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Fact: Paros is shaping up to be one of the hottest destinations of the Cyclades.
Honestly, how couldn’t it be?
Endless sandy beaches, vivid nightlife, drooling-worthy food, and traditional Cycladic architecture…what’s not to love about Paros.
Oh, and did we mention all the super cool activities you can do in Paros?
Add them to the mix and it becomes obvious why everyone flocks to this beautiful destination!
So, keep reading to find out not one, not two, but 7 reasons why you’re going to have a crush on this island.
Because trust us, it’s inevitable!
Paros beaches stretch as far as the eye can see
If we had to pick just one reason why we love this beautiful Cycladic island, it would definitely be Paros beaches.
Standing out for their crystal clear waters, fine sand and cosmopolitan aura, the beaches of Paros attract thousands of visitors every year. The majority of the beaches are organized with sunbeds, straw umbrellas, and popular beach bars while they also have many facilities.
Speaking of facilities, one of the best things about Paros beaches are their water sports facilities. In fact, Paros is one of the top destinations for water sports worldwide. Especially kite surfing and windsurfing in Paros are becoming more and more popular activities. The best beaches for watersports are Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, on the eastern side of the island.
Fact: Every August, Golden Beach plays host to the Professional Windsurfing World Cup, attracting many windsurfing celebrities from all over the world!
It is home to the most delightful seafood restaurants
If you visit Paros and don’t taste the local delicacies, did you even visit Paros?
Well, it’s not a secret that the Greek islands are famous for their gastronomy. Paros couldn’t, of course, be an exception. The island is full of seafood taverns and restaurants that serve delicious dishes.
The picturesque ports of Naoussa and Parikia are lined with delightful seaside taverns that worth a visit. Seriously, what’s better than watching the sun falling into the horizon line while sipping a glass of wine and eating delicious seafood?
Not many things could beat that!
Lefkes Paros is the mountainous village of your dreams
For those of a non-beachy disposition, there’s plenty of interest inland.
Lefkes Paros a mountainous village that lies in central Paros, 11 km southeast of Parikia, the island’s capital. Nestled in a verdant hill packed with olive trees and pine trees, Lefkes boasts a wonderful view of the sea and Naxos island.
This quaint village is made up of little whitewashed houses with colorful shutters, traditional windmills, and beautiful dovecotes that ooze a retro charm. Still untouched by international tourists, Lefkes makes a great destination for relaxation in the heart of nature.
So, if you are not a fan of the cosmopolitan Naoussa and Parikia, you should set off to explore Lefkes!
You couldn’t find a better base for island hopping
Its proximity to the superstar islands of Mykonos and Santorini, as well as to the unspoiled Antiparos and the rising Naxos makes Paros a wonderful place to start your island-hopping trip from. Daily ferries from Paros depart to the cosmopolitan Mykonos and picture-perfect Santorini, giving you the chance to have a taste of the Cycladic glory.
Nevertheless, if you prefer a secluded destination to relax away from the bright lights, Antiparos will reward you with its peaceful ambiance.
The cute port of Naoussa Paros looks like a Cycladic postcard
Immediately upon arriving in Naoussa Paros, you’ll realize that this village is super instagrammable! The little port, in particular, looks as if it has popped out from a painting.
The colorful little boats that moor at the port, the glistening whitewashed houses on the background, and the emerald waters of the sea create a picture-perfect scenery that NEEDS to be captured. The bustling seafront promenade of Naoussa is perfect for romantic walks and for sunset gazing.
And don’t get us started with the yummy food you’re going to eat at the traditional taverns and restaurants that sit around the port…perfection!
A mystery is reportedly hiding behind Panagia Ekatontapyliani monastery
Are you a history buff? Do you love visiting monasteries and traditional churches?
If so, Panagia Ekantotapyliani will fascinate you!
This traditional 4th century stone-made monastery sits just a few meters from Parikia, the capital of the island. It is one of the most important church monuments in Greece! In fact, it is one of the best-preserved archaeological monuments of the entire country.
Panagia Ekatontapyliani is not an ordinary church, as its name is linked with a mysterious legend! Ekantotapyliani means “the church with a hundred doors”. The legend has it that this church has 99 doors in total, but there’s a secret 100th door that will be opened when the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople will be Orthodox again.
Do you believe in such legends or not?
Either way, you have to visit this interesting church!
The heart of entertainment beats in Parikia Paros
No guide to Paros would be complete without Parikia!
Not only because it is the island’s capital, but also because it is, together with Naoussa, the island’s center of activities!
Stretching around a little port, Parikia is full of traditional whitewashed houses, narrow alleys and corners embellished with flowers. Seriously, you won’t be able to stop taking photos of the picturesque setting!
The main reason why Parikia is popular, though, is its nightlife. (For the top places for the best places to eat and drink in Paros, download the CoolRadar app for IOS and Android). When the sun goes down, the village comes alive! The beautiful seafront promenade of Parikia is lined with all kinds of restaurants, taverns, bars, and cafeterias. Whether you are in a mood for a sophisticated cocktail, a homemade traditional meal or dancing all night long, Parikia has it all!
So, do you want to live the ultimate nightlife experience in Paros? Your best bet is to have a night out in both Parikia and Naoussa!
Are you dreaming of visiting Paros yet?
You don’t have to wait! Book your ferry tickets to Paros and prepare to fall in love with this wonderful island!
Trust us, it’s going to become your summertime favorite!