The Greek Island of Naxos is a perfect getaway for anyone travelling with children. This is one of the more quiet and laid-back of the Greek islands and is known for the absence of loud night life which is a feature of so many Greek holidays. Donkeys were used on Naxos instead of rubbish trucks as recently as a decade ago, which gives an idea of the sleepy and relaxed pace of life here. A ferry from Athens takes around six hours through the beautiful Aegean Sea, wandering through the archipelago like a modern day Homer.
Naxos is the most lush and verdant of the Cycladic Islands. As you cruise into the tiny harbour you’ll see the mammoth Portara, an ancient marble gateway that provides a window onto this enchanting island where time seems to stand still.
Let the kids run wild on white beaches and mountain pathways. For infants invest in a beach tent, as it can sometimes get windy. There is a shallow and calm beach called Aghios which is perfect for little ones, and a short walk will take you to Naxos Town, a little village with great food. Buy some freshly caught fish and assorted delectable Greek foods drizzled in olive oil, and a refreshing Greek beer or two for Dad. Each village has its own feel about it, with Sangi, Halki and Apeiranthos all replete with rugged, windswept landscapes and a mix of Neoclassical, Byzantine and Venetian architecture.
There are plenty of child-friendly activities that include sunset horse riding around the island or windsurfing. Kids will love to explore the green centre of the island with many delightful trails leading to interesting villages. Don’t forget the hats and sun cream, and then leave the rest of the world behind and explore.
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