Ios, Naxos, and Paros…Oh My!

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Remember the difference between a vacationer and a traveler that I mentioned in my Santorini blog?  Well, I decided to give myself a bit of a vacation on the Greek island of Ios!

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Ios Port

I booked 2 nights at Rita’s Place but loved it so much that I stayed an extra night!  I spent most of my time at the gorgeous pool and in my comfy room.  However, I did venture out daily, if only for food!  The descent to the port and, subsequent climb back up, was a good workout but I found little of interest there.

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Chora

The village of Ios Chora is small but, like all of the Greek Isles, charming.  There are the usual narrow alleyways with shops, bars, and restaurants.  The largest building in town is the church.  Where I ate 2 of my meals, they made their own wine and I fell in love with it!  I even bought a bottle to enjoy on my balcony my last night in Ios!  Unfortunately, they don’t make enough of it to market.  It didn’t even have a name!

Mylopotus Beach
Mylopotus Beach

At the urging of numerous people who heard that I was going to Ios, I went to Mylopotus Beach, the most visited beach in Greece.  It was definitely a beautiful beach as was the water!  I didn’t stay long though as I’m not much of a beach person and the pool was not only deserted but was amazing!

Naxos
Naxos

It’s a wonderful feeling approaching another Greek island from the Aegean Sea! Especially after a bit of a rest!  The white, pale yellow, and blue buildings against the brown hills and blue sea are, in themselves, soothing.  Hopping off…well, trudging off of the ferry with only some iPhone photos of google directions to guide you.  Naxos was no exception.

Naxo outdoor cinema
Naxo outdoor cinema

Having deposited my bags at my hotel, I wandered (as you likely have seen that I have a tendency to do).  I was lost most of the time but, at one point, stumbled upon an incredibly cute outdoor cinema!  Enamored, I decided that I would return the next night to see the Meryl Streep movie, Florence Foster Jenkins, that would be playing…and I did!

Portara
Portara

One of the first things you notice when arriving in Naxos is the Portara on Palatia!  The first evening and the next day, I made the walk to Palatia.  It’s not only a gorgeous sight but is also the view to gods…or so I’ve read.  For me, I just love doors.  I’m sure psychologists might have some insights as to why!

Metaxi Mas
Metaxi Mas

Wandering, determined to go to the beach at some point, I found jewel after jewel in Naxos, one of them being a fabulous alleyway restaurant, Metaxi Mas, where I enjoyed the most amazing dish of veal, baked with vegetables and feta cheese!!  I was still enjoying my wine when they closed but they just locked up and said goodnight!  I love the Greek!

St George Beach
St George Beach

Finally, I found the beach, St George Beach!  As usual, I didn’t stay long.  I had a beer and watched the wild array of people and left.  I enjoyed my wanderings and discoveries on Naxos island!

Paros Port
Paros Port

Upon arriving at my next Greek isle destination, Paros, I dropped my packs at a luggage storage spot and wandered the port town of Paroikia.  I had a couch in Paros but my host couldn’t pick me up for a couple of hours.  Once he did, we went directly to Tango Mar beach where he swam and I ate some lunch and we got to know each other a bit.

Beautiful cove in Noussa, Paros
Beautiful cove in Noussa, Paros

Having dropped my stuff off at my hosts’ amazing home, we headed to the village of Noussa.  He had things to take care of so I wandered.  I enjoyed a beer at an adorable cafe facing a cove of Aegean blue and, further down the road, I helped an older gentleman set up his outdoor restaurant tables for the dinner crowd.

Kostos, Paros
Kostos, Paros

After a brief rest at my hosts’ home in Kostos, we hit the road again to meet up with his friends.  After dinner, 2 of his friends, he, and I went to different Paros villages bar hopping.  We had a great time and arrived back home in the early morning.

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It was hard to believe how much of Paros I saw in ONE day!!  I had an incredible time and am so glad that we did so much because, though I was supposed to stay another night, the cheaper route to my next destination meant that I needed to leave that night.  My considerate host and one of his friends drove me to the port to catch my ferry and I can’t say enough about the men, the Greek men, that I spent a day and night with in Paros!

Church in Noussa, Paros
Church in Noussa, Paros

Every Greek island offers up its own treasures and I hope to be fortunate enough to explore all of them! Paros was my last Greek isle in the Aegean Sea…for now!

Paros alleyway
Paros alleyway
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Paros Church
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Portara, Naxos
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Naxos
Men of Ios Island
Men of Ios Island
Steps Bar, Ios Chora
Steps Bar, Ios Chora
Ios Brothers
Ios Brothers
Ios By Night
Ios By Night

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