Naxos to Paros, Greece

Our ferry this morning was scheduled to leave at 9:30. So we had to get up and get going. We returned our rental car and got to the ferry with no problem. The ferry ride to the island of Paros only took up about an hour.

Our ferry

Once we arrived in Paros and got our rent a car it was too early to check in to our hotel so we drove out to the north end of the island and found a deserted beach where we could park and read for a bit.

The coast of Paros
Reading while we wait for our room to be ready

We are staying at a lovely place with an ocean view. The owner of our hotel recommended a place nearby for dinner, Karina. it was fabulous we had excellent fresh fish. The ambience was wonderful. We sat on the veranda and enjoyed the food, the music and the cool night sir.

Our grilled dorado
More fresh fish. This time it was fried.
Eating dinner at Karina

Naxos, Greece day 3

This morning we took it easy and relaxed on the patio of our room. I spent most of my time editing our video of our trip from Naples to Bari, Italy and then across the Adriatic to Dubrovnik, Croatia. You can see it here.

Coffee on our patio

Around noon we headed out to explore the southwest part of Naxos. we stopped at several beautiful beaches. At one there were several people kitesurfing.

Naxos Beach
Kitesurfing at Mikri Vigla Beach

Further down the coast we hiked down to a deserted beach and Duke went swimming.

Duke swimming in the Aegean Sea
Aliko beach
Climbing back up to the car

We drove back to our hotel taking the inland route. The scenery was very different from what we saw yesterday. It seemed more desert like. About six we hiked from our hotel to the point next to the harbor. It has a giant gate on it. The gate is all that is left of a temple that was being built here in the sixth century BC.

Naxos Portara
Naxos Portara

From there we walked down to the restaurant area of the harbor and had salads and delicious gyro plates for an early dinner

Our salads

Naxos, Greece Day 2

Today we had a wonderful time exploring Naxos. As we were driving into the mountains northeast of the town of Naxos we saw a sign for a roadside historical site. When they built the road they uncovered part of an 11 km long clay pipe aqueduct built at the end of the 6th century BC. It connected springs at Flerio where we were headed to Naxos.

2600 year old clay pipe aqueduct

Next we stopped at the starting point of the aqueduct, a spring where there are also remains of an ancient quarry and sanctuary. We saw early Greek statues called Kouros in the Athens Archaeological Museum. Apparently in the ancient quarry they used to roughly cut out the rock for the statue and then ship it to its destination for finishing. We saw a statue in progress that appears to have been broken when they were transporting it.

Kouros with broken leg in the ancient quarry

From the mountain side we had hiked up to see the ancient quarry we could see more modern marble quarries across the valley.

More modern marble quarry

Further down the road at a mountain pass with a church we stopped for a snack.

Snack

We drove to the north end of the island to the tiny village of Apollonas and enjoyed Greek coffees overlooking the harbor.

Coffee break
Greek coffee is beans ground to a powder and boiled. We have ours with sugar.

On our way back to Naxos we stopped at one of the many little beaches we passed. Ambrami beach was almost deserted. the rocks on the beach were so pretty that I could have spent an hour or more collecting the most beautiful.

Ambrami Beach
Wine and snacks
Our rock collection

On the way back to our hotel we stopped at the grocery store for wine and snacks then enjoyed them outside our room while we watched the sunset.

Sunset

For dinner we went back to Meze² where we ate last night. As we were looking for a table the owner said wait ten minutes while I pick up my daughter from English class and I’ll fix you something special. We did and he did. It was perfect.

Chicken salad and potatoes salad
Very fresh fried cod.
Meze².

Santorini to Naxos, Greece

Today we took a two hour ferry ride from the island of Santorini to the island of Naxos. The ferry left at 3:30. But first we did a bit of exploring on the east side of Santorini. We stopped at a beach front restaurant for drinks and to enjoy the view.

The beach cliffs just east of the airport
Walking n the beach east of the airport
Duke and his ice tea at a restaurant overlooking the beach

Next we drove up a steep switch backed road to the point where the trail to ancient ruins of Thera starts We didn’t have time to climb to the top but we did get some pictures of the views of both sides of the island. On the way down we recorded a video of Duke’s thoughts on Santorini and the Panda we were driving.

View to the airport and beyond.
Ready to review our Fiat Panda

After getting gas, driving to the ferry dock and returning our car we had beers next to the dock and enjoyed watching all the activity.

Waiting for the ferry
Our ferry leaving Nexos after dropping us off

On Nexos we rented a car and checked into our hotel. After a short rest we walked back down to the port and had a great dinner at Meze Meze.

We started with Greek salad and tzatziki

We also had mussel risotto and grilled octopus but forgot to take pictures. For desert they gave us complimentary yogurt with candied carrots. It was excellent. It is good thing that we had a walk back to our hotel because we were each very full

Yogurt with candied carrots

Oia to North Santorini, Greece

This morning we checked out of the fabulous Hōm Hotel in Oia on the north end of Santorini. We explored the island and drove out to the south end of the island. Santorini is not much larger than Skiathos or Sifnos. It’s about 30 square miles and long and thin. We walked around the light house and enjoyed the views across the caldera.

Santorini map. We went from top to tip today.
A cruise ship arriving. Last night we stayed on those cliffs tipped by white in the distance
Light house at the southern tip of the island.

Tonight we are staying at another fabulous place, the North Santorini Luxury Spa Hotel. After checking in we went for a swim in our own private pool!

Our pool!