If I had to pick just one beach to visit for the rest of my life, it’d be Agios Prokopios Beach on the Cycladic Island of Naxos, Greece.
It’s not just incredibly beautiful, it also has the perfect combination of sand, local flavour and summer vibes to keep you feeling totally blissed out.
I’m not gonna lie. There are definitely more beautiful beaches in the world. I’ve been lucky enough to visit some of the best in the Maldives, Indonesia, Italy and Thailand. Some of them literally took my breath away (Porto Katsiki in Lefkada for one), but humble little Agios Prokopios Beach remains my world favourite.
Read on to discover exactly why Agios Prokopios should be your top summer beach pick in Europe too!
In this guide
- 1 Agios Prokopios has the perfect European summer beach vibe, but it’s not crowded.
- 2 Agios Prokopios Beach has the clearest water I’ve ever seen.
- 3 Agios Prokopios beach is covered with champagne coloured sand that’s… not quite sand.
- 4 The water temperature on Agios Prokopios is perfectly refreshing.
- 5 The dominant language you hear is still Greek.
- 6 Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos is still affordable.
- 7 How to get to Naxos
- 8 Where to Stay near Agios Prokopios Beach
Agios Prokopios has the perfect European summer beach vibe, but it’s not crowded.
Naxos is part of the Cycladic Island group that includes Santorini and Mykonos. These are undoubtedly 2 of the most famous and touristed islands in the entire country (if not the world). And yet… Naxos remains remarkably pleasant to visit.
There’s pretty much nothing worse than going to a beach hoping to relax, and leaving completely drained of resources instead, because it’s so noisy and crowded. (I’m talking to you Italy).
I’ve visited Agios Prokopios in the peak of summer, and during the last week of August. On both occasions, there was a nice balance of people and space. Enough human souls to give the beach energy, but not so many that I left feeling anything but rejuvenated.
Agios Prokopios Beach has the clearest water I’ve ever seen.
I’m one of those people that feels a bit grossed out when I can’t see the bottom of a body of water. Even when I KNOW for a fact it’s clean. I guess that’s why I’m not much of a lake person. All that murkiness kind of freaks me out. I mean, who knows what could be hanging out right underfoot? It’s enough to give me nightmares.
The water at Agios Prokopios is not only a gorgeous colour, it’s so brilliantly crystal clear, it feels like a swimming pool. Head out on a catamaran cruise into the Aegean Sea around Naxos to explore secluded beaches and coves, and you’ll see exactly what I mean.
Diving into this water is like being reborn. And no I’m not exaggerating. There’s literally not 1 speck of opacity spoiling the incredible clarity of this fantastic sea. There’s one big reason for this…
Agios Prokopios beach is covered with champagne coloured sand that’s… not quite sand.
The sand on Agios Prokopios is at that magical point in its evolution from rock to sand, where it’s still soft enough to walk on without pain, but not so small that it sticks to every surface of your body.
Growing up a landlocked Canadian, the importance of sand quality, was something I never quite understood until I spent serious time in the Mediterranean, and started spending real time on the beach during summer. But boy, do I get it now.
Is there anything more annoying than walking all over the fine grains of sand that you’ve invariably tracked into your hotel room after a day at the beach? Or worse yet, finally lying down at the end of a long day, and finding it all over your bed.
Yeah, I didn’t think so.
DAY TOURS FROM NAXOS TO SURROUNDING CYCLADIC ISLANDS
Skip the packing and re-packing! For a relaxing trip, base yourself in Naxos, and take day tours to nearby islands, like Koufonissi and Mykonos, instead. Check out the options here.
The water temperature on Agios Prokopios is perfectly refreshing.
I admit that when you first venture into the water at Agios Prokopios, it can feel downright brisk. But trust me, that feeling doesn’t last long. Within minutes, you’ve acclimatized and the water at this summer beach feels as invigorating and revitalizing as a dip in the sea should.
Water as warm as bathwater? No thanks!
The dominant language you hear is still Greek.
When we visited the neighbouring island of Santorini on a day trip, I hardly heard any Greek at all. Kinda strange, given that, I don’t know…we were in GREECE.
When the tourists outnumber the locals, you know a place has crossed into tourist trap territory.
Despite picture postcard perfect beaches, like Agios Prokopios, Naxos is still predominantly loved and visited by locals and Greek families on vacation. It feels like you’re actually on vacation in Greece, instead of in an over-touristed place that could be anywhere.
Never mind all the added advantages like good food, kind people and an absence of touts.
Agios Prokopios beach in Naxos is still affordable.
Finding a place to stay on the summer beach paradise of Naxos, Greece is still incredibly affordable. We were able to rent a small studio apartment last minute, just a few minutes walk from Agios Prokopios beach for less than 40 euros a night. Compare that to neighbouring Mykonos, where the cheapest alternative I could find was no less than $100 per night.
Beach chairs and umbrellas run just 5 euros, meals are delicious and reasonably priced, and frappes can be had for just a few euros.
I just hope that Agios Prokopios stays this way forever. Because I plan on visiting again and again.
How to get to Naxos
Naxos is one of the few Greek islands that has an airport, but most travellers still get to Agios Prokopios beach via different ferries. In the warmer, high season from mid-March until the end of September, there’s a ton of direct ferries connecting Naxos with other Cycladic Islands and Athens on the mainland.
If you’re traveling in the summer months of July and August, I can’t stress enough, how important it is to book your Naxos hotels and ferry tickets well in advance. Everyone and their dog heads to the Greek islands for the summer and ferry tickets do sell out in advance (particularly in August when all of the Mediterranean is on a month long vacation).
There’s quite a few ferry companies, as well as different types of boats (high-speed and other) that service the route between Athens and Naxos, and the other Cycladic Islands. Use the search box below to compare ferries, check schedules, and book.
Where to Stay near Agios Prokopios Beach
Naxos is a relatively small island, so you could stay pretty much anywhere comfortably. There’s a bus route that takes you all over the island, so visiting any beach on a day trip is easy.
However, if you’d like to stay near Agios Prokopios Beach (and I suggest you do), here are a few places to check out.
This hotel has a perfect location just 200 metres from the beachfront, close to the restaurants and cafes on Main Street. There’s also a swimming pool, super comfy beds, and wonderful hosts. Book this one early – as it’s one of the most popular places to stay on Agios Prokopios.
Agios Prokopios, Naxos: Essential Info and FAQs
Have you added Agios Prokopios to your beach bucket list yet? Don’t hesitate!