Holidays in Paros island

The Venetian port of Naoussa is actually the most famous spot of Paros island, Greece

Located almost in the centre of the Cyclades, Paros island is among the most popular and most picturesque holiday destinations in Greece. It stands out for the wonderful architecture with the white walls, the paved paths and the blue doors and window shutters. In fact, Paros is among the most typical Cycladic islands. Apart from the traditional style, Paros island is famous for the gorgeous beaches and the vivid nightlife, which is why it attracts a lot of teenagers and young tourists.

The beaches on the south eastern side of the island are famous for the special wind conditions that make them ideal for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Paros island is daily and frequently connected by ferry with Athens and other islands of Cyclades. There are also flights to Paros from Athens and from various European airports.

Paros hotels and tourism

Due to the crystal beaches, the traditional architecture and the windsurfing conditions, tourism in Paros island is developing year after year. In fact, Paros is among the most popular Greek islands and surprisingly it is perfect for all kind of travelers, from honeymooners and families with kids to teenagers.

Paros hotels are found all around the island and their accommodation type ranges. There are luxury hotels with all modern facilities, Paros beach hotels or villas with pools on the hill slopes. Most hotels in Paros are family run and built in the traditional local architecture. Very enjoyable are the Paros hotels on the beach that allow easy access to the sea without having to rely on transport.

Nice places to stay in Paros island are the main towns, such as Parikia, Naoussa and Alyki. These towns give easy access to beaches, public transport, restaurants and shops. However, some beaches also have convenient Paros hotels, including Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, which are the most popular windsurfing spots on the island. If you are planning to rent a car during your holidays, have a look on Paros hotels situated in more quiet places.

Beaches

Fantastic Paros beaches are found all around the island. Although many beaches in Paros are organized with sun lounges, umbrellas, beach bars, restaurants and water sports, there are also many hidden coves to enjoy some private moments. Just drive around and you will meet wonderful places to relax.

The most famous beaches in Paros are Kolymbithres, Santa Maria, Golden Beach and New Golden Beach. These last two Paros beaches are very popular windsurfing and kitesurfing spots on the island, with many windsurfing centers offering courses for all levels. Another popular beach is Pounta, lined up with beach bars and especially attracting young crowds.

Villages

Paros villages mostly stand out for their wonderful Cycladic architecture. All villages in Paros have small houses with white walls and colorful doors, paved stone paths and churches with blue domes. Parikia is the capital town and main port, while Naoussa with its old Venetian port is among the most picturesque Paros villages. These two are the main villages in Paros, attracting many visitors for their restaurants, shops and nightlife.

One of the most beautiful Paros villages is also Lefkes, located in the mountains in the centre of the island. This is a hidden gem, a wonderful place to stroll around. Nice Paros villages close to Lefkes are also Marpissa and Prodromos.

Sightseeing

Apart from lovely villages and beaches, there are many interesting things to see in Paros. The most important Paros sightseeing is the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, meaning Virgin Mary with the Hundred Doors. This monastery is among the oldest in Greece and the most important monument in the history of Paros. Tradition says that it was founded by Saint Helene, when she stopped on the island on her way to the Holy Lands to find the Cross of Jesus Christ. Other interesting monasteries in Paros are the Monastery of Logovarda and the Monastery of Jesus Christ of the Woods, both located in a short distance from Parikia.

Nice sightseeing in Paros is also the Archaeological Museum in Parikia that hosts various findings from excavations around the island. In particular, there are findings from the sanctuaries of Apollo and Asclepius, the Mycenaean Acropolis and other ancient sites. The yard of the museum also hosts interesting collections.

Paros in a glance

Swim in: Kolymbithres, Santa Maria, Golden Beach and New Golden Beach
Places to see: Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes
You can try: windsurfing and kitesurfing in Golden Beach and New Golden Beach; water sports games in many beaches; scuba diving; a ferry ride over to the neighboring island of Antiparos as a day trip
For a night out: go to Naoussa and Parikia, where you will find many bars along the beach promenade and in the old towns

How to get to Paros

It is easy to reach Paros island from Athens and other places of Greece, even directly from abroad.
By ferry: There are daily ferries to Paros from Athens. These ferries depart from the two main ports of the Greek capital, the ports of Piraeus and Rafina. Ferries from Piraeus to Paros depart daily all year round and 3-4 times per day in summer season. Ferries from Rafina to Paros operate only in summer and are usually daily. Piraeus is the closest port to the centre of Athens, while Rafina is the closest port to the airport of Athens. There is also frequent ferry connection between Paros and other islands of Cyclades, such as Mykonos, Santorini, Naxos, Milos and more.
By plane: The airport of Paros Cyclades is located on the southern side of the island, in the region of Alyki. There are daily flights from Athens to Paros and the flight is about 40 min. In summer season, there are also many charter flights to Paros from international airports.

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