We are travelling to Naxos in late July of 2015 and are wondering what area of the island we should stay at a hotel. Plus, which beaches are the best? What are your favorite things to do on Naxos? Thanks!
If you want to be close to all that Naxos Town has to offer but don't want to be right in the middle of it focus your search on St. George Beach so you can easily walk to and from your hotel room for shopping, dining and exploring.
Thanks! Is Plaka beach near there? What is your favorite thing to do on Naxos?
Plaka Beach is about 15 minutes further south by car from St. George Beach along the coastline. Regardless of which island I'm on I enjoy swimming, sunbathing, hiking and seeing what all the shops have to offer. However, I haven't spent any time on Naxos recently so I have no current information to pass on.
Do you know if there are buses that go from Plaka Beach to St George?
Lisa ... Late July is THE most busy time of year in all the Greek Isles, all Naxos beach accommodations will be full .. because of that, I do not recommend you stay at St. George beach (where I stay happily every year, in late-may early June), instead try to find a place out on Plaka beach. NOTE: in July there are busses every 30 minutes, that take about 20 minutes to get to the heart of Naxos Town, and they run until midnight so no problem!
Many places on Plaka will be solidly booked by now, but luckily, my favorite is often overlooked because I don't think theyare on booking.com. Called Aronis Taverna and apartments/rooms .. it's at the far end of the beach, the 3rd & last bus stop for Plaka. The place is on its own, right on the sands... the "taverna" (a restaurant not a tavern of course, and v. quiet at night) has a lovely deep shady terrace looking out at water.... see photos -- http://aronisnaxos.com/pictures/all%20pictures%20en.html The lodgings are 2 white building behind, all rooms with balconies, tables, fridges pvt bath etc. Its lovely family-run place ... serves organic foods from its own farm. http://aronisnaxos.com/index%20en.html You will love it & them, truly Greek -- but do not hesitate, bookNOW.
I quite enjoyed my stay at Hotel Grotta, and would definitely stay there again. The room was very comfortable, the staff were great, they serve a nice breakfast and they have an indoor pool (nice to cool off at the end of a day's touring). It's also within easy walking distance to the harbour and all the restaurants there.
Ken I have stayed at Grotta also, twice and they do have lovely breakfasts, and hosts are most charming, and yes, its a short downhill walk to the harborside shops and restaurants. I do feel impelled to add that the walk UPhill after dinner, in the dark, is less fun ... and there is no beach nearby. You can get a bus at the end of the Grotta Road, going out of town toward the 3-4 main beaches -- but by the time it reaches that stop it is standing room only in July... and on return it stops at the ferry pier and u have that uphill walk again. You may have rented a car for the duration of your stay.... and Lisa did put an emphasis on beaches.
Thank you for your extremely informative responses! I have now secured lodging. I am having difficulty getting in touch with someone to book Captain Panos sailing excursion
Has anyone gone on this excursion? Any feedback would be appreciated. How do I get in touch with him to reserve it? Thank you!!!