After spending the past two weeks on fairly untouristed islands, my arrival in Paros was somewhat of a jolt back into the reality of visiting the Greek islands. While not as crowded as Santorini, the vibe of Paros is definitely a lively one
Arriving in Paros
Located right in the middle of the Cyclades, Paros is accessible from almost anywhere. All ferries arrive at the main terminal from Santorini (6.5 hours), Athens (6 hours), Milos (5 hours), Heraklion (12 hours). You can purchase tickets same day or buy ahead here
Where to Stay
Thankfully, with the influx of tourism on the island, there is a lot more available in terms of budget accommodation.
Paros Backpackers is a bare bones hostel located right in Parikia just steps away from the beach. The beds could use some updating but the hostel has an amazing terrace, outdoor pool, onsite bar and a location that couldn’t be better
Hotel Swiss Home is perfect if you’re looking for a bit more than just the basics. The rooms are modern and comfortable right in the heart of the Old Port of Naoussa. While it’s not right on the beach, it’s near some of the best restaurants and bars on the island. Wifi and breakfast included. Rooms start at €64.
What to Do
There is no shortage of things to do. You can relax on the beach, take part in a variety of watersports or party the night away. It’s got something for everyone.
Explore the Old Port of Naoussa
This is the heart of the island. This is where you’ll find all the cafe’s shopping, food, and bars open until the wee hours of the morning. It’s a lovely picturesque town full of life and character. Theres music playing in the streets, locals dancing in the alleys. This is island life.
Explore Parikia Town
If the pace of Naoussa isn’t your style then try our Parikia instead. It’s definitely got a more laid back and slow feel with the same amount of charm. Also located on the beach Parikia is also full of small restaurants and cafe’s, all night bars not so much
Stroll through Lefkes
This is another small town on the island, full of traditional homes and churches. If theres a photo of Paros that you’ve seen on Instagram that isn’t the beach, it’s most likely from Lefkes
Visit some beaches
Paros is renowned for it’s white sand beaches and there’s no shortage to choose from
While more difficult to access, you’ll be rewarded for a quiet secluded place to sun and swim. The water here is just perfect
While Lageri beach is more laid back, Faragas beach is where you come for a more lively Greek Island party vibe. There are beach chairs for rent, and beach bars on site.
Try some Stand Up Paddling
Rapidly gaining in popularity around Greece, Paros has some perfect calm waters for SUP. You can rent a paddle board from Paros Kite . If you’re looking for more of a guided excursion check out Paros Adventures
Where to Eat
Republic Espresso Bar if you’re looking for a place to perk up in the morning a place to chill out with a cocktail in the evening. Located by Paroikia beach, sunsets here are beautiful.
Kafenio Palio Agora is a great option if you’re looking for traditional island food. Located in the heart of Noussa, this place is always full. You might have to wait a bit but it’s never too crazy. Definitely worth it though. Try a selection of mezze and the dakos pizza
Markakis Restaurant if you’re looking for a bit of a splurge let it be here. The food is light, fresh and modern with the most beautiful of locations. The seafood here is incredible
If you plan on visiting the Greek Islands I’d love to know your tips on any other islands to visit or let me know what I’ve missed in Paros. Drop me a line in the comments!