Paros is among the most popular destinations in Greece when it comes to summer vacation. It is highly appreciated by the Greeks and other European visitors, for its traditional appearance and wild party scene. Tourism in Paros is very developed and peaks from May to October. The island is largely visited by young crowds but there are still many people who are faithful to its unspoiled beauty. Paros' tourism combines partying and family holidays in a great holiday experience.
There is no tourist office available in Paros, therefore tourists can collect the necessary information from the travel agencies in the port. There is, however, a tourist police office behind the windmill in Parikia for any problems that might occur during your vacation.
Having an ideal location in the center of the Cyclades, Paros is developing year by year into an increasingly cosmopolitan destination in Greece as it seems that not only young people but also families, couples and celebrities prefer it for their holidays. That has led to the development of the tourism industry, with the island now boasting excellent hotels and restaurants, bars and clubs.
Paros is mainly famous for its beautiful sandy beaches and its Cycladic architecture. Nevertheless, it also has an intense nightlife which attracts young people who prefer it for their holidays.
The capital of the island is Parikia, where the main port of the island is located. It is one of the most lively areas of the island, hosting some of the main attractions, too. The characteristic mill of Paros sits very close to the port, while at a relatively short distance is one of the most impressive churches in Greece, the monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani. Visitors can find all kinds of shops to buy handmade products, clothes and souvenirs in the picturesque alleys. If you happen to visit Paros in the summer, look for the events of the Paros Festival, which takes place in the capital every year. Finally, visitors can board a water taxi and visit Krios and Marchello beaches from the port of Parikia. For those in the mood for a day trip, boats also leave for the neighboring island of Antiparos.
Naoussa is perhaps the most famous settlement of Paros. It is a picturesque seaside village, famous for its nightlife since the parties in the bars and clubs last until the morning. The Venetian castle on the beach and the numerous wooden boats create a setting that enchants travelers. Being a fishing village, it also has taverns that serve delicious dishes. From the port of Naoussa, a water taxi departs for the beaches of Kolymbithres, Langeri and Monastiri.
Other beautiful and picturesque villages in Paros worth visiting are Lefkes, Marpissa and Kostos.