Cycladic architecture of Paros

Paros

Cyclades, Greece

Paros is the fourth largest island in the Cyclades and one of the most popular holiday destinations in the Aegean. It is known for its magnificent beaches, graphic villages and vivid nightlife. Find all information regarding Paros beaches, sights, villages, food and nightlife. Compare ferry itineraries and book Paros ferry tickets online in 4 clicks!

traditional cycladic architecture in Paros

The traditional settlement of Naoussa with the distinctive Cycladic architecture

Vacation in Paros

Paros island is one of the most popular summer destinations in Greece and travelers from all over the world choose to visit it. Fact is that its traits are the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the beautiful beaches and the abundance in activities! It is a top destination not only for younger travelers who are looking for partying but for families as well. The island has many accommodation options for families and children-friendly sandy beaches with games and facilities.

How to get to Paros

Traveling by ferry to Paros is quite easy. There are multiple routes from all ports of Athens (Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrion) and other Cycladic islands. Conventional ferries and speedboats run this crossing all year long and tickets can sell out quickly due to the island’s popularity.

Find more information about the ferry schedules from and to Paros in the section below!

What to do in Paros

Paros offers numerous things to do and a wide variety of activities for your vacation. You can enjoy relaxing moments on the beautiful beaches and the traditional tavernas of the island, but also you will experience endless party nights!

In the main settlements of the island, you will find dozens of spots for coffee, food and nightlife. Water sports are quite common in the island and most beaches have special facilities and tutoring services along with other amenities. 

Beaches in Paros

Paros has many beaches with crystal-crystal waters, golden sand, or pebbles. Most of them have amenities such as umbrellas, sun-lounges, showers and beach bars. However, there are more secluded beaches to choose from that are ideal for quiet moments by the sea. As already mentioned, there are also beaches with water sports infrastructure where you can try windsurfing or water skiing!

Some of the best beaches in Paros are:

  • Kolymbithres: It is considered one of the most beautiful beaches of the island with a breath-taking natural landscape. Actually, Kolymbithres are 3 small beaches with crystal-clear, cool waters, and impressive rock formations like sculptures. Umbrellas,  sunbeds and other amenities are also available.
  • Golden Sand: This is the largest beach of Paros, with golden sand -as the name indicates- and magical turquoise waters. It has both infrastructures for the visitors and for water-sport lovers.
  • Santa Maria: Beautiful beach near Naoussa with umbrellas and bars. It has golden sand and crystal-clear waters.
  • Punda: One of the most popular and largest beaches in Paros, known for its beach bar and all-day parties. The strong winds make its crystal sea ideal for kitesurfing. Moreover, in the area you will find tavernas, cafes and a diving school.
  • Monastery: Another popular beach in Paros. It is family-friendly, as it is protected from the wind and has shallow, cool waters. There, you can find some umbrellas and sunbeds that you can rent.
  • Marcello: Large beach with sand, clear blue waters, overlooking Parikia. It has amenities like umbrellas and has a cafe, beach bar and water sports facilities.
  • Farangas: One of the busiest beaches on the island. It is large, protected from the winds and has fine sand and crystal-clear waters. You can choose among umbrellas and sunbeds, and the free shade of the tamarisks. 
  • Lageri: This is a beach of exotic beauty for relaxing moments away from the crowd. It has no facilities but it has golden sand, turquoise waters and tamarisk trees. The beach is accessible either by boat or on foot. Keep in mind that bathing suits in this beach are optional.
  • Kalogeros: It is known for its clay sand, which is considered to have beneficial properties for the skin. The imposing rocks offer shade from the afternoon onwards. The beach has no amenities, so make sure you have the essentials with you.
  • Aliki: Quiet, windless beach with golden sand and tamarisk trees for shade. It is some umbrellas and sunbeds, but you should bring some necessities of yours. 
  • Logaras: One of the most beautiful and popular beaches of Paros. It is large, with fine golden sand, clear blue waters and large tamarisk trees that offer plenty of shade. The impressive seabed is ideal for diving and snorkeling. There are restaurants, beach bars and infrastructure for water sports (water skiing, pedal boating, beach volley) near the beach.

sandy beach in Paros

The gorgeous Kolymbithres beach in Paros

Sightseeing and activities in Paros

The whole island of Paros is an attraction! You can just get lost in the picturesque alleys and admire the houses with the traditional Cycladic architecture. Paros is also known for its beautiful natural landscapes. 

Some suggestions on sightseeing in Paros are:

  • Panagia Ekatontapyliani Church
  • the Frankish Castle of Parikia
  • the Venetian Castle of Naoussa
  • the Folklore Museum of Naoussa
  • the ancient quarry of Paros
  • the Mycenaean acropolis at Koukounaries
  • the valley with butterflies
  • the cave of Antiparos

Nightlife in Paros

Paros is a lively island with intense nightlife and many spots where you have a cocktail, drinks or even dance! Parikia is the capital of the island and has many options for food or drink. However, most visitors choose Naoussa for their night out, due to its traditional character and the variety of options. Younger travelers usually choose a large club to party until early in the morning, while there are also bars and tavernas for families and large groups.

Partying in Paros is not limited only at night. There are a lot of famous beach bars to choose from and have fun all day long. The most popular one is the Punda Beach Bar which usually organizes huge parties with DJs where you can dance all day long!

Food in Paros

Paros is an island that, despite the tourist traffic, has kept its gastronomy and recipes. While you are there, you will taste traditional, savory and sweet dishes in many restaurants and tavernas. The main ingredient of Parian cuisine is -of course- seafood, but also local vegetables that are grown there. Most restaurants are located in Parikia and Naoussa, but you can find many well-known tavernas in other villages and beaches like Santa Maria, Molos and Marpissa.

Ferryhopper’s Paros food recommendations are:

  • grilled octopus
  • octopus with orzo
  • chickpea stew
  • traditional meatballs
  • black-eyed beans salad with greens
  • traditional grape and quince preserves
  • kalfa (artichokes with beans)
  • gouna (cured fish)

The Naoussa settlement in Paros

Full moon above graphic Naoussa in Paros

Villages in Paros

The capital and the largest settlement of Paros is Parikia, which is also its administrative center. The second-largest settlement is Naoussa, which is located in the north and retains the traditional Cycladic character with its small port and picturesque alleys. At night, Naoussa transforms into a meeting place for locals and visitors, as there are many places for drinks, food and entertainment. 

In Paros you will also find small mountain villages. We suggest you visit them to enjoy food and coffee in the traditional “kafeneia”. 

Some of the most popular Paros villages are:

  • Prodromos
  • Lefkes
  • Marpissa
  • Kostos
  • Marmara “marbles”

Tips for Paros

Some useful Paros travel tips that may help you plan your summer holidays are:

  • Paros is a destination of tastes and types. Some visitors prefer it for luxury vacations as there are boutique hotels, fine restaurants and fancy clubs. However, the island is also ideal for budget holidays, since you can find affordable accommodation and great street food.
  • Travelers from all over the world visit the island all summer. If you opt for relaxing holidays and want to avoid crowds, early June or late August is the perfect time to visit Paros.
  • On the 15th of August, one of the biggest religious holidays in Greece, the big panigiri takes place at the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.
  • An interesting fact is that the island has been voted the best island in Europe for 2020!
  • Paros Festival is usually held mid July! It is a big cultural event with many concerts, lectures, tours and discussions to further promote the island.
  • It is worth organizing a trip to beautiful Antiparos, getting around, or even spending a few days as a ‘’Hollywood star’’. Paros is connected to Antiparos with regular crossings from the ports of Punda and Parikia, and the ticket is quite affordable.

Useful information for Paros

It is one of the Cycladic islands with significant tourist development. In Parikia and Naoussa, there are necessary facilities for travelers such as ATMs, supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies. The island also has an international airport and a medical center. 

As for accommodation, there is a great variety to choose from depending on your budget and vacation style: luxury hotels and villas, rooms and small apartments, studios and campgrounds. The 4 camping sites of Paros are located near Parikia, Naoussa, Punda and Lageri. If you’re traveling to Paros in high-season, we recommend that you book well in advance, as the island is always in high demand.

Important phone numbers for your stay in Paros

Here are some useful contacts for your holidays in Paros:

  • Port Authority of Paros: +302284021240
  • Paros Medical Center: +2284360000
  • Parikia citizen service center (KEP): +302284024912
  • Naoussa citizen service center (KEP): +302284051691
  • Paros intercity bus station (KTEL Parou): +302284021133
  • Paros airport: +302284090500

Fishing boats in Paros

Traditional fishing boats near the center of Paros

Transportation in Paros

You can bring your vehicle or rent one, as the island has a good road network with comfortable roads that lead to main points of interest. Keep in mind that due to increased tourist traffic, finding a parking spot can be quite challenging. You can also get around with taxis or intercity buses that connect Parikia and Naoussa to the port, airport, beaches and other villages.

Note: Naoussa and most villages have small and paved, pedestrian-only streets that cars either don’t fit or are prohibited. This is a perfect chance to explore Paros on foot!

Ports in Paros

The main Paros ferry port is in Parikia and is connected to mainland Greece and other destinations of the Aegean. At the port you will find car rentals, grocery stores, cafés and a few tavernas. Keep in mind that a huge number of travelers may visit Paros during the summer and the port of Parikia can be very busy. For that reason, make sure that you account for extra time to arrive/leave the port.

Note: There is another small Paros port, near the beach of Punda. This port operates the crossing Paros - Antiparos with small boats that run many times per day.

Island hopping from Paros

Paros is an ideal starting point for island hopping in the Cyclades. There are frequent ferry services not only to Antiparos but to the neighboring Naxos and the Small Cyclades or to famous islands like Santorini and Mykonos. Some destinations that are directly accessible by ferries from Paros are: 

  • Naxos
  • Mykonos
  • Santorini
  • Andros
  • Syros
  • Tinos
  • Amorgos
  • Donousa
  • Koufonisia
  • Ios
  • Serifos
  • Milos
  • Folegandros
  • Astypalea
  • Heraklion (Crete)

Did you feel lost with all these options? Don’t worry! The Ferryhopper Map of Ferries can help you choose your ideal travel combination. Visit our interactive map and plan your island hopping quickly and easily!

paros port

The Paros ferry port in Parikia

Paros ferry: schedules and tickets

Paros is an ideal holiday destination but also for a getaway from Athens at the weekend, as it is relatively close to the capital. The ferry connection from Athens to Paros is served mainly via the ports of Piraeus and Rafina with frequent crossings, while sometimes, there are weekly itineraries from the port of Lavrion

Here are all the options on how to travel by ferry to Paros from Athens: 

  • Piraeus - Paros: Ferries from Piraeus to Paros run daily in summer. The duration of the trip is close to 3 hours by speedboat and around 4.5 hours by conventional ferry.
  • Rafina - Paros: The ferry connection is served daily by conventional ferries during the summer. The trip Rafina - Paros lasts from 4 to 6 hours.
  • Lavrio - Paros: The route runs several times a week and the route Lavrio - Paros lasts about 7 hours.

Note: Most ferries to Paros have garages for transporting vehicles. We suggest you take a car or motorcycle with you to further explore the island during your vacations.

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Paros has direct ferry connections with 52 ports:

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