First stop Athens, then on to stunning Santorini (via Aegean Air), then from Santorini we caught a ferry to Naxos which took approx 2 hours. However Naxos does also have an airport so a short flight from Athens is also an option.
We stayed in the lovely little seaside village of Agios Prokopios, which is about a 10 - 15 min drive from the port and the old town, and has a stunning soft sandy beach with clear safe water so it is a wonderful option for little ones.
We had everything we needed and more in Agios Prokopios and all within walking distance - the beautiful beach, supermarket, bakery, mini-marts, chemist, and a great selection of little local cafes and taverns for snacks, treats and nightly dinners.
We stayed in a small family run hotel called Agios Prokopios Hotel which was just a few minutes walk to the main street and the beach.
We stayed in a 2 bedroom room which is a great set-up for families and had a small kitchenette so we were able to buy and store our own breakfast items, snacks, drinks and more importantly wine! They provided plenty of pool toys, balls, buckets and spades for the kids to use and there is a gorgeous little garden area with lush green grapevines, a BBQ and a small playground with swings and slide and also a tennis court out the back. But the main attraction for our girls was the lovely pet donkey Bibilo who lives on site, along with goats and chickens too.
The hotel location was perfect as everything was within a 5 minute walk so there was no need to hire a car or worry about taxis and buses. We wanted to just chill out for a week, enjoy lots of time at the beach, swim, eat, drink and just soak up that laidback style of Greek island life!
This is the perfect option if you want to just relax and be able to walk to everything, there is no need to hire a car. However of course you could if you wanted to explore further afield.
On a couple of occasions we chose to catch a taxi 10 minutes into the main town for an afternoon explore around the winding little streets of the old town, followed by dinner, an ice-cream and a stroll along the port.
The main attractions on Naxos are the Old Town, including the Archealogical Museum and castle, the famous Portara gates/ temple that was built for Apollo, and of course the stunning beaches!
There are a number of restaurants along the little main street in Agios Prokopios and along the beach-front. We tried a few however Colosseo was our pick for many of our dinners. Very affordable and fresh, with a great selection of traditional Greek dishes as well as pizza, pasta, burgers etc for the kids. The staff were super friendly and welcoming and always bought out complimentary ice-creams for dessert.
We would usually rent our deck chairs on the beach from Colosseo too - just 7 euro for two sun-loungers, a small table, beach umbrella, and table service - well sunlounger service! Most mornings we would order a frappe for Mum and Dad and a fresh watermelon juice for the girls and combined with a donut from the hilarious Donut seller who walks up and down the beach, it was the perfect mid-morning beach snack. Plus cold water and drinks throughout the day, and toasties for the kids for lunch.
We also loved the family that ran the local bakery and would pop in the there most days to pick up a loaf of fresh bread or buy the girls an afternoon treat or ice-cream. They were so friendly, welcoming and generous and even gave us a bag of home grown tomatoes and cucumbers from their garden one day. So those homegrown veggies combined with our freshly baked loaf of bread, meant we were set for a simple island style picnic lunch!
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