small port, but it’s an unparalleled paradise. Great for catamarans to anchor, since large groups can enjoy its scenic bays and caves.
The Airport of Naxos is approximately 4km from the capital settlement of Hora.
Naxos is also connected by ferry with Donousa, Iraklia, Mykonos, Koufonisia, Shinoussa, and Paros. You can also start from Athens by taking a ferry; the distance is roughly 100 nautical miles from the harbor of Piraeus. If you fly directly from Athens to Naxos, the trip should take 30-45 minutes at most.
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