Paros is the fourth largest island of the Cyclades and is one of the most popular destinations for excursions to the Aegean islands, all year long. Combining beautiful beaches, picturesque alleys and vibrant nightlife, Paros will enchant you from the first moment! Ferryhopper gives you more details about the island of Paros, as well as information on how to travel by ferry to the Cyclades.
How to get to Paros?
You can travel by ferry to Paros from mainland Greece, via Piraeus, Rafina and sometimes from the port of Lavrion. Especially during the summer months, the ferry services to Paros are the most frequent of the Cyclades and are operated daily. Due to its close distance to Athens, Paros is an ideal destination for weekends and holidays. At the same time, it's the easiest way to get to Antiparos, and live a few days as a "Hollywood star"!
How to get to Paros from mainland Greece?
All three ports of Attica are connected with Paros throughout the whole year.
- Piraeus - Paros: This ferry route runs almost daily all year long and the journey takes about 3 hrs by high-speed ferry and 4 hr 15 min by conventional ferry
- Rafina - Paros: There also daily ferry trips from Rafina to Paros during the summer and the ferry journey lasts around 4-6 hrs. In winter, you can reach Paros daily from Rafina, with an intermediate destination to one of the Cyclades islands.
- Lavrio - Paros: From the port of Lavrion you can reach Paros several times a week and the journey takes about 7 hrs.
Tip: Several ferry companies provide e-tickets, while most ferries have a garage for car transportation. Find all ferry ticket types from the ports of Athens to Paros and book the most suitable option easily, quickly and at the best prices!
How to get from Paros to Antiparos
While in Paros, a great idea is to visit the beautiful Antiparos by taking a ferry from the port of Parikia and Punta. The two ports are located on the west side of the island with Punta being about 2 km from Antiparos.
The Punta - Antiparos ferry is operated by ferry and ferry tickets are only sold on board. The ferry routes are daily and almost every 30 min. The ferry ride from Punta to Antiparos takes just 7 min and from the main port of Paros, Parikia, to the port of Pounta you can take the local bus. In addition, daily services to Antiparos are also provided by the port of Parikia. The journey takes about 30 min and runs several times a day, from morning to afternoon.
Aside from Antiparos, do not forget that the geographical location of Paros is ideal for an unforgettable island hopping to other neighboring islands such as Naxos and the islands of small Cyclades, such as Donousa and Koufonissia.
From the Ferryhopper map of ferries, you can choose the combination of destinations that suits you best - island hopping in the Greek Islands is just 4 clicks away!
What to do in Paros?
Paros is one of the most traditional and at the same time cosmopolitan islands of Greece. The most important feature of this island is the variety of activities. You can opt for more relaxing moments at one of the beautiful beaches and picturesque tavernas.
Beaches in Paros
The beaches of Paros meet all tastes. However, there is one thing they have in common: their beauty. Every beach of the island has crystal waters, golden sand and many services, as most beaches are organized for the general public. Some of the best beaches in Paros that we recommend are:
- Chrisi Akti
- Santa Maria
Settlements in Paros
The capital and largest village of Paros is Parikia, which is the administrative center of the island and you will find services like a health center or banks and you will be able to choose from a wide range of accommodation options. The next largest settlement of Paros, with particular tourist interest, is Naoussa. Naoussa is located on the north side of the island and retains its traditional island character of the central Cyclades, with its small port and picturesque alleys. At night, Naoussa transforms into a meeting place for visitors to the island, as it has dozens of options for drinks, food, and entertainment.
Apart from the two big villages, in Paros you will also find small, mountainous settlements to enjoy your food or coffee in the traditional shops. Some of our favorites are:
Having fun in Paros
Gastronomy enthusiasts will be able to taste delicious traditional recipes and local products at the island's seafood taverns. Those who focus on the nightlife out can opt for some of the lounge bars to enjoy their drink, or have fun in the big clubs of the island until the early hours! Don't miss visiting the Punda Beach Club, the largest beach bar of the island which is famous for its beach parties.
Activities and sightseeing in Paros
The whole island is an attraction! Going to Paros you can simply get lost in the picturesque alleys and admire the houses with the traditional Cycladic architecture. Some of the most famous sights of cultural interest in Paros are:
- Our Lady of Ekatontapyliani
- The Frankish Castle
- The Venetian Castle
- The Folk Museum of Naoussa
- The ancient quarry of Paros
In addition, you will be mesmerized by the natural landscapes and beautiful beaches, where water sports enthusiasts try kitesurfing, windsurfing or water skiing. Ferryhopper recommends:
- Kolimbithres beach
- The valley with butterflies
- The cave of Antiparos
Useful information about Paros
Paros is a fairly developed island and offers all the necessary amenities to the traveler. The two major centers of Paros, Parikia and Naoussa have all the services you will need when visiting the island, such as ATMs, gas stations or the health center. Some useful telephone numbers for your vacation in Paros are:
- Port Authority of Paros: 22840 21240
- Paros Health Center: 22843 60000
- Paros Citizens' Service Center (Parikia): 22840 24912
- Paros Citizens' Service Center (Naousa): 22840 51691
Where to book ferry tickets to Paros
The island of Paros is an ideal destination for those who want to combine cosmopolitan life, nightlife, great food and beautiful beaches. Get on Ferryhopper now, find all ferry routes, available schedules and ferry companies, compare prices and book online the cheapest ferry tickets to Paros and the Cyclades Islands!