Where does the next ferry go to?Naxos at 6:30pm. That’ll be 31 Euros please.
Gulping slightly at the fare, I bit the bullet and though why not? So I purchased my ticket to Naxos – only a one way as I had no idea when I’d be returning – and headed to the monolithic ferry looming into view at Gate 7E, literally right opposite me.
Five hours later, I was in Naxos. Upon disembarking the ferry I spied the usual motley crew of accommodation owners seeking their next ‘victims.’ I recognised one of them, Nektarias. He’d looked after my sister & I in June 2010. I wandered up to him, tried in faltering Greek to explain I stayed at his place last year.
“Oh yes!” he threw a small punch on my arm, reached for my bag and threw it into the back of his van before I could ask his prices.
“You no worry about price – me fix you good price, no worry” he reassured me, in that way that is habitually Greek: worry later.
And he did. It was high season, don’t forget and I had a room with three beds in it, all to myself, for €30 a night. Albeit it was located in the basement with a small window, but it was HUGE, clean, a big bathroom with A/C and being located on the ground floor – very cool. It was only a 10 min walk to the beach – which was where I spent the next two days.
Naxos, Greece – Things to do: hidden gems
In those two days, I received a back, neck and foot massage from some Chinese person trawling for business on the beach. It lasted a full hour and I was only charged €25.
The evenings were spend wandering around, taking photos of sunsets, being buffeted a little by the wind (yes, it was windy there with the ‘Etesian’, or ‘Meltemi’ winds) and I ended up staying three days in total – enough time to relax on the beach, travel inland to mountainous villages and generally DO NOTHING.
So try it – don’t book your airline ticket directly to an island, take a chance. Come to Athens, spend a couple of days looking at the sites and alternative tours, then head to Piraeus, see where the next available ferry takes you.
Originally published in SEP 2011. Revised and updated in SEP 2018