We're back chaps, thank you once again for all your advice, it was invaluable to us, the fact that you encouraged us to definitely try Naxos even when we considered going elsewhere, thank you for perserving and staying steadfast in your love for Naxos.
How did we get on?
We stayed 2 days in St Georges beach area but our particular location was noisy at night and the hotel needed some improvement, so we decided to move to Stelida instead for the duration of our stay and it proved to be a good choice for us as we absolutely loved it there. We climbed the hills in the area with our children strapped to our backs, and being so close to the beautiful beaches of Anna and Plaka, gave our children hours of sandcastle building entertainment.
The views we had from our apartment in Stelida were incredible, at the back were the rolling mountains covered in wild flowers, at the front was a rather rugged beach which would see fishermen and windsurfers sharing the space. After a good day's trek and time on the beach, we'd head back and enjoy a glass of wine on the balcony as our children slept safely in the adjoining room - it was complete bliss and so incredibly peaceful.
The weather was superb as were the lovely sunsets. There were quite a few tourists out and about - in fact we left one day after a boat of 80, yes 80, (very hormonal) teenagers arrived on the island - their poor teacher was having quite the time of it!
On the restaurant front, Irinis was closed, as was Scirocco, but Maro's was open as was Il Girasole, we also tried Meze, Kozi, and in the area of Anna we tried the Mermaid (on recommendation of Stelida local girl) which was superb as well. On the whole, the restaurants provided good honest food which was very tasty and hearty, and the greek salads were something special.
We drove out to Demitra's Temple which was a very scenic drive in a very remote area, the views were incredible with spectacular mountains in the backdrop of the temple. My 3 year old knocked on the door at the site asking for Demitra as she was convinced he was home ;)
And the wildflowers - breathtaking - what a perfect time of year to go, it was absolutely covered in wildflowers, even on the sand at Plaka beach, the explosion of colour, and the sweet aroma is something I will keep with me for a very long time.
We took over 4 hours of video footage! And many photos, we are working our way through it all, once we do, we'll send you the link :)
As it is with all good holidays, there is that element of missing a place before one has actually left it, and this was true of Naxos for us. We very much look forward to returning.
I remain indebted to you both for being so kind and generous with your information to us, thank you, this forum is a much richer place due to your knowledge, positive spirits and kindness.