The anchorages on Naxos:
Also known as Kalantos/Kalado, this unspoiled location is located on the SE coast of Naxos island. The fact that it is so remote and not easy to access by road (though it can be done, even in a normal saloon car), is an advantage. As few make the effort to find the destination and prefer to stick to more easily accessible beaches as it never gets crowded here. When you are ready to escape the summer hordes, Kalando can be a great choice, especially if you are into fishing and love to be in pristine natural surroundings.
The crescent-shaped bay of Kalantos offers some of the best shelters from the Meltemi on the SE coast. Anchor near the head of the bay, at 3m-6m, on the sand, taking care to avoid the debris that sometimes litters the bottom.
You also may find room to anchor in the small fishing harbour at the east of the bay. Although it offers some protection from southerlies and is fine in calm weather, it is not sheltered enough to cope with strong Meltemi gusts. In summer, the areas close to the breakwater and the pier are usually crowded with visiting yachts.
Water and electricity are available in the harbor, along with some basic tourist facilities.
The sand on family-friendly Kalantos beach is soft and golden, and the cool, shallow waters of the bay are fed by a small river that originates high up in the mountains. There’s a wetland at the stream’s end, which is home to a diverse range of birds and other species. And don’t be surprised if you catch sight of dolphins playing offshore.
The beach rarely gets crowded, but as you won’t find sunbeds or umbrellas for hire, you’ll need to bring your own
Places of Interest
This remote area cannot be said to be overloaded with the excavations of ancient ruins. It is more of a base for exploring the beautiful natural environment of the surrounding hills and countryside.
However, if you have some transport, it’s worth a visit to the Chimarros Tower at Filoti which is generally considered one of the most important archeological sites of Naxos. An imposing hilltop site, clearly visible from the Kalantos road, it is believed that the tower was constructed towards the end of the 4th century BC. Built from massive marble blocks, it was originally around 20m high with a diameter of over 9m. There are also some remains of a settlement and an ancient olive press. As the site is not fully developed, it’s free of charge to wander around.
Places to Eat
Due to its remote location, you will have limited choice as the nearest resorts are 5-7 miles away. So, this is either a location where you will feast on provisions you have brought with you or perhaps those caught yourself, as this is a good spot for fishing. There are, however, a couple of options for you to try, and they both have plenty of fans.
Just above the port (150m), there is a kantina, which is a perfect place to enjoy simple greek delicacies – homemade bread and cheese, local wines, local honey. Nothing pretentious, nothing fancy, just authentic Greek hospitality and honest home cooking. Open all day during the summer, a wonderful place to enjoy breakfast before heading to the beach, or a last glass of wine before heading off to bed.
Vrahia Bar – Restaurant
This is just under 3 miles away, in Agiassos, so if you are ready to walk, or have a car, it is worth the extra effort. You will enjoy spectacular views from the relaxing terrace. In addition to the freshly cooked local food (the grilled fish is awesome), there is a small play area and even a small farm that will delight kids.
Bathe under the sun or simply indulge in deep conversations. Watching the sunset and strolling on the beach are some of the most romantic things you can do here.