Leaving Santorini was hard. I legitimately almost cried. The only thing that held me together was knowing that we had another week of Greek Islands to look forward to. (Tough life, I know).
Next up: Naxos!
We took a quick, two hour ferry on Blue Star Ferries from Santorini to Naxos and it was a really smooth process. I would absolutely chose ferry over flying island to island any day of the week.
I can’t recommend our Airbnb in Naxos enough. We stayed at a family run hotel called Ikaros Studios, which is about a 15 minute walk to the center of town and a 10 minute walk to the beach. You can tell that the entire family takes a lot of pride into their work at the hotel and as a result, it is immaculate. The pool area was beautiful and we ended up spending most of our time in Naxos relaxing by the pool. Plus our hosts picked us up and dropped us off at the port, which is such a nice gesture, especially for two people on a budget.
(If you haven’t used Airbnb before and are thinking of trying it on your next vacation, use this link to get a $35 travel credit towards your first booking!)
Naxos is one of the biggest Greek islands, but much less crowded with tourists than Santorini or Mykonos, which as much as we loved Santorini, we were looking forward to less crowds. Naxos was perfect.
We were a little more lazy in Naxos than Santorini, and I’m slightly embarrassed to admit how little we actually saw of the island outside of the main town, but we still absolutely loved it.
The first night we were there we went to an open air theatre and I finally saw Finding Dory! It was a really cool experience and it was nice to do something “normal”, like go to the movies, while on this crazy trip.
When we did leave the pool to go out and explore Naxos, we fell in love with it. The main town is small, but has so much character and the coast line is absolutely beautiful. Similarly to my Santorini post, I will stop talking and let the pictures speak for themselves.