A popular destination, ideal for any kind of holiday. In this
island in the Cyclades, natural beauty meets rich history and modern-day
pleasures. Paros will offer you whatever you desire, leaving you free to
choose the holiday of your dreams. If you want to spend your days swimming,
you’ll find beaches large and small, secret and well-known. If you’re after
a Cycladic fairy tale, you’ll be intoxicated by the smell of jasmine and
bougainvillea, the maze of hidden alleyways in Paroikia and leisurely
afternoons in Naoussa’s tiny and charming marinas. If you’re looking to turn
up the volume, you’ll enjoy exotic cocktails and loud music at lively beach
bars and clubs, day or night.
island No one can believe that the marina of
Naoussa was once a pirate’s den. The music echoing from the bars, the
perpetual motion of restaurant tables and chairs, young crowds that want to
suck out all the marrow of life in just one night, all combine to create a
cinematic ambience. Do not miss a stroll through the streets of Agios
Konstantinos. You will enjoy great views, while romantics will indulge in
photographing the magical sunset. If, however, at some point you get tired
of the crowds, the island has many hidden treasures and alternative spots to
regain your lost tranquility.
The best beaches to swim
-Kolimbithres One of the
Island’s most popular and well-known beaches on the other side of Naoussa
Bay with a beautiful view towards Naoussa! It is very special due to
impressive rock formations that divide the beach into a succession of little
sandy coves, which allow you, unless it is high season, to find a private
spot of your own. The crystal-clear water is shallow here and ideal for
families with little children.–
Monastiri This beach is very well known and
popular especially during the high season. It lies at the end of the bay
opposite Naoussa, about 2 km past Kolimbithres. It is in a tiny bay enclosed
by rocks on both sides with very shallow, pool-like water, overlooked by a
tavern and a music bar. A popular spot for private yachts.
-Langeri A very quiet, far
from the road sandy beach that is difficult to be found as it is not well
sign-posted. Not very busy, so good if you like it quiet; no tavern or music
bar nearby. Can be reached easiest by boat taxi. Many people go here for
-Santa Maria Long coastline
with sections of several long and wide sandy beaches, one of which is
attached to Santa Maria Camping. The countryside is flat here and there are
small dunes and bushes in the background. You find music, food, Beach
Volley, Wind Surfing (ideal because of more wind) here as well as one or
more Diving Clubs.
-Logaras There are several
beaches in or nearby the villages Pisso Livadi, Logaras and Drios. They are
all a bit alike with beautiful, shallow water and access to excellent
restaurants for traditional Greek Cuisine. Convenient if you are staying in
one of the hotels there or are on a tour around the island, by bus or with
your own vehicle.
-Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani-The
Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Virgin Mary of the Hundred Doors) is
located near Parοikia and this is one of the oldest churches in Paros. The
tradition says that this monastery was constructed by the orders of Saint
Helene, while she was traveling to the Holy Lands to find the Cross of Jesus
Castle The Castle of Parikia was constructed
in 1260 by the Venetians. Parts of ancient temples were used for its
construction. Today, this is a picturesque quarter in Parοikia.
-Archaeological Museum Just
behind the Cathedral of Ekatontapiliani, this museum is a cool escape into
the island’s past. It has some marvelous pieces, including a 5th-century
Nike on the point of alighting and a 6th-century Gorgon also barely in touch
with the surly earth.
-Ancient marble quarries Marathi
At Marathi village, there are the ancient marble quarries,
dating back to the 3rd millennia BC. From this marble quarries, ancient
sculpted masterpieces were created, such as the statues of the Aphrodite of
Milo, the Maidens of the Acropolis, the Niki of Delos and the Hermes of
-Venetian Fortress of Naoussa
It is located in the old port of Naoussa and it was constructed in the 15th
century by the Venetians. The fortress was used as a watchtower for pirate
and enemy attacks and as a front line in times of war. Today only part of
this fort survives a half-submerged watchtower that is connected to the
mainland with a short path.
There are many paths in Paros where you can
walk and enjoy the natural beauty of the island. Spring scenery around is
beautiful, and the slopes are full of blooming flowers, the summer will be
enchanted scents of the bushes.
-Riding One of the most
beautiful experiences you can enjoy on this island. In a large property
consisting of several acres of the «Kokou Riding Center», you can learn to
ride in western style and admire magnificent horses.
-Yachting Due to its location
in the middle of the Aegean Sea, Paros is ideal for sailing as well as the
access to many beautiful neighboring islands is easy and fast. –Surfing
Paros has a leading position in the
preferences of the fanatical type. There are schools organized in several
beaches, the most famous Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Santa Maria and
-Diving Paros has a beautiful
seabed with rich flora, many species of fish, dolphins, caves, scenic beauty
wrecks which you will be able to see and not stop shooting.
The island has many local cheeses you must try, like the
xynomyzithra and touloumisio. Do not leave the island without tasting the
famous seafood with souma accompaniment (local raki) and of course do not
forget to try the pastelaria and the traditional zacharompaklavades.
restaurant is located in the picturesque little port of Naoussa Paros. With
a long tradition of serving tasty Greek food since the 60s, this restaurant
has become a popular eatery among locals and tourists. –Matzourana
It features a terrace with a beautiful view
of Naousa as well as nice modern yet traditional Greek food.
-Thea (View) At the port of
Punta, a restaurant overlooking Antiparos emphasizing good wine and spice
and fresh fish.
-Mario Restaurant In one of
the best restaurants on the island Marios mixes Greek and Mediterranean
cuisine. Skewer shrimp with horseradish sauce, grilled octopus with chilli
and caper dip is little of what you will experience.-Chamilothoris
The most famous pastry shop on the island.
You must try zacharompaklava (local sweet with almonds, ground nut, honey,
orange and cinnamon).
How to get to Paros
Paros is located in the center of the Cyclades. Due to the
geographical location of the island, there are daily routes to and from
other islands, especially during summer months. You can arrive by ferry
boats departing from the capital, both from Piraeus, Rafina and Lavrion. If
you arrive by ferry boat from Piraeus port, the route takes about 5 hours,
while high speed, departing from Piraeus, the itinerary takes about three
hours. Paros is also connected to the following islands: Naxos, Santorini,
Syros, Amorgos, Kythnos, Samos, Ios, Sikinos, Folegandros, Santorini, Anafi,
Donoussa Astypalea. From Rafina departing ships of Sea Jets and Hellenic
Seaways to Tinos, Mykonos, Paros, Naxos. Paros is also an intermediate
station on the route Heraklion, Ios, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos, Tinos, Skopelos,
Skiathos and Thessaloniki. You can reach Paros by plane from Athens and
Thessaloniki. The charter flights from abroad to the new Paros airport,
unveiled in early summer of 2017.