Have you been in Paros island before? If yes, you would know that it is quite busy and full of tourists especially during high season. If no, then you just heard from me that’s a busy island!
And although, it’s not so famous as Mykonos and Santorini, it’s one of my favourite, because it has one big plus! It’s for everyone! It has beautiful beaches, sport activities, trendy bars and clubs, tasty food, wineries, traditional architecture, paths for trekking and hiking etc. The list as you might understand goes endless. That’s why if you go to Paros, you notice the variety of ages that visit it, from young people and students, to families and older couple. This creates an amazing mix that gives this island an extra dimension!
The months May, June and September are the more ideal, as the island is quiet and the rhythm slow as it should be!
And because out there, in internet space, there are so many “things to do lists”; I prefer for this island to give some extra tips, some extra secrets than you won’t find easily else where.
Almost 15 minutes away from Paroikia (the port) there is a place known as “Butterfly park”, an idyllic landscape with dense vegetation. The park is open from June to September from 9 am to 8 pm. During the summer the butterflies cover literally the leaves of the trees! It is amazing to see them flying because the colour under the wings is bright red, unlike the rest of the body which is dark! Visitors are amazed by this heavenly place which is quite uncommon in Cyclades and dry islands.
Lefkes is probably the most famous mountainous village in Paros island and really it’s worth spending some time wandering the alleys. But if you leave your car there, your watch and your stress, then you can follow one of many trails of the Paros island that goes to village Prodomos. This village keeps the serenity and the traditional colour of an era that it has been passed. Get lost at the white colour of the village and get the paths to the two monasteries. One of them, the Central Baptist Church celebrates on 27th July with a great festival!
There are many beautiful beaches like Chrysi Akti, Pounta Bar Beach, Santa Maria, but also Faraggas and Aliki. But, close to Naousa there is a lovely beach Laggeri with white sand and spectacular sand dunes, and cedars trees offering the requested privacy for the lovers of unspoiled nature.
And when the night comes, we have another suggestion to make. We love Paroikia and especially Naousa’s nightlife because they have very trendy bars and clubs and many young people gather there every night. But, if you are looking for a nice atmosphere and music then you should go to the Golden Garden Bar. This is a meeting point for those that love chill out and funky music. Savour your cocktail in the amazing garden or around the big bar, which is an ideal place to meet people and relax.
You can find at the below map our recommendations.
How to get there: You can go to Paros by ferry from Piraeus port (there is a choice between normal ferry and a fast and more expensive! one) or flying at the new international airport. Personally, when I have enough time, I prefer the ferry. It might take longer, but I am on holiday so I shouldn’t care about time and also I like so much to smell the sea and enjoy the view from the deck of the ship!
Do you have anything secret to share with us about beautiful Paros? Just leave a comment or contact with us if you have any question!