Nine days in Naxos
After the rough year health wise we made a decision to enjoy life with greater intensity and to become a bit less cost conscious. In that frame of mind we booked Boutique Hotel Glaros at St George Beach. Glaros was the first hotel we stayed at when we first want to Naxos in 1996. It has undergone modernization and renovations and everything is beautifully designed. It has modern bathrooms, a mouth-watering breakfast buffet and luxury concierge personal bath items. Unfortunately the cancelled ferry sailings meant that we lost one of our two days at Boutique Glaros. Lolly is insisting that this is grounds for us to return and stay three nights on our next trip.
We also missed meeting Seniorita Suzie a forum regular who we planned to meet for drinks. This was their last night.
On our first day we just wandered around Naxos town mostly along the waterfront premade and up into the old market area and hung out at Finikas Beach bar at St George. We went back to the waterfront for sunset and although it was quite windy we did find a sheltered bar with a view of the harbour and sunset. We walked up high in the old town to Taverna Kastro. We were warmly welcomed by the owner Sulous with a chat over an Ouzo. They have a new chef and the menu is now more sophisticated than in the past. The food was excellent.
The next day we moved to Plaka beach at three Brothers. They kept our old room for us. The hotel is directly across the road from Plaka beach and was perfect for three beach oriented days. Each morning we went for an early walk up the beach and sunned and swam for an hour then returned to the hotel for an early lunch and the afternoon on the beach. One day we walked to Aggia Anna and spent a couple of hours at a beach bar just far enough away from the crowd so it wasn’t too noisy. Each evening we visited our favourite tavernas at Plaka including Petrino, Three Brothers and Nikolas and Marias. They all had magnificent sunsets and the latter two had tables on the beach. What a wonderful setting for dinner.
Our Plaka beach time came to an end so we returned to Naxos town to stay at Kymata hotel. I had visited that hotel a few times in the past but we had never stayed there. This hotel is frequently mentioned on the forum so I thought it would be a good idea to stay there for a firsthand experience. We had a second floor room with a 180 degree sea view. We quite enjoyed the hotel and its friendly staff however there was 38 steps up to the second floor, which is becoming harder for us as we age and as our knees deteriorate.
That pesky wind came up again for the last three days of our stay in Naxos so beaching wasn’t on the agenda. We took the KTEL bus to Chalki and walked around the countryside on a masonry path which I believe was constructed for the Olympics. It is quite picturesque in this area and we enjoyed a couple of hours taking it all in.
The next day it was still windy so we took the bus back to Chalki and did a different walk/hike. This one was much more urban that went through a couple of small villages out in the countryside. We can highly recommend the walks around Chalki.
On our flight to Crete at the beginning of the trip Lolly sat beside a lady. They started to talk and we discovered she had been born in Naxos and is now working in Belgium. She told us that her uncle owns a farm with goats and sheep and they make cheese. Apparently they have opened up their farm as part as a destination for a small tour company. She told us we had to take the tour and say hello to the cheese making farmer. “Say hi from Maria from Belgium”
Nine days in Naxos