A little taste of Naxos
Blue flag beaches aren’t the only thing Naxos has to offer, as the largest of the Cyclades it’s fitting that this island could self-sustain itself if needed. Although this doesn’t make much difference to us in the long run, it makes a whole lot of difference to the food we’ll be eating there. Naxos is known for its own meat, fruit, vegetables and lots more leaving this island as one of the few small islands belonging to Greece where you can enjoy a meal with local produce only.
The restaurant-lined marina makes for a perfect place to dine. Sea views and soft lighting ensure romantic nights turn into treasured memories. Naxian wine will more than likely be served everywhere you go, said to heal broken hearts, the wine is deemed magic. We believe the fantastic taste is magic enough for us.
The gigantic marble doorway
When in Greece we tend to expect white walls and bright blue doors, what we don’t expect is a doorway from an ancient marble temple and nothing else. This lone piece of history is a great place to see Naxos Town and far out to sea, not to mention it’s the perfect spot for an early evening Instagram shot.
Medieval houses and Venetian-style mansions decorate the island of Naxos, as do ancient ruins and castles, you could spend days wandering down the cobbled streets and exploring the history which still stands today. The town is full of aesthetically pleasing churches and tavernas aiding the fishing village residents, the traditional agricultural people living close to the mountains and of course the happy tourists.
Take a trip out to sea
With temperatures mild during the winter and reaching the mid-30s in the summer, the sea tends to be a little warmer than we’re used to, this comes in handy as the diving around Naxos is nothing short of amazing. There’s a few diving centres and a couple you can learn to dive with.
Swim through the engine room of the old cargo ship – Marianna – wrecked not too far from the shore, observe the bright coloured fish swimming alongside the coral reef or, inspect the sunken seaplane, there’s a bunch of wreck sites for you to explore. With the chance to see sea turtles and schools of fish, snorkelling is a good option too.
If you’d rather go out with your own private group, renting a yacht is a popular choice. You could always take a picnic with you and make a day of checking out the stunning coastline.
You’re in for a traditional treat
If you’re heading to Naxos mid-July you’ll be in for a pleasant surprise. Every year on the 14th July locals celebrate the patron saint of Naxos by church ceremonies and a procession of the icon is paraded through the streets, a big feast usually follows so we’d suggest a small lunch.
During the first week of September the Dionysia Festival takes place, there’ll be theatrical performances, concerts and art exhibitions followed by a wine feast in tribute to the God of Dionysia. Also in September is the Rekee Distillery Festival, a fun time for locals and holidaymakers to enjoy traditional drinks.