The island of Paros is among the most popular islands of Cyclades. Located in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Paros island is ideal for young people, romantic couples and families, too. The Parian traditional villages, particularly Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes, are perfect samples of Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed sugar houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches. The beaches are famous for the exotic water and the golden sand. The beaches on the south eastern side, such as Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, are particularly popular for windsurfing. A nice day trip from the island is the small island of Antiparos, with the crystal beaches and the relaxing atmosphere.
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Travel guide to Paros, Greece
One of the most typical islands of Cyclades, Paros is famous for the traditional architecture, the lovely beaches and its nightlife. As it is located in the centre of Cyclades, holidays in Paros can be combined with holidays to other islands.
Have a look in our travel guide about Paros and organize better your trip to the island: see villages, beaches and sights to visit. Also check our photos, 360 pictures and maps to get a better understanding of the location.
Things to see and do
The island of Paros is one of the most famous Greek islands of the Aegean Sea and it belongs to the Cyclades islands group.
The fabulous beaches, the picturesque architecture and the lounge nightlife are the things that make Paros island so special. Everyone will find something exciting in Paros: the young crowds will love the beach bars and night clubs, families will adore the safe sandy beaches with restaurants and romantic couples will get excited with the relaxing atmosphere. Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Kolymbithres and Santa Maria are among the most beautiful beaches, while worth a visit are the traditional villages of Naoussa, Parikia, Lefkes and Marpissa.
In the ancient times, Paros island was famous for its fine marble, used in statues and temples. Located in the centre of the Aegean Sea, close to Naxos, Santorini and Mykonos, holidays to Paros can be easily combined with hopping to other islands. For a day trip, you can take the boat to Antiparos, a small island opposite Paros with crystal water and Cycladic architecture. In this guide of Paros, you shall find all the necessary information about your visit to the island.
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Accommodation in Paros is spread around the entire island. Many tourist facilities are concentrated in the towns of Naoussa and Parikia. Parikia is the capital and main port of the island, and offers large hotels as well as smaller guesthouses and traditional apartments. Naoussa has numerous rooms and studios, as well as more upscale venues. Romantic resorts, luxury suites, and boutique hotels are found all around the island, particularly in Golden Beach and New Golden Beach.
Highlights in Paros
The old port of Naoussa is the most picturesque spot in Paros. Located on the northern side of the island, Naoussa has many fish restaurants, lounge bars and cafeterias.
Located right opposite the bay of Naoussa, Kolymbithres is famous for its crystal waters and the nice rock formations. It is accessible by bus or boat from Naoussa.
Lefkes is a mountainous village with pure Cycladic architecture, located in the inland of Paros. This was the old capital of the island until the mid 19th century.
One of the most beautiful beaches in Paros, Golden Beach has soft sand and crystal waters. This is also a popular windsurfing spot on the island.
Antiparos is a small island that can be easily visited as a day trip from Paros. There are tours to Antiparos from Parikia and also frequent ferries from the port of Pounda.
Located in Parikia, the capital of Paros, the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani is the protector of the island. The name of the church means the monastery with the hundred doors.
In summer, there are boat trips from Paros to the island of Delos, the sacred island with the sanctuary to god Apollo. The tour continues to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos.
Paros is a popular island for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The most popular surfing spots are Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, on the south eastern side of Paros.
There are many reefs with interesting flora and fauna around Paros, as well as ancient wrecks to explore. This makes the island a great place to enjoy scuba diving.
In summer, there are boat trips from Paros to the stunning island of Santorini. Visit the amazing caldera villages, see the volcano and get a breathtaking view to the Aegean Sea.
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