Naxos was the third stop in the 10-day girls trip that we went on last June. The first stop was Athens, the second stop was Mykonos. Naxos is an island that doesn’t come to mind right away when most people think about Greece. But it was one of my favourites. It was a larger island, but less populated with a very laid back vibe and a fantastic beach.
Where we stayed
We stayed at Porto Naxos. It was located just on the town’s outskirts, but it was right on the bus line, which was perfect for getting to the beach. The bus ride was only 2 euros per person. It was also walking distance to the town, an outdoor movie theatre, shopping and many delicious restaurants. However, it didn’t have a view, but the hotel grounds were lovely, with lots of greenery, and a beautiful pool. The hotel also had a really nice breakfast included in our stay, so we were able to start the day off with free food once again.
What we saw
We didn’t see a ton of sights in Naxos, as we were only there for two days and one of the days we spent at the beach. But, similar to Mykonos the town was filled with labyrinth style, cobblestone streets
Temple of Apollo – Portara
Portara sits atop the islet of Palatia, which is attached to Naxos. It was one of the first things we saw as our ferry docked in town.
It’s a massive marble gate. The single remaining part of an unfinished temple of Apollo of 530 BC, is the island’s emblem and main landmark.
The Hora Castle Of Naxos
We set out to see this castle on our first day in Naxos. However, it wasn’t an easy castle to find, even though it sits on a hill approximately 30 m above sea level.
We walked into many dead ends before finally making it to the top. The castle area in Hora is essentially a medieval town, preserved in the Aegean; it maintains more or less its original form. Inhabited continuously from 1207 until today, it contains a wall and the residential area that developed side by side; thus, it is reminiscent of the rocky villages built on the Italian Riviera.
Where we swam
Plaka was one of the most beautiful beaches I have seen. It is also the longest beach in Naxos. As I mentioned earlier, we took the city bus to the beach, which was a fun experience, it’s like a greyhound bus used for public transit. The beach had many restaurants and around 5 Euros, would get you an umbrella, and two chairs and a server would come to your chair, and you can place orders for food and drinks. We stayed at this beach all day long. We ordered food and beverages from Memetzidis Ioannis, a little café across from the beach.
What we ate
We had two nice dinner outing in Naxos. The first night we ate at Meze Meze, it was right by the water, and we had delicious food and wine and, of course, reki shots after dinner. The second night in Naxos, we ate at To Eaahniko. We had passed this restaurant on our first day into town and decided we would eat there on our last night as it was really close to our hotel. We knew that we would be exhausted from our day at the beach. It had a beautiful outdoor ambience and was set in the middle of a residential neighbourhood.
As I mentioned earlier, Naxos was one of my favourite islands that we visited. I just loved the vibe and the people. I will definitely go back here when I go to Greece again.
Our final stop in our trip was Santorini – stay tuned!