Kalantos beach or Kalados beach, is one of the most southern remote beaches of Naxos, located 38 Km from the capital, 23 Km away from ELaiolithos, and accessible by car through Filoti village. It’s an isolated alluring long sandy beach with crystal clear shallow waters, and a rich wetland hosting numerous birds and other species. On the river next to the beach, a number of animals are finding shelter. There’s a safe anchor marina fishing pier in the bay that is protected from the meltemia winds. Most visitors arrive here by boats and yacht. The road to Kalantos beach is asphalt with a small dirty road part at the end, and many turns, but the region’s scenery is spectacular. At the highest point, there is the Agios Trifonas church, where you can stop and view stunning uniterrupted panoramic vistas of Naxos and the Aegean Sea.
On your way to Kalantos beach you drive at the feet of the tallest Cycladic mountain, Zeus, and meet the second reference point of Naxos after the Portara, the imposing Cheimarros Tower, 6th century B.C, with its impressive height of ~15 m. It was used during the Middle Ages as a watchtower, shelter in the age of piracy, or a place of refuge during the turbulent Hellenistic times.
Kalantos beach is not one of the most popular beaches on Naxos, mainly due to the long distance from the capital, but it’s a beautiful beach worth visiting! Kalados beach is not an organized beach, so make sure you bring your own umbrellas and towels. There is a case you might see sheeps and goats walking round the path to the beach. From Kalantos beach you can see the houses across Irakleia island. There’re 2 taverns here, and a small hotel. There is no public transportation access available.Kalados beach is an amazing oasis in the middle of nowhere, or actually in the middle of the most beautiful far off original landscape of the center of the Cyclades, Naxos.