Paros belongs to the Cyclades islands and with an area of 194.5 km² it is one of the largest of them. Its uniqueness makes it one of the most sought after destinations in the archipelago. It is located 6 kilometres west of Naxos. Approximately 10,000 inhabitants live here year-round. Paros is a cosmopolitan island that offers a wealth of entertainment options in the resort of Naoussa and in the capital Parikia. Other places are rather quieter. Regular bus services operate throughout the island. Compared to Naxos, the local beaches are more varied. There are small beaches hidden among the rocks, but also long beaches equipped with everything imaginable. Paros is a suitable destination for all travellers, there is something for everyone.
The main town of Paros is Parikia, where you will find many shops with a wide variety of products as well as traditional tavernas and bars in the small squares and in the tangle of narrow streets with typical Cycladic architecture. If you are a fan of monuments, you must visit the 10th century Paraportiani temple, one of the most important monuments in Greece. You can also visit the Archaeological Museum, where you will find the unique Parian Chronicle carved in marble.
The island of Paros stands out for its scenery and crystal clear sea. It offers great opportunities for walks and sightseeing trips. Traditional villages are characterised by white houses with blue shutters. You can find many churches, little churches or chapels. However, it is not only the coastal towns and villages that are picturesque, but also the inland ones, which seem to have stopped in time.
Local people live by agriculture, growing grapes, figs, oil production and fishing. In recent years, however, tourism has become increasingly popular. In ancient times, Paros was known for its deposits of high-quality white marble, which was used to carve the statue of Venus de Melo, which can be seen in the Louvre Gallery. Marble was also used on the Acropolis of Athens, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi and other sites.
The most popular beaches of Paros are located on the eastern side of the island in the areas of Piso, Drios and Livadi. Pounda beach is especially popular with the younger generation. The best beach on the island, also popular with surfers, is considered to be Chrissi Akti or Golden Beach, about 20 km south towards Naoussa. The large sandy beach boasts fine sand and a seabed that is as soft as a carpet. The beach itself is quiet and peaceful, with only the occasional whistle of wind. Conditions are favourable for windsurfing. If you are a fan of surfing, the island of Paros offers great conditions on selected beaches.
The small town of Naoussa is one of the most beautiful towns in the Cyclades. Usually the capital of the island is the most beautiful, but in our opinion this is not the case on Paros. Naoussa is much nicer and more interesting than Parikia. The large number of single-storey houses are preserved in the traditional island style by the inhabitants. The coastal promenade of the resort is lined with tavernas offering fresh fish and seafood specialties. Naoussa's narrow streets also offer cafes, shops, markets and a lively nightlife. Boat taxis take you to some of the best beaches in the north of the island, including Kolimpithres (Baptistry), which has fine sand and is divided by rocks into smaller private beaches.
Aliki, a picturesque fishing village, lies 13km south of the capital Parikia. Despite the increasing number of tourists, Aliki still retains its traditional character and is therefore one of the popular destinations on Paros. The beach in the resort has fine golden sand. Sun loungers and parasols are available and can be used for a fee or for consumption at the local bars. Another beach, Piso Aliki with crystal clear water and white pebbles, is located 500m from the Narges Hotel. There are other beaches in the vicinity of Aliki. There is the Cycladic Folklore Museum, where you can see handmade products, miniature boats or famous monuments that symbolise the Cyclades.
Distance from the airport: Paros (airport) - Logaras 20 km
- Greek name: Paros (Πάρος)
- Capital: Parikia
- Island area: 196 km2
Includes: Naousa, Agii Anargiri, Xifara, Stefano, Lageri, Zoodocho Pigi, Zevlogiani Bay, Santa Maria, Megali Glastra, Alyki, Aspros Gremos, Kantouna, Ambelas, Damouli, Analipsi, Skalakia, Glyfades, Tsoukalia, Molos, Kalogeros, Kostos, Byzantine Bridge, Windmill at Lefkes, Lefkes, Marmara, Marpissa, Agios Antonios, Piso Livadi, Logaras, Punda, Nea Chrisi Akti, Chrisi Akti, Boudari, Agia Moni, Agios Georgios, Dryos, Pirgakia, Lolantonis, Pout, Italos, Glyfa, Tripiti, Cape Fanos, Petri, Faragas, Piso Aliki, Aliki, Cape Makria Miti, Agios Nikolaos, Vagia, Pirgos Alisafidon, Agios Arsenios, Agia Irini - Livadaki, Parasporos, Delfini, Parikia Beach, Sanctuary of Pythian Apollo, Parikia, Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Kastro, Ancient Cemetery, Livadia, Krios, Archilochos Cave, Delian Apollo Sanctuary, Thapsana monastery, Ancient Marble Quarries, Kolymbithres, Agios Ioannis Bay, Agios Ioannis Detis, Monastiri, Perikopetra, Cape Korakas, Detis Hill, Piperaki, Piperi, Naousa at night