Cedar Forest of Alyko
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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Shrey M
Bengaluru, India28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
Fascinating and beautiful. Cedar trees (or shrubs rather, almost) amongst white sand dunes make up for a unique landscape in the area. As an added bonus, the beautiful Alyko beach is nearby, perfect for swimming or taking a nap under one of the trees. Only downside being all the cars around, they should prevent cars being parked right next to the beach and preserve this precious resource better.
Written September 17, 2023
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Susan C
London, England, United Kingdom91 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Couples
This place was a huge surprise. Don't expect tall cedar trees. They're small bushels in the sand dunes, but very pretty. There are two highlights of this area: the massive abandoned hotel built in the 60s/70s which is now a monument to excellent street art. You can wander around, but be careful of the holes in the floor. Don't go at night! It's fascinating to see. Then there's the beautiful calm waters of the beach next door, Alyko. It's protected from the wind so is a great place to swim and snorkel. There are loads of fish. No sunbeds or anything, so bring water and protection. There's a food truck about 5 mind walk away. It's a great afternoon out, highly recommended!
Written September 14, 2023
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VTJedi
Virginia2,997 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
Incredibly beaches. We drove here twice from Naxos town, the firs time visiting Alyko beach, the second time to the nearby Hawaii Beach. The cedar forest is really cool. It was incredibly clean - no trash to be found.

The beaches were spotless and there was no one around (maybe 7-8 people total on the beaches in late May). It was perfect for that turquoise water )a bit cool, but swimmable in late May) and for wonderful photos with no one else in them!

Easy to park on the side of the road and then walk 7-10 minutes to the beaches. I was really impressed and would skip Plaka and the beaches near Naxos town for these ones hands down!
Written August 28, 2022
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Maria D
Stockholm, Sweden10 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
It was okay. Too bad that there was some garbage due to people leaving their garbage from the food truck close by. And, we found a closed syringe on the beach…!Close by there are the hotel ruins of Alyko. But there were broken glasses on the floor, and it did not feel too safe.
Written June 25, 2022
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, GA15,056 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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, OK228 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Greece1,058 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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
New Orleans, LA69 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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, Germany7,218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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