Greek history and culture have fascinated many for years, and Paros is no different: its cultural heritage dates back more than 7000 years. There are many museums and archaeological sites which you can visit and learn more about the island’s culture and history. Guided tours are a great way of connecting on a deeper level with your surroundings.
More than 3,000 hours of sunshine a year, mild winters and dry, scorching summers, this island boasts dream weather conditions for a charter. This makes a sailboat charter in Paros a dream come true. Trade winds are gentle but helpful and the water is clear making navigation and anchorage simple.
Paros boasts trails and hiking routes which wind around the island for approximately 35 kilometres. As you explore the island by foot, make sure to notice your breath-taking surrounding you. Take note of rural life: windmills, wells and dovecots are dotted around the region. While some of the paths are well-marked out, others are older and may vary in difficulty as well as be less clear.
Parikia is the capital and main port on the island, making up 1/3 of the total inhabitants of the island. The town is situated on the north coast of the island and is a perfect stop-off for those who want to visit the island. The port is large and easily accessible with secure connections to other neighbouring islands. Spend the morning exploring this amazing town with its vast cultural elements. During your sailboat charter in Paros, we would recommend a visit to the Panaghia Ekatontapyliani, a church which dates to AD 326 and is one of the largest churches in the Cyclades. The Byzantine Museum sits within the compound and is home to a collection of icons and other interesting objects and artefacts. Behind the Panagia Ekatontapyliani, the Archaeological Museum also harbours some fascinating pieces and artefacts. Whether or not you are interested in history, engaging with these museums is an excellent way to learn more about the island you are visiting, helping you frame the context you find yourself in.
After lunch in one of the local cafes or restaurants, let your food digest with a gentle stroll around the town. Its paved streets, ancient churches and white-washed houses could be taken straight out of a postcard and are wonderfully typical of the Cyclades. Many of the cafes and bars are found along the coastline, which means you are never too far from delicious cuisine and it’s easy to fuel up after a swim. Equally, this means that you can watch the sun set over the island while enjoying a delicious Greek salad or the like.
Still got time to fill in this dreamy destination? A trip to one of the island’s breath-taking beaches will make you think otherwise. The beaches are one of the main reasons why tourists flock to Paros each year and each one has its own unique beauty. Livadia Beach is accessible by foot from the main town making it a practical choice for families with children. Naoussa Beach in the north of the island is more popular among the locals: a little inlet similar to a fisherman’s port, this cove has a more relaxed feel. On the east coast, close to Piso Livadi village, you will find another beach with a family feel: Logaras Beach. Golden Beach is in the south of the island and is one of the most built-up and trendy beaches in the island with sun loungers and parasols to rent as well as many bars in proximity. Many come here to party, sunbath and meet other fellow holidaymakers. Finally, if you’re looking for a quieter beach, head to Aliki Beach with its blue water and calm surroundings. There are certainly enough beaches on the island alone to keep you entertained for 24 hours!
Paros airport is only 9km from Parikia and welcomes international as well as European flights. An alternative option is fly to Athens and take a second transfer flight to Paros which is only 35 minutes long. You can equally reach the island by ferry or from boat transfer from other islands in the Cyclades. To get around the island, bus service is regular and reliable and naturally there are taxis to hire, but being an island, boat rental is undeniably the most practical means of transport once you have arrived on the island. Many of the coves, inlets and bays are only accessible by boat so treat yourself to a unique and personal holiday experience.
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