Lively port town has winding cobbled streets that make you wander through the mazing pattern. The... read more
HI Gemma, we have been spending time on Naxos yearly for the past ten years; this year we were on the island mid May to first week June and again last week August to first week October, the previous time we returned end of... More
HI Gemma, we have been spending time on Naxos yearly for the past ten years; this year we were on the island mid May to first week June and again last week August to first week October, the previous time we returned end of October. The island can be windy at times, mid October is probably the latest you could stay, end of October we experienced a week of bad weather, all ferries were cancelled for a day and smaller ferries for a few days, flights are always fully booked, so it can be a problem. If you are going for a beach holiday, don't stay longer than mid October, if you enjoy hiking and cycling and are happy in very changeable weather then stay longer. Naxos is the biggest island in the Cyclades and has a reasonably large permanent population and some coffee shops, restaurants and stores do remain open past the end of October. Agai Anna, a great spot during season is practically a ghost town out of season. You will need to be prepared for cooler weather from about the first week of October, depending were you are it might get cold, pack a wind breaker with some thermal protection. The vibe from mid October is not so great as many places have already closed. If you are staying for such a long period, try and get a place that has a seating, dining area as you may find that you will need to spend a few days indoors. Naxos is a fantastic island with generally great, friendly and generous people. We have been to most of the other islands in the Cyclades, Santorini is beautiful and worth seeing, go later in the season to avoid the madness, Mykonos was not a great experience, over hyped and not really what a Greek island is all about. You can easily do day trips or longer to most of the other islands in the Cyclades. Hope that helps. Enjoy your trip, this will be the first of many to this island!