Beach Hunters

With a list of Naxos’ best beaches in hand, three of us set off to rent a quad so we could cruise the island. Perhaps we would splurge on a dune buggy but we weren’t sure just yet…

Instead, after a few excited giggles by all, we ended up with this bad boy #minicooper

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After the initial fear of driving in Greece subsided, we were in bliss while the wind blew through our hair and the sun bronzed our skin.

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To say it was the perfect day for a convertible would be an understatement.

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Our first stop? Aliko beach.

Suggested by the car rental agent, atop the hill sits an abandoned hotel and below it, crystal clear turquoise waters.

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Beyond any paradise I could imagine, we were among the only 8 people in the sandy cove. Beside us were 4 smaller coves, each occupied by only one or two more people.

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Can we just take a moment to focus on the water..

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We lay on our newly purchased beach towels, swam, and jumped in the waves on the rare occasion a boat passed by.

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I slathered on my tanning oil and turned on my iPod. Pure happiness.

After a few hours, we returned to the car and continued beach hunting.

Along the coast we drove, through tiny beaches and down sandy dirt roads.

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We passed by Mikri Vigla, Agios Prokopios, Plaka, and Kastraki. All of which were filled with perfect places to lay a towel and jump in the water.

Some were filled with beach chairs and windsurfers, while others more secluded and quiet.

A perfect day.

To top it all off, back in town a patisserie had been calling my name. Literally bounding into the store, I picked out two mini-cakes for 3 Euros each (a total steal!!). The shop is called Aktaion.

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It’s a quaint little boutique, filled with rows of elaborate mini-cakes, mousses, ice creams, and macarons. It is a dream-come-true for anyone with a sweet tooth.

Although tempted by the blackberry and white chocolate cake, I carefully picked a milk chocolate coating stuffed with hazelnuts and chocolate ganache, and a milk chocolate mousse stuffed with dark chocolate.

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Arguably made for one, it is probably best to share these with a friend. Although, given how scrumptious they are – you might not want to!

Onward we headed, to the Olive Press, but I’ll save that for tomorrow.

Bikini  Top / Bottoms

Other things to do in Naxos

Eggares Olive Press

Captain Panos Sailing Tour

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