In the heart of the Cyclades lies Naxos, Greece. This popular tourist destination is the largest island within the Cyclades and offers its visitors both beautiful beaches and a rocky landscape. If you’re considering a yacht charter in Naxos, this breathtaking island will not let you down.
The overall cost of renting a boat in Naxos is determined by a variety of criteria, including the number of persons on board, the size of the vessel, the season, and the duration of your rental period. Furthermore, you'll discover that the addition of a skipper and/or crew to your yacht charter will increase the price.
On average, a motorboat for 6 people will be around €300 per day throughout the year. For a sailboat that fits 6 people, this would be around €4,730 a week in high season and €2,900 a week in low season.
The best time to visit Naxos depends on what you want to get out of your holiday. Similar to other popular tourist destinations, the island experiences a high season during the months of July and August, when the weather is at its warmest and driest. The advantage of visiting during this period is that you will find a livelier setting in even the smallest towns. However, this also means that the streets and beaches will be crowded. This being said, a boat rental is a great way to avoid the crowds and seek hidden beaches that cannot be accessed by land.
The temperature in Naxos varies throughout the year. From May to September, it is generally very agreeable with the temperature consistently being above 22 degrees Celsius. Of course, during peak summer months such as July and August, the temperature can reach over 30 degrees Celsius. However, you can quickly cool off with a dip in the sea.
Naxos is a charming island that has traditional villages filled with bars, restaurants, and plenty of nightlife. Away from the centres, you will also find mountains, such as the famous Mount Zeus. You can climb this during the day to get a great view of the island from above. You can also learn about the history of the island by visiting the 13th century castle called Kastro which houses archaeological artifacts.
On top of being a stunning environment filled with crystalline waters and gorgeous greenery, the Cyclades are known to have consistent winds. This means that Naxos is a perfect holiday destination for chartering sailboats and doing water sports such as kite surfing and windsurfing.
On your holiday in Naxos, you can choose to include a skipper and/or a crew when looking for boats. Although these alternatives will make your rental more expensive, they also have a lot to offer you in terms of benefits. Because they are familiar with the local waters, a certified skipper will know exactly where to go and how to navigate the sea. This implies that they can tailor your tour to your preferences and take you to less-known and interesting places. A skipper will also be in charge of the boat's sailing, docking, and anchoring. As a result, you can relax and enjoy your holiday without the need for a license. A skipper and/or crew on board can also provide you with a truly comfortable and luxurious yacht experience by cooking and cleaning for you throughout your journey.
Naxos has a prime location within the Greek archipelago, as you can easily find yourself on surrounding islands in less than a day. For example, directly west of Naxos is the gorgeous island of Paros, with its adjacent neighbour Antiparos. These two islands are often quieter than Naxos and can be easily accessed with a boat. In general, the Cyclades Islands are known for their amazing landscape and turquoise waters. Here is a list of some of the most popular islands within the group:
If you have the time to rent a boat for an extended period of time, you can even exceed the Cyclades and head into some of the other Greek island groups such as the Dodecanese, Sporades, or the Ionian Islands to experience the differences in history and nature among them all. Then, if you wish to venture out of Greece as a whole, you can head to its closest Mediterranean neighbours such as Italy, Malta, and Croatia.