As the ferry began approaching, literally everyone rushed to the deck to marvel at the stunning sight of Naxos. Yet, for such a spotlight-stealer, only a meagre dozen of passengers disembarked. Why?
Naxos seems to divide foreign tourists and local Greeks down in the middle. The traditional island-hopping wisdom for international visitors is to spend one day each in Mykonos and Santorini, and that’s it; but the experienced locals we met clearly had a different idea.
“Are you going to Naxos next?” asked our pension host.
“Oh… no, we’re actually heading to Naxos,” a young mother on our first ferry ride told us when I asked whether she’s vacationing to Mykonos.
“You should go there, it’s really beautiful,” she continued.
Ancient ruins, Venetian fortresses, crystal-clear water, fine beaches, colorful port, towering mountains with traditional villages by the valleys—all sort of wonders in just one sight, a sight I greedily stare with equal part awe and jealousy.
WHY OH WHY DIDN’T I SQUEEZE NAXOS INTO OUR ITINERARY???!
As our ferry left the islet to Santorini, I took a deep breath to sip in as much memory of Naxos as I could, knowing what I see is just a tip of the iceberg of a wonderful adventure I could have had.
Which Greek island(s) do you wish you have visited?