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“I almost don't want to rave about it so it stays so quiet... but it's beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Alyko

Alyko
Alyko beach, Naxos | Angali beach, St. George beach, Hawai beach, 84300, Greece
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Ranked #8 of 50 attractions in Naxos
Type: Beaches, Forests
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Owner description: The forest is situated in the area "Alyko" on the southwest side of Naxos Island. It is a great and unique forest in Greece, of Junipers(Cedars), which covers almost the entire sandy peninsula of "Kouroupia" cape, with an extent of 1000 acres! The rich flora of Alyko consisting of wild arborescent vegetation which includes the Junipers (Cedars), Arkefthous and Shcino. Τhe sovereignty of course is held by the Junipers which are met in the form of tree and bush reaching 4-5m height sometimes. The entire extent of the forest is covered by white sand and sand dunes. The age of many of the trees is estimated more than 200 years old! The forest is a nature protected area as it is a great shelter of small wild rabbits, birds and other animals.
Reading, United Kingdom
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“I almost don't want to rave about it so it stays so quiet... but it's beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Me and my girlfriend drove down to Alyko around an hour before the sun went down. Firstly, the drive is really nice in itself. As you get there, depending on where you park you may be confronted with a bunch of undeveloped building shells. Don't be put off, head away from them on foot to the east facing beach. There wasn't a soul on it and we watched the sun set on one of the most small but perfectly formed beaches I've ever seen. Perfect!

Visited June 2012
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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“Fun to drive around on a 4-wheeler”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

Alyko did not blow us away (although the wind nearly did) but it is a nice area. It's dry and sandy with some juniper bushes, largely untouched except for some dirt roads. And you will find one beach after another. It was fun to drive around and see the different beaches, and if you are lucky, you can find a private spot all to yourself. Most of the places were extremely windy, though. It is a bit irritating when you have to search for large rocks to try to keep your towel in place. Except for sand and juniper bushes, there is not much to see.

We used Alyko as the starting point for a long drive to see some of Naxos, pretty much on a whim, and this was one of the absolute highlights of our trip. We took our rented 4-wheeler for a drive along the coast, down to Kalados, up to Filoti and back to Mikri Vigla. It was a lot of fun and I can really recommend it for those of you who are young(ish) and don't mind a bit of discomfort! A long stretch of the road is ridiculously bumpy with sharp turns, so do not attempt to drive anything but an ATV! There are not very many road signs, but bring a map and someone with a keen sense of direction (in my case, my boyfriend). Allow at least 4 hours, and fill up your tank beforehand. We saw so many beautiful places, spectacular views of the ocean, farm animals walking freely, and hardly a single vehicle or person anywhere. We arrived exhausted in a very good way!

Visited July 2012
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Athens, Greece
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“Best beach of Naxos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

Perfect cute little bays with crystal clear waters, white sand and a cedar forest in the back. Ideal for relaxation away from the bars-cafes-sunbeds of Agia Anna.

Visited July 2012
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North Tonawanda, New York
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“a slice of heaven”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

This is the perfect beach for those of you who don't like all the beach chairs and crowds. You can almost always find a nice private quiet spot to enjoy this unique and gorgeous beach.

Visited June 2012
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“Perfect spot on Naxos”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2012 via mobile

Some places I don't like reviewing for fear they will be swamped by drunk frat students on holiday. This is one of those places.

First of this is not a single beach. It's an area with around 5 unique beaches. Half of which is mixed nude beaches. The others are fairly conservative.

The 5 beaches are as follows.

Angali Glyfada~ Kastraki
Milkrolimano
Kredros
St. George
Hawaii
Angeli~Pyrgaki

If you go in the mornings the cliffs will give you some shade from the magnified sun that so common in Greece. Come the afternoon you'll need to bring some form of shade with you.

also bring lots of water and maybe a snack. There is a market and even a restaurant within within a 5 minute drive but who wants to lose their excusive little cove for that extra bottle of water.

Be responsible mature travelers....keep this place special.

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