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Old Town Naxos, with its narrow alleys and white washed buildings, offers the typical Cycladic experience without breaking the bank. The lanes and alleys bristle with unique shops, tavernas, and restaurants and seem to wind endlessly into each other. Everything is reasonably priced for what's...More
Visited in late October and enjoyed the perfect mix of no crowds and still great weather. Directly located at the ferry port, The Old Town area offers enjoyable harbor views, restaurants and shops. You could spend your entire visit to Naxos within this small area....More
On Sep 26 as we drove into Naxos Town, storm Xenophon hit with gale-force 35 MPH winds gusting to 50 MPH, so dangerous that schools were closed in parts of Greece. We followed a vague sign “Parking-->” to a parking lot on nameless street on...More
Really great fun exploring the Old Town through all the winding pathways to the top of the old castle. Lots of history, so very old. Plenty of shops which are well priced compared to busier islands near by. Lots of food and dinning all by...More
We loved the scenic stroll along the waterfront dotted with inviting restaurants and shops, and then ventured into the labyrinth of lanes on the usually gentle climb away from the water. This is where we found 520 Restaurant, with its view over the street below...More
The port is part of the Old Town, in that you can start climbing the narrow walkways up the hill towards the cathedral. Take your time, enjoy the many small shops along the way, ask someone for directions if feeling lost... More
The port is part of the Old Town, in that you can start climbing the narrow walkways up the hill towards the cathedral. Take your time, enjoy the many small shops along the way, ask someone for directions if feeling lost. Remember, from noon till dinner, the sun will be behind you on the port side. Also, if you do not want to walk back down the many stairs, there is a road just a short distance east of the cathedral to get you slowly back to the port area - just ask a local.
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!