Naxos Island Journals

Naxos - an Island of Impulse

A June 2003 trip to Naxos Island by Theresa448

Naxos Shoreline Photo, Naxos Island, Greece More Photos
Quote: Naxos sunsets don't advertise, nor does its nightlife. Left out of most travel shows, short changed in most guidebooks, and ignored by many a tourist, Naxos holds the promise of silence and tranquility while still providing enough activity to fill any traveler's "must see" or "to do" lists.

Naxos - an Island of Impulse

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Naxos Shoreline Photo, Naxos Island, Greece
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Naxos, left unvisited by many a tourist to Greece, certainly doesn’t make any guidebook's top five lists of places to visit. This, coupled with the fact that most of the island is uninhabited, is exactly why we were so excited to settle there for a time during our travels through Greece. If departing a bit from the well-traveled paths of major tourist and vacation destinations captures your interest, then Naxos might be for you. Naxos hides away some amazing finds: good, affordable restaurants, unexplored and uncrowded temple ruins, some of the best views in the cyclades thanks to Mt. Zeus, and most importantly some quiet beach time away from the holiday crowds. Quick Tips: Flying into S...Read More
Temple of Apollo Photo, Naxos Island, Greece
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In Naxos, so many things are left and forgotten, slipping away and shifting over on themselves like grains of sand rolling off the cliffs or dispersed by the wind. Manners, for one - Naxonians possess the most interesting ability to combine European major-city rudeness with the hospitality and kindness of old-country values, all wrapped up within each individual person. At their core, I think they have and had simpler values than the Athenians, and a legitimate desire to help. But given the fact that the Naxonian tourist influx isn’t as grand as it is in a popular destination like Mykonos, it's only logical that sometimes, you as a foreigner evoke a bit of sass, suspicion, or sarcasm....Read More

Demeter's Temple

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Naxos Cliffs Photo, Naxos Island, Greece
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Near Sangri, Naxos, Greece."Harrrrgh". It's that exasperated sigh that my husband Steve gives when he's intensely frustrated, so frustrated that he can't even kick anything or throw something. It was windy, cold, something you wouldn't expect on a Greek Island, but this is Naxos, land of irony. It was strange enough to pass by souvenir stands selling chipped candleholders with "Santorini" (the name of another island) written on them in Sharpie marker. But to be prattling through a rocky, uninhabited, Mars-like terrain now on a bargain scooter, which we couldn't get past, oh, 25 mph, was almost too much to take in. But then, how would I know we were only ...Read More