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Mandurah, Australia
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where to stay?

it has taken ages to decide 'which' Greek Island to visit - we have chosen Naxos!! We will be travelling from Australia, next September & want to enjoy an 'authentic' Greek Island experience. Where to stay?? we aren't confident to drive in Greece, but do want to hire scooters for a day or two. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Anne

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1. Re: where to stay?

Hi Anne

There are many places to stay on Naxos, both in town and at the beaches. It would be helpful to know your preferences for location and price range.

For the record, I stay at http://www.argo-hotel.com/ , a very nice and reasonably priced hotel just off St George Beach in Naxos Town.

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2. Re: where to stay?

I completely agree with Heimdal. We will stay at Argo for the second time (in August), and after trying various islands/hotels we did settle for Naxos and Argo as the best considering the island, hotel location, price, confort, friendliness.

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3. Re: where to stay?

thanks for the reply's. We would like to be fairly close to town , restaurants, transport etc. But - we don't want to be anywhere full of traffic??! Budget (yes, we have one unfortunately) and are looking for somewhere that is good value but nice!!

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4. Re: where to stay?

Hi Anne

Argo Hotel meets all your requirements, but there are many others in St George as well. The hotel is a 10 min walk from the harbour and old town where most of the action is, but in a quiet area with little traffic - you can't go wrong choosing a hotel in that part of town.

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5. Re: where to stay?

Hi Anne,

St. George will be an ideal location for you according to your preferences. Here is a preview ("Lysbildevisning" means "View slideshow"):

http://tinyurl.com/yohbkg

The photos are partly from April \ May and September \ October.

You will have a 10-15 min walk to the harbour and seafront with many choices for restaurants etc. as well as for the old town, and if you like to cater on your own the biggest supermarket on the island is within easy walking distance. From this point you can also have the bus for the other beaches like Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna and Plaka.

In September there will be less people, and you will be able to enjoy the more genuine feeling of the island. A trip around the island is highly recommended - hire a scooter like you mention, and go around a couple of days on day excursions to the mountain villages and sights.

Some other albums for you:

Naxos Island

http://tinyurl.com/263q4g

Naxos Old Town

http://tinyurl.com/2bb44p

Naxos Town

http://tinyurl.com/2fwa8m

Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna & Plaka Beaches

http://tinyurl.com/2bk8yf

Hope this is useful for you.

Mandurah, Australia
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6. Re: where to stay?

Thankyou so much for all the information & photos. I wish we were going much sooner now - but - it gives us something to look forward to.

As far as hiring scooters? are the roads ok? I haven't ridden a scooter before!!!! but am determined to do so in Naxos !!

thanks again

Anne

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7. Re: where to stay?

I would be VERY cautious if you are new to scooters ... many holidays have been spoiled by a spill. You might consider renting a 4-wheeler since they are more stable.

ALSO, you will be fine if you mainly use your vehicle to go from a farther beach town like Prokopios or Plaka in to Naxos town, as the roads near the shores are quite level. I don't recommend you use it to drive to the other end of the island, as it is mountainous with tricky twisty roads for beginners. Also, not smart to drink a bottle of wine in Naxos Town or party in a club there, then get on a scooter or 4-wheeler.

Naxos "old Hands" often prefer to stay at St. George beach as a previous poster advised -- it is quiet at night, yet just a 5 minute walk to the attractions of naxos town cafes, tavernas, shops, clubs. St. G beach itself is shallow, but u can tke your scooter to all the other beaches, as noted. Naxos also has a VERY GOOD bus network to get around the island.

Naxos is never overwhelmed by tourists because its port won't take large cruise ships, its small airport won't take big charter planes, PLUS it is a Large and fertile agricultural island, so if you go a few Kms away from the beaches, you will find many authentic traditional villages where people go about their business. Try a quiet lunch in Filoti town square under the trees, with the old geezers playing cards with the village priest... then hike out into an olive grove and feel the silence surround you.

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8. Re: where to stay?

Evern though Filoti has a better public bus service (it is the senond largest town on Naxos), I will laso recommend that you try some of the more far away villages like Damarionas and Koronos:

Damarionas

http://tinyurl.com/yvf76t

Koronos (a sacred place for pilgrimages nearby)

http://tinyurl.com/25qp4r

All the small villages will offer you the genuine Greek way of life, and hey all have small tavernas with delicious homecooked food - along with local specialities.

In the village of Danakos you can see a spring coming out from the mountain, then disappearing in the ground some 200 meters further down. Some chemicals to explore where it reappears showed it returned to the surface in Izmie, Turkey.

There are also famous archeological sites in Naxos, as shown in several of the previous albums.

All in all - to use a couple of days to explore is well worth the effort, and is an experience you never will forget.

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9. Re: where to stay?

we were in Naxos for 8 days mid-july. We stayed in ag.anna in a very beautiful hotel, not cheap but it worths the money. the rooms are really big decorated with real paintings and art objects. the service was very very good. maybe you can ask for better prices for september.

scooter is good for all the roads arround the island. dont use it to go to apollo

hotel name was iria beach art hotel /www.iriabeach-naxos.com

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10. Re: where to stay?

Most of the roads are great in Naxos,unless you stray off the beaten track but if you haven't ever ridden a scooter before, then I really would advise against it. All three of our drivers on holiday have motorbike licences but found it very edgy indeed on a bike. Stick with four wheels. You arn't there for long so don't risk ruining your stay. Once you are out of the main town area (which takes about a second), you are out on to large quiet roads with not many cars or vehicles on them - you would be surprised how easy it is to drive a car. I would strongly suggest a vehicle to be able to get around and see things though.

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