Paros is one of the most popular Cycladic islands in the Aegean Sea. A favorite summer destination of young Greeks and foreigners alike, the vibrant nightlife and welcoming ambience captivate visitors. There are plenty of great things to do in Paros, from casual strolls and unwinding on its glimmering bays to engaging in adrenaline-fueling watersports and excursions.
Stroll around Naoussa
A must-visit place of Paros is definitely the buzzing town of Naoussa. It is the second biggest town of Paros and the center of nightlife and fancy restaurants. A true Cycladic gem, Naoussa has gracefully retained its traditional architecture and authentic essence although has experienced substantial tourist growth. Built amphitheatrical around its cozy port, Naoussa offers a variety of excellent shops, seafood taverns and bars. Naoussa gets crowded at dinner time. If you love photography, we would recommend visiting the town during early morning hours and capture the hundreds of colorful fishing boats, the blue-domed chapel of St Nikolas and the fuchsia Linardo bar. The town is also surrounded by shimmering, sandy beaches. Monastiri, Kolympithres, Santa Maria are easily accessible by the local bus routes and even by caique from its port.
Stroll around Paroikia
Paroikia is the capital town and main port of Paros. It is the year round center of commercial and cultural life on the island. Although the biggest town of Paros, it has maintained its Cycladic architecture. The neighborhood of Kastro is full with whitewashed cubic houses with wooden doors and windows and narrow alleys while colorful bougainvillea trees give a colorful touch. Getting lost in Paroikia’s lovely labyrinth is the perfect way to discover its charm. You will come across small boutique shops, centuries old churches, ruins of the Frankish castle, museums and of course, the most important landmark of the island Panagia Ekatontapiliani Monastery that is situated near the Port.
Visit the traditional Lefkes village
When looking for the most authentic village in Paros, the picturesque settlement of Lefkes is just the place to visit. The former Parian capital during the Middle Ages, Lefkes is situated only 11km southeast of vivid Parikia. It hosts approximately 500 inhabitants, making it a wonderful getaway for tranquility. Due to its location, 300-meter altitude, you’ll enjoy the view of the Aegean sea in the horizon. The village abides by the cubic, whitewashed
Cycladic architecture, while multiple Venetian buildings, churches and landmarks enhance its cultural heritage. Explore its nooks and crannies and interact with the friendly locals, while drinking a greek coffee or sipping an
ouzo at the photogenic kafeneio in the picturesque central square.