Sunny skies, long sandy beaches and the smell of jasmine fill the scenic cobbled streets painted in the traditional Cycladic shades of white and blue. This is what Paros is made of. If you want to get an insight into the top 5 things to do in Paros and learn tips only locals know, all you have to do is keep reading!
Paros is arguably one of Greece’s most beautiful islands, a jewel of the Cyclades, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists year after year. However, there is so much to do and see, that it can become overwhelming for visitors. Lucky for you, we are here to offer you insight into the 5 top things to do in Paros. We like to keep it short and sweet!
Swim in Kolybithres beach
As one would imagine, there is much debate among locals regarding which beach is the best. For us, and I promise we’re not alone in this, the popular vote goes to the beach of Kolybithres. Due to its fame, it can get a bit crowded in the summer months, however, if you can look past that, you will be rewarded with crystal clear waters that keep their serene calm even on the most windy of days. For the more adventurous of visitors, Kolybithres offers an optimum scene for surfing. But even if surfing is not for you, let’s be honest, who wouldn’t want to swim next to surfers?
Walk on the cobbled streets of Naousa
Naoussa is a city of Paros located on the north coast of the island. Its image is directly associated with the fishing boats tied to its port, with their colours and names reflected on the sea. Scenic cobbled alleys with their beauty enhanced by the traditional Cycladic white and blue colours lead to the Venetian castle, on the beach of Naoussa, called Kastelli. When walking along the dashing and lively harbour full of cafes, bars and restaurants, resist the urge to stop there. Instead, stroll further into Naoussa’s square, decorated naturally with eucalyptus trees and bougainvillea plants, to get the full Greek island experience.
Visit the temple of Ekatontapyliani
Even if religion is not your thing, it is still worth paying a visit to the temple of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, to infuse your trip with a bit of culture. Its imposing architectural structure is a sight not to be missed. With the temple having been restored between 1959 and 1966 by archaeologist Anastasios Orlandos, Ekatontapyliani is one of the most well-preserved monuments of Byzantine tradition. Your 6th grade teacher would be so proud.
Eat at Paradosiako Patisserie
A personal favourite, Paradosiako Patisserie offers the best hangover cure: the traditional Greek dessert of loukoumades. Loukoumades are a type of doughnut holes that are topped with honey syrup and cinnamon, if you really want to indulge in tradition. Going against tradition, a new topping for the classic dessert is Nutella, a combination that is exactly as magical as it sounds. Anyone with a sweet tooth would be rewarded by a visit. If however it’s four in the morning and you think you've had one too many shots, you need to go there. I’m pretty sure its prescribed by doctors.
Drink at Sommaripa Consolato
Whether you’re up for a relaxed drink or a wild night out, Sommaripa is the place to be. While its name might not be Greek, everything else in it is, from its delicious cocktails to its atmosphere to the friendly and helpful staff. A little stone house with a balcony view of the Aegean Sea, Sommaripa combines the island’s heritage with a contemporary aesthetic that reaches an audience of all ages and tastes.
While in the ancient times Paros was known for its fine marble, used in statues and temples, today it is known for its breathtaking beaches and quality way of life, as well its impeccable Cycladic aesthetic that inspires poetic thoughts even to the most die-hard cynics. If you’re thinking about booking a holiday in Paros, don’t be afraid to pull the trigger. You can even treat yourself to a Paros and Small Cyclades full-day sailing adventure. With Paros, you couldn’t go wrong even if you tried!