At sunset the sky above the Cyclades is tinged with the most improbable shades of red. This is the hour to be given to the contemplation of nature, the lull between the lazy evening and the busy night.
Source Greece The Land For All Seasons 1974
Paros Island a Greek Star
The capital is Parikia, a pleasant town, with traditional white and blue painted houses, small and narrow streets, nice town squares, shops, tavernas, bars, and restaurants. Plan a visit to the well known Ekatontapyliani church (Panayia Katapoliani) in Paros Town well recommended. Built in about 4th century AD, on the ruins of ancient temples. The name Ekatontapyliani (Ekaton = One hundred) is associated with a tradition ” there are 99 known doors, and the hundredth will be found when Constantinople is recuperated ”
Most, if not all, of the ferries, dock here, which makes the Parikia harbour busy and creates a lively atmosphere. The tourist industry was developed here in the late 1960s and today is one of the most visited islands in the Cyclades.
Paros island suits anyone, any age group and offers a good mixture of Greek hospitality, international atmosphere, good nightlife, great selection of accommodation, tavernas, bars, restaurants. Interesting ancient monuments, monasteries and churches and spectacular sandy beaches.
Smaller attractive villages like Lefkes the island’s highest village, 300m above sea level is situated in the central part of Paros, approximately 11km south-east of Parikia. Whitewashed houses, narrow streets, (steps), tavernas, boutiques, and cafes. The village main church made of fine light marble is worth a visit, (nice bar opposite).
The charming inviting fishing villages of Naoussa and Piso Livadi where “smallish” fishing boats are to been seen everywhere since fishing is the traditional profession here. Great family resorts, tranquil with fantastic beaches like Piso Livadi, Logaras and Naoussa.
If you are on Paros on the 23rd of August don’t miss when the people of Naoussa celebrates the victory over the Turkish pirate Barbarossa by reacting the events, 100 boats imitate the battle and the celebrating goes on until the morning after.
The younger generation favors Paros as a vibrant island with lively nightlife, and for those who love water sports. Chrysi Akti and Nea Chrysi Akti are the most popular beaches for good water sports facilities, particularly for windsurfers, and then add the good nightlife, what else matters on a holiday. One of the most known of Paros Island beaches is the unique Kolympithres (North Paros).
Most, if not all, of the ferries dock here, which makes the Paros (Parikia) harbour busy and creates a lively atmosphere. The tourist industry was developed here in the late 1960s and today is one of the most visited islands in the Cyclades. Paros is a busy ferry hub for the Cyclades, normal ferries and year on year increasing port calls for high-speed ferries. Paros is an excellent choice for Island Hoppers.
How to get here
Paros Airport (PAS) with flight to-from Athens and Thessaloniki daily. Flight time approximately 40 minutes. Aegean Airways fly directly to Paros from some European cities from the middle of May, (2017) International flights and European charter flights use Santorini airport or Mykonos airport between April – October.
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Ferry services from Piraeus (Athens) for the whole year. During the high season, there are good ferry connections (direct or indirect) with Amorgos, Ios, Donoussa, Koufonissi, Iraklia, Schinoussa, Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini, Syros, and Tinos. Antiparos ferry from Parikia (35 minutes) or the shorter (10 minutes) crossing from Pounta.
Island hoppers Allow plenty of time for your return flight and always plan and arrange an easily accessible final return port of call. Play safe is the name of the game, allow a minimum at least one clear day to spare or more. Ferries can be cancelled due to very strong winds etc.