Naxos, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Naxos is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades so it is worthwhile hiring a car for the day to really explore at your own pace. Public transport options are limited and the roads are easy enough to drive around. We found booking through the hotel on the day significantly cheaper than anything we could scour online!

The landscape is surprisingly dry with a hilly terrain that means you get pockets of different microclimates around the island. Unfortunately some of the sights we were keen on visiting such as a cave filled with bats, a ceramics museum, and a olive oil press factory were closed on the day. Despite this, we managed to see some interesting ruins, walked along the stony coastline and see a goat crossing before our very own car!

Coming back to Naxos town, one can really admire the beauty of the sunset peeking through the Apollo Temple in the distance. But our stay in Naxos was made even more special thanks to the hospitality at Hotel Grotta. This family run hotel is like staying with best friends who really want to impress: house wine on arrival, rooftop sun lounge, indoor pool, jacuzzi, sauna, and the most incredible breakfast buffet spread made by hand. Leaving was a hard thing to do.

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