Paros may not be as famous as its Greek Island counterparts such as Mykonos or Santorini, but it is by no means less beautiful. We spent a glorious few days soaking up the gorgeous vibes of the idyllic “White Island” (nicknamed for all the amount of marble quarried there). Seeing as though we believe sharing is caring, here is a small collection of photos we took during our blissful time on the stunning Greek Island of Paros.
Paros is one of the largest islands in the Cyclades. With this in mind, the best bet to get around is to hire a car (or quad) from one of the rental agencies in Paros’ capital, Parikia which also happens to be where the ferries stop. You can find lovely villages throughout the island, but our pick is the charming fishing village of Naoussa.
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Naoussa is a stunning fishing village with whitewashed houses, charming paved streets and a picturesque harbour located at the northern end of Paros. If you do decide to stay here, be prepared for a 20 minute journey by car to get there from Parikia. Once here though, you can completely unwind and take in the beauty one expects from the Greek Islands, without the hoards of tourists (or price tags) that accompany it.
Whilst it is tourist-friendly, you won’t find tacky souvenir shops in Naoussa. Instead, the streets are lined with locally-owned boutiques, selling unique clothing and jewellery, and trendy cafes. There is a cosmopolitan vibe here, whilst still feeling like you have been invited into a small family-run town.
Paros has plenty of beaches and coves catering to all tastes. Beaches for swimming, sunbaking, sailing and watersports are all spread out along the island’s coastline. Our pick was Piperi, perfectly located right at the foot of Naoussa. It was deserted, with a sandy shoreline (unlike other beaches generally found in Europe) and beautiful blue water.
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As mentioned above, Paros is one of the bigger islands in the Cyclades with quite a few options for accommodation. We stayed at the Yades Suites in Naoussa and can highly recommend it to others. We were lucky enough to be upgraded to have our own balcony with beautiful views of the coast (one of the benefits travelling in the off-season). It was the perfect way to start a morning, sitting on the balcony eating our delicious breakfast full of Greek delicacies. The staff were lovely and the main square of Naoussa was only a five minute walk away. We were sad to leave, and would certainly stay there again!
If you want to read more about Paros, check out our guest post we wrote for Travel Passionate. Have you been to Paros? What are your thoughts?