Located in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros island is the third-largest island of the complex. Third in popularity after Mykonos and Santorini, it is considered one of the most beautiful islands in Greece with very exquisite beaches and interesting architecture. Easily accessible by ferry or plane from Athens and from other islands, the island is preferred by both families and young people.
A typical Cycladic island, the architecture stands out due to the whitewashed houses, narrow streets, flowered balconies and picturesque churches all around the countryside. The coastline varies with rocky and sandy spots, but the water is always clean and crystal. Your favorite times will be swimming on the beaches and walking around the picturesque villages.
Parikia is the capital and main harbor of the island, where most facilities can be found. On the northern side of Paros is Naoussa, a picturesque harbor town with Venetian architecture and a romantic atmosphere. The small fishing port of Naoussa gets very lively at night as it is lined up with lounge bars, cafeterias and fish taverns. Another village worth visiting is Lefkes, the old capital of the island, located just in the center of Paros.
The most popular beaches are found on the southeastern side. There, the youth will enjoy themselves on the busy beach of Pounda with the all-day beach bars, the families will relax on the many sandy beaches of that region, while windsurfers will head to the Golden Beach and the New Golden Beach, two very popular beaches for wind sports. In fact, the Windsurfing World Cup use to take place every year on Golden Beach.
Apart from summer vacations, the island offers great chances to experience other hobbies, such as trekking, horse riding, and even yoga.
As Paros is located in the center of the Cyclades, holidays can be easily combined with trips to other Greeks islands and a visit to the neighboring Antiparos.