Stunning beaches, picturesque villages, and rich history await on this island; Paros offers a unique experience for travellers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Explore the beaches
Paros has absolutely stunning beaches with over 120km of coastline; there are plenty of spots where you can swim, sunbathe, and, most importantly, relax. Golden Beach is located on the island’s southeast coast, and is also known as Chrissi Akti. This is a long sandy beach with crystal clear waters and favourable winds, making it a popular spot for windsurfers and other water sports.
A unique beach worth visiting if you are on the island’s northern coast of the island is Kolymbithres. The beach is famous for its unusual rock formations, creating a unique landscape. The rock formations have created a series of small pools and coves that are perfect for exploring and swimming. The beach itself is golden sand, and the water is crystal-clear. Due to the uniqueness of the beach, it is a popular spot amongst tourists and locals alike, but despite its popularity, it still maintains a sense of peace and tranquillity. The protection from the wind and gentle currents in the sea make this beach the perfect location for swimming and snorkelling.
Learn the culture and history
Paros has a rich history and culture that is worth exploring. The island has been inhabited since prehistoric times, and as such, there are many archaeological sites and museums. One of the most impressive sites is the Temple of Apollo, located in Parikia. Built in the 6th century BCS, the temple was the centre of worship for the ancient Greeks and was later used as a Christian church during the Byzantine era. If you are interested in the Byzantine period, visiting the Byzantine Museum in Parikia is a must, as it features many artefacts from this period.
Explore the local villages
The island is known for its charming villages, each with unique character and charm. One of the most popular villages is Naoussa, located on the island’s northern coast. You will find narrow streets, whitewashed houses, and colourful boats in the harbours in this village. It really is a post-card village and perfect for relaxing and taking a stroll in the day. Turn nightfall, the village is known for its lively nightlife with numerous bars that stay open late into the night.
Located in the centre of the island is Lefkes. This village is built on the slopes of a hill and is a maze of narrow streets and alleys lined with traditional houses and churches. The village is home to many artisan shops and workshops, making it the perfect place to buy a few souvenirs or gifts. You can usually watch the craftsmen’s works and also purchase handmade goods.
Go on an adventure
For those seeking a bit of adventure, this island has plenty to offer. It is popular amongst windsurfers and kitesurfers, thanks to its strong winds and calm waters. There are numerous schools and rental shops that provide equipment and lessons for all levels.
For hikers and mountain bikers, this island is also popular due to the numerous amounts of trails that crisscross across the island. One of the most popular trails is the Byzantine Road which is a historic path that winds its way through the valleys and hills of Paros. The trail was once used to transport goods and supplies across the islands, today it offers hikers a unique experience to see the picturesque landscapes with stunning views of the Aegean Sea.
Indulge in the food
No trip to a Greek island is complete without trying some of the delicious cuisines and Paros is no different. Paros is known for its fresh seafood and traditional dishes such as moussaka, souvlaki, and tzatziki. Numerous tavernas and restaurants throughout the island serve delicious food using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients.