Paros island! A complete guide to this beautiful island!

Updated on 10/01/2022. Mykonos and Santorini are two of the most famous Greek islands, and especially during the high season, they can be very crowded.

But, there is an island, which I totally love, and I am a huge fan, although it might not have the glam and the nightlife of Mykonos (find our dedicated post here!) or the outstanding beauty of Santorini.

And this is Paros island!

Paros is one of my favourite islands for many reasons. 

It has beautiful beaches, you can do sports activities, visit trendy bars and clubs, enjoy delicious local food, taste excellent local wine, admire the traditional architecture and follow paths for trekking and hiking! The list, as you might understand, is endless!

But, the most important characteristic is that it’s for everyone.

That’s why going to Paros, you will notice people from any age group visit it, from young people and students to families and older couples. This creates a fantastic mix that gives the island an extra dimension.

Paros isn’t the only excellent alternative destination you can discover – because there are wonderful islands nearby which we’re going to present to you. You’ll also learn about Antiparos, a perfect excursion from Paros, with its own remarkable charms and temptations.

In this post, you will find out:

  • When should you visit Paros?
  • How to get to Paros?
  • What to do.
  • Best beaches.
  • Where to stay in Paros.
  • Paros or Naxos?
  • A detailed map with all the best places to visit and stay!

Update: Due to Coronavirus, this summer might also be “special”. We wrote an article  (more information here!) to explain the current measures and situation, and we will update it as often as possible!

What to do in Paros island
Naousa from above ©secretgreece

Also, see our dedicated travel guides about Paros!

Best beaches in Paros!

Best Hotels in Paros!

Best places to stay in Paros!

Best Things to do in Paros!

Mini guide on hiking in Paros!

When you should visit Paros Island.

July and August are the hottest months on the island – check the below table for the average temperatures. But these months are the busiest, and it can get quite crowded.

My favourite months are May, June and September, which are ideal, as the island is quiet and much less touristy.

Paros island average annual weather
Source: Holiday weather

How to get to Paros Island.

You can visit Paros by ferry from Piraeus port, where there is a choice between a slow ferry and a fast one (which is more expensive).

Alternatively, you can fly to the new international airport through Athens (the flight lasts around 45′) or Thessaloniki (~1 hour) as the local airport in Paros isn’t so well connected yet.

Personally, when I have enough time, I prefer the ferry. Of course, it might take longer, but I am on holiday, so I am not in a hurry! Also, I like enjoying the view from the ship’s deck and feeling the air by the sea.

The best platform for ferry tickets is the Ferryscanner. It is straightforward and user-friendly to check prices and book online tickets.

Best Things to do in Paros

#Visit Antiparos island

Antiparos island castle
Antiparos island ©secretgreece

You might wonder why I started the must-visit list with the suggestion of another island. And that’s an excellent point!

Antiparos was really an island for total isolation and relaxation, but the recent years have 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 or more. It is up to you.

From the port of Antiparos you can walk to the main village, the 15th-century Venetian castle and seven beaches, Psaraliki 1 and 2 (the second beach has the Fanari beach bar), Snifeiko, Livadia, Agios Spiridonas, Panagia beach (~20 – 30′ walk) and the Camping beach which is also nudism friendly.

The best beaches are Agios Georgios and Faneromeni, but you will definitely need a car.

Ferries from Paros to Antiparos depart very frequently from Parikia or Pounta. Pounta might be a preferable choice, as it has more frequent ferries, it last just 10′ and you can get a vehicle with you (not entirely necessary for a one-day trip). Here, you will find the timetable from Pounta here and here from Parikia.

Antiparos island
Antiparos island ©secretgreece

#Visit Parikia and Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church

Parikia is the main harbour, and it has its own beauty with alleys, elegant boutiques, some fantastic restaurants, the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani and an open- cinema (check here the programme).

On some travel guides, you may see the Frankish Castle ruins included on the top things-to-do list, but personally I believe that it is not as impressive as it sounds.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church Parikia

A local legend claims that 99 doors have been found in the Panagia Ekatondapiliani church, but the 100th will be discovered only when Constantinople (Istanbul) will become Greek again.

But this is just a legend, and the door has never been found. You can search for that if you want. You never know!

To be frank, with you, the church hasn’t anywhere near 99 doors. But, let’s keep this between you and me…

#Enjoy Water Sports

If you like water sports, then Paros is an excellent choice for you, as you can do a wide range of sports,  like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing, kayaking and canoeing kiteboarding, etc. Some of the best beaches for water sports on the island are Golden Beach, New Golden Beach and Santa Maria.

Especially in New Golden Beach, the Professional Windsurfing Association’s (PWA) World Cup has been held since 1993, and it is regarded as one of the very best in the world.

#Get lost in Naoussa village

 

 
 
 
 
 
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This was an old fishing village that has transformed the recent years into a cosmopolitan and picturesque place.

You will find narrow alleys painted with the traditional white colour, unique little shops and boutiques with local products, great restaurants with top local and international cuisine, fantastic bars and clubs, and many churches.

Just stroll around without any planning, and you surely pass by the old port, where all the magic happens. There you will find the half-sunken Venetian castle.

If you stay there and prefer easy access to the beach, Naousa has three beaches (Piperi, Piperaki and Agioi Anargyri). 

Naoussa is about 9 km from the ferry port in Parikia (20′ by bus) and about 20 km from the airport.

#Drink some local wine and visit an excellent winery!

Moraitis winery Paros island

The third-generation winemaker – since 1910 – produce high-quality wine and has created a beautiful winery. You can visit and taste this distinctive local wine and be guided to the small museum with the old winemaking tools, photos, etc.

You will find famous Greek varieties, including Assyrtiko and Malagouzia, and local indigenous varieties like Monemvasia, Mandilaria, Aidani Black, Vaftra and Karampraimi. 

It is open from Monday to Saturday (10:00 – 18:00) for tastings, and it is situated in Naoussa.

You can visit their website here!

#Visit Paros Park

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

Hike at paros park
Paros Park ©secretgreece

 

Lighthouse at Paros Park
Lighthouse at Paros Park ©secretgreece

In Paros Park, you will find three beaches: Monastiri Beach, the Perikopetra and Turku Ammos.

On Monastiri beach, the main beach, there is a lovely cafe restaurant for snacks, lunch and coffee.

Note that the whole park is free to enter and open 24-hours a day. You can reach it by car, by bus and by water taxi from Naoussa.

Paros Park Monastiri beach

#Enjoy Fantastic Beaches!

Paros is also famous for its beaches!

We have created a detailed post with all the 24 best beaches on Paros island!

Now, in this post, we gathered the top ones, which you should visit:

Kolymbithres: Small beaches trapped between big rocks and the water provide a beautiful setting! There you will find sunbeds and clear water.

It is ideal for families with children. And have in mind. Don’t stop at the first bay, but check the others as well. You will also find a sailing centre offering windsurfing and small sailboat rentals and lessons; in the area, kayaks and SUPs are available for rent.

Friendly warning: In July and August it can be very crowded!

Kolympithres beach Paros cyclades
Kolympithres beach ©secretgreece

Santa Maria: Santa Maria beach starts relatively shallow – which is excellent 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 a bus serves it. Maybe it isn’t ideal for the peak season if you are looking for a quiet and relaxing place.

Santa Maria best beaches on Paros island
Santa Maria beach ©secretgreece

Golden Beach: This is one of my favourite 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 everything 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 incredible wind!

Chryssi Akti Paros island

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

Faragas: The lovely setting and the clear, light blue water make this beach high on my personal list. It has a beautiful beach restaurant where you can have lunch or refreshments.

It is protected from the north wind, which is quite common in Paros island.

Faragas best beaches on Paros island
Faragas best beaches on Paros island

 

Faragas best beaches on Paros
Faragas beach ©secretgreece

And many, many more beaches! 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 staying on the island’s mainland.

Here you will find a complete list of the best hotels on Paros Island and a detailed map.

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

Tip 1

Lefkes is probably the most famous mountainous village on Paros island, and it’s worth spending some time wandering its quaint alleyways! This village has retained the serenity and the traditional colour charm of an era that has passed!

Don’t forget to visit the Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity), which was built in 1830 and you will definitely notice it.

Also, from Lefkes begin that lead you to Lagada, Drios, aspro Horio, Agkaria Kamari etc.

We did the most famous one, the Byzantium Path, a 3.5 km path paved with slabs and Parian marble, and the history of this path go back to Byzantine times (1000 AD).

The route is generally downhill, except for 150 to 200 meters, lasts about 45 minutes and I think it would be ok for families with children and teenagers.

You will end up at the small and beautiful Prodromos village, and you can have a drink or eat something from the “Tsitsanis” tavern or – my favourite – the traditional Kallitechniko kafenio (find the location here!)

Get lost in the white colour of the village and take as many photos as you want from the stunning white and blue churches. The name of Prodromos village comes from the temple of Agios Ioannis the Baptist, and every summer, on June 23rd, one of the most important festivals of Paros takes place here.

Lefkes prodromos trail hiking

Lefkes – Prodromos trail ©secretgreece

Tip 2

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

Laggeri beach best beaches in Paros island
Laggeri beach ©secretgreece

 

Laggeri best beaches on paros island
Laggeri beach ©secretgreece

Paros or Naxos?

This is a frequent question that I get asked frequently in SecretGreece! Before letting you know my preference, let’s analyse it a bit!

Accessibility

Both islands are easy to access with airports (Naxos airport is larger with better connections) and frequent ferries from Piraeus and Rafina!

Beaches

Both have excellent beaches that I have spent many summers enjoying! Paros has plenty of different beaches. Here you can find here my analytical guide about the best 24 beaches in Paros. Naxos may have fewer, but they are longer, with fine quality sand and are great for sunbathing and relaxing. (Our article about the best beaches in Naxos can be found here.)

Activities

Here is a field where there is no winner as both islands can offer fantastic and different activities!

Both islands are a paradise for water sports, like windsurfing and kitesurfing etc. And also, both have many hiking trails. Paros trails might be easier and have better access, but Naxos I think, are prettier as it is a wild and mountainous island.

Food

Lately, Paros has opened new high-quality restaurants where they use some of the famous local products. On the other side, Naxos has more traditional Greek food, and due to the size of the island, it produces some excellent meat, cheese and vegetable products.

Villages

Both islands have some unique villages that you can walk around and spend some time there! Paros has more fishing villages, like Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Ampelas, Aliki etc.

Naxos has some great mountainous villages with local and traditional character like Filoti, Halki, Apeiranthos etc.

Nightlife

In terms of nightlife, I think we have a winner here! Paros is an island that gathers a variety of nice bars and clubs, especially in Naoussa village.

Transportation

Both islands have two of the best bus connections in the Cyclades, with many routes and frequent buses. Naxos is much larger so, if you want to discover it you will need a car!

So, now my answer to the question would be…… it depends! When I was younger I preferred Paros and now I tend to want to discover Naxos. Note, that you can visit both islands as they are super close (25′ το 50′) by ferry.

How to move around Paros

Paros is an island that you will need a car, as it has quite a few places to 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 the Cyclades!! You can check here for timetables, tickets etc. Note that July and August can be quite busy, so bear this in mind. Also, there is the option to get a taxi.

You can find at the below map all the mentioned places and our extra tips!

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

81 thoughts on “Paros island! A complete guide to this beautiful island!”

  1. Hi Dimitris,

    Please, would you be so kind to fix the photos from all the articles about Paros?
    It would be a pleasure for me read and see.

    Thank you,

    Reply
    • Hi Florin,

      I cheched from mobile and desktop and the photos appear fine.

      Can you please confirm that still you cannot see them?

      And if the photos are not appeared, could you please let me know from which device do you attempt to check the page and what browser do you use?

      It would helped me a lot to identify any issue!

      Regards,

      Dimitris

      Reply
  2. Hi There,
    I’m planning on visiting Paros at the end of August this year. I’ll be there by myself (in my mid 30’s) and would like to stay somewhere nice but sociable in an area close to the beach and in walking distance to cafe’s/bars etc. Is there anywhere in particular you could recommend? I’m not sure if Parikia or Naoussa would be the best option?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Lauren

      I am really sorry about the delayed response!

      Parikia and Naousa are indeed the two main options as these are the two main ”centres” of the island. There you will find many bars and restaraunts and some beaches relativeyly close.

      Piso Livadi might be another choice, as it has two nice beaches very close (Piso Livadi and Logaras) and you will find great food there as it has some nice restarants and taverns. The only issue is that it has not the bars and the buzz of Naousa and Parikia.

      Regards,

      Dimitris

      Reply
  3. Hi!

    I’d love to stay in Paros in mid July but I am finding it hard to find accommodation. Do you have any recommendations?
    Have you heard anything about the new hotel Parocks?

    Thanks
    Ben

    Reply
    • Hi Ben,

      Unfortunately, Paros is very busy this year and especially in July and August. I searched also a hotel for myself and I couldn’t find many options. Everything looks to be booked.

      I have heard quite nice words about Parocks. It is located on Ampelas, which is away from the trendy and busy areas like Naousa and Parikia.

      Regards,

      Dimitris

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  4. Hi there! I’m heading to Paros this summer and have pretty much my entire trip planned. I would love to swim in some caves while I’m there, do you know if there are any caves or lagoons on the island or on Antiparos that are a must see?

    Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hi Mia,

      Generally there are some caves that are nice to visit like the Cave of Archilochus, which is located near Agios Fokas beach or the Cave of the Nymph or the Cave of Antiparos, which is locate to Antiparos. But all these are on the land.

      On the sea, I know that the Panderonisi Cave is very nice and interesting and there is the Paros Diving centre that might do some divings (https://parosdivingcenter.com/panderonisi-cave/). I haven’t used them my self but you can have a look!

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      Dimitris

      Reply
  5. Hi! I’m visiting Paros this summer in the end of August/ beginning of september. You said you recommend to rent a car. Is is also possible to rent a scooter? Or do you prefer a car?

    Reply
    • Hi Sanne,

      Scooter also should be fine! And yes there are also stores in Paros where you can rent a scooter.

      Dimitris

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  6. Hi. We are visiting Paros for two weeks in July (2-16). Is it necessary to make dinner reservations during that time period? Any restaurants you would recommend? Also, are there any farm markets on the island where we can buy fresh fruit/veggies? We will have a car, so transportation is not a problem. Thanks for any recommendations!

    Reply
    • Hi Constance,

      Normally you wouldn’t need to make bookings on restaraunts on beginning of July. Having said that I hear that this year the islands is quite full from visitors, so you might check once you arrive and book if necessary one day before.

      You will have many different choices to eat in Paros and I might write a dedictaed post about it as the list can be quite extensive! But, very quickly I can mention some nice restaraunts, like Soso, Siparos, Kapari in Naousa, Christiana in Ampelas, Aranto in Lefkes village and Happy Cows in Parikia.

      For fruits I usually visit Arsenis Delicatessen in Naoussa. Also, I heard from friends that a nice farm is KAMARANTHO .

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      Dimitris

      Reply
  7. Hi,

    I am visiting Paros in August with my sister and we are staying on Parasporos beach. As someone who has never been to Greece and is not very familiar with the island, is it relatively easy to get around to Parikia and Naoussa on the buses or should we rely more on taxis? Is it a safe island if we were to go out alone at night to dinner and a bar and then try and find transportation back to our hotel?

    Reply
    • Hi Denise,

      Paros is a safe island so I don’t expect you to have any issue.

      Paros has an excellent bus network and one of the best in Cyclades. But in August it gets very crowded so you may use taxis to get around.

      Let me know if you need anything else!

      Regards,

      Dimitris

      Reply
  8. We are planning on visiting Paros in July meeting up with our oldest son who is traveling around Europe and bringing his younger siblings with some friends who are in their mid and late teens. They want to be near the night life – I don’t! Can you tell me if there are taxis in Naoussa or Parikia that would be able to drive them home in the early hours if we were in a villa 5-8 km outside of the town?
    Many thanks

    Reply
    • Hi Pom,

      Indeed, there are taxis that can drive your children and their friends home during the night. Note that they might have to wait a little bit as it can get quite busy.

      Let me know if you want anything else!

      Dimitris

      Reply
  9. I will be travelling to Paros in early April 2022. I realize not everything will be open but I am excited to see the island while it is not so busy. You mention renting a car in your post. Is this pretty easy to do? If I don’t mind walking could I walk between some of the sites you mentioned or do I need to rent a car? Thanks in advance for your insight. I would really like to find a tour but I haven’t been able to find one for early April.

    Reply
    • Hello Margaratti!

      You are quite bold to travel in early April but I think it would be great if the weather is nice!!

      I am afraid that Paros isn’t ideal to walk between villages, but there is a bus that will connect you with the major sites.

      Also, you can visit Lefkes village by bus for example, walk through the byzantine path to Prodromos village (very easy path) and from there you can get the bus.

      You have the option to rent just for a day if you want to explore the more remote places.

      Paros Park will be also open and you can walk there.

      You can email Moraitis winery in Naousa if you like wines, in case they open in early April.

      Many shops will be closed but I think there is will be a peacefulness and tranquility that you might enjoy!!

      Have fun and if you want, just let us know once you visit Paros if you liked it!

      We here if you need more help!

      Dimitris

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  10. I loved Greece most in entire Europe. I am really excited to visit this island …..

    Hopefully next summer vacation …..my destination is that ……

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  11. Curious, when do things on Paros start opening up? Would there be things open in early April? (I don’t care for the clubbing, but Paros seems like a really pretty island to explore!)

    Reply
    • Hi Robert,

      I doubt that many bars and restaurants would be open at beginning of April.
      Normally, the opening season in Paros island is in May.
      This year the Greek Easter is 24 of April, so I do expect some bars and cafes etc to be open at that time!
      Indeed Paros is beautiful and especially during low peak months even more beautiful!

      Reply
  12. Hello!

    I will be traveling to Paros in May 2022! I was wondering if restaurants/stores will be open during that time? Thank you!

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    • Hi Pauline,

      I cannot predict what will happen due to covid. But, May is the month that normally quite a few restaurants/stores start again their activity! So, I assume if the pandemic is in a recession you will find many places to eat and visit!

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  13. Hi
    We are thinking of venturing back to Paros for the last two weeks in October.
    We usually visit a month earlier than this, and are wondering how closed for the season the island will feel.
    We do not want “nightlife” but do want some tavenas/cafes, car hire etc.
    We stay in the Livadia area of Parikia.
    Will the Antiparos ferry service be very limited?
    Stuart

    Reply
    • Hi Stuart,

      This year the touristic period was extended in Greece till October. Many islands in Greece (Paros included) were full in September and the October was expected to be quite good for the touristic industry.
      But the weather has changed and the next 10 days won’t be great.
      Therefore, I sense that most of the taverns and restaraunts would close the upcoming days. I cannot say that with 100% certainty.

      Antiparos ferry routes are still quite often (you can check the October schedule here!)

      let me know if you need anything else!

      Regards,

      Dimitris

      Reply
  14. Hi,
    Quick question are the restaurants, bars and clubs still open the first week of October?
    I was hoping that maybe also Paros will have less tourists during this week 🙂
    Thanks a lot,
    Paul

    Reply
    • Hi Paul,

      From the end of September, some bars and restaurants will be closed, but I think enough bars and taverns will still be open.

      And yes, the first week of October can be quiet and beautiful!!

      Dimitris

      Reply
  15. Dear All,

    Paros for sure itnis a great island!
    But, does anybody know why for 2021 at all the beaches, 1 umbrella and sunbeds cost between 30 and 50 euro? Becouse I think this is overpriced…

    Reply
    • Hi Edmond,

      The truth is that 50 euros for 1 umbrella and sunbeds is quite expensive! And lately, unfortunately, Paros has become more expensive than the previous years.

      But I visited the island this June, and it wasn’t so much expensive. When did you visit it?
      During August, the prices skyrocket, but I would still expect you to find more affordable sunbeds.

      For example, on Logaras beach you can find umbrellas with sunbeds for 18 euros.

      Anyway, in Paros, there are many beaches with trees and natural shade, but I totally understand if anyone wants an umbrella and a sunbed and I would expect to be more affordable for everyone.

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  16. Hi! I’m visiting Paros with 3 girlfriends for 4 nights: sept 16-20. We’d like to stay where the most nightlife will be happening (I know with covid everywhere is less hopping).

    Will Naoussa still be thriving? Or will it be more sleepy by then, and we’d be better off in Paroikia?

    Reply
    • Hi Valerie,

      As you said everywhere will be quieter due to covid but I believe the nightlife in Paros will be still nice!
      Personally, I believe that you should stick with Naousa as there is where all the “magic” happens!
      Hope you will have a great time!!

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  17. Hello! Many thanks for this information!
    My friend and I are planning to go to Paros 30.8 – 6 September. We are a bit concerned about the situation there though and how it is to visit bars/restaurants if you’re not Covid vaccinated. Would you know?
    We are also considering to perhaps go for 1-2 nights to Mykonos as we know this island and love the beach clubs/parties and the vibe there. Never been to Paros though, so thought we try something new. We are both single and in our late 30s so we prefer a place/island with some classy vibe. Is Paros still the right choice?
    Thank you for advising!
    PS.: if anyone is going there around the same time and want to get in touch, let us know!
    Best, Annika

    Reply
    • Hi Annika,

      I think Paros is quite perfect for what are you looking for! It has excellent nightlife and a great vibe and energy! I am close to your age, and I enjoy my time there every time I visit the island!

      Now about the covid situation, I will be frank with you. The things are not very optimistic. I mean, you can visit both islands right now, everything is open, but some restrictions are already in place, like no standing customers are allowed in restaurants, nightclubs and bars. Both islands have most of their restaurants, nightclubs and bar in open-air areas, so there is no need to show any vaccination passport (in contrast, when you visit indoor restaurants etc., you may need to show this kind of vaccination).

      Note that Mykonos had an extra restriction 10 days ago (no music was allowed!), but this has been lifted now.

      Things can change very quickly, so no ones knows what will happen next month!

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

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  18. Hello! I’d like to know if Paros is more like Ios in average age for partying I am 35 years old and my friends went to ios and the parties were full of very young people (20 years old). Could you help me? I am between Paros, Milos and Rodhes. Witch one would be better for 35 years old people? We are going to Mykonos, Corfu and Santorini also.
    Thank you very much

    Reply
    • Hi Fernanda!

      Paros is not like Ios for sure! There are parts of Paros island where you will meet more young people (20ish), like Pounta beach or in some specific clubs in Naousa/Parikia, but in general, it is a more all-around island! You will see many families or old couples or people around your age! You can do different activities in Paros like hiking, wine tasting, water sports, eating in beautiful restaurants, drinking cocktails in nice bars, enjoying the fantastic beaches etc.
      I am close to your age, and I have every time a great time in Paros!

      Milos is perhaps a better fit for couples, as I find quite romantic!
      Rhodes is quite a large island, and if you want to get to know it, you have to spend some time going around.

      Let me know if you have any other question!

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  19. Hi, thanks for all the information. We are planning a bachelor party for my friend. We will be in Greece from the 6th to 11th of September. Is Paros is still good time to go there if we want to go to the beach during the day and go out a night? Is there any night life at that time? We never been but I am reading nice things about Paros. Thank you for you help.

    Reply
    • Hi Mike,

      September isn’t a busy month and I can see that you will be there mainly during weekdays, which means that it can be quiet.

      But, no worries, I think it will be still busy enough and all the bars and restaurants will be open, so I don’t think you will have any issues! Paros is a great place and has nice beaches and great nightlife!

      Once you come back, let me know if you liked it!! Enjoy!

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  20. We are planning to visit Paros with a 2 year old at the end of August and stay for a week. Is it too windy at the end of August/beginning of September? I don’t like to be on the beach when it’s too windy. Should we go to another island where it’s leads windy? Thanks!

    Reply
    • Hello hello!

      I am afraid I cannot say for sure! Usually during August, in the Cyclades dominates the north wind (it is called meltemi) which can be quite strong.
      I assume that the end of August/beginning of September will be better, but I cannot guarantee that!

      Paros is quite large island and has different beaches with different orientation, so you will find some that are more protected from the wind.

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  21. Hi there!

    We are planning on traveling to Greece the beginning of October.. We are planning on visiting Athens and Santorini, but are having trouble deciding on another island to visit. Do you have suggestions? I know things will start shutting down towards the middle/end of October, so looking for another island that will still be open (restaurants, shops, public transportation, etc.)

    Also – will the weather still be warm enough to swim and go to the beach at this time of year? We are wanting to do a boat tour in Santorini and of course go to the beaches if warm enough!

    Thank you!

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    • Hi Caroline.

      You are right! Things on most of the islands are starting to close down towards the middle/end of October. But, Santorini, Crete and some other big islands like Paros and Naxos are still open till quite late in the season.

      Regarding the weather, it becomes a little bit of chill in October but usually, it is quite nice! I wouldn’t expect to have any issue with the weather in October. Last year, I was on the island, on a beach, swimming at beginning of October without any problem. 🙂

      Let me know if you need anything else.

      Dimitris

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  22. Hello! Thank you for the article! I am travelling with 2 little kids (5 y/o and 8 m/o). Could you please recommend us where to stay. And where kids friendly area is? Any recommendations would be helpful. Thank you so much again!

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  23. I have a bit of a odd question that hopefully someone here knows the answer. My wife and I are Canadians living in the US, and many years ago we got married in Paros. (Fabulous experience by the way)

    Unfortunately we cannot locate our marriage certificate and need to get a copy. Does anyone know of an mail address for the local Paros government authority?

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    • Hi Pat.

      It is indeed an odd question! I searched it a little bit and I found two telephone numbers, one a generic one 1562 and the other one seems to be from the local registry office 0030 22843 60109 in Paros.

      The only email that I found is from Kep Paros. Kep is Citizen Service Centres in Greece and they might be able to direct you. The email is [email protected]

      Generally speaking, I don’t have a good experience of how the government authorities are communicating, but I will wish you all the luck! Let me know if you need anything else.

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  24. When you say Parikia is not the most beautiful place in Paros, is it because of the harbor? Is it because it is a busy transportation hub for ferries and water taxis which isn’t a nice (to look at) focal point? Anything particular you can share to explain this? My husband and I are planning an extended vacation in Paros for about a month in July. Our purpose is to have a full mental reset after a hard year. We will do work in the evenings and plan to enjoy the days doing various activities- beach, strolling the town, and visiting other sites when we can. We also plan on doing an overnight trip to Santorini and visiting a couple other islands for day trips when we can. The most important thing is walk out the door and love where we are and what we are surrounded with. We are really trying to figure out if we should stay in Parikia or Naoussa. We don’t mind getting a car, but do not want to be dependent on it like we are in the US. We would like to walk as much as possible. Good, fresh, healthy food is always a plus for us- but we figure that will be the same in all of Paros.

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    • Hi Jordan,

      I think it is a matter of taste! Paroikia is indeed nice! It has some narrow streets, a wonderful church, beautiful shops and bars and restaurants. But, it hasn’t the picturesque character of Naousa which has everything that Paroikia has, plus a more villagey feeling and a beautiful small fish harbour!

      Personally, between this two, I would go to Naousa, but that’s my personal opinion and taste!

      But, take into account that both places in July will be very busy! Both have bars and clubs and it gets quite crowded at nights. I am just highlighting this as you mentioned that you want to reset mentally. Not sure, if you have thought about Piso Livadi village, which is, of course, less picturesque than the other two but quieter with a lot of restaurants and cafe and a beach!

      It is your decision! I think you will have a great time wherever you decide to go!

      Let me know if you need any other help!

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  25. Hello! We are a couple and we plan to visit Paros for the first time! If none of us drives, what is the best place/side of the island to stay at, as we want to have a bit of everything in the minimum possible distance? (beach/taverns etc).

    Also, can someone let us know the cost of a taxi ride (for example Piso Livadi-Naoussa or Parikia?) Thank you in advance!
    Regards,
    Jessica

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    • Hi Jessica,

      I would say Aliki and Piso Livadi are good options for you. Both, have lovely beaches and some taverns and bars. The only drawback for Aliki is that it is away from Naousa.
      As you might know already, the bus network in Paros is very good. On the other hand, the taxis are quite handy but they can be expensive depending on the period. I have used taxis only a few times and therefore I am not sure about specific prices. If I remember correctly the cost of the following routes are Paroikia – Lefkes: 12-20 euros (depending on the month) and Paroikia – naoussa: 15-20 euros.

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  26. Planning on visitng Paros for the 4th time Sept 2021. Investigate real estate and prep for my eventual move there. Magical island with great people, nature, colours, beaches, food to name a few. Thanks for the article, just reminds me why I want to be there all the time!

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    • Wow! Are you going to move to Paros island? That’s super! Hope all the best Diana! Really! Let us know once you move there or if you want any help with your visit in September!

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    • Hi Sandra. I am not sure as I prefer booking my self the accommodation but I think you can try Olympic Holidays and Sunvil.

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  27. What island would you recommend besides Paros to spend a year on? We are an older couple who do not need to much night life. I am an artist but we would like to dine out a few times a week. Also, which island is the warmest in the winter? I do love Paros though.

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  28. Going for my first solo trip as a 66 year old young at heart lady September 2021.Paros looks perfect,can’t wait .

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  29. In a few years, my wife and I plan to move to Paros for a year, then come home. Rent our house in the US and use that money for rent in Paros. Do you have any suggestions, both good and bad, to live there full time for a year? Were older and don’t care about night life. We would most likely stay in Naoussa.

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    • Hi Daniel,

      That is a great plan! Lucky you! Naoussa is indeed a nice place to leave if you want proximity to the sea or even Paroikia. Marpissa or Lefkes would be nice if you want somewhere on the mainland. Τhe other villages are quite small so you might feel more isolated. Personally, because Paros is not very big so the places that you can live are not many, I would also recommend you to find the house first and then the village! Good luck with whatever you decide! If you need anything else, just let me know!

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  30. Hello, Thank you for your blog post, it is very useful. I am planning to visit Paros in September. I like everything about it, my only concern is that i dont know how to swim and the timing is a bit tight to learn. Is it still safe of i stay near beach and still enjoy water? What do you think or water gets deep very quickly?

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    • Hello Gizo! I don’t think that you will have any issue! Paros have many beaches with shallow water like Piso Aliki, Monastiri, Kolimpithres etc where you can enjoy the beach without really swim in deep water.

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    • 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.

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  31. 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!

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    • 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!

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  32. 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?

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    • 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.

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  33. 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!

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    • Hi Kate,

      I am afraid that the weather won’t be nice. The short answer is..no. 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!

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    • 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!

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  34. 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.

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  35. 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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