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Right in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros is an Aegean island famous for its great beaches, water sports and the fantastic vibe of its main town. And just a 10-minute boat trip away is its perfect little brother, Antiparos. But it’s also got another side you’ll love discovering, blending style and tradition in an irresistible way. There are so many great things to do in Paros. So let’s get your holidays started. 


Feel the vibe of Parikia

The main town and port of Paros captures all the magic of the Cyclades: sugar-cubed houses with colourful doors and balconies, cobblestoned alleyways and the scent of jasmine. But it also has its own special atmosphere. After being greeted by the windmill in the port, you’ll be seduced by the Cycladic architecture, especially up in the Castle district. Look for the church of Panagia Ekatondapyliani (a hundred doors) and the Archaeological Museum. And on an island famous for its swagger, pop into the lively cafes and bars as well as the gorgeous boutiques. Exploring Parikia should definitely be top of your list of things to do in Paros.

Take a walking tour of Parikia

Spend the day at Kolymbithres beach

Just across the bay from Naoussa, accessible by road or boat, is perhaps Paros’ most iconic beach. Kolymbithres is a series of sandy coves but the area is best known for its smooth granite rock formations. Sculpted into incredible shapes by the wind and sea, they wouldn’t look out of place in a modern art gallery. But even they can’t keep your attention for long once you set eyes on the crystal-clear, shallow water. There are several tavernas and beach bars near Kalymbithres. And completing the scene is the magical view of the island of Agia Kali, just opposite. 

Sculptures of the wind and sea, Kolymbithres beach

Explore the best beaches in Paros

Enjoy legendary water sports and more signature beaches

If you ask many visitors what’s top of their things to do list on their holidays in Paros, they’ll answer water sports.  Windsurfing aficionados rank it one of the best in the world for their sport. And not just windsurfing. Paros is great for kitesurfing, kiteboarding, jet skiing, scuba diving and more sedate activities such as kayaking are available at many beaches. The best known are Golden (Chrysi) and New Golden beach, Pounda (where the Windsurfing World Cup is held each year) and Santa Maria. And don’t think you need to be an expert, with equipment and certified trainers widely available for all levels.

Where to enjoy water sports in Paros

Dine by the sea with a glass of Parian wine

From all the fishing boats in Parikia and Naoussa, you’ll have guessed that seafood is king in Paros, whether you’re in a traditional taverna or being given the white tablecloth treatment as the sun sets over the Aegean. Chargrilled octopus, stuffed squid, gouna (sundried mackerel served with lemon) and much more await. Other foodie favourites are the cheeses (spicy graviera, aromatic krasotiri and smooth myzithra), pulses, mushrooms, snails and homemade pies. And make time to visit a local winery to learn more about Paros’ wines and local grape varieties such as Mandilaria.

Taste the local specialties accompanied by a glass for white wine


Discover the charm hidden in the villages

There’s no better way to immerse yourself in everything authentic and traditional about Paros than exploring the villages. Right in the heart of the island, Lefkes was the original capital, with neoclassical houses, peaceful alleyways, flower-filled courtyards and panoramic views. 

Village hopping in Paros

Lefkes, one of the prettiest and best-known villages of Paros

Explore the countryside in Paros Park

Your next excursion on your things to do list takes you to Paros Park, a local initiative that has turned 800 acres of the Ai Giannis Detis peninsula into an environmentally protected area. There are three well-marked walking paths that allow you to enjoy the peace and tranquility and a side of Paros you probably weren’t expecting. Along the way, you can visit the pre-Byzantine Monastery of Ai Giannis Detis and the 19th-century lighthouse of Korakas.

Take a boat trip to Antiparos, a celebrity getaway

Top things to do in Paros

Great vibe or Cycladic traditions? Or both? Paros can be whatever you want it to be … especially if you visit in quieter months of the year (May-June or September-early October) when the experience will be even more personal. 

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