Visiting Paros for the first time? Great, you won’t be disappointed. Paros is the first Greek Island I visited and I loved it so much. It was exactly at I had envisioned: Stunning white villages, beautiful beaches, excellent food, and a very chilled vibe. What more could I have asked for? You will find below 5 top things you should do if you visit Paros, but of course, there is much more to the island.
In case you are thinking about island-hopping, you should check out this 15 days Greek island-hopping itinerary.
SHOP IN PARIKIA
The little streets of Parikia are not only picture-perfect, they are also shopping paradise. You can basically shop a brand new garderobe for your ongoing and upcoming summer trip: long dresses, leather sandals, straw hats, beach bags, and fine jewelry! What more can a girl ask for? I bought a gorgeous coral dress from one of these little shops… that was the 3rd dress I bought in 5 days, I am not doing so bad!
HIKE IN PAROS PARK
It can be tempting to not do much in Paros, as the rhythm is very slow and relaxing. However, it would be a miss to not do a hike in Paros Park, on the northern part of the island. There are 3 main hiking routes, taking you all around the peninsula. The hike is easy and the view … is amazingly beautiful. We started with route 1, all the way to the lighthouse, and then took the route 2 and 5 to Perikopetra Beach, where we took a well-deserved dip in a crystal clear water before soaking up some sun. Eventually, we hiked the route 3, walking by the super quiet Tourkou Ammos Beach before heading back. All of it took us about 3h. So let’s go, don’t be lazy, put on some sneakers, you won’t regret it!
Side note …. we never found the Russian Batteries on Route 3 !!! If you spot it, please do let me know, I am very curious !!
Dahhh obviously! We spent an afternoon at Punda Beach Club. The beach is very nice and the sea is, as usual, crystal clear and gorgeous! The Beach Club is far from amazing, but thankfully we were not there during high season, so the whole thing was pretty quiet, and the music was kept at a decent level. Not sure how it would be during high summer season though.
DINE IN NAOUSSA
Naoussa is the second biggest town of the island, all the way north, and has the reputation of a party place. However, because we are old peeps, we only went for apero and dinner, before rolling back to our hotel, with a satisfied stomach.
We had dinner in Barbarossa, a seafood and sushi restaurant, just by the port, with a beautiful sunset view. Whitefish ceviche for me, lobster and shrimps ravioli for Mr.: Both are highly recommended. This is definitely not one of the many cheap (and often delicious) eats of the island, but it is worth it for both the food, the drinks, and the view!
Already pretty full, I still pushed for dessert, and finally tried the Greek donuts (Loukoumadhes, or as I like to call them Sin-balls ! ), from Paradosiako. 1 word : YUMMMMMMY !
The cherry on top of an already perfect trip, was a private sailing tour, at sunset. Sailing off on a beautiful boat, with only your other half and two crew members, taking a dip in a turquoise bay, and dining grilled fish while watching the sunset was truly amazing! To book a cruise with Michael Zeppos Sailing Tour, you can contact the captain, Dimitris, directly here.
Private sunset tour: EUR 250 for 2.
Voila ! We did all of this in 2 1/2 days, and I wish we had stayed a little longer, just doing nothing, chilling and roasting under the Greek sun! If you are looking for more Greece inspiration, check out this article about the island of Crete !
PAROS: WHERE TO STAY?
Aloni Hotel: 70 USD / night , during low season.
Beautiful little family hotel located in the quiet town of Piso Livadi. We booked the cheapest room but were upgraded to a sea view room. Everything is very simple but comfortable, the service is super friendly, and the atmosphere is amazingly relaxing. I would definitely go back, and if possible upgrade to one of the bigger suite … because why not! Just keep in mind that Piso Livadi is away from the main attractions, and you will need to drive around. The main town of Parikia is just a 20 min beautiful drive away. I really didn’t see it as an inconvenience, on the contrary, the calm is just what we were looking for. #gettingold
PAROS : WHERE TO EAT
Naoussa – Barbarossa: Great Food, great location, not cheap, but all worth it.
Piso Livadi – Markakis: Excellent food, great service and a beautiful view over the port and the beach.
With this quick guide, I hope I gave you some ideas of things to do in Paros! Enjoy your trip 😀