Naxos was once the center of the Cycladic culture. Plenty of ruins exist from this Bronze Age culture that prospered even before the Greek Empire. Today its an island of beautiful beaches, crystal clear water, old churches and white Cycladic cubic houses. The beaches are lined with a strip of authentic “tavernas” or restaurants with simple rooms for rent on the second floor. Naxos has that postcard scenery with a quiet atmosphere – in a place where you can rent an apartment right on the beach for less than the cost of your ferry ticket.