Style: Freeride, Freestyle, Wave
Level: Intermediate, Good, Specialist
The lovely fishing village of Apollonas is located in the northern side of the island, 35 km from the island's capital. The ancient and small village settlement of Apollonas has in recent years undergone quite a few tourist developments but has managed to remain quite secluded and quiet. West and above the seaside village Apollo is one of the two ancient quarries of Naxos Island, where the massive Kouros statue lies on the ground. It is a half-finished statue of 10,5 m, dating back to the 6th century BC and it is believed, by many archaeologists, to represent the god Dionysus.
Medium Months: January, February, March, April, May, June, September, October, November, December
Best Direction: N, SW
Worst Direction: S
Main Wind Direction: Onshore, Offshore
Wave Tack: Port (from the left)
Apollonas is an exposed beach break that has inconsistent surf with no particular seasonal pattern. Offshore winds blow from the southwest and there is no shelter here from cross shore breezes. With northern winds it’s still reasonable in light onshore winds.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Depth: Average (deepens gently and incrementally)
Due to its location, Apollonas beach (and the village) is quite often battered by the northern winds which make the sea wavy. There is too little fetch for groundswells to form and the best wave direction is from the north northeast. Waves at the beach tend to peel to the left. With strong north wind, the waves might be huge. Beautiful pure turquoise waters.
Bathers Period: June, July, August
Kid Friendly: Yes
Apollonas is a small beach that combines golden sand with small pebbles and it attracts families with children, couples, nature lovers and fishing enthusiasts. It is well-protected from southerly winds. Even then -that there are no waves- it's not likely to be crowded.
Access to Apollonas:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The beach of Apollonas is located in the northeastern side of Naxos. The route to Apollonas beach is best taken the new coastal road from Naxos Town to the village of Galini, then to Eggares and on to the tower of Agia and down to the fishing village’s beach (38 Km). The spot can also be reached by the mainland road (55 Km).
Arrival by Bus: During the summer months there is public transport three times a day.
Access to Naxos:
Arrival by Airplane: By far the most popular for tourists is the charter flight from their country directly to Naxos, usually by smaller propeller driven aircraft or, a jet flight to Greece’s national airport and takes a connecting prop type aircraft to Naxos. From “Eleftherios Venizelos” Athens International Airport you can reach Naxos by air and land at Naxos National Airport “Apollon” within 45’ minutes. It is a good idea to have your local connection flight booked early in advance since things can get very busy during the peak season and seats can be very difficult to book on the connecting flights. There is also the possibility fly to Mykonos or Santorini direct and then take a connecting boat to Naxos that makes approximately ½ to 2 ½ hours depending on the type of ship.
Naxos Airport is located 1 km from Naxos town (Chora), a distance that can be covered in 5 minutes. Due to the lack of public transportation, the only way to reach Chora is by taxi. Taxis are usually waiting outside the airport but it is advisable to have a radio taxi number with you.
The closest passenger airport to Naxos Island is Mykonos Airport (JMK), 31 km (19 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport is Santorini Airport (JTR), 86 km (53 miles) away. Third is Leros Airport (LRS), 117 km (73 miles) away. Then Samos Airport (SMI) is 139 km (86 miles) away, Chios Airport (JKH), 142 km (88 miles) away.
Arrival by Ferry/Boat: The island of Naxos has one port, which is located next to the town of Naxos. The main port to take you to Naxos from Athens is Piraeus, but there are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.
There are two main types: The normal ferries that move with a speed of approximately 20-25 knots and in most cases carry from 1.500-2.500 passengers and a large number of vehicles. They take approximately 5,5-6,5 hours to get to Naxos, depending on weather, the season and the ports of call on the way. The faster ferries (including High-speed and smaller Catamarans) that may reach up to 40 knots and usually carry up to 1000 passengers. Not all of them can carry vehicles. They take approximately 3,5-4 hours to get to Naxos, again depending on weather, the season and the ports of call on the way.
You can also travel to/from Naxos by ferry from/to other Cycladic Islands. As Naxos being centrally located in Cyclades, provides easy access to most of the other islands.
Local Transportation: When you arrive in Naxos, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Naxos airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
Arrival by Car: The best way for you to visit the majority of the attractions on the island is to use a car or motorbike. Most of the rental agencies are situated at Naxos Chora but you can find various more at Agios Prokopios.
Arrival by Bus: The local buses depart from Naxos town (Chora) with destination several of the island’s villages & beaches. Before starting out, be sure you are informed about the timetables in order not to face unexpected difficulties.
Arrival by Taxi: You can also get around Naxos by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand at Chora. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting into the taxi in order to avoid unpleasant surprises. They can be hailed on the street or after booking an appointment.