The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 28: A Naxos Fishing Village

Thor and I visit a quiet coastal village as the tourist season winds down, then crawl into a Mycenaean domed tomb. Stay with us!

NOTE: Since our recent trip to Greece to research more settings for my novel-in-progress, THE ARIADNE DISCONNECT, Thor and I knew we had to return to this magical region. My first entry in this new blog series posted here on Saturday, 10/20/2018. It gives an overview of our rambles from Athens to seven islands in the Dodecanese and Cyclades groups, ending our ferry-hopping pilgrimage on the anciently sacred island of Delos.

If you were with us last week on our drive around the rugged north coast of Naxos, you’ll recall that we were paying homage to the giant unfinished statue of Dionysos. Sometimes called a kouros, although it doesn’t adhere to the style of the naked-youth statues, it lies in an Archaic open-air mine overlooking the sea and the village of Apollon. (Here we might reopen the raging controversy over which god the bearded statue was intended to represent — Apollo or the island’s patron Dionysos. We have firmly sided with the locals: He’s Dionysos. There.)

Staying just ahead of dark rain clouds on this cool and blustery day, we dropped down the road’s switchbacks to explore the fishing village of Apollon. With a cluster of outdoor taverna and cafe seating along the quay, it’s following the pattern of most of the islands in now encouraging tourists to augment the difficult fishing livelihoods. In early October, we had the place mostly to ourselves….

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The Rambling Writer Explores More Greek Islands, Part 28: A Naxos Fishing Village — 6 Comments

  1. These little villages are a welcome spot for tea (or beer) and a stroll after winding around the mountain roads.

  2. The Greeks also have a gift for eloquence when it comes to describing the archaeological sites. Many a “temple” turns out to be a few square stones in a field and we once spent an hour criss-crossing a treeless hill like a pinball in search of a medieval tower that the map and numerous signs assured us was there. We finally gave up and had a beer in the local taverna.