Naxos is the biggest island in the Cyclades.
We had the opportunity to experience a private tour of a traditional Castle residence (Venetian Museum). The present residents are direct decendents of the Della Rocca-Barozzi families. This castle was built by the Venetians during the 13th century and is constructed of stones. Some photographs, furniture, clothing, jewelry, etc, of the families were displayed throughout. An interesting tidbit of information we got from our tour – if someone were caught wearing a bracelet that not in the social class required to wear that bracelet, their hand would be cut off! OUCH!!!
The beaches were all stunning and virtually uninhabited since it was still low season during our visit. Yay! We spent a relaxing afternoon at Agios Prokopios Beach sunbathing and body surfing. Fun, fun, fun….
We thoroughly enjoyed a Bouzouki evening in the outdoor patio of the Venetian museum. The musicians played some traditional and modern tunes while a group of five local dancers treated us to some of their spirited dancing. Unlimited Naxian adult beverages (wine/liquor) were provided as we were informed drinking was part of enjoying the evening. When in Greece …. 😉 OPA!!!!!
Hands down, he best meal we had on the island was at Lucullus, a business in operation for over 100 years. We shared zucchini balls as an appetizer. I had kleftiko which is a meat pie made with lamb/potatoes/carrots in a little pot while George had tender saffron/pesto chicken with proscuito, risotto and zucchini. If you ever find yourself in Naxos, you absolutely MUST dine here!!!