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a VirtualTourist member from Shanghai asked on Jul 19, 2010

Naxos Island

If you had exactly 24 hours in Naxos in mid-September...

with a mandate not to do anything too tiring, what would you do?


8 Answers

answered on 7/19/10 by
a VT member from Oregon

Sit on the beach and read a book.

answered on 7/19/10 by
a VT member from Caldonazzo

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.

answered on 7/19/10 by
a VT member from Sydney

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.

answered on 7/19/10 by
a VT member from Sydney


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.

answered on 7/20/10 by
a VT member from Barcon

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!


answered on 7/20/10 by
a VT member from Athens

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.

answered on 7/20/10 by
a VT member from Athens

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!

answered on 7/21/10 by
a VT member from Shanghai

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).

Thanks everyone.

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