5 THINGS TO DO IN PAROS, GREECE

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 garde-robe 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 shop … that was the 3rd one 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 norther part of the island. There is 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, were 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 wont 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 !!

Sunbath

Dahhh obviously ! We spent an afternoon in 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 are not in 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 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 full stomach !

We had dinner in Barbarossa, a seafood and sushi restaurant, just by the port , with a beautiful sunset view. White fish 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 !

Sail away !

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 !

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!

STAY – EAT – DO

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

Barbarossa Restaurant : Great Food, great location, not cheap, but all worth it !

Michael Zeppos Sailing Tour : Whether you are a family, a group of friend, or a couple, there is something you will enjoy cruising around Paros. ContactDimitris, the captain directly to organize your day, evening, private or group tour ! Private sunset tour : EUR 250 for 2.

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