Paros is a quite popular island in the Aegean Sea, annually visited by thousands of travellers. In the recent decades it has incorporated the cosmopolitan aspect in its traditionally Cycladic frame. Let’s take a look at the characteristics that make it unique and loved by Greeks and foreigners alike.
A fantastic nightlife destination
Paros exhibits a vivid nightlife and its party scene is popular with young people every summer. In the last two decades the island has experienced significant growth regarding its party scene, with stylish bars and clubs established mainly in the towns of Naoussa and Parikia. There are also a few cozy bars located in smaller seafront settlements that are worth visiting.
Upscale & traditional aesthetic
Paros abides by the traditional Cycladic architecture of cubic, whitewashed buildings that are mainly low-ceiling and incorporate blue accents (typically doors, window frames and balconies). While the exterior looks cozy and homogenized, the interior is unique in every building and establishment. Posh clubs and aesthetic cocktail bars are lined up in the main towns of Naoussa and Parikia, while minimal and modernized restaurants captivate guests. Paros maintains a graceful balance between tradition and modernity that surely enhances any stay.
Delicious Greek & International cuisines
Paros honors its Greek identity and flavors impeccably in its gastronomic scene. The various seafood taverns, modern Greek restaurants and family-run establishments dot the entire island and welcome guests to rest and savor the finest produce in palatable meals and appetizers. It is highly recommended to try the Parian delicacies as they are mouth watering and unique.
Additionally, for a special dining time, the multiple international restaurants of Paros bring flavors of Thailand, Italy, China among others to the picturesque environment of the Aegean island. Take a more detailed look at the best Paros restaurants to include in your itinerary.
Paros Park & its various activities
An excellent alternative for a whole-day excursion is surely visiting the Paros Environmental and Cultural Park situated on the northern peninsula of the island. The 80-hectare wide park includes many varying activities, from open-air movies and cafe-restaurants to intriguing hiking trails and unique seashores to indulge in. It is open throughout the day until late evening, all year round. It promotes the preservation of the historical monuments and the flora of the Agios Ioannis Detis peninsula and hosts concerts and cultural events every summer for everyone to attend.
Strolling through Naoussa & Parikia
A stroll through the beautifully developed towns of Parikia and Naoussa are key components in any Parian vacation. Even with the booming tourist development of the past decade, the settlements preserve their Cycladic identity and welcome modernity in the establishments and services available. They offer cozy alleyways through the quarters, exciting party and culinary scene and various cultural events and institutes. Make sure to include them in your Parian itinerary for a memorable time.
Swim, sunbathe & enjoy watersports at the beaches
Paros is blessed with amazing seashores and crystal clear waters that are sure to make any vacation on the island relaxing and enjoyable. From the intriguing Kolymbithres beach that features fascinating rocky formations and little coves, to the long, gold sandy bays of Santa Maria, Chryssi Akti, Aliki, Pounda, Livadia and many more, Paros is well-acclaimed for its shores. It is also an island that is favored by the seasonal meltemi wind, maintaining ideal windsurfing and kitesurfing conditions on its seashores. The professional sports centers provide enthusiasts with guided sessions in various activities, top-notch gear and safety guidelines.
Visiting the neighbouring island of Antiparos
A wonderful hidden gem of the Cyclades is surely Antiparos, a small island nested in close proximity to Paros, just as its name suggests. It has been slowly introduced to tourist facilities and has managed to maintain its authenticity and serenity in an idyllic balance. The islet features a small variety of activities and sights, like the Cave of Antiparos, the churches in and around Chora, hiking and windsurfing or kitesurfing. A day boat trip to Antiparos is surely worth it when vacationing on its cosmopolitan sister Paros.
Excellent weather conditions during visiting season
Thanks to its location in the Aegean Sea and the Cycladic complex, Paros enjoys sunny and warm weather from mid spring to late autumn annually. The seasonal meltemi wind keeps the temperature at an optimal level by cooling the island. Rainfalls are scarce and may be encountered in the shoulder or off seasons. More about the weather.
Various island hopping destinations
Another convenient attribute of Paros’ location in the Cycladic complex is providing a multitude of island hopping opportunities to its visitors. Browse through special offers and top-tier bundles including islands such as Santorini, Mykonos, Amorgos, Koufonisia and select the ones that best suit your vacation style!
An easy to reach and commute destination
Paros is one of the most popular Greek destinations and this is greatly facilitated by its National Airport and the busy ferry port of Parikia town. Every summer thousands of travellers arrive via air and sea on the island, hassle-free. The frequent ferry routes from Athens and the neighbouring Aegean islands along with the operating flights facilitate greatly the vacation in Paros. Additionally, the island is rather flat and is efficiently covered by a ring road and smaller ones that connect the entirety of Paros. The local bus transportation has a low fare, frequent routes throughout the day and is favored by young travellers.
A great variety of activities to indulge into
Apart from the standard sunbathing and swimming in the turquoise waters, Paros offers a multitude of tours and activities to select from. From sea sports and underwater exploration, to dreamy boat trips and a multitude of historic museums to discover, the island is sure to keep you entertained!
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