More about Naxos Island
The ferry at Pireaus port
Naxos in April
We are planning on visiting Naxos the beginning of April for 4 or 5 days. Any suggestions on where to stay? Any other info would be appreciated.
Re: Naxos in April
Because the island will be quiet at the beginning of April I suggest you focus your search on Naxos Town or Agios Giorgios (St. George) Beach, which is next to and just a short walk from town.
Re: Naxos in April
We stayed at The Hotel Grotta, in Naxos Town, 5 to 10 minutes walk away from the town waterfront & bus station and close to the Kastro/Citadel. A lovely hotel, cheap (amazingly cheap to be honest) with very friendly hosts (run by mother, father, sister & brother, of course) and lovely rooms. We were most impressed with it.
Looking now it would be 40 euro per night for a double room (for room, not per person) including breakfast in early April.
Travel Tips for Naxos Island
The Greek Islands in January
There is an advantage to tour the Greek Islands in January as there are few tourists . But there are tourists.
It does rain in Greece . When it does the ferry schedules can be disrupted , so make sure that you confirm ferry schedules after rain and inclement weather.
If you do not you may spend an additional four days on an island with nothing to do. Make sure you have something to read .
Naxos is not an exciting place to be stranded on in the month of January.
Romantic evening walk
A good idea for romantic couples is to take an evening walk from Naxos town up to Agia Ioannis Theológos, which is a small church located on a hill up from the town, close to the Chrysóstomos monastery. It takes less than an half an hour to walk up there from the ferry harbour. The sunset view from the steps of this small church is magnificent plus you have a great view over the town. My girlfriend and I were the only people up there and it was a beautiful moment.
Can a cactus produce "tuna?"
Can cactus produce "tuna"? yes, it can, if cactus is called opuntia aka prickly pear.
There are plenty of those "pears" or "grapes" (opuntia is translated as "French grape" from Greek as it is believed to be brought to Greece by French) on islands. you should definitely try this exotic fruit called "tuna," which tastes like forest berries.
but pick it up and peel it extremely carefully if you don't want small spines (ouch) to get into your fingers, not talking about your throat and lips.
Authentic Pottery Workshop
As you drive from Naxos Town to apiranthos (there's only one road, so you can't get lost, you'll see a sign for "Pottery Workshop". It's owned by Manolis, who has been doing pottery his whole life. He actually comes from a long line of potters. His whole family has been potters. It's a pretty amazing place. He doesn't speak Englsih, so be prepared. he took us in, and within a matter of minutes, made an incrediable pot, right before our eyes. We bought several things, that were very reasonably priced. He'll also ship it for you, but that's a story for another time. Well worth the trip.
The best terrace on the island!
This small family run restaurant is located on Apiranthos main street. As you enter, you'll see a large counter full of sweets and cakes. The first floor is mainly used as a café, but if you ask to be seated outside, you'll enjoy a wonderful view of Naxos mountains and valleys while eating under walnut trees.
The menu is made up of a few freshly cooked and delicious dishes, but deserts are definitely the speciality of the house. Deserts! We had a vanilla and lemon cake and a cinnamon rice pudding!
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