Naxos knows how to treat its guests. Arriving by ship, you’re greeted by
the ancient Portara (the one that looks like that National Geographic
logo), after which there’s a litany of beaches to worship the sun on.
From organised Agia Anna and Agios Prokopios, to the smaller gems of
Aliko and Panormos, spending a day by sea comes so easily here. After
all, Naxians are as laid back as the iconic Kouroi – the colossal,
half-finished statues of men that have been resting on their backs in
the same spot on the island for centuries.
You’ll be welcome with
open arms and a full plate – the island’s cheeses (graviera, arseniko,
myzithra and xynotiri) and potatoes (thanks to the potassium-rich soil)
are famed around Greece. And the honey… well, if you take some home
you’ll also be packing the thyme, heather, sage, oregano and spring
flowers on which the bees feed.
And nor should your visit be
limited to high summer. The picturesque Tragaia valley, with its dozen
delightful villages and more than 30 Byzantine churches, and easy
airport access, give you plenty of island break options.