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Get­ting There Daily flights from Athens to Naxos take about 35 min­utes with do­mes­tic air­line Sky Ex­press ( sky­ex­press.gr). A less ex­pen­sive op­tion is trav­el­ing by sea; trips from the Athe­nian port of Pi­raeus last be­tween three and six hours on high-speed or reg­u­lar fer­ries. Where to Eat Ax­i­o­tissa Eas­ily the is­land’s best restau­rant, lo­cated 16 kilome­ter south of Chora (Naxos Town). The cook­ing is Greek but com­pletely orig­i­nal, with an em­pha­sis on or­ganic pro­duce and lo­cal meats: try eg­g­plant with honey and al­monds; sal­ads topped with mizithra, a tra­di­tional whey cheese; and suc­cu­lent goat and rabbit dishes. Kas­traki; 30-22850/75107; fb.com/ax­i­o­tissa. Avali Café With a won­der­ful lo­ca­tion at the Stel­ida end of Agios Proko­pios Beach, this breezy tav­erna is known for its fresh fish and friendly ser­vice. Chora; 3022850/26972; avali.gr. L’Os­te­ria An ex­cel­lent Ital­ian restau­rant and wine bar be­neath the Kas­tro walls; be sure to book a table in the at­mo­spheric court­yard. Chora; 30-22850/24080; os­te­ri­anaxos.com. Where to Stay Nax­ian on the Beach There are only 10 boho-chic suites at this sea­side gem on Plaka Beach, each with an in­door or out­door Jacuzzi. The lit­tle sib­ling to the ac­claimed Nax­ian Col­lec­tion hotel in nearby Stel­ida also of­fers sunbeds on the sand and a lowkey beach bar. Plaka; 30-22850/24300; nax­i­anon­the­beach.com; dou­bles from US$520. Kavos A hill­side com­plex above Proko­pios Bay with a large swim­ming pool, an ex­cel­lent restau­rant, and ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions that range from open-plan stu­dio suites to three­bed­room vil­las. Stel­ida; 30-22850/23355; kavos-naxos.com; dou­bles from US$280.

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