Given that Naxos is the largest island of the Cyclades, the decision to stay there the least amount of time may have been a tad questionable. In retrospect, I do believe that the short stay mostly had to do with ferry prices and availability. With that said, perhaps I could have stood to stay for a little longer on the island mostly known for its agriculture and lovely beaches. In any case, our short stay was perhaps the best one that we could’ve asked for.
Our ferry arrived in Naxos at approximately midnight and we were greeted with the commencement of the Easter celebrations. The hostel owners of Pension Sofi, Rena and Panos, picked us up from the dock and allowed us to drop off our stuff in our rooms, before directing us back to the city centre to watch the spectacle. The chiming of bells soon stopped as we raced down to the Old Town, and found ourselves in a crowd watching a firing of flares. We returned to the hostel to find small Easter celebrations – dyed eggs and small buns.
The real delight in the adventure, though, arrived the next morning when Rena instructed us to return to the hostel by noon. We weren’t quite sure what would be happening, but we did hear something about Easter. When we returned from a quick wander about the old town, we found ourselves following a scooter up the road to what I presumed to be her (or her father’s) home for an Easter celebration. Everyone staying at the hostel was invited, along with friends, to dine in the mid-day feast. Our stomachs were stuffed to the limits; even I found my stomach to be full, and had to spend a good couple of minutes back at the hostel sprawled out on the bed before being able to explore the island.
Since Angela joined us in Syros, we were now able to rent two ATVs (since she had a license) instead of a boxy car. Since we had been so well fed, there was no need for dinner, and we spent the later afternoon and evening exploring the island’s beaches and windy roads. Eventually, driving around loses its intrigue, and we returned to the hostel to park our ATVs, and walk to the old town.
If you scroll down, you’ll notice something called Diogenes Café. What attracted us to the place was the long happy hours, starting from 2PM until midnight or 2AM (I can’t quite remember which one, but that’s not really the point). The daiquiris are delicious, delightfully fruity and with a decent kick, and arrive decorated with sparklers so as to create excitement. And really, the large concoction is only 4€. The café is located right by the port.
I wish there could be more for me to tell you about Naxos, but there really isn’t, since our stay was that short. The next day, we took an early morning drive before returning our ATVs to the rental place and catching the ferry for the last leg of our trip: Santorini.