Shopping on Naxos

What’s a vacation without a little shopping? 

No matter how much time you spend lounging on the beach, hiking, biking, windsurfing, sightseeing or snorkeling, there is always time for shopping. It’s part of the experience.

Whether just browsing or looking to buy, Naxos and the isles of the Small Cyclades – Iraklia, Schinoussa, Koufonissia and Donoussa -- do provide some unique shops where you are sure to find something special.

Being the largest of the Cycladic islands, Naxos has the greatest variety, with Koufonissia, actually the Cyclades’ smallest island, running up second. In between are Iraklia, Schinoussa and Donoussa, each of which has very few shops.

On all the islands, the stores are usually found in Chora, the term for “main town,” with the exception of Naxos, that boasts pockets of shopping areas in the larger, more populated villages, beachside town and historic Old Town.

Special things to look out for include local food products such as cheeses, honey, spirits and liqueurs, herbs, crafts made of wood, ceramics, embroidery and works of art made with Naxian marble.

When in doubt, or in a rush, the supermarkets are always a great resource for wines, cheese and other local-produced specialties.

Apiranthos Women’s Traditional Crafts Cooperative

Apiranthos Women’s Traditional Crafts Cooperative

A visit to the Apiranthos Women’s Traditional Crafts Cooperative, located exactly opposite Panagia (Virgin Mary) church, is highly recommended –if only for a glimpse of the woven products made on the traditional local loom (krevataria).

Let’s Go ... Shopping!

What’s a vacation without a little shopping?  No matter how much time you spend lounging on the beach, hiking, biking, windsurfing, sightseeing or snorkeling, there is always time for shopping. It’s part of the experience. Whether just browsing or looking to buy, Naxos and the isles of the Small Cyclades – Iraklia, Schinoussa...

Fourth-generation potter,  Manolis Lybertas at work

Manolis Lybertas’s Pottery Workshop in Damalas

This traditional pottery workshop makes items for both functional and ornamental purposes, and offers visitors the opportunity for a close-up look of the craftsman’s creative ways as he shapes the clay, from beginning to end.

See & Buy: The Historic, Hand-Woven and Wonderful “Yfanta”

The women on Naxos true and faithful to their cultural heritage are keeping the traditional craft and skill of handmade woven wares, known as yfanta, alive.

Then and now. From left: The Pagonis sandal making factory in Athens continues today on Naxos.

Timeless: Hand-made Leather Greek Sandals

On Naxos, Pagonis is a name synonymous with this classic Greek leather form of footwear.

What to Buy and Where

Whether just browsing or looking to buy, Naxos features pockets of buzzing little shopping districts with interesting shops and fine gifts that are sure to be appreciated by you and/or your loved ones back home. Here is a quick roundup of where to go and what to buy.