A little less known than other islands in the archipelago, this destination is authentic, relaxed, unspoilt and less expensive than its Greek neighbours. Prices are on average about 30-50% less expensive in Mykonos and Santorini. This means that you can experience all the same pleasures, food and activities but your catamaran charter in Paros will not break the bank. Meals out with the family are more affordable and you will get more for your money.
The food in Paros is mouth-wateringly delicious. With fresh salads, locally sourced fruit and vegetables, and fresh fish, the diet is wholesome and tasty making meals out a dream. Some advice: avoid the main promenade when choosing a restaurant in Parikia. As one would expect, the restaurants along the seafront are tourist traps charging higher prices for lesser quality food. Wander off the beaten track and you are sure to stumble across a local and more authentic Greek restaurant to try.
Beyond magnificent beaches, Paros has a lot more to offer to people when you wander off the beaten track. Discover some fabulous kite and wind surfing spots. On the east side, Chrissi Akti and Nea Chrissi Akti are two excellent spots for wind surfers and kite surfers. With clear blue water, Paros is perfect for doing some water sports, whether that be snorkelling, kayaking or surfing. There’s no excuse not to give it a go!
Parikia is the main port on the island but as well as fulfilling its role as focal point of navigation and trade, it is also buzzing with various bars, pubs and shops. Along the front, you will also find many clubs where you can dance the night away. The old town is typically Greek in terms of aesthetic, and it is very pleasant to wander around this fantastic town during the day. There are many interesting museums, sites and monuments to see. When you tire of the town and want to swap sea for land, there is a wealth of amazing beaches to enjoy. Some of these include: Parasporos, Agia Irini, Krios and Livadia.
Naoussa has been described as the Saint Tropez of Paros; despite growing tourism, this spot is untouched by consumerism and still manages to conserve its heart and traditions. Naoussa is equally surrounded by impressive beaches which will serve to take your breath away. Agii Anargiri is at the east of the port and Piperi is a few minutes from the west side. Monastiri Beach is a little further out but is a splendid diving spot, and as you head even further north-east, the beaches become even more impressive. Paltia Ammos is an excellent beach for surfing but the most renowned beach for surfing in this region is Santa Maria, a 6km stretch of sand.
A few kilometres south-east of Naoussa, Ambelas is a fishermen’s village with a little port and protected beach. The coast route winds along the south-east, passing by several near deserted coves and inlets like Glifada and Tsoukalia, and you will finally reach Molos Beach. Marpissa is the main village in this zone. With an amphitheatre, its winding cobbled streets and pretty lines of houses, as well as a folk museum and 3 windmills, this pleasant town has an undeniable charm which will enchant you during your catamaran charter in Paros.
Many travellers neglect taking the time to explore the centre of the island which is full of surprises and possibilities. There are many villages in the centre of the island which are worth a visit to enable you to discover a different side to the island and experience the more medieval feel. Marmara is a pretty village adorned with flowers and Prodromos follows suit: a delightful rural village built on a little hill. In these areas, you’ll be able to break up your exploring with pitstops in cosy cafes. You will find dishes are best served in these central villages which tend to air on the more traditional side. As well as traditional vegetable dishes like ‘Salatouri’ salad and ‘kolopia’ tart, the island is equally reputable for its local wine and perfume. Finally, Lefkes is a magnificent mountainous village which has remained the most well-kept and well-preserved village in the whole of the island.
There is a little airport in Paros which is only 35 minutes from Athens. Situated in the south of the island, 12 kilometres from Parikia, a bus line easily connects the airport to the capital. As one of the main maritime centres in the Cyclades, Paros is equally accessible by ferry from Athens as well as other neighbouring islands e.g. Mykonos and Santorini.
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