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Paros

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I went to Paros many years ago and things now may be different…. For this reason I kindly asked to a friend of mine Panayotis to double check my memories and add some tips :) He loves Paros and he will buy a house there !! my next location for holidays in Paros!

Thanks Pan for your precious help !!!

Some info about Paros – ελλ. Πάρος

Paros is located in the center of Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, in front of Naxos and near to Mykonos.

Comparing to most of the Cyclades it’s a quite big Island – it takes 1 hour of car to go from the South (Alyki) to the north (Naoussa).

In Paros you will find traditional villages, typical of Cyclades, with whitewashed cubic houses in narrow streets + exciting nightlife ! and amazing long sandy beaches and crystal waters …….

There is a small airport but if you are coming from abroad with a Charter probably you will land in Mykonos and then you will take a boat from there to reach the nice port of Parikia, in Paros.

To check out your trip by boat, the best official source is OpenSeas.gr. To arrive by plane, check out Airtickets.gr.

Paros is a perfect destination for friends, couples and teenagers too!!!

 

Let’s go to my trip

Paros was my second trip to Greece. We booked our holidays from Italy with a very low cost tour operator (now it is not working anymore and I can understand why ….. ) with formula roulette – therefore we didn’t know exactly which was our location in Paros. The only thing we knew was that Paros was in the Cyclades and that in August was quite windy – and it was !! For 5 consecutive nights we slept hearing the wind wistling outside …..

Our studios was located in Alyki, a very small town in the south and honestly not very much connected with the bus with the rest of the Island. I am talking about the bus because it was the cheapest way to move in the island – I didn’t have a lot of money and renting a car for 2 people was quite expensive….. Honestly I do not recommend rent a scooter since the island is quite big and quite windy too

After taking the bus so frequently we knew the bus driver, we knew the time schedule by hart and we improved our technique to get the sit on the bus :)  on that issue pay attention to Greek Giagia’ (grandmothers) they will try to steal your sit and do not care if you are waiting for a person that will be sitting next to you… J

Once we went out of the tiny and quite town of Alyki – and we went to Naoussa – we tried whatever we could to change our location – unfortunately with no success. Still I must say that Alyki was very nice, the port/beach was very pleasant with amazing crystal waters, nice tavernas with good food but too quiet for a young couple …

 

Where to stay

There are countless hotels, houses, apartments, villas that you can get a room in Paros, you can Google and find many choices to suit your taste & budget. My friend Pan recommends some villas close to Golden Beach, that were built only in 2009 and have not been advertised a lot yet, so you may have a chance to rent one for a week. They are the ideal place for couples or families, 4 villas around a swimming pool, just 100 meters from the white sand. Check them out at goldenseavillas.gr, or call the friendly hostess Margarita at +30 697 7902728. Ask her for a better rate than the ones she has on the website, tell them you are Panayotis friends (‘Pan the president’ is the password).

 

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Everywhere you go you will find nice, sandy beaches with clear crystal waters. Also the beach close to the port of Parikia Livadia is wonderful!

On most of them you will find umbrellas with nice tavernas where you can eat and take some refreshments.

There is an ultra trendy beach where all teenagers meet – it’s like Mykonos’s Paradise Beach  – Pounda Beach, close to Livadi Beach. All other beaches are for friends, family, great for relax and enjoy the sea.

I recommend Kolimbithres because it is very impressive (close to Naoussa)– it looks like Sardinia in some way. It is not very big but the huge blocks of granite sculpted by the wind are smooth and you can stand on them.

 

Pan’s favourite beach is Golden Beach. His dream is to build a house there when (and not if) he becomes a millionaire. Golden Beach is a long stretch of wide beach, close to Drios. The bus will take you there. It is one of the most popular beaches in Paros, with fantastic cafes, infrastructure and watersports. The good thing, is that it’s so big, and it rarely becomes so crowded that you can’t find a nice spot to sit under an umbrella. Golden Beach was the venue for the world windsurfing championships in 1993.

Towns

Parikia is the main town in Paros and main harbor too:  Paros is very connected with other islands of the Cyclades and some tourists just jump to Parikia to have a quick walk on the Chora. The Chora is nice, with its characteristic narrow streets. You can find nice shops and tavernas.

Naoussa – small Venice ! When I visited Naoussa I felt in love with this beautiful fishing village. Actually I may say it is one of the prettiest towns in Cyclades I visited.

There are small canals, lot of tavernas, bars and clubs facing them and this is the town for night life ! Discos / clubs are open until down.

Since you are in Paros I would suggest to visit Antiparos, a small island a mile to the west of Paros. There is a famous stalactite cavern to visit and nice beaches too. Definetely worth a trip if you have transport, and car-ferries go every half hour or less from the port of Pounta and take 10 minutes to get across.

Ciao !

φιλακια

ps A huge thank you to my dear friend Christos that gave me the pictures of Antiparos and Lefkes ! ευχαριστω !!

2 comments to Paros

  • Adam Richards

    I’ve recently returned from a two night stay on Paros (on Ursula’s advice!) and must admit I completely fell in love with the island.

    After a 3.5 hour ferry we stayed in the Contaratos Beach Hotel (http://www.contaratosbeach.gr/), and it was an absolute delight. It was quiet, peaceful, and in a truly stunning location. The beach was as close to the hotel as it could possibly be and it really felt like a private beach.

    It was a very short and beautiful stroll (6 minutes) into Naoussa through traditional streets with a mixture of the new and the old along the way. But nothing compromised the feel of a traditional unspoilt town which makes it, in my opinion, the only place to stay on the island.

    We also ordered the following night’s dinner the day before to ensure the catch that we wanted. The whole experience was extremely reasonable compared with eating out in Naoussa and to just a high standard. Although the meal at Barbarossa right on the water front in the town was also a high point of the trip!

    We hired a Moped for the day (€12 and €4 petrol) and managed to visit 3-4 beaches all around the island. Highlights included a long lunch at Alyki and the adjacent beach to the south east of the main fishing port as well as ice-cream in the main port of Parakia that is certainly the hub of activity for the island.

    We also, by complete luck, found ourselves on the road up to the highest point on the island (700+ meters). Surrounded by phone masts and a traditional church (known as Aghios Ilias or Aghii Pantes I believe) we watched the sunset to the west and was truly breathtaking. A little chilly once the sun had dipped under the horizon but once reaching the main road again it had recovered to a pleasant temperature indeed.

    All in all; a wonderful trip. I wish we could have had at least one more night and full day on the island to take in the relaxed ethos surrounding us just a little more, but I came back with no regrets and a sense that we undoubtedly choose the right island and much thanks goes to Ursula for her recommendations!

    Another thanks to Fantasy Travel (http://www.fantasytravelofgreece.com/) who from the arranging the taxi driver who picked us up at dawn on our first day, to dropping us back there two days later, did not put a foot wrong. I will certainly be using them on my next trip out of Athens.

    • ursula

      Thank you Adam for taking some time for leaving your comments :)
      I am very happy that you loved Paros and honestly I was sure :)
      Next time …. Milos!
      ciao

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