Naxos gets new video promo
Andy Cornish: May 2015
Despite having some of the best beaches in the Greek Islands and at the centre of the Cyclades group of islands, Naxos finds itself sidelined by other islands in the fight to attract tourists.
Lack of an international airport has left Naxos lies just off the main Greek Island tourist trail but it hopes to change that with the launch of a new tourism video.
Funded by the Municipality of Naxos and Small Cyclades, the promotional video features the holiday delights of Naxos and the surrounding islets of Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia and Donoussa.
The video is aimed at the young and young at heart with a fast-paced three-minute overview of the island's top visitor attractions set to a pop music background.
Naxos Deputy Mayor of Tourism, Dimitris Lianos said: "Our aim was to promote Naxos in a modern way. Music and dance are part of our rich cultural heritage and inspired us to take a youthful, contemporary musical approach that features a variety of images of the island."
The video follows the holiday adventures of a young couple recalling their holiday on Naxos and longing for the summer to come around again so they can return to the island.
The couple recalls the fun they had with friends when sightseeing, swimming, hiking, kite surfing, wandering the narrow streets and having fun in tavernas and bars. The video also features island's famous 'gravier' cheese and its Kitro liqueur.
Directed award-winning video producer, Yiannis Papadakos, a native of Naxos, it also features popular Greek singer Kostas Doxas.
Naxos Greece lies at the centre of the central Cyclades group of Greek islands, the largest of the Cyclades and the most mountainous with a string of beaches stretching along it south-west coast.
The beaches are noted for their variety. As well as busy beach resorts like Agios Georgios there are quiet coves such as Agia Anna, long stretches of wild, empty sands at Plaka and Kastraki and famed windsurfing centres such as Orkos and Mikri Vigla.
At the centre of the ferry services, Naxos Town has a huge harbour and long promenade packed with tavernas and shops.
The much photographed Portaras gate can be seen on the offshore islet of Palatia while the walled Kastro sits above a maze of whitewashed alleyways.
The hilly interior is peppered with mountain villages, many set in lush green valleys fed by mountain streams with the area around Mount Zas a particularly beautiful blend of rugged hills and green valleys full of citrus and olive groves.
Although it has no international airport, Naxos is easy to reach with daily ferries to Athens (Piraeus), Mykonos and Santorini. The offshore islets are also favourite day trip destinations and there are regular daily sailing to neighbouring Paros.