Style: Freeride, Wave
Level: Good, Specialist
Azalas beach on Naxos Island is located on the island’s eastern side, next to Moutsouna bay, approximately 11km from Apiranthos. It is a fantastic beach, ideal for nature enthusiasts. Also it’s a fisherman’s paradise, mainly due to its rocky geology. The panoramic view of the Aegean and the aromas from the small bushes will leave you speechless. Looking east, you will see Makares Island (uninhabited, at a distance of approximately 8km) and further away Donousa Island.
Wind Type: Thermal Winds
Best Direction: E, NE, N
Main Direction: N, NNE
Main Wind Direction:
Wave Tack: Starboard (from the right)
Some times its windy when at the other side there is no wind at all.
Quality: Crystal Clear
Seabed: Sand, Pebbles
In Azalas bay wild life is usual such us seals, dolphins and Caretta - Caretta. The sea bed is mostly sandy.
Bathers Period: August
Kid Friendly: Yes
The shore is pebbly (with small and larger pebbles). The coastline is mostly rocky with several small coves forming in between. The reddish-brown rocks along the edge are a trademark feature here. For sure you will be alone. In Azalas beach there are several tamarisk trees close to the sea offer shade. Good shadow after 15:00.
Access to Azalas:
Arrival by Car, Moto, Camper Van: The Azalas beach is located on the east side of the island, next to Moutsouna bay, and is about 11 km from Apiranthos. At a distance of less than 500 m from the village of Moutsouna you will find a small sign pointing at Azalas. On the left side of the road there is a dirt road leading to the beach (from the sign, the beach is only 1,5 Km away).
Arrival by Bus: During summer months there is a daily service of public transport to the village of Moutsouna, which stops at the junction from where one can go walk on the beach.
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.