Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

After a whirlwhind two days in Santorini, we boarded a Blue Stars ferry for the next portion of our vacation in Naxos. I had my eyes set on this particular Greek island because I had read how awesome it was to visit Naxos with kids. The island was touted as having beautiful, low-key beaches, and being authentic and family-forward… all things that are important to us!

At first, I was thinking to stay at Naxian Collection, a white-washed minimalist hotel. Then I came across Villa Marandi, and the decision was made! Both hotels have stellar reviews, and I don’t think we could have made a bad decision. Here’s what we did during our six days in Naxos…

Naxos with Kids

We spent a total of five nights at Villa Marandi. We stayed in a junior suite on the ground floor for two nights and then the honeymoon superior suite for three nights, which is the nicest room at the hotel. There was a massive deck overlooking the water. I wish I could have bottled up the breeze!

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
The patio of the Cycladic Junior Suite
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Honeymoon Superior Suite at Villa Marandi

Villa Marandi has its own private rocky beach just steps from the hotel. We loved walking along the path and hanging out on the beach. Since the hotel is small, it felt like we had our own private beachside escape.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

Remy discovered his love of sand. 🙂

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

Milo has entered the most adorable stage. I can’t get enough of him. He has been picking me flowers lately… all on his own. Truly the sweetest.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

We enjoyed dinner at the hotel restaurant most nights, which is only open to hotel guests. We did rent a car, which you need if you want to explore the island, but most of the time we were content staying at the hotel.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

The perk of being self-employed is that you have freedom to create your own schedule. The downside is that there is never truly a day off. Matt had to work a few days while we were in Naxos. I had grand plans to take the boys out into St. George, but in the end, opted to relax at Villa Marandi. Who can complain with views like this…

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

A few days we did leave Villa Marandi. One of those days, we packed our beach bag and headed to Yazoo Summer Bliss beach club at Plaka Beach. We rented beach chairs (which are actually free if you order food) and had beers and fries. Little known fact about Naxos: the island is famous for their potatoes. Milo adores French fries, and he was so happy. The potatoes really do taste different; they had a ton of flavor.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
French fries at Yazoo Summer Bliss

Like many European hotels, our room included breakfast. We loved our leisurely mornings and how the attentive staff always knew our order. When staying at hotels, the details always make a difference!

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

The nice part about being somewhere for six days is that you can truly relax and sink into a routine. We did plenty during our time in Naxos, but also took it easy. We spent many afternoons playing with water.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

One day we ventured into the middle of the island to visit the city of Chalkio. On our way, we stopped at the Temple of Demeter. Naxos is a rustic, hilly island and we got quite lost on our way to the temple. We jumped out of the car to take it in. It was gorgeous!

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

We finally found the temple, and the kids had fallen asleep! Oh well… that’s the thing about traveling with kids. You learn to go with the flow and not have high expectations.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

On our way to Chalkio, we stopped for lunch at Rotonda, a restaurant with 365 degree views of the island. If you visit Naxos, you must go here! The views are simply incredible.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

After lunch we walked around Chalkio for a little while. Unfortunately, most of the shops were closed while we were there, but we still enjoyed a stroll around. It is a small town, comprised of just a few streets, but worth visiting.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
An alley in Chalkio

After being gone for a few hours, nothing felt nicer than walking through the doors at Villa Marandi. It was such a beautiful, restorative hotel and I’m still thinking about our time there!

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

Brotherly love 🙂

We also enjoyed spending a little time in St. George and along the port. If we had more time, I would have liked to explore the town more.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids
Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

We had planned to go see the Temple of Apollo at sunset, but when we arrived we turned around and both kids were asleep in the back of the car! We enjoyed a beautiful, vibrant sunset from the front seat of the car. 🙂 We did go back the next day and took the short walk up to the temple.

Our Trip to Naxos - The Boston Day Book | Naxos with Kids

There were playgrounds all over Naxos, including a cute one at Villa Marandi. Many restaurants had swings or a slide if they had outdoor seating, and in general, people were very happy to see kids.

If you are visting Naxos in addition to other islands, it’s very easy to do since the Cyclades islands are close together. However, once you find yourself on Naxos, it may be hard to leave! Next time, I would love to explore Paros and Milos. To go to Athens, you can take the ferry, which takes five hours. We opted to fly from the tiny Naxos airport to save time. The flight took twenty minutes and was super easy.

Until next time, Naxos!

PS. Our time in Santorini and more trips here.

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