On Sunday before the crack of dawn I was picked up and literally walked right onto the World Champion Jet Ferry at the Port of Piraeus by my Fantasy Travel contacts to depart to Naxos. 3+ hours later I landed on Naxos and found my name on a placard being held by my transfer agent. While waiting for the van and looking at the town of Naxos my eyes caught sight of Apollo’s Gate…it was literally right there up on a promontory overlooking the wine dark (actually beautiful blue) sea. It blew my mind.
Arriving at the Lagos Mare Hotel in Agios Prokopios Beach a little early I chilled by their beautiful pool while awaiting my room. Once settled in, I headed over to Giannloupis Taverna, recommended as the best spot by the beach for lunch, which it more than lived up to. Once seated a plate of beans and fava spread with bread gratis arrived. I ordered up the whole Sea Bream with salad and a glass of Rose. For desert a Greek pastry and glass of Restina arrived gratis as well. A couple of minutes walk further down the road led to Agios Prokopios beach one of Greeces most beautiful. The water and views were awesome, I went every day of my stay…
The beach area of Agios Prokopios has plenty of restaurants to choose from and with the exception of one night in Chora, Naxos Town had all my meals here. I just wish the bars here had a happy hour scene which at least mid September it didn’t.
That night for dinner I went to Spiros Tavern and started with Fish Roe with bread and a piece of Pastichio the size of a huge brick. Crushed it and it thanked me by rewarding me with my first night of sleep in days. The large Mythos Beer may have helped as well.
On Monday started my day with another great buffet breakfast, here right by the pools edge. The Yougurt with cherries, fig jam, citrus jam, local honey and sesame sauce …best ever, made it every morning. For more protein, some eggs and assorted savory and sweet treats. Full but not stuffed, hit the pool for a bit before heading to Agios Prokopios beach.
After some fun in the sun I went to Lefto’s Souvlaki Kebab House for lunch. I started with a large glass of Alfa Weiss Beer along with a Tabouleh Salad. Since the gyros were 3 euros I figured they were taco sized and got two pork ones. Turned out they were pretty damn big…so I ate one and took the other for a sans pita early evening snack.
That evening I walked across the street from my hotel and caught the bus to Naxos Port to see the Gate of Apollo and walk around the Port and Chora/Naxos town. The Gate of Apollo was one of the highlights of my trip. It was incredible, this giant doorway on top of a hill right off the port. At sunset with the moon in the sky its surreal. I kept expecting an ancient God to walk the the portal. Instead, a ton of fellow worshipers of Apollo taking selfies. As did I along with getting some fellow worshippers to snap some pics of me by one of my namesakes (Apollo is a nickname of mine from college).
After a good hour up by the gate I descended into the town. After wandering around its somewhat maze-like streets I hit by the water Mezze 2 for dinner. Of note, this is no tourist trap like some of the others here and loved the food. I started with a large Cucumber and Tomato salad which was very good, but didn’t really need since the excellent Sea Bream came with a potato salad w/tomatoes and a rocket and grape tomatoes salad. For desert on the house yogurt with spoon fruit and a glass of Restina. While waiting for the bus I picked up some delicious chocolate covered orange candy at the Aktaion Pastry Boutique.
Tuesday after breakfast and some pool time it was off to the beach and back to Giannlous for a Greek Salad with excellent Feta and Greek style Meatballs with a side of very good potato fries w/lemon…that I added some of the Feta to. Restina to finish the meal. After a full day in the water and sun I was kinda beat and not that hungry so grabbed a gyro to go for dinner.
On Wednesday due to my Scylla moment of the trip, thus unfortunately had to cancel my full day tour of the island…so hit the beach. For lunch a Pork Gyro at Kavourakia Grill, very good but not nearly as big as Lefto’s and yet same price. Craving something sweet I went to Kavourakia Caffee( where I rented my beach chairs) for an outrageous piece of Greek Orange cake with a very good double greek coffee on their outdoors patio right across from the beach
For dinner for I went Italian for a change at the Coliseum. I started with a Greek Salad (“when in Naxos”) … maybe the best tomatoes I’ve had yet on the trip. Their Shrimp Risotto was excellent with four large crustaceans.
Live Greek music had two little kids entertaining their parents and the rest of the place dancing to the music, which turned into early American rock as the night went on. At 11pm it was still kinda quiet by the beach bars so called it a night since I was departing to Mykonos and Delos the next day…