If you’re looking for an authentic Greek getaway, Paros is the island of choice. Nestled in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros offers pristine beaches, water sports and unmatched Greek charm. Lounge on the sun-kissed shores of Kolymbithres and New Golden beaches and head to Pounda Beach for vibrant nightlife and water-based fun – it also hosts the annual Windsurfing World Cup. Explore the island’s villages and discover the culinary king of the island – seafood – with specialities including Gouna and fish soup known as Kakvia. Just a stone’s throw away are other stellar destinations such as Naxos, Mykonos and Santorini.
Top three things to do in Paros
1. Explore the capital town and main port of Parikia
Parikia welcomes you with sugar-cubed houses, cobbled streets, boutique stores and buzzing seafront. Highlights include the Archaeological Museum and 4th century Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani – there’s a secret legend to learn too. When you’re done sightseeing, pull up a chair at a seafront taverna and taste some local delicacies.
2. Do some island hopping with a boat tour to Antiparos
A ten-minute journey is all it takes to reach the smaller – but no less impressive – island of Antiparos. Boat tours promise dreamy swims in turquoise waters, secluded beaches and hidden coves. As you explore its chic main town and eateries, you’ll understand why its a secret celebrity hideaway.
3. Explore the island’s villages, beaches and parks
Naoussa, Lefkes and Marpissa offer a heartwarming introduction to local life and they’ll charm you with whitewashed villages. If scenic vistas and remote beaches are your thing, head to the tip of the island to Paros Park. There’s three trails to choose from to discover the island’s unspoiled beauty.