A Brief Guide to Paros, Greece
We spent weeks researching the Greek Islands. It was analysis paralysis. There are just too many incredibly beautiful, interesting and historically relevant islands to visit in Greece. We chose Paros in the end due to its proximity to Athens given our limited time and it did not disappoint.
Paros has something for everybody - truly. We traveled there with some friends who had a 10-month old, so we can say this from experience.
Once we had chosen Paros the analysis paralysis started all over again as we tried to figure out which of the many towns on the island we should stay in or close to. So, from the few days we were there, here’s a brief guide to Paros, Greece; our take on where to stay and some of our favorite spots around the island.
WHERE TO STAY IN PAROS
The cutest town of them all (in our opinion) with a lot of great restaurants, shops and even cocktail bars to choose from. We stayed just outside of Naoussa at Saint Andrea Paros and couldn’t have asked for better. It was honestly one of the best customer service experiences we have had at a hotel in a very long time.
The main port of Paros, it’s where you’ll first arrive if you take the ferry to Paros. While it has a lot of great restaurants, bars and shops, it’s a little less quaint and more industrial due to the ferry port.
A beautiful little town on a mountain (or hill?) in the center of Paros. No seaside restaurants to be found here but definitely a lot of gorgeous hill-top views. Without a doubt worth a visit.
Tiny in comparison to the previous three mentioned. It’s a very cute, quiet town by the sea and the place to stay if you’re looking for that slow paced, quiet experience on the island.
WHERE TO EAT AND DRINK IN PAROS
This cocktail bar in Naoussa has one of the best views of the bay and amazing cocktails, and you know how much we love our cocktails.
This unassuming family spot serves authentic food (according to sources) and gets packed quickly. Get there early to make sure you don’t have to wait in line with everyone else.
Another great family spot with delicious Greek food. This restaurant also has a great view Lefkes and the hills.
A pricier spot with great service and great food in the heart of Parikia town.
WHAT TO DO IN PAROS
We visited Paros hoping to be able to explore on foot, we quickly realized this was going to limit us. It’s a large island with a lot of hidden treasures, so make sure you have some sort of vehicle to be able to explore on your own. As you’ve read us say before, wander, go exploring without a particular destination and you’ll stumble upon some beautiful beaches and views all around the island. This is our number one tip for Paros.
There are both organized and unorganized beaches all around Paros. Organized beaches being those with chairs and umbrellas to rent and unorganized being those without amenities.
This organized beach is slightly less crowded than the nearby Kolumpethres with a great restaurant attached and a beautiful monastery nearby. Hike past all the rock formations beyond the restaurant and you’ll find a secluded beach with incredible views of the waters (and yachts).
This unorganized beach is a black sand beach. That means black clay on the rock formations, not visibly black sand. Kalogeros has beautiful rock formations all around and it’s not overcrowded like a lot of the beaches near Naousa. Head over to the rock formations and do a little scraping to get the black clay from the rocks. The clay is supposed to have “healing properties” for the skin.
Other beaches on the island:
Get on a Boat
For one of us (me!), it wasn’t going to feel like what I imagined a Greek Island vacation to be without going out on the water. We spent a day on sail boat, watching dolphins swim buy, snorkelling and eating fresh Greek food on deck. It was a magical lazy day. The highlight for us, other than the dolphins, was stopping by the island of Iraklia and snorkelling over a downed WWII plane.
There are a lot of sailing companies and trips to choose from but they book up fast in the summer, so make sure to book in advance.
We didn’t get a chance to do this, but our friends did and confirmed this little island is worth a visit. Antiparos is much quieter island with beaches that are sometimes almost empty. It’s becoming more popular so visit while you can.