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We spent one short morning exploring the tiny streets of Naxos Old Town "Fantastic"
It's cool on a hot day and photographers dream at anytime. Also there are lots of friendly cats to say hello to along the way. Next time we would like to...More
We were disappointed by the fact that the island seemed to be invaded by families and couples, so not the best destination for singles like us. However, the Old Town does lend itself to exploration, with many, many little streets on the hill over the...More
Its a beautiful place with beautiful people. Have to say that Naxosians are the most friendliest people ever. Loved it and would definitly go there again. Its optimum for families, however everyone can really enjoy it.
Twisty, whitewashed pirate alleys, tiny shops, flowery tavernas with tables set up in the alleyways, and photo ops from every angle, the Old Town is not to be missed. Great for restaurants, souvenir shopping, and just exploring.
Narrow, winding streets meander uphill through the quiet neighborhood with historic homes and gated gardens along the way. At the top is a wonderful museum with statuary and other items rescued from the harbor after being torn down by the Romans. Make sure you check...More
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It's very close - a 5-minute walk or so. Once you get into the old town, however, it can be quite tricky if you've got luggage, as the old town is all narrow winding streets with steps. Contact your hotel and ask them to... More
It's very close - a 5-minute walk or so. Once you get into the old town, however, it can be quite tricky if you've got luggage, as the old town is all narrow winding streets with steps. Contact your hotel and ask them to meet and greet you at the port.
HI Gemma, we have been spending time on Naxos yearly for the past ten years; this year we were on the island mid May to first week June and again last week August to first week October, the previous time we returned end of... More
HI Gemma, we have been spending time on Naxos yearly for the past ten years; this year we were on the island mid May to first week June and again last week August to first week October, the previous time we returned end of October. The island can be windy at times, mid October is probably the latest you could stay, end of October we experienced a week of bad weather, all ferries were cancelled for a day and smaller ferries for a few days, flights are always fully booked, so it can be a problem.
If you are going for a beach holiday, don't stay longer than mid October, if you enjoy hiking and cycling and are happy in very changeable weather then stay longer.
Naxos is the biggest island in the Cyclades and has a reasonably large permanent population and some coffee shops, restaurants and stores do remain open past the end of October. Agai Anna, a great spot during season is practically a ghost town out of season. You will need to be prepared for cooler weather from about the first week of October, depending were you are it might get cold, pack a wind breaker with some thermal protection. The vibe from mid October is not so great as many places have already closed. If you are staying for such a long period, try and get a place that has a seating, dining area as you may find that you will need to spend a few days indoors. Naxos is a fantastic island with generally great, friendly and generous people.
We have been to most of the other islands in the Cyclades, Santorini is beautiful and worth seeing, go later in the season to avoid the madness, Mykonos was not a great experience, over hyped and not really what a Greek island is all about. You can easily do day trips or longer to most of the other islands in the Cyclades.
Hope that helps.
Enjoy your trip, this will be the first of many to this island!