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Naxos is known for its tasty potatoes, which have even broken world records set in Idaho.
Greece is on Central European Time (CET) during most of the year, and Central European Summer Time (CEST) during daylight savings time/the summer.
Greece permits stays of up to 90 days without a visa for tourism or business purposes. Ensure that you have sufficient funds and a return airline ticket. Your passport should have 6 months of remaining validity.
Naxos Island National Airport is a small airport in Naxos, Greece. It is located near Agios Prokopios, 3 km from Naxos City. It does not offer international flights or many transportation services, and many visitors opt to travel by ferry to Naxos.
One of the most popular forms of transportation from Athens to the Greek islands is by ferry. Piraeus is the central port of Athens, but many ferries also leave from the ports of Rafina and Lavrion. Car rental agencies are also common in popular Greek destinations for those who wish to travel the sunny islands by car. Scooters are also available to rent in island destinations like Naxos.
Naxos is considered a very safe place to visit in Greece. Be cautious of pickpockets in crowded spaces and when using public transportation, and be careful to avoid common travel scams, but crime rates remain quite low even through peak travel season.
Greece is one of the sunniest places in the world with an average of 300 sunny days a year. Warm weather lingers throughout the first half of fall (September-November), making it is one of the best times to travel to Greece on a budget to avoid peak travel season while still enjoying the sunny beaches and coastlines. Winter in Greece (November-March) is mostly mild in the south, though northern regions are cold during the winter months, even receiving snow in some areas.
The spring (March-May) is warm with more frequent rainfall early in the season. Prices are typically low for spring travelers, and beaches are far less crowded, though the ocean stays chilly until early summer. The summer (June-August) is hot and dry, featuring the highest temperatures, best travel schedules, and biggest crowds. June is the best time to catch great deals on a cheaper vacation while still enjoying the warmth and excitement of summer in Greece.
The official language of Greece is Greek, which is spoken by 99% of the population along with other languages like Albanian, Macedonian, and Turkish. The most common foreign languages learned by Greeks are English, German, French, and Italian. Although most popular destinations in Greece are catered to international tourists with language barriers, here are some Greek words/phrases to help you get by:
Hello: Γειά σου (YAH-soo)
Please/You’re welcome: Παρακαλώ (para-kah-LOE)
Thank you: Ευχαριστώ (eff-kha-ri-STOE)
My name is… : Με λένε (may LEH-neh)…
Yes: Ναί (neh); No: όχι (OH-hee)
Excuse me/Sorry: Συγνώμη (See-GHNO-mee)
Do you speak English?: Μιλάτε αγγλικά (Mee-LAH-teh ag-li-KAH)?
Greeks are known to be warm and hospitable, and most etiquette is common sense. Here are a few important tips before your trip:
- Shake Hands. When meeting an individual or group for the first time, shake hands with everyone present–men, women and children–at a business or social meeting. Shake hands again when leaving.
- Be conscious of gestures. The “O.K.” sign is a rude gesture; “thumbs up” means O.K. Tilt the head backward once to indicate “no,” and nod the head slightly forward to gesture “yes.” It is best to verbally agree or disagree to avoid confusion.
- Dress appropriately. Some churches- especially monasteries, require covered shoulders, so be sure to bring a shawl or scarf when visiting religious sites like the monasteries of Meteora in Central Greece.
Greece is part of the European Union and uses the Euro (€). You can use your credit and debit cards in all ATM machines in Greece, but be sure to keep cash on you, especially when traveling to remote islands.
Feel free to tip if you like the service. Though tipping isn’t a widely practiced norm as it is in North America, rewarding good service will be appreciated, but tips aren’t required.
In Greece, the power plugs and sockets are type C and F. The standard voltage is 230 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz. You cannot use your electronics in Greece without a voltage converter because the voltage is higher than the US standard of 120 V.
Your converter should look like this:
Opt for bottled water when visiting Naxos. The tap water is not drinkable but it can be used for showering or brushing your teeth. The municipality of Naxos has placed several taps in town with fresh water of good quality, suitable for drinking.
Greece has a higher average connection speed than other European countries like Italy and Albania, but it lacks in comparison to countries like France and Sweden. Wifi is available in even the smallest hotels in Greece, as well as in cafes and restaurants. Lack of stable wifi isn’t a problem for most travelers in big cities and small islands like Naxos throughout Greece.
Greece is considered one of the most liberal countries in Southeast Europe, and its LGBTQ+ rights have evolved significantly over the past decade. Same-sex unions were legalized in 2015, and Greek public opinion is widely accepting and inclusive. Many establishments on islands like Mykonos cater to the LGBTQ+ community, and anti-discrimination laws protect LGBTQ+ travelers.
With its island climate, natural beauty, and authentic cuisine, Naxos is the perfect location for eco-tourism. Naxos offers snorkeling, mountain biking, and kayaking tours as well as a large number of green hotels. Be sure to check out the nation’s 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites comprised of protected historical and natural landmarks.