Introduction to Paros

Paros is an island steeped in traditional villages and inviting beaches. From the mountain village of Lefkes to the Venetian Castle in Naoussa there is plenty to explore on the island. And Paros is surrounded by reefs and ship wrecks making it a popular scuba diving destination.

Easy island hopping is another benefit of Paros. Antiparos is a small neighboring island that is less than one mile away. You can visit it via local ferry from Paros’ Pounda Port. Paros is also close to other popular islands in the Cyclades such as Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, and Santorini. This makes Paros an ideal base for Greek island hopping.

With various activities on this island, you could easily spend a week or more on Paros. But we’ve narrowed down some highlights for you. Keep reading to find out how to experience Paros with our 1 day and 3 day itinerary.

Paros Island and Mediterranean Sea
Donkey on Paros Island Greece
Taverna on Paros Island in Greece

Experiences

Paros is reachable by ferry or airplane. There are nonstop direct flights from Athens to Paros, which take approximately 40 minutes. But we recommend taking the ferry for fabulous views of the sea and other islands.

Paros has many activities on land and water. Here are 5 recommended experiences:

1. Visit the mountain village of Lefkes. With sweeping views, inspiring architecture, and quaint eateries and shops, Lefkes is a must-see. We recommend spending at least 3 hours exploring the village. You can get to Lefkes by car or bus. The ride there, through the country side and mountains, is part of the experience.

2. Go see the church of 100 doors. Panagia Ekatontapiliani is one of the oldest and best-preserved Christian churches. Built in the 4th century, it is stunning. It is within walking distance from the Port and there are signs to get you to it.

3. Spend the day in the fishing village of Aliki. Located on the southwest side of Paros, Aliki offers a beach, boat excursions, and superb seafood. One of our favorite restaurants there is ΤΟ ΜΟΥΡΑΓΙΟ. In the evening, the seaside street in front of the restaurants and shops is closed off to vehicles making the dining and social experience even better.

4. Soak up the sun, sand, and sea at Golden Beach. This sandy beach is located on the southeast side of the island. Golden Beach is a great place to windsurf, as it has ideal wind conditions. It’s a popular beach, and you will need car to get there or take the bus.

5. Take a day trip to the island of Antiparos. You can explore Antiparos with a quick boat ride from Pounta, which is approximately 8.5 km from Parikia (the main Port of Paros). Walk around the Chora and talk to residents of Antiparos to learn more about this small island. There are also caves to explore, including the Cave of Antiparos in the center of the island.

1 Day and 3 Day Paros Itinerary

1 Day Itinerary

08:00-11:00 – Visit Panagia Ekatontapiliani in the Port of Parikia. Start your day by visiting Panagia Ekatontapiliani – also known as the church of 100 doors. It is located within a short walking distance from the Port and there are signs to guide you there. (Note: Photographs are not allowed inside the church. And you are required to wear sleeves and pants or skirts that go below the knee.)

After viewing the stunning inside of the church, go around the back of the building. You can view the tile roof of the church from here and the path takes you to the Archeology Museum of Paros. The museum houses a marble statue of Gorgon. There is a small fee to enter.

11:00-17:00 – Explore the village of Naoussa. Next, walk to the bus station located next to the Port. Purchase a round trip ticket to the small fishing village of Naoussa. It’s approximately 10 km from the Port. Naoussa has plenty of shopping and it has an ancient Venetian castle. You can access some of the castle by foot, while most of it has been eroded over time.

Eat lunch in Naoussa. And if you have time before catching the bus back to Parikia, Piperi Beach is within walking distance.

18:00-20:00 – See the sunset at the Frankish Kastro. Take the bus back to Parikia before sunset. Your timing will need to be adjusted based on the time of year you’re visiting Greece. One of the best places to watch Paros sunset is the courtyard area of the Frankish Kastro. The Kastro (castle) is now part of the modern city, but you can still see remnants of the walls.

20:00-22:00 – Eat dinner in Parikia. Have dinner near the Port and watch the lights on the boats dance in the sea.

3 Day Itinerary

After your first day on the island, add-on these two days of fun to your itinerary. These experiences will require a car or taking the bus, depending on where you stay on the island…

DAY 2

Morning – Walk around Lefkes. Take in the amazing views and scenes of this high-elevation village. It will also give you insights into the Greek culture and how residents live in the mountains of Paros. The main square is a great place to start your walk, grab a coffee, and check out locally made products in the shops.

Afternoon and Evening – Relax at Golden Beach.  The sandy Golden Beach area is the perfect place to spend a restful afternoon. Eat lunch and dinner here, and soak up the sun and sea in between. You can participate in various water sports and there is also a diving center.

DAY 3

Morning and Afternoon – Visit the fishing village of Aliki and go boating. Aliki has everything you need to spend a day of activities, beach, eating, shopping, and boating. You can take day trip boat excursions from Aliki to see the island from the sea.

Evening – Enjoy dinner and the sunset. For evening, either stay in Aliki for dinner and the sunset or go to Parikia. There are also some sunset cruises that you can book in Aliki.

Greek Islands