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6 Reasons Why Agios Prokopios is my Perfect Beach

When it comes to beaches, we may be a little spoiled. In fact, we’ve visited so many astonishing seashores, we were even able to make a Top 10 list of our absolute favourites.

Since then, we’ve added more unbelievable beach notches to our belt, by visiting some of the world’s best, in the Maldives, Indonesia, Italy and Greece. And though, some of them literally took our breath away (Porto Katsiki for one), humble little Agios Prokopios in Naxos, Greece, remains our number 1.

Surely, the most spectacular #beach I've ever set eyes on πŸ–πŸ‘€ #portokatsiki #Lefkada

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And here’s why:

1. It’s busy enough that you get the European summer beach vibe, but not so crowded that you feel suffocated.
Agios Prokopios Beach is located on Naxos, one of the Cycladic Island group that includes Santorini and Mykonos, probably 2 of the most touristed islands in all of Greece. Yet… Naxos remains remarkably pleasant to visit.

There’s nothing worse than going to a beach hoping to relax, and leaving completely drained of resources because it’s so noisy and crowded. (I’m talking to you Italy).

I’ve visited Naxos in the peak of summer, and during the last week of August, and on both occasions, there was a nice balance of people and space. Enough human souls to give the beach energy, but not so many that I left feeling anything but rejuvenated.

Kinda the whole point of visiting the beach, right?

2. It has some of the clearest H2O I’ve ever seen.
I’m one of those people that feels a bit grossed out when I can’t see the bottom of a body of water. Even when I KNOW for a fact it’s clean. I guess that’s why I’m not much of a “lake” person. All that murkiness kind of freaks me out. I mean, who knows what could be hanging out right underfoot? It’s enough to give me nightmares.

But the water in Prokopios is so brilliantly crystal clear, it feels like a swimming pool. Diving into this water is like being reborn. And no I’m not exaggerating. There’s literally not 1 speck of opacity spoiling the incredible clarity of this fantastic sea.

And a big part of the reason is because…

3. The beach is made up of champagne coloured sand that’s…not quite sand.
The sand on Prokopios is at that magical point in it’s evolution from rock to sand, where it’s still soft enough to walk on without pain, but not so small that it sticks to every surface of your body.

Growing up a landlocked Canadian, the importance of sand quality, was something I never quite understood until I met my Mediterranean husband, and started spending real time on a beach. But boy, do I get it now.

Is there anything more annoying than walking all over the fine grains of sand that you’ve invariably tracked into your hotel room after a day at the beach? Or worse yet, finally lying down at the end of a long day, and finding it all over your bed.

Yeah, I didn’t think so.

4. The water temperature is cool enough to be refreshing, but not so cold that it’s painful.
I admit that when you first venture into the water at Agios Prokopios, it can feel downright brisk. But trust me, that feeling doesn’t last long. Within minutes, you’ve acclimatized and the water feels as invigorating and revitalizing as a dip in the sea should.

Water as warm as bathwater? No thanks!

5. The dominant language you hear is still Greek.
When we visited the neighbouring island of Santorini on a day trip, I hardly heard any Greek at all. Kinda strange, given that, I don’t know…we were in GREECE.

When the tourists outnumber the locals, you know a place has crossed into tourist trap territory.

But despite it’s picture postcard perfect beaches, Naxos is still predominantly loved and visited by locals and Greek families on vacation, making it feel like you’re actually on vacation in Greece. Never mind all the added advantages like good food, kind people and an absence of touts.

6. It’s affordable.
Perfect beach paradise is still incredibly affordable on Naxos. We were able to rent a small studio apartment last minute, just a few minutes from the beach, for less than 40 euro a night. Compare that to neighbouring Mykonos, where the cheapest alternative I could find was no less than a steep $100 per night.

I just hope that Agios Prokopios stays this way forever. Because I plan on visiting again and again.

Do you have a perfect beach you dream about visiting again and again? Where it it and what makes it so perfect?

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  1. Nice post! I love Greece Islands. I had visited Santorini and Mykonos last year and loved the beaches and the sunset there….Next time I visit Greece, I will surely Visit Agios Prokopios….

    October 12, 2016
    • There’s nowhere I’d rather be in the summertime than on a Greek Island! πŸ™‚ I think there is more beautiful water on other islands in Greece (Lefkada for one), but I feel so relaxed in Naxos…there’s just something about the energy and vibe there. Definitely check it out if you get a chance.

      October 14, 2016
  2. Sha #

    Sounds like a beautiful place to get to…next time I’m in Europe..πŸ˜‰πŸ˜‰

    October 13, 2016
    • Hahaha…next time you’re in Europe, eh? Little Miss Globetrotter. NZ to Greece is a mighty long flight, though… πŸ˜‰

      October 14, 2016
      • Sha #

        Never say never! I don’t know what will happen after all these here…just in a haze of travelling at the moment…πŸ˜„πŸ˜„

        October 17, 2016
  3. The busy street really doesn’t look busy at all! Good to hear that the Greece beaches there you showed can be relaxing, and you can feel at home. So cool that the sand does not stick to you. It sounds quite magical in that aspect – no messy and it must really be soft πŸ˜€

    October 13, 2016
    • It really wasn’t, and the back streets were practically empty. It was so lovely to walk around and explore without being jostled about by tons of other tourists. Lots of great restaurants too. πŸ™‚ And ya know…I think the sand might really be the selling point of that beach. It’s amazing to come home and not be covered in gritty sand, and with the baby, it was really a blessing. She could crawl all over the place and not a speck of sand stuck to her…

      October 14, 2016
  4. Well Naxos sounds perfect. Greece is on the list so I’ll be sure to include Naxos. Lovely post, and thanks for the tip!
    Alison

    October 13, 2016
    • Oh Alison, I hope it doesn’t change before you make it there. I always feel incredibly relaxed and rejuvenated there. So much so that when we had a week to spare at the end of the summer, it was the only place I wanted to go (though there was a part of me that kinda sorta thought we should go somewhere new). :p

      October 14, 2016
  5. Such a perfect H2O post! I simply must get back to Greece (my mom’s country), and now that I’ve seen these photos and read about your heavenly time, it is going to have to be in the summertime. I have kind of given up on beach time in recent years, but this might kickstart a return to at least a few days soaking up the sun on a seashore! Bliss!

    October 14, 2016
    • I always say that there’s nowhere I’d rather be in summertime than on a Greek Island, and after this summer, it still holds true. In fact, all I can think about is how I can get back there again next summer! And your mom is Greek!! Do you speak the language? Even more reason to get yourself back to Greece! πŸ˜€

      October 14, 2016
      • I do speak Greek! Poorly at present, but it comes right back when I see relatives there or try to ask for directions (which gives me plenty of practice because the directions are never right! πŸ™‚ )

        October 15, 2016
  6. Loved all the pics, but seriously, I think Naia stole the show, Shelley! She’s quite a star. These days, I do feel that I could do with a nice little beach vacation. Haha!

    October 19, 2016
    • Dang that Naia, always stealing all the attention! πŸ˜‰ Honestly, I’m totally missing Thailand these days. Not sure why? Have you been?

      October 19, 2016
      • haha! I’m missing a quiet place where I can sit back and admire what’s in front of me.

        October 19, 2016
  7. I am a big beach person too, Shelley. I do agree with you that the beach on the insta screenshot is breathtaking!! Greece is so amazing isn’t it.. One of my favorite things about living in Europe might be that Greece is few hours of plane ride (and cheap plane ride) away! πŸ˜€ I will have to write blog posts on Crete beaches that I visited recently soon, as we enjoyed some truly stunning beaches there. I will check out your top 10 beaches list! So excited πŸ˜€

    November 14, 2016
    • Ooooh, I’m so jealous of people that live in Europe, because all the countries are so close together! If I lived there, I’d be all over the place for sure. Here in Korea, it’s at least 4 hours + a lot of boat rides, to the closest good beaches in the Philippines. Look forward to reading about Crete – def wanna make it there one day myself. Lol…actually to ALL the Greek islands. Hahahaha

      November 15, 2016

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