Myconos and Santorini are two of the most famous Greek islands and especially during the high season can be very crowded.

But, there is an island that although it doesn’t have the fame and the nightlife of Myconos and the – out of this world – beauty of Santorini, it has its own fans – and I am one of them!

And this is Paros island!!

I admit that Paros is one of my favourites for many reasons and also it has one big plus! It’s for everyone!

It has beautiful beaches, sports 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 couples. This creates an amazing mix that gives this island an extra dimension!

Paros Island, Naousa

The months May, June and September are the more ideal, as the island is quiet and the rhythm slow as it should be!

At the end of the post, you will find a detailed map with all the mentioned places and beaches, so you will have an idea about the island and where all the basic points are!

Before revealing all the tips, let’s go and present all the things that you cannot miss when you visit the island.

Visit Antiparos: You will wonder why I start the must-visit list with a suggestion of another island!! That’s a very good point! Antiparos was really an island for total isolation and relaxation, but the recent years that has changed a little bit as it attracts more tourists every year! Still, it is a picturesque island located very close to  Paros and it is ideal for a one day trip.

Ferries from Paros to Antiparos depart very frequently from Parikia or from Pounta, in case you want to get a vehicle with you (not entirely necessary for one day trip).

Parikia and Panagia Ekatontapiliani church: Parikia is the main harbour and it isn’t the most beautiful village in Paros, but it has its own beauty with alleys, little shops, an open- cinema (check here the programme) and the famous and historic Byzantine Church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani church, which was built back in 4 century in the port town of Parikia. This church is known as the “Church with 100 doors” and is one of the most important preserved churches of Greece! There is a legend, which claims that 99 doors have been found in the Panagia Ekatondapiliani, but the 100th will be discovered only when Constantinople (Istanbul) will become Greek again!

Water sports: If you like water sports, then Paros is a great choice for you! You can do various sports like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, kayaking and canoeing, kiteboarding, etc at Golden Beach (our favourite beach for water sports), New Golden Beach and Santa Maria.

Naoussa: Just get lost in its alleys, as it is a very beautiful port. Ideal place for food, coffee and of course drinks!

Naoussa Paros island

Paros Park: This is a protected area with walking trails, different rock formations, caves, where you can relax some beautiful views. Paros Park has an outdoor amphitheater and runs the summer Festival at the Park, with concerts & plays. There’s also a free open-air cinema by the sea with summer film showings! There you will find some easy nice trails!

You can try the Lighthouse and Cape Almyros. Especially I recommend the Lighthouse route before the sunset as the scenery is even more stunning! More details here!


Paros is also famous for its beaches. So, don’t forget to visit:

Kolymbithres: Small beaches trapped between big rocks and the water provide for a beautiful setting! There you will find sunbeds and clear water. It is ideal for families with children. And just have in mind. Don’t stop at the first bay, but check the others as well! Warning: In July and August can be very crowded!

Paros island beach Kolympithres

Santa Maria: Santa Maria beach starts quite shallow – which is great for children (!) and then gently gets deeper. There are a few beach bars and restaurants and even some water sports available for rental. It is close to Naoussa and it is served by a bus service. Maybe it isn’t ideal for the peak season if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place!

Golden Beach: This is one of my favorite beaches but perhaps I am a little biased as I have spent some lovely summers there! It has deep blue waters, golden sands and the beautiful Cycladic landscape! Also, there, you will enjoy from coffee to cocktails at the beach and from sandwiches to romantic dinners! If you are a surfer don’t miss this location. One of the best places for wind-surf and amazing wind!!

Chryssi Akti Paros island

Monastiri: Lovely beach, well organised with shallow and clear water and it is ideal for families! You can follow the rocky path (around 20′) toward the boats and you will find a peaceful cove beach that is not organized and that is nude friendly.

Faragas: The lovely setting and the clear, light blue water makes this beach to be high on my personal list. It has a nice beach restaurant, where you can have lunch or simply refreshments.
Protected from the north wind which is quite common in Paros island.

…and many many more. We give an extra tip for a beautiful beach just below!

Now, the other big question comes to our mind.

Where to stay

The main towns that you can stay in are Parikia, Naoussa, Piso Livadi and Drios. Lefkes is also a good and affordable choice, especially if you don’t mind to stay on the mainland of the island.

You can find here a complete list with the best hotels in Paros Island and a detailed map.

Now that we highlighted the top points for Paros, we will give some extra tips, some extra secrets!

Tip 1

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 the Cyclades and dry islands.

Tip 2

Lefkes is probably the most famous mountainous village on 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 Prodromos. This village keeps the serenity and the traditional colour of an era that 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!

Prodomos, Paros

Tip 3

There are many beautiful beaches like Chrysi Akti, Pounta Bar Beach, Santa Maria, but also Faraggas and Aliki. But, close to Naousa you will find a lovely beach Laggeri with white sand and spectacular sand dunes, and cedars trees offering the requested privacy for the lovers of unspoiled nature.

Lageri Beach, Paros

Tip 4

And when the night comes, we have another suggestion to make. We love Parikia 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. Enjoy 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 extra tips.

How to get there: You can go to Paros by ferry from Piraeus port (there is a choice between a slow ferry and a fast and more expensive one) or fly 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 am not in hurry and also I like so much to smell the sea and enjoy the view from the deck of the ship!

The best platform for ferry tickets is the Ferryhopper. It is really easy and user friendly to check prices and book online tickets.

Transportation: This is an island that you will need a car as it has quite few places that you can visit. But, if you prefer not to drive at all during your holiday, then I would like to inform you that the bus connection in Paros is one of the best in Cyclades!! You can check here for timetables, tickets etc. Note that during July and August can be quite busy, so bear this in mind. Also, there is also the option to get a taxi.

Do you have anything secret to share with us about beautiful Paros? Just leave us a comment!

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  1. milandrea February 13, 2020 at 9:05 am Reply

    Hi There

    I am Planning my Mom’s 60th birthday in Paros and would love any recommendations of restaurants that we can have her birthday dinner at something a little more private . Our group of people will be 12

  2. ben H December 27, 2019 at 4:21 pm Reply

    hi there,
    I am planning to go to greek islands with my family (parents and 2 children in august – towards the end of the month).
    I had looked at golden beach, but was worried that it would be too crazy busy?? does it get as busy as the bigger islands, say corfu or crete or mykanos, or somewhere like sardinia or majorca.
    Is Golden beach quite a touristy place??
    many thanks! Ben

  3. HARSHIT CHHEDA December 20, 2019 at 8:16 pm Reply

    Are there any club/pubs open in January end

    • SecretGreece January 3, 2020 at 10:49 am Reply

      Hi Harshit.

      Unfortunately the most of the clubs/bars are closed in January except the ones for the locals. It is definitely a non touristic period.

  4. Victoria September 26, 2019 at 11:09 am Reply

    Hi there. My niece turns 18 years old in May 2020 and I am looking for the best island to help her celebrate, with her friend and my sister in law. She wants lovely beaches but also good nightlife/clubs. We can go in June if May is too quiet but i could use some tips if Paros would be a good option. Mykonos way too pricey.
    thank you!

    • SecretGreece October 2, 2019 at 9:09 am Reply

      Oh that’s nice Victoria! I wish her all the best! You are right. Mykonos is THE party island but it is indeed very expensive! Paros has a good nightlife especially in Naousa where it has bars and clubs. Punta beach is quite famous for its day party for young people.
      May would be definitely quiet and probably June. Universities and schools end at the middle of June, so at the end of June and beginning of July would be quite good for her! Drop me an email if you want some more information. Happy to assist!

  5. Patti September 2, 2019 at 6:27 pm Reply

    We will be in Paros the 1st and 2nd an 3rd of October and it looks like there is no tours available. Is is advisable to hire a car or an AV? Any other tips for sightseeing?

    • SecretGreece September 3, 2019 at 10:42 am Reply

      Hi Patti, I hope you will hope a great time! You can share some photos or tips afterwards!

      It will quiet as it is off season, but this is not a bad thing!!

      Indeed, you can rent a car preferably. There are plenty of things to do, as they are described at the post. Lefkes and Naousa village, plenty of beaches like chryssi akti, Kolympithres, Faraggas etc, Paros Park and Anti Paros island and many more!

      About the tours, what kind of tours are you interested in? Hiking, wine tasting,windsurfing? Because of the period the tours are quite limited, but I can have a look for you if you want.

  6. Kate August 19, 2019 at 11:54 pm Reply

    My family is going to Greece during the two weeks of Christmas and New Year. Many people said it’s bad time due to weather. Do you have any recommendation? I plan to spend 2 full days in Athens, 2 in Santorini, 2 in Hydra and 2 in Milos. Is it too rush? Also, is it a good time to visit these islands? I was told many restaurants and stores will close during this time of the year so I’m a bit nervous.

    Thank you!

    • SecretGreece August 23, 2019 at 3:55 pm Reply

      Hi Kate,

      I am afraid that the weather won’t be nice. The short answer is It is not a good time to visit the islands. Everything is closed except very few facilities that are open for the locals. Santorini can be a little bit better in terms of stores that will be open, but still… Also Rhodes and Crete have better weather conditions. For Athens, you can find here the average weather condition per month. You can visit the mainland. Delphi archaeological site Meteora amazing landscape or going even more north, like the wonderful village of Metsovo, or the beautiful zagorohoria villages or visit some ski resorts.

      Let me know if you want anything else. Happy to help!

    • SecretGreece August 23, 2019 at 3:57 pm Reply

      Hi Kate,

      I am afraid that the weather won’t be nice. The short answer It is not a good time to visit the islands. Everything is closed except very few facilities that are open for the locals. Santorini can be a little bit better in terms of stores that will be open, but still… Also Rhodes and Crete have better weather conditions. For Athens, you can find here the average weather condition per month. You can also visit the mainland. Delphi archaeological site, Meteora amazing landscape or going even more north, like the wonderful village of Metsovo, or the beautiful zagorohoria villages or visit some ski resorts.

      Let me know if you want anything else. Happy to help!

  7. Janice Knight August 2, 2019 at 3:02 pm Reply

    We have been visiting Paros for 30 years, beautiful island, beautiful people. Janice Knight.

    • SecretGreece August 6, 2019 at 5:11 pm Reply

      I couldn’t agree more on this Janice!! If you have any tip to add, please feel free to share! You have 30 years of Paros experience!

  8. Amanda July 4, 2019 at 2:20 am Reply

    Greece in the most beautiful country in entire Europe. I loved the people and nature. They are really friendly.
    I wish to go back again and again in Greece.

    • SecretGreece August 6, 2019 at 5:13 pm Reply

      Thanks Amanda for the nice words! Hopefully you will visit it again! You are always welcome to Greece!

  9. Agra Tour Guide November 12, 2018 at 6:00 am Reply

    Beautiful Island to enjoy summer vacations, Paros is a Greek island which belongs in Cyclades group. It is the third largest island in the Cyclades. Thanks for sharing this amazing place information with us.

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