Paros Travel Guide for 2024

Written by James
 Last updated: February 10, 2024

Welcome to Paros, at the heart of the Cyclades islands and just a short ferry from Athens, Mykonos, and other island-hopping opportunities.

If you're looking for stunning sandy beaches, picturesque scenery, traditional Greek charm, and rich history and culture, we can't recommend travelling to Paros Island enough.

This tiny island is home to just 12,500 people and is relatively unknown among tourists, but it has excellent facilities, hotels and activities for your trip.

Unlike Santorini and Mykonos, you won't run into huge crowds and tourist prices during the high season. However, it can still get a little busy; you'll discover that Paros has much more to offer.

From the bustling port town of Parikia to the quaint fishing village of Piso Livadi, every corner of Paros offers a unique allure.

Why visit Paros?

noussa church
noussa Bougainvillea

The whitewashed houses, blue domed churches, crystal clear waters, golden sandy beaches, friendly locals, incredibly fresh food... if you thought we were talking about Mykonos, we're not.

This beautiful paradise offers the best of Greece, its culture, and everything you want on your next trip abroad.

Parikia's capital is reminiscent of a more laid-back Chora (Mykonos' capital), with its flare on similar architecture. At night it comes alive with local nightlife, traditional restaurants and bars serving mythos, ouzo, tsipouro, and local wines from the Moraitis Winery, as well as some of your favourite imported beers.

Almost all major beaches offer everything from jetskiing to paddleboarding; the island's waters and scenic views make it an absolute must for watersports.

Reasons to Love Paros

  1. Charming Villages: Paros is dotted with traditional villages, each with a unique charm. Don't miss Lefkes, a mountain village with panoramic sea views and quaint cobblestone streets. The village of Marpissa, with its Byzantine-era churches, is also worth a visit.
  2. Stunning Beaches: Paros boasts some of the best beaches in the Cyclades. From the popular Golden Beach, perfect for water sports due to the strong winds, to the secluded Faragas Beach, there's a beach for every taste. Don't miss the unique rock formations at Kolymbithres Beach, and visit Kalogeros Argile beach for a natural clay spa day.
  3. Delicious Cuisine: Greek cuisine is a highlight of any visit to Paros. Indulge in fresh seafood at a beachside taverna, try local specialities like loukoumades (honey doughnuts), or sample the island's excellent local wines. 
  4. Rich History: Paros is steeped in history. Don't miss the ancient marble quarries, once the source of the famous Parian marble. Visit the Panagia Ekatontapiliani, a historic Byzantine church, or explore the Archaeological Museum in Parikia.
  5. Friendly Locals: The people of Paros are known for their warm hospitality. Most speak excellent English and happily help translate, direct, or provide advice whenever needed.

Where to go

Paros offers a variety of destinations to suit every traveller. 

Naoussa: The Heartbeat of Paros

noussa shore
noussa street

Naoussa, a lively village in the north of Paros, is a must-visit. This fishing village is set on the shore of turquoise waters and golden sand, and the port is an incredible backdrop for your insta pics. Don't miss the opportunity to try the local Greek fare at Statheros Restaurant on the beach.

Lefkes: A Step Back in Time

lefkes town and scenery

Lefkes, the former capital of Paros, offers a different vibe nestled in the mountains. Its traditional architecture and Byzantine church are worth a visit. 

Kolymbithres Beach: A Natural Wonder

Kolympethres beach

A must-visit for the most famous beach on the island. See the unique granite formations, and relax in the clear blue, mineral-rich water. Remember to pack your snorkelling gear to explore the underwater world!

Santa Maria: A Beach for Everyone

Santa Maria beach

Santa Maria is a family-friendly beach close to Naoussa, just 10 minutes by car or taxi. Windsurfing is particularly good here, while you can unwind under a parasol with the island of Naxos in the distance.

Antiparos: A Quick Ferry Ride Away

Just a 7-minute ferry ride from Paros, Antiparos is a hidden gem. This tiny island features what's left of a 15th-century Venetian castle integrated into the main town, and the Cave of Antiparos, a natural wonder with impressive stalactite and stalagmite formations (some of the biggest in the world).

What to do

While you're most likely a sun-seeker in Parios, there's something for everyone, whether you're a history buff, foodie, or adventure seeker. 

Explore the island's rich history, indulge in delicious local cuisine, try your hand at water sports like windsurfing and kiteboarding, or just lay back with a cocktail on the beach and let your worries melt away. Island-hopping is popular here, so take a day trip to a neighbouring island like Antiparos, Naxos, and Mykonos.

Local foods to try

Greek cuisine is a highlight of any visit to Paros. Here are some must-try dishes:

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  • Seafood: Fresh seafood is a staple in Paros. Try it at a beachside taverna for an authentic experience.
  • Loukoumades: These honey doughnuts are a local speciality and a must-try for anyone with a sweet tooth.
  • Local Wines: Paros is known for its excellent local wines, particularly from the Moraitis winery. Be sure to sample some during your visit.
  • Unique Dining Experience: For a truly unique dining experience, visit Siparos near Naoussa. You'll be served excellently crafted fine Mediterranean and Greek cuisine, with finely-tuned service in a modern and lively atmosphere. Visit at sunset for incredible views.

Souvenirs to buy

Paros offers a variety of unique souvenirs to remember your trip. Here are some suggestions:

  • Parian Marble: Paros is famous for its Parian marble. Consider purchasing a small piece as a keepsake.
  • Local Wine: Bring a taste of Paros home with you by buying some local wine.
  • Traditional Greek Pottery: Traditional Greek pottery is a beautiful and practical souvenir.

Flights to Paros

Where to stay

Is Paros expensive?

Paros is relatively affordable compared to more well-known destinations such as Mykonos or Santorini.

Activities, transport, souvenirs and meals are typically cheaper here than on other islands in the Cyclades. While enjoying a luxury holiday on the island is possible, there are plenty of affordable accommodation options.

Helpful recommendations

Consider renting a car to get the most from your trip. While the island is small and the public transport system is cheap and reliable, having your own vehicle will give you much more freedom and allow you to easily see every corner of the island.

Don't forget to bring a hat and sunscreen to protect against the intense Greek sun. 

Try the local wines – they're some of the best in the Cyclades, and you'll experience the Monemvasiá grape variety that can't be found elsewhere.

Nearby locations

Paros is an excellent base for exploring the Cyclades islands, so consider taking a ferry to the nearby islands of Antiparos, Naxos, Mykonos, or Santorini.

Paros Weather

Paros is a sun-soaked destination, especially from June to August, with virtually no rainy days. The warmest months are July and August, making it perfect for swimming with sea temperatures peaking. However, expect some rainfall in the cooler months, particularly in January and December.

JAN

14.6°C / 58.3°F

5 days rain

FEB

14.9°C / 58.8°F

3 days rain

MAR

16.1°C / 61°F

3 days rain

APR

18.6°C / 65.5°F

2 days rain

MAY

22.1°C / 71.8°F

1 days rain

JUN

26.1°C / 79°F

0 days rain

JUL

27.9°C / 82.2°F

0 days rain

AUG

28.4°C / 83.1°F

0 days rain

SEP

26.1°C / 79°F

1 days rain

OCT

22.6°C / 72.7°F

2 days rain

NOV

18.8°C / 65.8°F

3 days rain

DEC

15.4°C / 59.7°F

4 days rain

Best time to visit Paros

The best time to visit Paros is from June to September when the weather is warmest and the sun shines the most. The sea temperature is also at its highest in August, making it the perfect time for swimming. If you prefer a quieter trip, consider visiting in May or October, when the weather is still pleasant, but the island is less crowded.

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