Naxos was the fourth island on our Grecian adventure. It’s close neighbours with Paros, you can actually see Naxos from Paros and vice versa if you’re standing on the right side. But of course the ports are on the opposite sides of the islands so it still takes and hour on the ferry!
We got there in the late afternoon, took a sweaty walk across town to our hostel (Korali Palace) and headed out with some beers to watch the sunset.
On our first day we took a bus to Agia Anna and managed to find a tiny cove of beach that we had all to ourselves. Andy was pretty excited:
The sand was a mixture of pebbles and tiny, perfectly formed shells. So pretty. It was a nice spot for snorkelling. Not that many fish around but still fun. I feel like snorkelling in Belize has probably ruined us for the rest of the world, but I’ve been appreciating just floating around pretending I live under the sea here.
Portara, a massive 2500-year-old archway, is the place to watch the sunset. Just you, part of an ancient unfinished temple and about 1000 other people. Bliss!
The follow day we got back on the bus and took it a bit further to Plaka beach.
Turns out Plaka is the favoured beach for nudists. There is kind of an awkward mix of naked and clothed people, so it still catches you off guard. Easier if everyone is either completely naked or completely clothed I think!
Some good snorkelling there as well.
I also binge listened to NPR podcast Invisibilia. My sister just got me onto it. It’s excellent!
The next day was my birthday and we spent the entire day on a sailboat (in case you missed the last post).
We spent our last afternoon exploring the alleyways of the old town before our ferry to Tinos.
There are still buildings from around the 16th century when the island was under Venetian rule (known then by the Italian name ‘Nasso’).
We grabbed a gyros near the port.
Then jumped on a ferry and waved goodbye to Naxos, one year older.