Naxos is the
biggest island in the cycladic circle and a "must see" for every sailor
with a yyacht in the aegaean sea! Don´t miss Naxos Yacht Marina
The capital of Naxos
town with the same name in the north-western
corner of the island.
There is a marina since some years, which improved the mooring-situation, and
so it is - in contrary to the description in the most sailing handbooks -
or a Motoryacht.
are Moorings, and even, if there is swell coming in caused by the ferries,
it is a good place to stay for some days.
Marina has about 80 places. If you click on the picture above, you can
see a panorama of the whole harbour.
(concrete) pontoons are
on the opposite side of the harbour´s quai, and in the evening, many
people pass by, but they are far enough away, that the noise does not disturb
too much. On the other hand, the marina is open to the public
tourists might watch, what you are doing on your boat.
There are some places on the street-side (incoming starbord/right),
but there is no clear information about depth there. Port Police said, it
is about 2-3 m, but as long, as there are places at the pontoons they don´t
want to have boats alongside
There is electricity and water available, a guy passes by and asks for some
The concrete pontoons are open below, so seawater can go in
and out (to avoid stinky water), but that leads as well to swell - make sure,
your boat is well fendered!
Sometimes, the Port Police has a look, and they ask to come to the office for
the papers as usual. Just cross the street and enter the next building to come
2001, there were 2 very attractive female police-officers on duty *smile*,
which made all the skippers go to the Port Police office volunteerely... but
they were nearly more strict, than their male colleagueas.(nevertheless very
friendly and correct!)
fees are as usual in Greece
Water is 10 € for about 300 l.
electricity was free.
The island is very interesting to visit. It is really worth
to stay 2 or 3 days , rent a car or scooter and drive around. Invest some time
to compare prices-they vary very much!
you make right after leaving the harbour, and follow the quai, there is after
about 600m a Scooter-rental. About 150m further, there is a boat equipment
shop, and another 300m there is a very beautiful sandy beach!
The BAKERY is
at the middle of the promenade and has excellent bread, croissants.
"Markets" offer goods, but we found, they are very expensive, as
they have the ferry guests and passing tourists in focus. We found a big and
sorted, reasonable priced supermarket called something like BIAAAHS (which
is correctly said: viladis). If you buy there, they deliver free of costs
to the boat.
Just leave the Marina and go left, follow that street about 1,5 km. Note:
it is NOT the first one, you pass, after the street turned right.... the
shop, that is meant, is about 1 km further and about 20-30% cheaper, than
all the other shops closer to the harbour! Payment with credit card possible
- don´t forget a little tip for the driver ;-)
All european daily newspapers are available on the promenade beside the bakery.
of the marina´s entrance, and offers seafood, especially octopusses
and Makerels are hanging out to dry.
Unfortunately, the quality of the food served was more than poor - it was
Zaziki already had an old skin on top and the grilled Saganaki-cheese had
a consistence like an old tire...
The beer was cold, and after we complained, they served a new Zaziki (but
ask for the face of the waiter...)
We were very disappointed, because the decoration of the place "typical
greek" made us look forward for a good lunch. But that was a typical
In the evening, we went some houses further to a place, which was one
day very good and the other one acceptable...
Easy to find close to the bakery and pharmacy.They served a very
good lamb and excellent Gyros (no cheap and fat, but good meat quality!)
- that did not only look good, it tasted very good!
Together with a quick and friendly service, we were convinced and returned
next da. That seemed to be a less good one, because the chicken seemed
to be dried
out, and the lamb was half the portion of the day before....
recommend this place, if you are able to ask for appropriate portions ;-)
the way: there is a small market next door, which has prices about 30-50%
higher, than the mentioned one above!
town is very intersting to see and walk through!
narrow streets with shops, bars, restaurants, tavernas, and a venetian
castle, which can be visited in the daytime except mondays. It´s
recommended to do that, it has a nice view over the town and harbour!
If you enter
the old town at the sign "Old Market", you pass "Vassili´s
Garden". We did not like the "hassling" guy, who tried
to lure us in, and then he wanted to place us in the middle of a very sad
and unhappy looking
group of people... we became suspicious and left. The place tries to pretend
to be the oldest place in town - truth is: about 20m
called Lukullus, and THAT is the real oldest one ;-)
The real since 1951 existing and mentioned in many traveller´s recommendations
chicken in mushroom-soya-sauce... that was really excellent!
It is a very small place, and has only a few tables, so it is recommended
to make a reservation in the morning for the evening.
A nice location, and "typical" greek food offers Taverna Apostolis,
which is only about 100 m further lefthanded.
wooden Pelicanos welcome you, seating is nice in a garden. The food is
(as in Greece often and usual) classical greek dishes, prepared in the
afternoon, warmed for eating (nearly cold...).
you want to have it hot (not spice, just hot), it is necessary, to tell
the waiter! The
place is nothing special, but not bad as well - ok, not to be hungry anymore.
The open housewine is a pretty good one. No need to buy an expensive Makedonikos
or else bottled!
help for your yacht needed?
Ioannis Mittaras offers help, he only speaks greek, but his daughter
Artemi speaks english and translates!
Phone. Naxos 22308 or 23019 Mobile 09774 68906