The majestic gem of the Aegean
Paros, right in the heart of the most popular cluster of islands in the Aegean, Cyclades, promises to seduce you by its charm and style.
One of the most distinctive islands of the Cyclades, it has a bit of everything you’d expect for – whitewashed villages and sugar-cube house, island architecture with narrow cobblestone alleys, dressed in bougainvillea and jasmine, white and blue-domed churches, stunning landscapes with sandy beaches and crystalline waters, fishing harbors overlooked by tavern tables, plus lively bars and cafés.
Paros antagonizes the not-so-distant island of Mykonos, on hospitality, nightlife, as well as, water-sport events like windsurfing and kite-surf. The crystal clear waters, the diversity in coastal scenery, the culinary tradition, as well as, the multitude of options for a good night out, can make a week break very rewarding indeed. Contrary to Mykonos though, where one is bound to see and be seen, the more laid back and hedonistic atmosphere on Paros allows one to remain more incognito. Paros is a top destination when it comes to villa holidays as most of our handpicked properties enjoy absolute privacy, combined with the highest standards of comfort and easy access to all that this unique island has to offer.
With its cosmopolitan spirit and authentic chic character, Paros Island’s beautiful beaches attract each year thousands of travelers, turning Paros into a must holiday destination in Greece. The best beaches on the island, including small quiet coves and busy sandy beaches organized or not, promise to captivate and seduce you.
Paros is considered one of Europe’s most cherished windsurfing hotspots with many international and local competitions host on Golden Beach over the years. The PWAs World Cup was held three consecutive years at adjacent New Golden Beach.
You can also make Paros your base of operations, since it is connected with a lot of other famous Greek islands of the Aegean.
If there’s a place where you can enjoy life, then Paros is the one!
Museum of Popular Aegean civilization
The Foklore Museum in Lefkes exhibits various local tools, clothing and everyday objects and utensils, showing the traditional life of the inhabitants of Paros during past decades.
Parikia, the capital of Paros, has maintained its picturesque style. Parikia’s cute harbor, decorated with white houses, is typical of the Cycladic architecture. Its port connects Paros with the mainland and the other Cyclades Islands. The beauty of this town, where tourists blend with the locals’ everyday routine, always amazes the traveler. Parikia is an ideal, modern venue any time of day or night, with its shops, bars, restaurants and taverns. But there are parts in it that take you on a journey back in the past of Paros. In the oldest part of the town there is a 13th century Venetian castle, as well as a number of byzantine churches, that have preserved the color of the island in their architecture and style.
Naoussa has preserved the feeling of the pristine fishing village it truly is, beautifully mingling with the elegant atmosphere of the modern venue that it has become, with its taverns and ouzeris, its bars and its clubs, the most famous in the Aegean. Naoussa’s greatest advantage however, is that its bay is the home to two of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Kolymbithres and Monastiri, attracting people from all over Paros for their natural beauty.
Church of Ekatontapiliani
Open all day until 8 in the evening Museum: open every day 10.00-14.00 and 18.00-21.00 Next to the port of Parikia, stands gracefully the church of Ekatontapiliani (the church with the hundred gates), one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the whole Greece. The Church, built in the 4th century AD, is dedicated to Virgin Mary. According to the local tradition, it was founded by Saint Helen, mother of Saint Konstantinos (emperor of Constantinople). The visitors entering the cathedral can admire its dome and the old byzantine icons. In the arcade of the church there is a Byzantine museum with a wide collection of important relics of the church.
Open daily 8.30-15.00, except Monday The archaeological museum of Paros is located close to the cathedral church of Ekatontapiliani. It hosts the chronicle of 6000 years of history. There are exhibits dating from the prehistoric and the Neolithic period until the Roman era, as well as unique sculptures made of Parian marble.
The ”Skorpios” Folklore Museum
The ”Skorpios” Folklore Museum in Alyki features a collection of miniature boats created by the artist Benetos Skiadas. It also exhibits a Parian house, a traditional café, a windmill, a blacksmith’s workshop and everyday objects.
Ancient Marble Quarries
Located in the region of Marathi in Paros, the ancient marble quarries, where the famous Parian marble was being produced since antiquity, are now abandoned, but definitely worth visiting.
Recent excavations brought to light one of the most important and oldest cemeteries of Cyclades. The Cemetery, situated near the Parikia harbour, was used from the 8th century BC until the 3rd century AD.
Agia Anna Hill
On the hill of Agia Anna there are the ancient ruins of Delion and the Asklepeion, as well as the Pytheion temple.
The Monastery of Loggovardas
Located about 7 km away from Parikia, the monastery of Loggovardas, built in 1638, is one of the most impressive monuments of Paros. Access is allowed to men only and visitors must be dressed descently.
The Church of Agios Nikolaos
Agios Nikolaos is the protector saint of sailors and this church is dedicated to fishing boats. The small whitewashed church of Agios Nikolaos is located in Naoussa.
The Mycenaean Acropolis
The Mycenaean Acropolis in Koukounaries, just above Kolymbithres beach in Naoussa, was built in the 13th century BC. Not much of it is left today, but it’s worth a visit, at least for the mesmerizing view.
The Church of Agia Triada
In the picturesque village of Lefkes you will find the Church of Agia Triada. Situated on a hill above the village, Agia Triada is constructed with exquisite Parian marble. The entire pristine village of Lefkes is worth a visit. Take a walk around the stone paved streets and admire its traditional churches, the traditional architecture and the wild nature that surrounds it.
Antiparos, the small island-brother of Paros, is an ideal destination for those who love tranquil holidays, in the isolated Cyclades setting. You can access Antiparos by ferry boat from Punta beach (10 minutes away) or by a smaller boat from Parikia (30 minutes). Antiparos is worth a visit not only for the beauty of its main village, but also for its wonderful sandy beaches with azure waters. The impressive cave on Agios Ioannis hill is the number one attraction of Antiparos. Antiparos is ideal for a one-day trip, but also for your entire vacation
Situated on the hill of Agios Ioannis on the small island of Antiparos, this cave, full of impressive stalagmites and stalactites, is one of the most important sights of the whole Aegean Archipelagon.
Butterfly Valley – Petaloudes
The Butterfly Valley in Psychopiana, approximately 6 km away from Parikia, is the finest natural site on Paros. In a magical area of lush vegetation and running waters, visitors are amazed by the thousands of butterflies all around. You can see the butterflies during the summer months, hiding in the shades or camouflaging on the leaves.
Enjoy sun, sea and the Aegean winds
Paros is a dream destination for water-sport enthusiasts. Majestic areas on the island are ideal for kite-surfing, windsurfing, and scuba diving offering genuine emotional experiences.
Most of all, Paros is famous as a windsurfing and kite surfing place and in fact even international windsurfing competitions take place there in summer. The best windsurfing spots in Paros are the beaches on the south eastern side, such as Golden Beach and New Golden Beach.
Scuba diving is also a popular activity on Paros island. Many diving centers have their base in Paros and offer courses for all levels. They also organize diving trips to uninhabited islets of the Aegean Sea, close reefs and old wrecks.
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Santa Maria is not just one, long beach. There are several smaller, sandy beaches and magic coves in this bay, making it ideal for tranquility and diving. In parts of Santa Maria there are facilities such as camping, beach volley and a windsurfing school. There is also a beach bar with lounge music, for exotic cocktails by the water. Santa Maria is accessible by car or by boat.
Punda beach is a tiny, beautiful bay, very popular for beach parties. It is always crowded, full of young people enjoying extreme sports, such as bungee jumping and water sports. There is also a restaurant, a music bar, a swimming pool, as well as plenty of other entertainment spots. You can go there by bus or by car.
Piperi beach is the central beach of Naoussa. Surrounded by imposing rocks, it has an amazing view to the Aegean and its sandy beach and clear waters are suitable for swimming and sunbathing. Piperi is accessible on foot from Naoussa.
Parasporos beach is a long and sandy bay, pretty popular among the younger visitors of the island. The sea is clean and the wide sand is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. There are several bars and taverns in parts of the beach. There are also corners left untouched, where nature lovers can enjoy tranquil swimming. Parasporos is easily accessible by car and bus.
New Golden Beach (Tserdakia) is a long sandy beach, known as one of the most ideal wind surfing beaches of the Mediterranean. The World Windsurfing Championship has been taking place here for over 7 years. It is well organized, with equipment for windsurf and kite surf, as well as taverns, hotels and apartments nearby. It is accessible by bus or by car.
Monastiri is a long, sandy coast among rocks. Monastiri beach attracts fewer tourists during the day, but it is the ideal location for an evening beach party. There is a restaurant on the beach, ideal both for lunch and for take away sandwiches. Monastiri is accessible by car from Naoussa.
Molos is a beautiful beach, with deep blue crystal waters and a magnificent view to Naxos island. It is surrounded by the mountains of Kefalos and Antikefalos, creating a unique surrounding area. Molos is only accessible by car.
Mesada is a small and quiet sandy beach, a favorite destination for nudists from all over the world.
This beautiful small sandy beach is surrounded by just a few houses and a small tavern, where you can enjoy lunch by the sea along with great wine. Lolantonis is accessible by car.
A beautiful, sandy beach with clean, blue waters, Logaras is really a holidaymaker’s dream. The beach is surrounded by nice restaurants and small hotels, making it a nice choice for families. It is easily accessible on foot, as it’s just a five minutes’ walk from Piso Livadi.
Livadia is the most central beach of Paros. It is a long and wide beach, separated in sections, to satisfy everyone’s preferences. There are organized parts, with umbrellas and water sports facilities, as well as cozy corners with trees, ideal for seclusion and tranquil swimming. The beach is easily accessible on foot from Parikia.
Lay on a sun bed on the sandy beach of Krios and enjoy the excellent view to the Parikia port, after swimming in its azure waters. There is an organized camping there, as well as a beach volley court and other beach activities. There are also plenty of taverns and bars, making it ideal for one-day trips. It is easily accessible both by boat and by car.
Kolymbithres is an exotic sandy beach with crystal waters and bizarre rocks creating small “swimming pools”. Located in Naoussa’s bay, Kolimbithres is definitely worth a visit. It is well organized, with a restaurant nearby. It is accessible by taxi-boat from the port of Naoussa or by car.
This small sandy beach is famous because the stones around it contain argil. Most visitors make mud out of the sand and cover their body, even their hair. They let it dry on them and afterwards they wash it out in the sea. Legend has it that this mud has curative abilities, or at least it makes your skin softer and healthier. Kalogiras is accessible by car.
Golden beach (Chryssi Akti) is one of Paros most famous beaches. Within 22 km from Parikia and near the seaside village of Drios, Golden Beach is a long and sandy beach with light blue waters. Golden Beach is very well organized with many water sports facilities and it is also the surfers’ paradise. It is accessible by car or bus from Parikia.
Farangas is a small sandy beach with crystal clear waters, surrounded by sand dunes and rocks. The beach is well organized with sun beds and umbrellas, while the fascinating landscape around it has remained almost intact. Farangas is absolutely one of the most beautiful and most popular beaches of the island. The road is not asphalt, but it’s definitely worth it.
There are a couple of sandy beaches in the small village of Ampelas, as well as traditional tavernas on the waterfront, with fresh fish and seafood, caught just for you by local fishermen. Ampelas is accessible by car or motorbike. It also features a small port, where you could moor your boat.
Agioi Anargyroi is a beautiful, sandy beach, very popular among Naoussa’s guests. Agioi Anargyroi beach offers everything, from sun beds and umbrellas to dining options or cocktails. It is easily accessible by car.
A small sandy beach with palm trees all over it, perched in a scenic and exotic bay, Agia Irini is an ideal beach for relaxation far from the crowd. It is also ideal for children, as its waters are crystal clear and not deep. There is also a restaurant for refreshments. The beach is accessible by car or taxi.
Fuel your appetite in Paros
One of the most distinctive islands of the Cyclades, Paros, perfectly combines fine dining and nightlife, placing the island among the top destinations in Greece.
Naoussa, the most picturesque and lifestyle part of Paros, is by far the preferred place for dining. Small paved alleys and picturesque coves full of life surround the bar restaurants, fish taverns and bars. Parikia, offers remarkable choices when it comes to Paros dining. Stroll around Parikia and savor creative and delicious dishes made with pure Parian products. For just a tasty snack in one of the most popular beach bars after a rejuvenating swim, experience the vivid and authentic atmosphere of Punda Beach, the most popular beaches on the island.
The nightlife in Paros is the reason the island is among the first choices of vacation destinations for many visitors. Entertainment never stops and it covers all tastes! Quiet bars with a view of the sea, busy bars with loud music and big clubs of Athenian standards. In Parikia you will find atmospheric bars on the street along the coast, which turns into a pedestrian zone during the summer, or even bars built at the edge of the rock. A bit further down, at the “river” of Parikia, in Paros, you will find the clubs of the capital. Loud music of all kinds, drinks and adrenaline at its peak. The heart of Paros’ nightlife beats in Naoussa. Countless bars at the while paved alleys and at the port, which used to be fishermen storehouses. For the most romantic visitors, the “back port” offers calmness and relaxation to enjoy your cocktail.
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Octopus and squid, lobster, fresh fish (red mullet, red bream, bogue, sea scorpion, mackerel, grouper, black bream, whitebait…) from the waters of the island, always have a special place on the Parian dinner table.
A local specialty, Gouna is sun-dried mackerel fish, grilled and served with a bit of lemon.
Don’t forget to taste Karavalous, tasty boiled snails served with garlic sauce
Mizithra is a white cheese from goat milk and replaces in salads and in other dishes the well-known Greek cheese, feta. A lot of dishes with seafood, as octopus, squid and all kinds of fish.
Petimezinia and pumpkin pie are locally tasteful sweets.
When to go
Paros is most enjoyable in late spring – when the landscape is still green, the sea has warmed up to feasible swimming temperatures, but the crowds have yet to descend – and early autumn, when the summer hordes have departed and the sea is at its warmest. In both spring and autumn, you can expect attractive prices for villa accommodation compared to summer.
But take note – not too late in autumn; after late September many facilities close down and storms do hit.
Paros climate is temperate, like the rest of the Cyclades Islands. Winters are mild and during summer season the weather is sunny, hot with strong winds called meltemia, very appreciated by windsurfers. Summer evenings are usually cooler, with a little humidity and you will generally have the perfect weather for your holidays.
From the month of January to April, Paros Island’s temperatures vary from 11°C to 15°C. During the month of May, temperatures climb up to 20°C. During summer months the weather warms up offering hot temperatures with Meltemia. If you prefer cooler temperatures, September and October are the ideal months for relaxing holidays.
National prefix for Greece is +30 if you are calling from abroad All numbers in the capital Athens start with 210 and are followed by 8 digits (e.g. 210 3227400) Area Code for Paros: +30 22840 xxxxx. If you wish to call abroad, you have to start by dialing the other country’s national prefix (i.e. Germany is 0049, England is 0044 etc.) and continue with the area code and the number where you wish to call.
Euro € Euro Bank Notes: come in 5, 10, 20, 50, 100, 200 and 500. It is not always easy to receive changes for 200 and 500 euro notes.
Paros Island features its own airport with daily flights to Athens and all major International Airports. It is also connected to most Greece’s ports by Ferry Boats.
Paros Airport is located at 10 km from Parikia. From Athens airport, there are daily Olympic Airlines flights to Paros (half an hour flight). The number of flights and their time-table depend on the time of the year.
Paros National Airport Tel.: +30 22840 92030, +30 22840 91256, +30 22840 91257/ Fax: +30 22840 91077 Athens International Airport Eleftherios Venizelos www.aia.gr
Aegean Airlines: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Aegean Airlines website www.aegeanair.com Tel.: 801 112 0000/ +30 210 6261000
Olympic Air: For accurate timetables and tickets costs visit the Olympic Air website www.olympicair.com. Tel.: 801 801 0101/ +30 210 3550500 Office at Paros Airport Tel.: +30 22840 92211, 22840 91257
Paros Island features one port, Parikia port. The main port to take you to Paros from Athens is in Piraeus. From the airport, you can get to Piraeus by taxi or by bus (about 1 hour, depending on the traffic). From Athens, you can get to the harbor by subway (25 minutes from the city center).
There are also ferry departures, especially high-speed ferries, from the port of Rafina, which is closest to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport.
To reach Paros by sea, there are two types of ferries; the high-speed ferry which takes approximately 3 hours and the normal ferry which takes approximately 4 to 6 hours.
You can also travel to Paros by ferry from/to main Cyclades Islands.
Blue Star Ferries Paros (normal ferry) For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Blue Star ferries website www.bluestarferries.com
High Speed Ferry Paros (fast ferry) For accurate timetables and ticket costs visit the Hellenic Seaways website www.hellenicseaways.gr
When you arrive in Paros, you can either use the public transportation (local bus) or taxis or, even better, rent a car (or a motorbike in the summer). If you land to Paros airport, you can take a taxi or ask the rental agency that your car will wait for you at the airport. If you come by ferry, you can rent a car at the car rental agencies that surround the port.
http://www.ktelparou.gr (KTEL) Tel.: +30 22840 21395 (Parikia), +30 22840 52865 (Naoussa) Travelling by bus within Paros is safe, but it can be tricky as sometimes the timetables change without prior notice. During summer, the buses depart approximately every 1 hour from several towns all over the island.
Departure points: Buses leave from Parikia, Lefkes, Dryos, Naoussa, Alyki, Pounta and Kolimbithres, going to several locations around the island and back. During the summer period buses also leave from and to Santa Maria and Ampelas.
You can also get around Paros by taxis; you will find the main taxi stand in Parikia central square and in Naoussa. Taxis in Paros are pretty expensive. You are advised to ask for the fare before getting in the taxi in order to avoid bad surprises. They can be hailed on the street or arrive by appointment. Radio Taxi Service Tel.: +30 22840 21500 (Parikia)/ +30 22840 53490 (Naoussa)
Rent a Car / Motorbike
Renting a car or a motorbike to get around is common in Paros and there are many such agencies operating at the airport, the harbor, Parikia and Naoussa. Tel.: +30 22840 25027
Banks and ATMs
If you need a bank in Paros, you will find most of them in Parikia and one in Ekatontapiliani. If you need an ATM, there are several all over the Island. Note that all credit cards internationally recognized are accepted in most of the Island’s restaurants, bars and shops. Banks opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 8.00 – 14.30 Friday: 8.00 – 14.00
Banks exchange all major currencies in cash, travelers’ cheques or Eurocheques; the commission is lower for cash. Post offices exchange cash but not travelers’ cheques, and usually charge lower commissions than banks. Travel agencies and larger hotels change cash and travelers’ cheques but usually charge higher commissions than banks. Banknote exchange machines can be found in most tourist areas.
The Greek post is called ELTA and you can find the post offices of the Island in Parikia and Piso Livadi. Post Boxes in Greece are YELLOW for normal post, usually with 2 slots for INTERNAL POST (meaning inside Greece) and post for ABROAD. RED Post Boxes are rarer and they are used for URGENT mail. REGISTERED mail is always handled and given a receipt for at the POST OFFICE. Post office in Paros Tel.: +30 22840 51495 (Parikia)/ 22840 41951 (Piso Livadi)
In Parikia, on Manto Mavrogenous Square Tel.: +30 22840 23333
Municipality of Patmos
In Parikia Tel.: +30 22840 21222/ 22843 60100-60105
- Radio Taxi: +30 22840 21500 (Parikia)/ +30 22840 53490 (Naoussa)
- Tourist Police: +30 22840 21673
- Port authority: +30 22840 21240
- Weather Forecast: 14944
- Elpa (Car Breakdown): +30 22840 24168
- Express Service (Car Breakdown): +30 22840 53361
You can find International Press in Paros in the harbor of Parikia.
- Police: 100
- Fire Department: 199
- Ambulance: 166
- Health Center At Parikia: +30 22840 22500
- Health Center At Naoussa: +30 22840 51216
- Health Center at Marpissa: +30 22840 41205
- Health Center at Agairia: +30 22840 91277
- First Aid: +30 22840 22500
- Parikia: +30 22840 21449
- Parikia: +30 22840 21388
- Alyki: +30 22840 91560
- Marpissa: +30 22840 41810