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.
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?