Cedar Forest of Alyko

Cedar Forest of Alyko, Naxos: Address, Cedar Forest of Alyko Reviews: 4.5/5

Cedar Forest of Alyko
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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.
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Ema L
2 contributions
Aug 2021 • Friends
Long sandy beach.
Very quiet, comparing the beaches who are closest to Naxos centre.
We enjoyed this beach
Written January 23, 2022
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B1714D
Belgrade, Serbia11,396 contributions
Sep 2021
Although the Cedar forest is beautiful and a national park, it is not the main star here.
It is in the shadow of the most amazing beach on Naxos - the Alyko beach with crystal turquoise sea you see in Caribbean sea or Indian ocean.
Better than that, it's not commercialized - there're no bars (only one food truck) nor sunbeds, so bring your own gear including drinks and food.
Cherry on the cake is the abandoned ruin hotel at the beach far right. Once meant to be a 5 star resort it ran out of funds, so the built walls served as canvases for amazing murals, graffiti and street art.
Written November 21, 2021
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phat_dawg_21
Alpharetta, GA12,242 contributions
Sep 2021
This is a beautiful natural area with several small beaches and wonderful views. The best part was it was not crowded at all.

We enjoyed the “modern ruin” with its unique art.
Written November 11, 2021
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Samurai196
Stillwater, OK240 contributions
Jul 2021
Multiple small beaches hidden off the paths, mostly with nice sandy shores. This alone makes it worth visiting compared to the tourist packed beaches of the northern parts of the island.
Written August 3, 2021
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theopao
Maroussi, Greece1,010 contributions
Jul 2021
Wild beauty, swimming in super crystal waters, extra white sand, surrounded by cedar trees!!!! Amazing experience, strongly recommended!!!
Written July 21, 2021
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Kathryn W
38 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
If you have a car, get up early and take the short drive to a Aliko Beach. Drive past the marker for the beach to the end of the road and you will see a small parking lot in front of an abandoned resort. Watch your step around the property as there are dangerous holes in the ground outside and inside the buildings. Spend 30 minutes wandering in and out all the buildings and check out the amazing street art. There has to be at least 100 examples. Some simple, some incredibly detailed. Instagram after Instagram worthy picture! If you come before 10 AM, you would likely be the only people there. Then walk past the resort on the sand through the Cedars and you will be at the most amazing bay. We swam and collected seaglass and had an Amazing morning. The first other people showed up between 11 and noon, but still it was not many people. No services, so bring your own towels, book to read, and snacks/drinks. The water was perfect - clear and every shade of blue. The beach and ocean floor was fine sand and smooth pebbles. No need for water shoes. The water was calm for excellent swimming.
Written July 4, 2021
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Harald Gracholski
Cologne, Germany6,786 contributions
Oct 2020
While Naxos is blessed with abundant natural beauty it is places like Alyko Beach, that stuck most in memory. We googled the best beaches on the island that were easy to reach from the old town by rental car and somehow settled on this one this first day around, which ulitimately turned out to be the most memorable!
What made it stick out was the little cliffs right next to the old cedar forest, which provided a feeling of seclusion and privacy. Of course Covid also helped with reduced tourist numbers, but everything about that place was just so relaxing and calm, just thinking about it makes me nostalgic. Great to stop by and have dinner at Axiotissa restaurant on the back to Naxos city, should you be also staying in that area, just as we did in 2020. Enjoy, appreciate and keep that spot clean!
Written April 26, 2021
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Tassos K
184 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Had the priviledge of renting a house abuting the forest. Its beautifully secluded. The only downdise is that it can get windy at times
Written July 20, 2020
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Dean Pierre
8 contributions
Aug 2019
Bit of natural forest & sandy coastline at the end of the island, popular with locals. As always some areas of the sea edge hide rocks & reefs below the surface, common on Naxos, paddle & swim safely . Water is pristine.
Written December 1, 2019
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Andrew S
London, UK101 contributions
Oct 2019 • Family
Secluded, peaceful and perfect for swimming and snorkeling. Quite a change from the island’s longer and more sweeping beaches.

Not many facilities, so come prepared.
Written October 30, 2019
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