Parikia and Naousa have always competed in popularity and the variety of things to do. However, although over the last few years, Naousa has become the indisputable queen of the island’s nightlife, Parikia still offers some excellent bars and restaurants. Despite the tourists that flock its streets during high season, Parikia retains a romantic flair, its labyrinth of alleys dotted with colourful flowers, snaking through a bustling market where you can find anything from high-fashion jewellery and clothes to local products and souvenirs.
Naousa, once a sleepy fishing village, underwent a renaissance that turned it into a hip, cosmopolitan destination with excellent shopping, entertainment and dining options.
The seaside settlements of Piso Livadi and Aliki boast charming ports and an array of cafes and tavernas. The picture-perfect village of Prodromos is perhaps the island’s most picturesque, with its narrow white-washed alleys brightened up by pots of colourful Geraniums and arched passages covered with bougainvillaea.
A visit to Antiparos is almost compulsory, with the chic little island being just a 10min boat ride away from Paros. Ferries leave every 30 minutes during the summer, so the day-trip to Antiparos with its charming cobbled streets and cheerful array of bars, restaurants and shops, is not to be missed.
Paros is also ideal for those who love the outdoors. You can sign up for one of the yoga retreats that are organised every summer, discover the superb networks of hiking trails, or hit the beach for some world-class kite-surfing and windsurfing.
Best beaches in Paros
Ambelas The sandy beach of Ambelas village, close to Naousa, is a good alternative for families with children for its easy access and full range of amenities.
Faragas A sandy bay among rocky coves at the southern coast of the island. The beach offers a popular bar-restaurant and loungers.
Golden Beach and New Golden Beach Golden sand, brilliant blue waters and windy most of the time. New Golden Beach used to host the windsurfing world championship – this should be enough proof of the beach’s excellent wind conditions.
Monastiri A sandy bay with calm waters, protected by the wind and very popular with visitors to the island. The beach offers a cafe-bar and a water sports club.
Kalogeros A sandy cove protected by tall rocks, and relatively unknown to tourists. The rocks produce clay, which works wonders for the skin – don’t be surprised if you see ‘grey people’ drying under the sun!
Kolibithres A gorgeous bay that became popular thanks to its calm, shallow waters and the handsome rocky formations that surround its sandy coves.
Krios A popular sandy bay close to Parikia, protected from the fierce winds that can blow across the island in the summer. The beach is well-organised, offering sunbeds, food and drinks.
Lageri A bit difficult to reach, but worth the effort. A nudist-friendly beach with sand-dunes that roll down to a crystal clear sea. Pack food and water with you, as there are no organised facilities there.
Martselo A long sandy beach with crystal clear waters located close to Parikia. The beach is protected by the strong northern winds and offers plenty of amenities. Molos A sandy stretch of beach with brilliant, clear waters facing Naxos. This is a family beach protected by NATURA 2000 for its natural beauty.
Santa Maria A long stretch of golden sand with shallow, turquoise waters and a buzzing beach bar that has become a firm favourite for those who enjoy cocktails and music under the sun.