a VirtualTourist member from Shanghai asked on Jul 19, 2010
with a mandate not to do anything too tiring, what would you do?
Sit on the beach and read a book.
I'd just stay in the main town; Naxos and have a long stroll thought its nice narrow streets. Then I'd have a good meal.
The Old city is a must see- a very easy stroll around- not at all tiring unless you are very old or feeble.And near the harbour.
Hire a car and drive around the island. Have lunch at one of the rustic inland or coastal villages. Again- no energy needed.
Have a stroll on harbour side- lovely restuarants, shops & tavernas
Sit on the beach if you like that sort of thing- its very pretty.
The roads are not busy, and they are perfectly safe for driving. Car hire is not expensive.
The Portara- (Archway) on its little island is also a must visit- again- a very easy stroll from Hotel Grotta. Its magnificent, especially at sunset.
Naxos is an island, not a continent.
Of course one could do it all in 24 hours. We did, and we are not exactly spring chickens. And we were NOT tired out.
My idea of a 'holiday' is not lying on a beach, drinking frappes and eating at odd times.
If you have ever been to Naxos, you would have noticed that most attractions are a 10-15 minute walk apart ( so that could be covered in a morning)
The island drive can be done in an afternoon.
That leaves an evening to EAT DRINK and RELAX.
Great and funny...
...Sojourner46 still remains my VT myth!
24 hours in Naxos. Seriously it always depends on your personality.
Are you a "must see"? OK, try to visit the more you can (Lynne suggestions become very useful).
Are you a "Turtle turned on back" as well as me?
Well, Sojourner46 is our unreachable teacher!
I stayed in Naxos about 12 hours... I only visited the area around the port, get drinks and, when my boat was arriving, I was swimming nearby of the port; the waves produced by boat hit my luggage and I was loosing it!
My funny and crazy tourist life...
In every case don't forget TO BREATHE your stay there.
Have a nice travel in European Community!
I love Naxos but with only 24 hours I would stay near the port, walking in the old town, checking the small alleys and corners, the museums and the churches etc. Then I would go to a restaurant for local food with the sea in front of me and then just before sunset I'd visit Portara.
1)Visit the once-upon-a time small island of Palatia, with "Portara" on the top.
2)Visit the "Castro" of Naxos, stroll around its medieval alleys, paying a visit to the Archaelogical Museum (former Commercial School of the Jesuits, where Nikos Kazantzakis studied for some years), to the Venetian Museum :Domus Della Rocca-Barozzi, to the Catholic Cathedral.
3)Swim at the unique beach of Aghios Prokopis (there is a bus at every 20 minutes to get you there).
4)Have a coffee and a sweet at "Rendez-vous" or "Aktaion" cafes and pastry shops.
5)Taste a unique ice cream at "Waffle House".
6)Buy a bottle or two of the local liqueur called: "Kitron" at Prombonas or Vallindras liquor shops.
7)Take a lot of photos.
8)And please...come back!Naxos is the biggest island of the Cyclades.There is much more to see and experience.24 hours are not enough!
I've enjoyed reading your responses. Any place that can inspire such differing but all great suggestions must be truly special. I will keep researching our options and see if we can go there, maybe for more than 24 hours (after we visit Santorini).