Naxos Island Journals

Greek Island Hopping Part 2 - Naxos

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A July 1999 trip to Naxos Island by beckyt

View of Naxos Town Photo, Naxos Island, Greece More Photos
Quote: Naxos was my first stop on my Greek island hop and ended up being one of my favourites. I stayed in Naxos town for four days and didn't travel very far from base. I loved the beaches and visiting the portora at sunset.

Greek Island Hopping Part 2 - Naxos

Overview

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While I was in Naxos, one thing I really enjoyed doing was sitting outside one of the harbour front bars and watching the sun go down while drinking a couple of cocktails. Quick Tips: A visit to the portora is a must. I found sunset the best time -- it's so eerily beautiful up there at that time. Also a must is a wander around the old section of the city. This area really reminded me of Lindos on Rhodes Island, with the narrow maze like alleyways and crooked streets that don’t seem to go anywhere.Best Way To Get Around: As I said earlier, I stayed around Naxos town while I was there, mainly because I was kind of nervous being alone and wanted to build my confidence and get used to do...Read More

Naxos Town Domatia

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Hotel

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The place where I stayed I suppose could be classed as a domatia. Basically, I was in a spare room of this lady's house. I find that this is often the cheapest way to stay places in the Greek islands; just turn up and look around when you get there. This routine has never failed me anyway. The room would have cost 8000dr (£16) per night as it was a large double room, but due to a helping hand from her son, the price was reduced by half, making it a very reasonable price. What you got was typical Greek simplicity: two single beds, with surprisingly comfy mattresses and very clean, white sheets; a table and chairs. . . and that was it! There was bot even a wardrobe, ...Read More

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Portara

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Attraction | "The Portara"

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The first evening stroll that should be taken after arriving in Naxos is up to see the Portara. The ‘Portara’ of the Temple of Apollo is the name given to the archaeological site that is the most noticeable landmark as you enter Naxos town harbour. It is also the trademark of the island. All that remains of the site today is a huge gateway, the ‘Portara’ and some foundation stones. The building was started in 552BC by the supposed tyrant, King Lygdamis and was going to eventually be a 100-foot temple. The Portara is formed out of four immense slabs of marble, each one more than six feet in length. The site is located on a small islet called Palateia, which lies just offshore, and to the left o...Read More

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Portara

Naxos Island, Greece

Arriving in Naxos - The Harbour Scene

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Story/Tip

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As I explained in "Greek Island Hopping Part 1," I had decided to visit Naxos first on my island-hopping trip and for no better reason than my new American buddies were heading to Santorini and the ferry stopped at Naxos on the way. The ferry finally pulled into Naxos Harbour around 4pm and waving goodbye to the Americans, I made my way down the precariously slopping ramp to dry land. Lifting my heavy bag onto my poor sunburned shoulders I staggered up the quay towards a huge crowd of people who were stampeding towards the boat. Within minutes, I was being propositioned with offers of accommodation from all sides (as were all other people who looked like tourists). The selection available was v...Read More

Agios Georgios

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This is the most tourist resort-like of the four areas of the city and of the whole island; hundreds of people flock here on beach holidays every year. This area is chock full of hotels, apartments, guesthouses, etc. and is the best bet for finding accommodation quickly and cheaply. The requisite bars and restaurants of a tourist resort can also be found here in abundance. At the same time though Agios Georgios’ obvious tourist atmosphere shouldn’t put you off visiting it. The area has somehow managed to maintain a certain charm and is certainly worth seeing. Added to that, Agios Georgios can also boast to have one of the best beaches on the island and it REALLY is a good beach too! The beach i...Read More
View of Naxos Town Photo, Naxos Island, Greece
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Naxos is the largest of the Cyclades Islands and is situated pretty much in the middle of the Aegean Sea. You can get there by ferry, as I did, hydrofoil, or by Olympic Airways connections from Athens. The ferries and hydrofoils to Naxos all dock in Naxos Town where the first thing you notice is a bizarre archaeological site standing proud on a headland (see journal entry). The port feels much more touristy than many other island ports, what with the tavernas, restaurants, ticket shops, and tourist shops lining the harbour. The town is made up of four distinct areas. First, there is the harbour, with its bustling front of bars, restaurants and tourist shops and fishermen at work. The...Read More