One of the best options a young couple or single can make is to rent a motorbike to get around the island. The reasons? Many and all good! The first of course is that the island is very large and mountainous toward the centre. Too large and steep for a bicycle unless you are a fan of this mode of transportation and welcome the effort involved.
The motorbike is the ultimate in providing a sense of freedom! Summer driving on the Greek Islands is truly more adventurous than driving a motor car. Consider the temptation car drivers face when they start packing the car to the roof as though they were moving houses just to get to the beach! Biking is more of a "wing it spur of the moment thing" which is always more fun! All you need is your swimming gear, a towel a daypack or backpack with water and a couple of sandwiches and off you go!!
Surprisingly, even though there is a laid back feeling on Naxos as there is in all the Greek Islands, traffic in the capital can become an issue. Naturally walking about is the best solution if you are not in a hurry and just want to cover a few blocks. But if you need to go farther faster when there is traffic, there is no way to beat the motorbike.
Another good reason to hire a motorbike is that because there are a surprisingly large number of motorcars on Naxos, there can also often be a bit of a parking problem for all. Not so for a motorbike, it is easy to find parking and Greek traffic police is actually quite relaxed about where you park as long as you don't block the road. They can be a bit of a stickler for helmets though, but after all, it is your life they are protecting.
The final reason for hiring a motorbike on Naxos is that it is cheaper if it is for 1 or 2 persons in comparison to hiring a motorcar. Not everyone has children to pack a car for, so travelling light and cheap is a common sense solution for singles and couples on the Greek Islands. The only thing one has to watch out for is the road conditions depending on the area or off road network and naturally, other drivers. But if you take it easy and cruise along with the warm salty wind on your face, you should have a great time!
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