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Paros is a picturesque gem nestled in the heart of the Aegean Sea in the Greek Islands. This island is part of the Cycladic group of islands, famous for its beautiful blue and white buildings and stunning beaches. If you're planning a European summer getaway in 2024 and dreaming of exploring the Greek Islands, Paros should be at the top of your list! 

With its whitewashed villages, stunning beaches, and rich history, this island offers an unforgettable experience for travellers seeking both relaxation and adventure. Paros offers a variety of towns to explore each with a distinct vibe making. Paros is also very well connected to Athens and other islands, making it easy to get to all throughout the year. This makes Paros an excellent island to base yourself on, especially if you want somewhere that is interesting and isn’t as extremely touristy as Santorini, but still just as beautiful.

In this post, we explore seven must-visit towns on the enchanting island of Paros.

1. Naoussa: A Quaint Fishing Village with Vibrant Charm

Naoussa is a postcard-perfect fishing village known for its bustling harbour, narrow streets, and vibrant nightlife. Stroll along the picturesque waterfront lined with colourful fishing boats, and explore the charming maze of alleys filled with boutique shops and traditional tavernas. Don't miss the opportunity to visit the Venetian castle for panoramic views of the town and the sea. 

You can spend hours exploring the small village and harbourside, stopping to eat at whatever taverna takes your fancy. The views and the vibes will not disappoint

For a delightful dining experience, we recommend Sigi Ikthios for fresh seafood dishes paired with local wines. For a harbourside drink, Come Back is a great place to sit on bean bags and enjoy the vistas.

2. Aliki: A Tranquil Coastal Haven

Aliki entices travellers with its serene atmosphere and crystal-clear waters. This coastal village offers a peaceful retreat away from the crowds, ideal for those seeking relaxation and natural beauty. Spend your days sunbathing on the pristine beaches or exploring the nearby salt marshes teeming with birdlife. After a day of exploration, unwind at Aliki Restaurant Paros, a charming seafood taverna. Or grab a Freddo Espresso (Greek iced espresso) at Cafe Marina and watch the world go by.

3. Antiparos: A Hidden Gem Waiting to Be Discovered

Just a short ferry ride from Paros lies Antiparos, a hidden gem beloved by travellers seeking tranquillity and authenticity. Just a 5-minute ferry ride from the mainland (which you can also take your car or bike on), Antiparos is easily accessible.

Explore the cobblestone streets of the main town, dotted with whitewashed houses, cafes, boutiques and restaurants, adorned with vibrant bougainvillea. Antiparos offers a much more relaxed and local atmosphere than its more famous neighbour. 

Discover the famous Cave of Antiparos, adorned with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, offering a fascinating glimpse into the island's geological history. If you have a car you can explore the remote wild beaches like Faneomeni Beach. For a taste of local flavours, dine at Captain Pipinos Tavern for fresh seafood and Greek specialities.

Alternatively, you can book a day boat trip from Paros to explore the whitewash cliffs and stunning clear blue sea Antiparos in renowned for.

4. Lefkes: A Picturesque Mountain Village

Nestled in the heart of Paros, Lefkes welcomes visitors with its timeless charm and breathtaking views. This mountain village is a haven for hikers and history enthusiasts, boasting traditional Cycladic architecture and winding pathways lined with blooming flowers. 

Lefkes offers a more rustic experience, with many of the buildings in various states of repair, adding to the energy of the mysterious mountains of Paros.

Explore the Byzantine flower petal-lined footpaths frequented by local cats that lead to ancient churches and chapels, offering a glimpse into the island's rich cultural heritage. After a day of exploration, savour a meal at Χρυσούλα - Γεύσεις της Συντροφιάς, a cosy taverna serving homemade Greek dishes with a modern twist. Marshard Ceramics is a stunning boutique ceramic shop that is worth popping your head into!

5. Dryos: A Seaside Retreat Off the Beaten Path

Escape the crowds and discover the tranquil beauty of Dryos, a hidden seaside village on the southeastern coast of Paros. This laid-back destination offers pristine beaches, perfect for swimming and sunbathing in peace. Wander through the village centre and admire the traditional Cycladic architecture. For a taste of authentic Greek cuisine, dine at Restaurant Annaa taverna known for its delicious seafood and warm hospitality. For something more local, try the iconic Souvlaki Dryos.

6. Parikia: The Charming Capital of Paros

Parikia serves as the bustling capital and main port of Paros, offering a perfect blend of history, culture, and modern amenities. Explore the winding alleys of the old town, home to ancient landmarks such as the iconic Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church, one of the oldest Christian churches in Greece.

Visit the Archaeological Museum to learn about the island's rich history, then wander along the waterfront promenade lined with cafes, bars, and tavernas. For a memorable dining experience, head to Mira Restaurant for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and panoramic views of the sea. If you want to dine on something other than Greek Food, Exesion is your place to try! Big Noses also is a great spot for a seafront sunset cocktail.

7. Piso Livadi and Logaras Beach: A Quaint Fishing Village

Piso Livadi captivates visitors with its laid-back vibe and idyllic setting overlooking the sparkling Aegean Sea. Spend your days relaxing on the sandy beach and dine in one of the traditional tavernas which have tables actually on the beach itself. The small port is as picturesque as it gets and visiting Piso Livadhi is well worth the drive! 

While you’re there, don’t miss the chance to dine on delicious fresh Greek food at Markakis Restaurant. Walk over the hill to the beach of Logaras to lounge on the beach or enjoy another Freddo Espresso.

Did you know that the island of Paros is made of crystal quartz? Yes, that’s right! There are quartz mines on this island. This means that many of the beaches are covered in beautiful crystals you can collect and Logaras is one of those beaches. What at first looks like regular stones, but on closer inspection you will realise the beach is covered in crystals and gems. Even more reason to visit this beautiful and off-the-beaten-path part of Paros.

Where to Stay, How to Get Around, and When to Go

For accommodation, Paros offers a range of options to suit every budget, from luxury resorts to charming boutique hotels and cosy guesthouses. Whether you prefer to stay in the heart of the action in Parikia or seek a secluded retreat in the countryside, you'll find the perfect place to call home during your stay.

Where to Stay

The best place to stay depends on your preferences. Parikia and Naoussa offer a vibrant nightlife scene and a plethora of restaurants and shops. There are many accommodation options at these locations, ranging from budget to luxury so these are both great options for exploring the rest of the island. If you are interested in having a more relaxing seaside experience, Piso Livadi and Aliki are perfect! These areas offer more unique and luxurious accommodations in the beautiful Cycladic villas. Out of all the towns mentioned, Lefkes is the one we wouldn’t necessarily recommend staying in, this one is better for a day trip. 

Getting Around

Getting around Paros is easy, with regular bus services connecting the main towns and villages during the summer season, as well as car and scooter rentals for independent exploration. Renting a car or quad bike is the most flexible option. Taxis are also available but they aren’t cheap. 

We recommend hiring a car so that you can explore the island freely. You can pick the car up directly at the port or airport on arrival. Our car rental recommendation is locally owned Sardis Rentals. They have the best prices and also the best customer service. 

Getting There

Paros is easily accessible by ferry from Athens (Piraeus port) or other Cycladic islands such as Santorini and Naxos. Several airlines offer direct flights to Paros National Airport throughout the year. The price between flights and ferries is similar so you can decide which option works best for you. 

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Paros is during the European summer, from April to October with April-May and September-October being the shoulder season. During the winter many businesses close and the weather can become more wild so it is not a great time to go. July and August are extremely hot, busy and expensive so these months should also be avoided if you don’t like crowds and heat. May to June and September are the best months to go.