Rent a Scooter
It's so easy to get around Paros on a scooter, though you'll find yourself struggling up some hills. I covered most of the island in a day on our scooter, and even took the ferry to Antiparos - well worth it
Ekatonpillani : One of Oldest Greek Churches
One of the oldest Christian Greek Temple of Greece, Ekatonpillani means a church with a Hundred Doors.
There are a few versions of myths and legends which surrounds this name.
The church consists of a main Byzantine structure along with two other chapels surrounding it.
Though damaged after an earthquake during the 18th century, it has been well restored and is a must see for all Paros visitors.
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Parikia or Naoussa ? if its 1 night at Paros
Parikia would be my choice.
It is beautiful especially the evening supper or early dinner beside the sea with the huge vessels sailing in from the darkness of the blue sea.
Naoussa ( mostly fishing boats )should be the afternoon - eveing 3hour trip if you want to pack up the whole day.
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We took the bus from Paroika to Lefkes, in order to first see Lefkes and then to walk an old Byzantine road down to Prodromos, where we could catch another bus back to Paroika. The road is mentioned in one of the Lonely Planet tomes.
- Hiking and Walking
- Historical Travel
Tao's- retreat and meditation centre
Tao’s is a retreat & meditation centre located on top of hill, over-looking the Aegean Sea and the neighbouring islands.
Tao’s offers on-going daily activities, self-development seminars and a long-stay Work & Study program, along with Oriental-Thai exquisite cuisine and Cafe-Bar that brings the Zorba spirit of the centre.
Tao’s daily activities include Zazen meditations and Zen sessions with Zen Master Nissim Amon, Tai-Chi & Chi-Kong practice and Yoga lessons.
Tao’s workshops include Walking through Walls workshops, management seminars and Trilotherapy trainings, Thai massage & Tai-Chi courses and more.
I find it a great place for relaxation, learning and just having fun.
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- Spa and Resort
This small seaside village have a warm hospitality and a pretty beach with thick sand as well as small pebbles and sea-trees where u can stop on their shadea.
There is also the small Drios' fishing port from where you can enjoy the sunrise.
We took the breakfast in a warm september morning on a traditional cafè on the beach front, relax place off season!
Naousa is the second town in population in Paros.
The old villages is nice, with is cyclades houses and this little port full of fisherman boats...there are some nice traditional cafe with the wood chairs and tables on the little pier: it's seems to be in the famouse film Zorba the Greek, with Anthony Quinn.
There are narrow road to discover with bouganvilles on the walls, little corner and a lot of restaurants, taverns and caffè....there is also a more modern a touristic aprt of Noussa, the main road is full of table and chairs of the disco pub, lounge cafè, internet point, icecream shops and a lot of souvenir shop.
The beaches near Noussa are nice, lageri, Monastiri have their caracthere, with flat rocks or sandy beaches...but they are too crowded in july and august.
Noussa is full of accomodation for all money...but for me is to much touristic.
Nice for a day not for a long stay.
In older times Lefkes was the capital of the island. It is built between the lower parts of the highest mountain of the island (Strouboulas), with wonderful view to the sea.
It's an absolutely traditional Cycladic village with beautiful white -washed houses, narrow, paved streets and Cycladic vaults which intensely show the astonishing, authentic Cycladic architecture.
it's a gorgeouse nice place in the in the island!
In Lefkes you can see numerous small churches and There are other country-churches outside the village.
Outside the village and on top of the mountain you can see the traditional windmills, which give a fascinating view of the village.
Here you con taste the truly Paros recipes as well as the semi - sweet wine at the traditional small taverns.
In the center of the village there is a nice traditional cafè!
In August you can attend important cultural activities, absolutely fitting to the cultural notion of the people of Lefkes.
There are a lot of natural path for tracking lover between Lefkes and Prodromos, old bizanthine path!
The name of Marpissa is due to the daughter of the ancient river god Evinos. In older times the village had the name "Tsimbidos".
On top of the village springs the cailiedra of Marpissa, Metamorphosis, of Byzantine rhythm roof and cupola and the sculptural museum of Nikos Perandinos: Perandinos came from Marpissa and 129 sculptures were donated to his birthplace after death.
Lower are the ruins of one of the four Venetian castles on the island" and traces of many old small churches. It is only a 20 -minute walk up the hill and the view from the top is truly breathtaking.
At the north -west of the village, inland lies the beautiful monastery of St. George, in height of 300m, of superb Cycladic architecture.
Walking round Marpissa visitors have the opportunity to see the traditionally built houses, the windmills,the beautiful Cycladic narrow white-limed slating paved roads and the numerous churches.
In Marpissa you can also find full tourist amenities. Throughout the village there are rooms and apartments to rent, supermarkets, butcher’s, pastry shop. chemist's, medical centre.
We have a light meal in a restourant on the main road, but I don't rememeber the name.
Aliki is a nice tiny fisherman villages in the south of Paros,only 4/5 km from the little airport ( to little to be noisy).
Aliki s the perfect place to have a good location near the beaches, in really traditional greek atmospher, where the greek people love to go to spend a week end autside Athens.
The fisherman port is a nice blue bay witha sandy beach.
The sea is clean and there are many beautiful sandy beaches within the village and many
more just outside it : Boutari is a wonderful little bay with sand, ideal for swimming in a quiet environment far from the crowded beaches, someone do naturism here. Faraggas is the main Aliki beach outside the town.Unspoiled, away from main roads and villages. Secluded with one good restaurant and canteen bar by the sea. there are ummbrella and chir to rent.
In Aliki you cna fish by yourself the fish for your meal, on a plate together with other fresh seafood delicacies served in the local taverns and restaurants beside the sea.
Some tavern are so nice to take a glass of local wine looking to the sunset.
With a scooter we have made the complete toour of the island in 2 days, with a littel visit to Andiparos too.
Scooter rental is a must!!!
One of the best things to do in Paros is to rent a scooter and hit the beaches....
I was so so afraid of scooters in the beginning, but it really was the best way to see and enjoy the island.
We got a little map, and since there is not as much traffic as some of the other islands, we got to take our time, ride along, stop at a beach, the head down the road to another -- it was so much fun.
That is why my other tip about where to stay is NOT to bother paying more to stay in a hotel because it has a pool. That was our only mistake in Paros, we could have stayed at Leonardo apartments (owned by Mr. Tantanis) and had more space for a fraction of the price!
Monastiri beach take its name from the church that is situated between the two beaches. One is small and quiet, the other one is quite large with a nice beach club that remains open until night. The music is a little bit too loud, but the yogurt with honey and fruits salad is super!!!
the sea is of a light green colour, there is sand and rocks so you can choose if staying between a lot of people or staying alone on a warm rock.
- Water Sports
Farangas is situated on the opposite side of Noussa, so when it's too much windy in Noussa or Parikia, in this beach you will find calm seawater.
Farangas is a small town with two beaches, one is easily reachable and it's full of people and beach bars and music...but the one I'm showing in the photo is beautiful and wild. The only negative matter is the temperature of water: too much cool!!!
The wild beach is visible from the main road, but it's reachable only with the scooter for the first 500 m. Then you have to continue on foot for 150 m. You will find the paradise; golden and soft sand, very few people and clear seawater. But remember that here there is no beach bars, so you have to take with you something to drink and to eat.
- Diving and Snorkeling
One of the best things to do in Paros is hopping from a beach to another!
One of the nicest beach is by Agia Irini. There are two bays, the best one on my opinion is the one by the camping.
This beach (shown in the photo) is surrounded by palm trees and for this reason it's also indicated like the Exotic Beach. Palm trees a part, the seawater is very clean and clear and not deep, so it's indicated for children.
- Budget Travel
Watch the sunset in Parikia at one of the many bars and tavernas that line the seaside road. A 5 minute walk from the port brings you to a long row of such establishments, catering for all tastes.
Modern bars sit alongside traditional tavernas, fast food joints and upmarket restaurants. Some of these places have outdoor tables right next to the sea while others are open-fronted so you can enjoy a sea view (and see the sun go down) from inside.
One of the bars (the name escapes me, but I think it has "Brewery" in its title) has a large selection of imported beers on draft and comfortable sofas outside. This is where I chose to enjoy a pint of draft John Smith's (Yorkshire bitter) while watching the sun's descent.
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