So many places to stay...
In Paros there are so many places to stay. Sometimes house or appartment owners stop you on the street to show you pictures of the place they rent and try to persuade you to go and stay there. You can find luxurious hotel rooms and shacks as well, small rooms and houses for more than 6 people. Anything you want all around the island.
The small harbour resort full of sugar cube houses, fishing boats and marble flagstones.
Its pretty, photogenic - and in July and August very crowded (so they tell me - we were there in May when it was very quiet).
Loads of greek food restauraunts, a few good bars (including one run by Sue and Alan an English couple who have set up home in Paros) and your typical tourist shops.
"Intro to Paros"
Paros is an island big enough to visit for a couple of weeks and tour around the different villages. Some people like it so much, like me, they come back again and again to visit new places and revisit their favorite "old" places. The villages on Paros are all different and there is something to find for everybody. For shopping and sightseeing you can for instance go to the capital Parikia, and for the beaches the best parts of the islands would be the south and the east of the island. My favorite village would be Aliki in the south of Paros, dreamy and cosy in its bay, with lots of good beaches within walking distance.
Aliki is really just a pretty, small village on the southcoast of Paros: a few houses, some hotels, a souvernir-shop or two, a harbour front with restaurants and two supermarkets. Off course there's also the kaiks and the boats in the cristalclear water, and the little white church with the blue dome. It is actually quite nice. For me this is the sort of quiet Greek village that I enjoy and that I would return to. The beach is big, good and not too crowded. And around every corner you will find a new beach. You can take the bus to Aliki from the main town Parikia, or a (cheap) taxi. We always enjoy the walk from the small ferry harbour Punta along the coast to Aliki.
"The beaches of Paros"
There are so many beaches on Paros, it's hard to mention them all. A big part of the southcoast and the south eastcoast of the island of Paros consists of beaches, but also in the west between the cliffs you find some beaches (one of them with palmtrees even). In the north are the beaches of Santa Maria and Kolybithres (with a beautiful rock in the sea). Chrissi Akti is a small coast-village with a big beach.