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After spending a week on Amorgós, I embarked a little boat, Skopelitis, to go to Náxos. This little boat passes a chain of small islands, Konfoníssi, Shinoússa, Iráklia and a couple of others, before reaching Náxos (or Amorgós).
This day it was rather windy, so it turned out to be the most jumpy trip for me, this far! I was sitting on second deck, in the open air, but after a while, must of us where all wet, because of the stormy sea. I was wearing my only trousers, which became very watery and salty. But who cares? I was glad not to become seasick!
I've visited Greece twice during 1994, and the second time I was passing Náxos, to reach my main goal Folégandros. I had to spend one and a half days here, which I didn't mind at all, because the beaches are quite amazing!
If you're not the sun-loving person, you still have a lot of reasons to visit Náxos. It's the biggest island in the Cyclades, and there are a lot of things to explore and discover.
Náxos wasn't in my plans for 1996, but you really never know where you will end up, when you travel from island to island.
I flew from Sweden to Santoríni, and was planning to go to Astípalea, as quickly as possible. At the airport, I called a travel agency to check out the time schedule for ferries. They told me, that I have to wait about three days for next ferry. I wasn't really satisfied with that answer, so I took a taxi to the harbour. At the port office, I was told to go to Náxos, since they had better connection to Astípalea. Later when I arrived to Náxos, I found out that connection to Astípalea was about the same from Santoríni and Náxos. In other word, I have to wait about three days on Náxos.
The "problem" for me, was that I was leaving the Cyclades to go to Astípalea, which belong to the Dodecanese islands. The ferry connection between the different groups of island, are mostly very bad. It's often a better idea, to first go to Athens, and change to another ferry from there.
I wasn't that disappointed to have to stay a couple of days on Náxos. Now I was able to visit the beautiful beaches South west from Náxos town, which I also did!
This year I know that I probably will spend some time (hours maybe a day) on Náxos, on my way to the Small Cyclades.
On my way from Sweden to the first island in my plans, I was spending the evening on Náxos, waiting for a ferry to Donoússa. I left my backpack (500 Drs) at little business run by a woman, where I also was able to take a shower (1000 Drs). Her place is located very close to the harbour, just one block away, on the main road leading out of town.
After that I made the mistake to have some dinner in a nice situated tavern, located in an narrow alley. But the service was slow, much to slow, and the food was nothing special! The owner was more interested in talking to good-looking woman than taking care of his guests, especially if you were a man!
Almost two weeks later, on my way to my favourite island, Folégandros, I was spending another day at Náxos, waiting for the ferry at about 01.00 in the "morning". I took the opportunity to visit the nice beach of Pláka, easy accessible by local bus.
The surroundings at Pláka are getting more and more developed, for every year now. I have divergent opinions about that progress. It could be nice with a tavern easy reachable from the beach, but at the same time I love tranquil beaches! I suppose I have to go further south, say south of Mikrí Vígla, for more info, read article Beaches.
Náxos is the biggest island in the Cyclades so I thought it was time for me to spend more time there again! There is so much to see and experience: outstanding beaches, beautiful landscape, breathtaking view, picturesque villages in the mountain, nice places to stay, nice taverns, yes the list can be long!
In fact I visited the island twice this year, since I fell in love with Hippocampus Club, a restaurant and pension at Mikri Vigla (Sahara) beach. You can read more about this nice place, in the article Where to stay!
After my visits to Náxos I now have found several good places to stay, as well as terrific restaurants with real home-made and tasty food. Well, I'm sure there are more things to discover, so hopefully I will be back soon! I suggest the same for you: pay a visit to Náxos Island!
I really wanted to return to Náxos even this year and feel the relaxing atmosphere at Mikri Vigla beach and my friends at Hippocampus club. This year I had some back problems when I arrived, so I focused very much in the beginning with stretch trainings (instructed by my physiotherapist) and this really paid of. Just 1, 5 week later I was able to climb the highest point on Náxos, Zas, at around 999 metres above the sea (differ from one map to another). That itself was a nice experience feeling the nature’s power in the steep and narrow passages to reach the top.
I did some scooter riding as well, visiting villages in the mountains as well as go to many of the nice beaches on the island. During an extended weekend I also returned to the tranquil island Donoússa (more info in the section about Donoússa Island).
Náxos town is a busy place but every time I stay on the island I also spend a little time in town for walks in the narrow alleys in Kástro, looking for restaurants with genuine quality food, buy some wine, rent scooter and similar activities.
This year I had a little different approach to my travel to the Greek islands. My first week I stayed on Tínos island, then one and a half each on Náxos and Folégandros. This planning was due to the fact that some Swedish friends were going to visit me in Greece during one week, and I wanted to show them the best of Náxos and Folégandros, the islands I spend the most time on.
I decided to hire a room on Plaka beach for the first time, because of the good communication to Náxos town, and Plaka beach is really a wonderful beach. Aronis rooms & tavern was my choice of living, since I known the family for some years, mainly because of their lovely home-made food and the fact that they were first in this area of Plaka, back in 1996.
I visited Náxos only for half a day this year, on my way back to Pierus. My main destination was Folégandros and Easter celebration there. Anyway, I took some great photos of Potata Temple of Náxos (see the Photo section, year 2003).
My first goal this year was Tílos Island close to Rhodes Island in the Dodecanese. After about one week I arrived to Náxos after a long journey with a large ferry and a somewhat shorter trip with a smaller ferry, totally 22 hours including 3 hours of sleep in a room on Amorgós. Well, its not that easy to travel between the different group of islands in Greece.
I stayed in Aronis studios at Plaka beach this year again and enjoyed their hospitality and good food! Of course I did a lot of travelling with scooter on the island to see the well know places and to find some new favourite spots.