Paros Suggested excursions
Paros, one of the most popular Greek islands, is most famous for its beautiful beaches and the vivid nightlife. Located almost in the center of Cyclades, Paros has true Cycladic color and an active lifestyle.
One day in Paros: Naoussa, Kolimbithres and Golden Beach
Although Naoussa is not the capital of Paros, this is the most popular and picturesque village on the island. Naoussa is located on the northernmost side of Paros. It has a nice waterfront to relax and lovely taverns to eat traditional Greek food.
Stroll around the narrow, paved paths of Naoussa to feel the true Cycladic architecture and buy souvenirs from its many gift shops. Naoussa is also the best nightlife spot on Paros with lovely lounge bars and clubs that open in the midnight and close in the early hours.
Naoussa is well connected by bus to the most famous beaches on Paros. Kolimbithres is a popular beach only 4 km from Naoussa and although it gets very popular, it is worth to see for its strange rock formations around. If you like windsurfing, go to Golden Beach, on the southeastern part. This is the best windsurfing spot on Paros. International windsurfing and kitesurfing competitions are held there every summer.
View on map: First day in Paros
Two days in Paros: Parikia and Antiparos
1st day as described above.
On the second day, get ready to discover Parikia, the capital of Paros. This village gets very busy all day round as this is the main port and transportation hub on the island. Parikia is a traditional settlement with nice architecture and cafeterias to relax. Have a stroll in Kastro, the most picturesque quarter of Parikia, with the small, white-washed houses and narrow paths.
In a walking distance from the port of Parikia, you can visit the Holy Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, one of the most important early-Christian monuments in Greece. Its name means the church with the hundred doors and it dates from the 6th century AD. Tradition says that this monastery was built on the ruins of a former church, which had been founded by Saint Helen.
From Parikia, you can take the bus to the close beach of Parasporos or alternatively you can take the ferry from Pounda Port to the relaxing island of Antiparos. There are ferries from Pounda to Antiparos every half hour and the ferry ride is only 10 min.
View on map: Second day in Paros
Three days in Paros: Lefkes, Marpissa, and Piso Livadi
1st and 2nd days as described above.
Spend the third day to discover the small yet so picturesque villages of Paros. These villages are located in the center and the southeastern side of the island and they clearly depict the traditional Cycladic architecture. Painted in white and blue, these villages shine under the hot Greek sun. On your way, you will see some lovely, traditional chapels, characteristic of the Cyclades islands.
For this trip, you'd better rent a car since public transportation may waste you a lot of time and result insufficient. If you start from Parikia, the first stop would be Lefkes, the old capital of the island during the middle ages. Lefkes is about 11 km from Parikia. Prodromos, 4 km from Lefkes, is also worth to see for its lovely environment and the calm lifestyle of the locals.
Then, continue to Marpissa, 2 km from Prodromos, a wonderful village built amphitheatrically on the slopes of a hill. It has nice churches, small houses and gives a beautiful view to the sea. The road ends at Piso Livadi, a nice tourist resort with a sandy beach to swim and delicious taverns to have a meal.
View on map: Third day in Paros