Paros is something of a Cycladic island all-rounder and a popular holiday destination with a great choice of hotels and villas. Strategically located in the heart of the archipelago, the island is quite easy to reach. There’s a small airport and ferry connections with Piraeus and other islands are excellent.
Paros offers a combination of beautiful beaches, picturesque fishing ports, a relatively green and mountainous landscape and small traditional villages scattered all over the island. You can find peace and quiet, but there’s also an animated nightlife scene. Sailing, surfing, waterskiing, scuba diving and horseback riding are among the sports you can do on Paros. And there are places where you can practise yoga or participate in painting and drawing courses.
The villages of Paros
Naoussa, a postcard-picture fishing village with its little harbour and whitewashed houses, is among the best that Paros has to offer. Parikia, the island’s capital and port, is very attractive as well, with lots of little boutiques, restaurants, café’s and an open-air cinema. And then there is Lefkes, a 16th century village nestled in the hills in the heart of Paros. With its whitewashed houses, narrow winding lanes, numerous tiny churches and rare green setting, it is as seductive as a Cycladic village can get.
The best beaches on Paros
There are good sandy beaches all around the island. (No matter what direction the wind blows, you will always find some that are well protected.) Especially the east side of Paros has long stretches of sandy beaches. Many are organised with sun beds and umbrellas, but you can also find blissfully wild beaches and coves. You should certainly go for a swim at Kolymbithres in the north of the island, a stunning natural phenomenon of moon-like stones surrounding perfect little sandy beaches. (In the summer go early, as during the high season they get crowded after midday.)
Small hotels and other special places to stay in Paros