Sunset Sunday – the Apollo Temple on the Island of Naxos

I met John of Travel Rinse Repeat after I watched a sunset at TBEX. We talked about everything from the the business of blogging to majestic sunsets. And after his trip through Greece he mentioned just how many amazing sunset he watched, so we talked about sharing one here in the series. He agreed. So enjoy the Sunset from the isle of Naxos. 

the Greek Island of Naxos at Sunset

What is Greece without a sunset? Watching the sun fall below the horizon over the Aegean is as Greek as souvlaki. It is an event to be celebrated, an event to enjoy with family and friends. Though it’s not as famous as the sunset in Santorini, on the island of Naxos the crowds still gather to watch the sunset at the iconic Temple of Apollo

By day, the temple is like many others dotting the island; a hilltop with piles of ancient rubble and plenty of curious camera-toting visitors eager to frame their postcard-vision of Greece in their viewfinders to make friends back home jealous.

But as the sun approaches the horizon, the site takes on an almost magical air. From one side, the soft and nuanced colors set the famous temple gate aglow.

Yet the best view is from the opposite side, where the gate acts as a frame-in-silhouette for the fiery sun. It’s an absolutely captivating moment when the sun passes through the massive window that captures so much of what Greece is at its best – a combination of intense natural and man-made beauty.

Happy Sunset Sunday. As a perpetual business traveler, John is always looking for ways to make the most of every travel opportunity, no matter the occasion

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  • John

    Thanks again for the opportunity Craig!

    • craig zabransky

      Your very welcome, I think Pola of Jetting Arounds has it right, Greece (the Greek Isles) was made for sunsets. Thanks for sharing some of yours here.
      stay adventurous, Craig

  • Jetting Around

    It seems as if Greece was meant for sunset photos…Beautiful shots, John.

  • Maria Falvey

    great sunset shot.

  • Leah Travels

    Love seeing two of my favorite travel bloggers join forces for Sunset Sunday. Well done, John.

    • craig zabransky

      And well done Craig? Thanks Leah, always appreciate your commentary on the Sunset Sunday series. Stay a sunset fan, Craig

  • CaptainandClark

    So great. I would love to watch the sunset in Greece. Can we join next time?

    • craig zabransky

      Sunsets in Greece are a must… especially the islands. StayGreektoMe, Craig

  • Lazy Travelers

    loove the colors in that first photo!

  • Ted Nelson

    The beauty of ancient rubble is always magnified through a sunset.

    • craig zabransky

      Yes, it certainly is indeed. Stay Ancient like the sun, Craig