Best beaches and villages in Paros

Located almost in the centre of the Cyclades, Paros is an island with authentic style and fantastic beaches. All Paros villages have traditional Cycladic architecture, vividly seen in the small white houses, the paved paths and the blue-domed churches. The capital of the island is Parikia, which is also the main port of Paros. Among the most picturesque villages in Paros are Naoussa with the old Venetian port and Lefkes that used to be the capital of Paros until the late 19th century. Many other fantastic villages are found all around Paros island.

Apart from picturesque villages, Paros is also famous for the wonderful beaches. All Paros beaches have crystal waters, while many of them are organized and lined up with Paros hotels, restaurants and beach bars. The most popular beaches in Paros are Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, famous for the soft sand and the windsurfing conditions. Other famous Paros beaches are Kolymbithres and Santa Maria, while the best spots for the youth are Pounta Beach and Parasporos.

Here are the most famous villages and beaches of Paros. Each location is presented with detailed text, map and occasionally photos and close sightseeing.

Old Venetian port of Naoussa in Paros island, Cyclades
Naoussa in Paros Greece is among the most picturesque villages in Cyclades. The old Venetian port of Naoussa, lined up with seaside taverns and lounge bars, frequently features as the most characteristic spot of Paros island. Naoussa is certainly a place not to miss in Paros. In the day, visitors stroll around the paved paths, while in the evening people head to the lively bars and clubs that stay open until the early hours. The oldest quarter of Naoussa is Kastro, meaning the Castle. This is the old town of Naoussa, constructed by the Venetians in the Medieval times and surrounded by walls....
Panoramic view of the bay of Parikia in Paros island
Parikia is the capital town and main port of Paros island. This is where ferries to Paros from Athens or other islands arrive. This town is built amphitheatrically on the edge of a large bay and has the typical Cycladic architecture, with small white houses, paved paths and blue-domed churches. At the entrance of the port is a Cycladic windmill, the trademark of Paros island. The most picturesque quarter of Parikia is Kastro, meaning the Castle. This is the old town of Parikia, built by the Venetians in the 13th century and surrounded by fortifications walls. The interesting thing about these...
Lovely beach of Kolymbithres in Paros island, Cyclades
Kolymbithres (or Kolimbithres) is among the most famous beaches in Paros. In Christian tradition, the name of this beach literary means baptistery font and was given due to the special geological features of this beach. Kolymbithres is located right opposite the bay of Naoussa and is actually a small sandy beach. On one side of the beach, there are granite rocks who have taken special form due to the winds and the salty water. Among these rocks, small natural bays have been formed where people go to swim. Kolymbithres beach in Paros is organized with sun lounges and umbrellas, while some restaurants...
Lovely beach of Aliki in the southern side of Paros island
Aliki (or Alyki) is a lovely fishing village on the southern side of Paros island, 13 km from Parikia. In fact, this place is the closest place to the airport of Paros. Aliki has a small port where fishing boats moor and the coastal road is lined up with fish taverns and lounge bars. A sandy beach with shallow waters is found next to the port. Due to the relaxing atmosphere and the many facilities, Aliki is a great place for family holidays in Paros. Actually there are many Paros rooms and family hotels in the suburbs of Aliki, as well as good bus connection with other villages and beaches around...
View of the seaside village of Piso Livadi in Paros island, Cyclades
At a distance of 19 km from Parikia is the seaside village of Piso Livadi. This is a small fishing village that developed a lot over the last decades with restaurants, cafeterias and hotels. Piso Livadi has traditional Cycladic style and a small sandy beach organized with sun beds and umbrellas. Very interesting sight to visit is the church of Agios Georgios (Saint George) Thalassitis with old frescoes on the wall. In summer, excursion boats depart from the port of Piso Livadi to other islands of Cyclades, including Naxos, Amorgos, Mykonos, Delos, Santorini and Koufonisia.
Lovely church in Lefkes, Paros island
Located at a distance of 11 km south east of Parikia, the capital town of Paros, Lefkes is found almost in the centre of the island. This is a fantastic little village with pure Cycladic architecture. A stroll around the paved stone paths of Lefkes will bring visitors to small white houses with flowered yards. At the highest spot of the village is the church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) with rare Byzantine and post-Byzantine icons. In Lefkes, there is also a small Folk Art Museum. A walk in Lefkes is like a walk back in time and away from busy crowds. This village was the old capital of Paros,...
Traditional windmill in Marpissa, Paros island
The picturesque village of Marpissa in Paros Cyclades is located 16 km south east of Parikia, the capital and main port of the island. Built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill, Marpissa has distinctive Cycladic architecture, with paved paths and small white houses. A stroll around the village is a nice experience, leading visitors to traditional churches and flowered yards. A small Museum of Byzantine Art is found in Marpissa, as well as the interesting Sculpture Museum of Nikos Perantinos. The surrounding region is great for trekking and in fact the hiking paths will lead to countryside...
Golden Beach (or Chrissi Akti) is among the most beautiful beaches in Paros. It is found on the south eastern side of the island, 24 km from Parikia. Awarded with the Blue Flag for the cleanness of its waters and the organized facilities, Golden Beach in Paros is truly a paradise place to swim. The soft golden sand and the blue water create a magical setting. The beach is organized with sun beds and umbrellas, as well as restaurants, cafeterias and water sports. The wind conditions are also great for windsurfing, which is why Golden Beach is among the best windsurfing spots in Paros. In fact,...
New Golden Beach is actually a continuation of Golden Beach in Paros. It is located on the south eastern side of the island, 22 km from Parikia, and close to the tourist villages of Logaras and Piso Livadi. This vast sandy beach, which has been awarded with the Blue Flag, has amazing crystal waters with exotic colour. Part of the beach is organized with sun beds, umbrellas, restaurants and many Paros hotels and studios. It also has a diving center and some windsurfing centers, as it is considered among the best windsurfing spots in the Mediterranean Sea. In fact, during the 1990s, New Golden...
The beach of Santa Maria in Paros is located 2 km from Naoussa, on the northern side of the island. This is a large beach with soft golden sand and crystal waters. It gets very popular due to the organized facilities and the water sports centers. The beach is lined up with seaside restaurants and beach bars, while there is also a diving center. It can be reached by bus or private means.