How can I get to Naxos ?

There are several options:

  1. A flight to Athens and then a ferry from Rafina or Piraeus ports. (we will probably get a discount on Blue Star Ferries) for ferry information, see : https://www.ferries.gr/en/

*** note: use the site to get the info, but book through the actual ferry company to avoid surcharges***

  1. A flight to Athens and then a domestic flight to Naxos. For domestic flights see: https://www.skyexpress.gr/

https://en.aegeanair.com/

  1. A flight to Mykonos or Santorini and then a ferry. For ferries see: https://www.ferries.gr/en/

*** note: use the site to get the info, but book through the actual ferry company to avoid surcharges***

  1. There should be discounts available from Ancona and Bari to Patra, Greece on Superfast ferries. TBC

How do I get to the venue ?

There are buses from the port to Maragas (Plaka) (currently a ticket is €2.30 and can be bought at Ktel office in the port). The bus ride is about 20 minutes. The current bus schedule can be found here:

Naxos Public Buses

If you arrive on the night ferry, there are no buses but taxis are available (around €20). Also, you could pre-book a taxi by calling: +302285022444

*** pre-booking a taxi might be advisable if arriving on the night boat on Thursday as there might be an increased demand due to HONA arrivals***

From Naxos airport, you will need to take a taxi. (10-minute drive @ around €20)

Are all the workshops and activities included in the price of the HONA ticket?

Yes, unless otherwise stated, all the workshops and activities are included in the ticket price. Some performers may choose to offer additional workshops at an extra cost, but these are not featured on the HONA programme and will be advertised by the artists themselves at the venue.

What are the rooms/ studios like?

All rooms and studios have an ensuite bathroom, air-conditioning, a balcony/veranda and bedding and towels. Studios also have a kitchenette.

Some of the larger studios have a double bed and 1 or 2 single beds.

I would prefer a double bed/ 2 single beds in my room/studio for 2 or my bed tent for 2. How do I book this?

Just add your preference for the type of bed in the comments box when booking.

I want to share a room/ bed tent with a friend. How can I do this?

If you are booking separately but want to share, just mention this in the comments box when booking, including the name of your friend(s). Each person will need to book a HONA ticket plus an accommodation upgrade. ***Note: accommodation upgrades are per person, not per room or bed tent***

What are the bed tents like?

They are basic framed tents with a concrete floor. You can stand up in them and they have electricity and a lockable door. Bed tents either have one double bed or 2 single beds and include pillows and sheets, but no towels. Basically, they offer a little more comfort than a simple tent.

What is included in the €12 venue tent accommodation upgrade?

Basically, this means that you will not need to bring your own tent. You will find a comfortable 2-birth dome tent already pitched and waiting for you for the 5 days of the festival. Our tents also include a foam mattress. However, please note that sleeping bags are not included. These can be rented from the venue for an additional €1 per day. Please let us know in advance if you should require one by adding it in the comments box of your booking.

What do I need to bring if I am camping with my own tent?

You will need a mattress, pillow and sleeping bag. Sleeping bags can be rented from the venue @ €1 per night, but there are no mattresses available.

Can I come with a camper van?

Yes, there is plenty of space for camper vans. Please add this information in the comments box when booking by writing “camper van”.

What type of breakfast is included in the ticket?

Breakfast is a buffet in the café from 8am to 11 am and includes, Greek yoghurt, fruit, bread, cake, jam, cheese, eggs, salad, cereal, milk, almond milk, pies, pancakes, filter coffee and juice etc.

What happens if I want to cancel my ticket(s)?

Cancellations up to 2 weeks before the event will be entitled to a 60% refund.

Cancellations in the last 14 days will not be entitled to a refund.

Also, you may transfer your tickets to someone else. Just let us know of the name(s) of the new ticket holder.

What happens if the event is cancelled?

In the unlikely event that we need to cancel, all tickets will be carried over to the following year.

What are the nearby facilities?

There is a mini market where you can buy food, snacks, fruit, sunscreen, flipflops etc, a café, and a restaurant at the venue. Also, there is a communal kitchen area and laundry at the campsite as well as modern bathrooms for campers.

Our venue is directly on the beautiful sandy beach and the area nearby offers many cafes and restaurants for those wishing a change of scene.

Furthermore, the bus stops directly in front of the venue and buses run to Naxos town.

What is the weather like in May? What clothes will I need to bring?

It’s usually around 22- 27 C during the day, but it can get a little chilly in the evening and night. You’ll need mainly light clothing, a swim suit, flipflops, a beach towel etc., but also bring a pair of long trousers and a jacket for the evenings.

Are there any discounts available for students etc. ?

No, sorry, we cannot offer discounts. The basic HONA tickets are kept as low as possible to make HONA affordable while still covering our overheads. Please do not put us in an uncomfortable position by haggling for a discount.

However, there should be discounts available for both vehicles and passengers for travel by ferry from Athens to Naxos return and between Italy and Greece. TBC

Can I come earlier or stay longer than the HONA festival?

Yes, sure! Just contact the venue directly to check for availability and prices for the extra days.

Email Petra at: info@maragasbeachnaxos.com

What do I need to do when I arrive at the venue?

If you arrive before Wednesday, you will just need to check in with the venue at the reception and then come and find us on Wednesday at the HONA check-in in the café for your wristband and dinner tickets if applicable.

If you arrive on Wednesday, you will need to check in with both the venue at the reception and the HONA team at the cafe to get your wristband and dinner tickets if applicable.

If you arrive after Wednesday, first check in at the venue reception and then please find one of the HONA team asap to get your wristband and dinner tickets if applicable.

We are coming with a baby/ infant. Do they need a ticket?

Children under 3 do not need a ticket. If you require a cot for a baby, please let us know. There are a couple of cots available at no extra charge.

I didn’t receive my HONA ticket. Is something wrong?

HONA does not have paper tickets. You should have received a booking confirmation email and can expect to hear from us within 1 week with a HONA information update. Please check your junk/spam mail too as it appears that our mails sometimes wind up there. You will need to check in on arrival to get your HONA ’23 wristband, and dinner vouchers if applicable.

I paid for my tickets by bank transfer but did not get confirmation. Is something wrong?

No, there’s nothing to worry about. As we are very busy during the period of bookings and ticket sales, we cannot send individual confirmations for payments received. Should there be a problem with the payment, you would hear from us, otherwise, the payment arrived. 😊

I am a musician. How can I get a spot on the HONA stage?

HONA is a small festival, with only 9 stage spots each year. Although we would love to invite all the amazing talented musicians to play, this is unfortunately not possible. If you would like to join the list of performers interested to play on our stage, please contact us by email in the August before you are hoping to perform, including a sample of your performing style. We also like to reward musicians who have supported HONA in the past by attending on a ticket by giving them priority for stage slots.

I would like to sell/ promote my instruments/ merchandise at HONA. Is this possible?

Yes, of course. We run a small HONA shop twice during the festival. You are welcome to join us with your instruments, jewellery, handmade goods etc. as long as you have a HONA ticket.