Naxos Greece sits at the heart of the central Cyclades group of Greek islands and is one of the group's most mountainous.
Naxos is a big island but most tourism is confined to the south-west coast where resorts are peppered along a huge blonde swathe of sand.
Unfortunately, much of the sand is gritty and coarse and many of the beaches are backed by large, desolate salt pans.
The long, empty stretches of beach are fine for those who don't like the company of fellow tourists, but it may feel rather lonely for visitors who like their beaches to be a little more lively.
Naxos Town port has a large harbour with the noted Portaras gate sitting proud on the offshore islet of Palatia and the walled kastro towering above a tangled web of narrow whitewashed streets.
Inland is some very impressive mountain scenery, particularly around Mount Zas where abundant springs and rich soil help create lush green valleys of citrus orchards and olive groves.
Rich farming mean the islanders have little need to attract tourism so Naxos maintains a strong Greek identity, particularly in the many unspoilt traditional hill villages.
A good beach holiday island without the crowds, inland hillside villages and mountain scenery to add interest with easy island hopping on the many ferries can put Naxos high on a Greek island wish list.