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Greek Island Hopping Santorini, Mykonos and Naxos

Considering Greek island hopping exploration near Santorini and Mykonos? Opt for Naxos! Diverse and perfect for island adventures and discovery. Unlike other Cycladic islands, Naxos boasts a vast mainland, numerous picturesque villages, a lot of history, and a plethora of activities and attractions. If you love diverse experiences, incredible gastronomy, and extensive hiking opportunities, then Naxos is the ideal destination.

Looking to island-hop from Santorini or Mykonos? Consider Naxos as your next destination. While Mykonos and Santorini are undoubtedly stunning, Naxos offers a completely different experience. As the largest island in the Cyclades, Naxos boasts a diverse range of attractions and unique experiences. ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat, nestled in the heart of Naxos, serves as an ideal base for exploring the island’s wonders. With its spectacular views, healthy cuisine, hiking trails, secluded beaches, and proximity to major attractions, ELaiolithos offers a perfect getaway for your Naxos adventure.

 ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat stands for passion, authenticity, culture and tradition. Thanks to its characteristics, it becomes an enclave of great interest for guests 

Escape to an uncrowded sanctuary where your mind and spirit can roam freely. Surrender to the allure of nature and the sea, finding moments of serene rejuvenation to nurture your well-being. Discover the pristine essence of Naxos island at ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat, where the path less taken beckons. Embark on an unforgettable Greek island hopping, immersed in a unique setting where nature takes center stage, serving as your perfect companion on the journey. Here, you journey inward, embracing life’s simplest and most profound joys, luxuriating in an exclusive experience surrounded by the essential elements for harmonizing your mind, body, and soul.


Looking for another enchanting island to explore near Santorini and Mykonos? Look no further than Naxos, one of the gems of the Aegean Sea. Renowned globally for its breathtaking beauty, vibrant culture, storied history, cherished traditions, delectable cuisine, and endless stretches of pristine beaches, Naxos promises an unforgettable experience. Immerse yourself in ancient Greek history, immerse yourself in rich cultural traditions, savor mouthwatering traditional dishes, and revel in local music festivals. The warmth of the island’s hospitality and the tantalizing flavors of its traditional cuisine will capture your heart instantly. Naxos is often referred to as the “Hawaii of Greece” for its stunning natural scenery and is associated with Dionysus, the god of wine. From the moment you set foot on its shores, you’ll be captivated by the harmonious blend of natural wonders and traditional Cycladic architecture that grace the island.

Naxos boasts numerous captivating attractions waiting to be explored. Here, amidst the radiant glow of Greek culture, you’ll encounter a myriad of enchanting wonders. From its fertile lands, a rarity among Cycladic islands, to its picturesque inhabitants, rich regional customs, and diverse landscapes, Naxos offers a tapestry of delights. Upon arriving at the harbor, you’ll be greeted by the iconic Portara, a colossal marble gateway that mirrors the emblem of National Geographic, alongside the imposing medieval castle perched above the town. Wander through the charming cobblestone streets of the main town, crowned by the castle, and lose yourself in its Cycladic labyrinth.

With a rich history dating back to the Mesolithic period, Naxos beckons with its modest yet welcoming charm, surprising beauty, and tranquil atmosphere. This island, akin to a living fairy tale, extends an open invitation to all, embracing visitors with the warmth of its hospitable residents. Naxos is a place ready to capture your heart, drawing you in with its pristine beaches, crystalline waters, storied heritage, and the genuine hospitality of its people.

It’s no wonder many find themselves forever devoted to this island bathed in white light.



ELaiolithos, nestled within the mountainous terrain of Naxos island, remains a hidden treasure that captivates its visitors year after year, as attested by glowing reviews. This unspoiled gem exudes the true essence of Greek beauty, boasting an authentic Aegean character that enchants all who discover it. ELaiolithos offers a distinct experience from the bustling destinations of Mykonos, Paros, and Santorini, making it an ideal romantic getaway for honeymooners and travelers yearning for serenity amidst awe-inspiring landscapes. The panoramic views offer a feast for the eyes, showcasing the island’s abundant natural splendor. Steeped in rich history, the region surrounding ELaiolithos abounds with endless attractions, positioning it as one of Naxos’s premier holiday destinations. Moreover, the island’s most renowned landmarks are conveniently located within close proximity, promising an unforgettable experience for all who venture here.

Experience pure tranquility and warm hospitality at ELaiolithos—a haven for relaxation. Amidst an intimate setting, discover the diverse essence of the island. Enjoy days by the pool, savor genuine delights, and immerse yourself in the unspoiled environment. Plus, take advantage of our complimentary transfers and boat trip arrangements for added convenience.


A Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

ELaiolithos is nestled in the heart of the island, between Halki and Moni village, in the center of the mainland, in a very convenient location that offers you the opportunity to explore this large island at ease. The particular geographical position of ELaiolithos in the island coincides in a 3-road fork, that favors heading in any direction, East, South, North or West without repeating the same road again; thus giving you the opportunity to discover the whole island easily. Here you find yourself on an island, in the mountains, with numerous beaches all around you in every direction. You can discover many secluded beaches within a 20 minute distance. The rugged beauty is a refined refreshing escape for anyone and a perfect place to spend idyllic and refreshing days.

Make your next Naxos’ getaway an adventure you’ll never forget with tailor-made experiences to help you discover Naxos’ wilderness as you bask in ELaiolithos’ remote luxury and natural tranquility.


Largely undiscovered by mass tourism, this area stands as one of Naxos’s hidden gems, brimming with surprises. Renowned as the greenest enclave in the Cyclades, it boasts towering mountains and lush valleys. The expansive and fertile hinterland promises visitors a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Particularly noteworthy is the Drymalia valley, the most fertile region in the Cyclades, home to over 400,000 ancient olive and citrus trees, all nestled at the feet of ELaiolithos.

Experience captivating sunsets framed by the 8-pyramid shaped peaks of Mount Zeus and the Aegean Sea. Explore untouched beaches, hidden coves, waterfalls, and abandoned watermills, all within reach of well-marked hiking trails, away from the hustle of mass tourism, inviting discovery by the discerning traveler at ELaiolithos, where time seems to stand still.

The surrounding landscapes will enchant you with vibrant colors, fragrant scents of oregano and thyme, the mesmerizing sound of goat bells, and the captivating tales shared by local residents, blending legend, myth, and history—a testament to the beauty found in simplicity.


A Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

Total bliss is yours in ELaiolithos, a gorgeous Naxian treasure with high aesthetics is ideal for an ultra-pampering holiday. With breathtaking beauty, luxe accommodations, and spectacular cuisine, an extraordinary vacation awaits you here. Perched in unspoiled surroundings is a highly lauded romantic paradise uniquely situated at a magic spot of Naxos’ heart. Apart from its exceptional facilities, the retreat features separate spacious and contemporary guest suites, all with uninterrupted panoramic vistas.

Live life luxuriously! You’ll encounter stirring views, remarkable amenities, and exceptionally warm, caring and curated service. An oasis of refinement and comfort enhanced by vibrant local artworks in the interior and exterior. Soothe your senses and rejuvenate your spirit with en-suite massage therapies. Outside there is an outdoor art-filled restaurant with alfresco dining on the spacious dazzling terrace with unbeatable striking views, which makes a fantastic area for lounging, dining, and spending time together. The ideal spot to relax your mind and soul while enjoying the serenity of the tranquil landscape.

ELaiolithos has an abundance of space making this the perfect retreat for honeymooners, family, solo or female solo travelers, friends looking to travel together. Completely away from all with superb exclusive facilities and in-villa staff such as chef and concierge. Private check-in, free airport/port transfers, complimentary local refreshments, GPS files for hiking, telescopes for stargazing, and pre-arrival concierge services are at your disposal for free.


Explore the richness of the Naxian core. The area offers rich flora, and stimulating trails for archetypal hikers where there are lots of secrets to discover. Nature lovers with a sweet tooth for the good life will be spoiled by the rewarding footpaths, cascades, ravines, olive groves, elm, and cedar trees. Apart from assured peace, tranquility, and lovely local restaurants in each village, Naxos island is a fantastic destination for hiking where there are plenty of pathways for hiking, trekking, and cycling adventures.

Uncover hidden treasures as you explore the entrances of emery mining tunnels, delving deep into the mountainside. Embark on adventures to scale Zeus, the tallest mountain in the Cyclades, traverse Mount Fanari, and explore countless other trails boasting pristine landscapes.


A Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

Indulge in culinary delights with a focus on local produce and farm-to-table cuisine, sourcing regional ingredients within a 5 km distance for tantalizing traditional flavors. Delight in elevated epicurean dishes and immerse yourself in the melodies of local music inspired by moonlit nights. Thanks to its fertile land, the region boasts an abundance of diverse produce.

ELaiolithos is a hidden culinary gem on Naxos island, dedicated to showcasing the finest products from the island’s mountainous region. Indulge in a diverse array of mind-blowing meals, including a wide selection of Vegetarian and Vegan dishes, exquisite local cheeses, signature creations, artisanal cocktails, smoothies, and beverages. Tradition meets innovation on the plate here, with a focus on reinventing classics using super fresh ingredients cooked with traditional techniques, allowing ELaiolithos to put its own unique stamp on Naxian cuisine.


If you’re even remotely interested in antiquities and culture, then you might not want to miss a visit to the Apano Kastro (Upper Castle) which is arguably one of the islands’ iconic attractions formed millions of years ago with lots of rare geological marvels, including a church close by. The local people often refer to the scenic landscape of Upper Castle as Lunar landscape. Huge rocks are coming into amazing shapes often compared to a moonscape. Without a doubt the Upper Castle is one of the most photographed landscapes in the Aegean.

Other monuments worth visiting include Panaghia Drosiani, Moni Fotodotis, Temple of Demeter, and make sure to see the two giant Kouroi – statues of young men – lying down in the open. The Bazeos Tower, built in the 17th century, functioned as a monastery of the True Cross (Timios Stavros) for decades. Today it hosts a wide array of cultural activities, such as the Naxos Festival. The famous Naxian marble quarries and the largest folklore museum of the Aegean are within 3 Km distance. See here details for these sightseeing


A Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

The timeless villages around the retreat are very romantic and charming, perfect photography spots that will take you to an old era. You can spend a few days discovering these isolated laid-back white painted villages, concealed by wild olive groves and hills. A kaleidoscope of stunningly gorgeous concealed villages: Moni, Kinidharos, Keramoti, Koronos, Lionas, Skado, Mesi, Komiaki, Apollonas, Apeiranthos, Filoti, Kaloxilos, Chalkio, Damalas, Apeirathos, Cheimaros, Chikalario, Potamia, untouched by time, all are iconic for their remarkable geology, old stone arched bridges, dazzling natural beauty, and very unique scenery.

ELaiolithos is surrounded by over 35 scenic villages that boast narrow streets of cobbled stone and porches full of flowers, interconnected with modern roads that are a must-see. Also you’ll have the chance to discover chapels emerge humbly from rocky hills and forest glades, small fish, meat taverns, and local “kafeneia”. You’ll meet spectacular inlets and little bays towards the north and east, the sprawling coastline reveals a hundred of those, coves, and caves that make the ideal hide-holes, all suitable for swimming.


A Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

Naxos is one of the richest islands in Greece for its ruins from every era, and religious and historical monuments. The locale is surrounded by important sites of inestimable value that touch the visitors’ soul. It’s distinguished for its very important and interesting cultural heritage with many Byzantine monuments, such as the Panagia Drosiani (4th c.), the remarkable Demeter temple archaeological finds, over 30 venerable Byzantine churches with magnificent architecture and history, lofty towers, Venetian castles, major artifacts, and monasteries. Amazing monuments for everyone, whether a believer or non- believer.

You have the opportunity to visit them and admire their cultural significance, architectural importance, aesthetic beauty and historic value. Enjoy a stunning collage of natural scenery, spiritual exultation, tranquility, a very human touch and intimate contact with past tradition. These are the elements that comprise the rugged and attractive charm around ELaiolithos, encouraging eco-friendly and sustainable travel by remaining true to the island’s origins. Here religious, historical, cultural, and architectural interests flow together.


Unique Destination between Mykonos and Santorini

If you adore the sun, Naxos’s vast, pristine sandy beaches will delight you throughout your stay. Renowned as some of Greece’s finest, these beaches are ideal for swimming and relaxation. With ELaiolithos as your base, you can access a different beach every day, offering a unique experience each time, all within a 20-minute drive. You may even find yourself alone on the beach! Southwest Naxos is a haven for windsurfers and kite surfers, boasting perfect conditions.

WHY ELaiolithos?

  • Stringent Health Protocols: Prioritizing the safety of guests and staff.
  • Prime Central Location: Luxurious Accommodation with Aesthetic Appeal, conveniently close to vibrant villages.
  • Scenic Overlook: Enjoy cultural immersion and scenic beauty.
  • Picture-Perfect Setting: Traditional Cycladic architecture for Instagram-worthy moments.
  • Personalized Service: Indulge in organic local cuisine and tailored service.
  • Travel Safely and Stylishly: Ensuring a safe and stylish travel experience.
  • Authentic Experiences: Create cherished memories with genuine encounters.
  • Transparent Sustainable Practices: Green and eco-friendly with Gold Award certification from Zero Waste, Greece.

Come and experience it all for yourself…. Discover your moment….Connect to what matters most..

It’s impossible not to fall in love with ELaiolithos, really, as it has a beauty all of its own! It creates an experience that becomes indelibly etched in your mind!

Why settle for the ordinary when you can discover the extraordinary? Naxos Island, a hidden gem near Santorini and Mykonos, promises a journey beyond the expected, where each moment unveils a new layer of beauty and wonder!

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