After spending 3.5 hours at the Albanian border, and another hour passing through the Greek side, I crashed in Athens for several days before embarking on my Greek Island adventure. I decided to do a work exchange on the Island of Naxos. It was in a small, old fishing village called Apollonas, located on the northern side of the island.
For two weeks, I stayed at a small family run hotel. It was comprised of my host, his brother and wife, and their mother. I ate the most delicious greek food, had greek salads at every meal with the most incredible soft sheep's cheese. It was better than feta. I was spoiled. Much of my time was spent reading under the shaded trees in the beach bar area, and swimming in the evenings during sunset.
Nearby, there is the statue; Kouros of Apollonas. It's an unfinished marble statue, towering over 10 meters, high, and dates back to the 8th century.
One day, I went on a car trip around the island to some different villages with one of my host's friends. Our first stop was up the mountain at their mutual friend's place.
The first village we visited was Koronida
In hindsight, I found the architecture on Naxos to be far more traditional, and less photogenic to the stereotypical 'Greek island' look.
The next village was Koronos
This restaurant was hidden into the winding pathways of the village, and normally high on demand, wait list, packed during the evenings. I enjoyed one of the best greek salads of my visit to Greece, and they brought dessert after we finished our meal. I was told that was the Greek custom, and it's becoming less frequent in the modern tourist days.
On the way to the final village, we stopped at a lookout point, providing views across both sides of the island! How cool, huh?
Next and final village was Apirathos