Paros

The second largest, and one of the most beautiful islands in the Cyclades, Paros is centrally located near Syros, Signos, Ios and Naxos. It boasts a wide range of beaches providing something for just about everyone, from busy beaches for mingling to stretches popular for windsurfing and tranquil, remote sands for quiet contemplation. A watersports paradise, just some of the other popular activities here include diving, kitesurfing, kayaking, waterskiing and jet skiing. The island’s unspoiled landscapes are crisscrossed with scenic trails for hiking, while its many charming towns are filled with cobbled streets ideal for strolling.

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Paros At A Glance

Average Flight Time from the UK to Santorini 3 hours to Santorini, then ferry journey

Population of Paros
12,000

What to See in Paros
Visit Parika Town, explore the beautiful mountain village of Lefkes, boat cruise to Antiparos

Towns or islands to visit near Paros  Mykonos, Ios, Amorgos, Naxos, Santorini, Iraklia, Keros, Crete

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Our Preferred Hotels in Paros

Things to do in Paros

Marvel at Panagia Ekatontapyliani

Panagia Ekatontapyliani is Our Lady of A Hundred Doors, the magnificent 4th-century Byzantine church in Parikia that dates to the 4th century. Legend has it that 99 doors have been found here and the one hundredth will be discovered only when Constantinople is Greek again. As the original building was damaged in a fire, the architecture primarily dates to the 6th century.

Stroll the maze of streets in Parikia

Parikia serves as the island’s main port and offers an especially intriguing maze of passageways and streets paved in marble. Cycladic cube-shaped homes with blue doors, shutters and balconies draped with bougainvillea, geraniums and other flowers providing pops of color are lined along them, making a stroll here especially pleasant while brining plenty of great photo-ops.

Play on and in the water

Paros is an especially popular island for participating in water sports. In fact, the Windsurfing World Championships were held here at Golden Beach for many years. Visitors can also enjoy kitesurfing, surfing, jet skiing, scuba diving, swimming, kayaking and canoeing. Certified diving instructors are available on Golden Beach as well as New Golden Beach and Santa Maria.

 

Spend the day at the beach

Whether you want to get in the calm shallow waters that range in shades from royal to turquoise blue or not, spending a day on the sand is really a must here with so many fantastic beaches to choose from.

Sip fine local wines

Winemaking has been a tradition on Paros for at least 5,000 years. It was in this very place that the Monemvasia grape managed to survive, despite dying out everywhere else. Sample some of its best by visiting the Moraitis Winery in Naoussa with its vineyards growing both well-known and rare grapes.

You can also tour antique winemaking implements and tour the ageing cellars that sit underground.

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