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Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini - we have our hotels, now what?

Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini - we have our hotels, now what?

May 16th, 2003, 11:39 PM
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Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini - we have our hotels, now what?

Hi there, I'm wondering if any of you have suggestions for restaurants, walks, day trips, attractions (besides Delos, definitely going there) on any of these islands. We'll be on each one for about 4 days. Thanks very much!
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May 17th, 2003, 04:33 AM
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Make sure in Naxos that you rent a car or scooters and drive up to the mountain villages of Filoti and Apeirathos there is also Mount Zeus which I didn't make it to. I also enjoyed horseback riding through the Prokopios area although I know that's not for everyone.
In Santorini we loved hiking up to ancient Thira as opposed to driving (to hike you leave from Perissia). We also enjoyed the boat cruise we took around Santorini and over to Nea Kameni.
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May 17th, 2003, 07:25 PM
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Restaurants: Mykonos: Yves Klein Bleu
Santorini: Selene
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May 17th, 2003, 11:47 PM
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Hi, Regarding Naxos. Apart from dining on the waterfront at sunset, and meandering the narrow twisting lanes behind the seafront of the main town, for us the highlight of Naxos was a day trip by bus to Apollon. This winds over the inland mountains with stops at timeless villages like Halki and Apeiranthos where you can wander at your own liesure, plus other interesting places along the way. Apollon itself is a beach village where you can swim, eat and generally relax. A great day out! Tickets at Tourist Info Office on Naxos's main town waterfront. Bus leaves from near there.
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May 19th, 2003, 01:59 PM
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We were on Naxos in September 2000. A highlight for me was just wandering around the old town and seeing the Venetian crests above some of the doors. Narrow little streets, very picturesque. I had visited Naxos back in the mid-70's - back then, I wasn't interested in the same things at all. All I knew then was that the town was old! I loved Naxos then and was a little nervous that I wouldn't like it as much this time, but I totally enjoyed it again.

We also rented a car for a couple of days and drove to Apirathos - again, a very picturesque town. We drove to Apollon (the town I stayed in on my trip) - it had grown a fair amount, but it brought back some good memories.

Naxos is a fairly large island, so lots to explore.

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May 19th, 2003, 02:16 PM
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Where are you staying in Naxos? We just booked at the Villa Marandi. We leave next week! can't wait have a great trip was wondering a few things too...

Do you need to rent a car? how is public transport?

Best beaches?

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May 19th, 2003, 10:08 PM
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Thank you all SO much for your suggestions. If you have more, I'd love to hear them! More on Mykonos or Santorini? Beaches?
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May 19th, 2003, 10:08 PM
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PS We're staying at the Astir of Naxos.
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May 20th, 2003, 05:54 AM
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I think you will find the nicest beaches are going to be in Naxos and both Prokopios and Aghia Anna are really nices beaches with lots of cafes nearby. I never made it to Plaka beach but it's supposed to be nice.

In Santorini I've stayed twice in the Perissia area and I like the beach, it's black which means it can get really hot but it's not rocky at all and you can rent beach chairs and with the mountain and ancient Thira behind you it's a unique setting. Red beach in Santorini is also not to be missed you can get there by boat or by driving towards Akrotiri and following the signs. You have to park your car and hike a little to get there. There is also a lot of wineries you can visit in Santorini and there is a little one that I can't remember the name of that is near the intersection that takes you to the airport. It's right on the caldera they do wine tastings and if you make an appointment at sunset she serves mezedes and I think she does it only for one couple or group at a time.

My best suggestion would be to get some transportation and really explore the islands the greek people are so nice and you will stumble upon the most breathtaking places.
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