The island of Paros
Once you visit Paros, you will
never see the world, or yourself, in quite the same way again. The land gods reserved for themselves,
the land of contemplation, awe, history, artistry, is also a land adorned
with a marvelous multitude of islands, the cradle of Greek civilization.
In the heart of the island archipelago, where Cycladic culture blossomed
around five thousand years ago, stands Paros.
Echoes of Cycladic culture resonate in the stones of ancient temples,
sculptures and writings like the Cycladic figurines of rare beauty and
the poems of Arhilochos.
The welcoming, warm,
friendly and harmonious attitude of locals, taking particular pride in
making every visitor feel right at home, reflects the harmony of nature
and stems from a very old tradition: the king of ancient Greek gods,
Zeus, was often called “xenios”, embodying the obligation to be
hospitable, generous and courteous to any guest, who should be treated as
if potentially a disguised divinity.
beaches and crystalline waters, a sailor’s paradise and the perfect
windsurfing conditions have all helped make the island famous the world
over. Contemporary Paros boasts a beautiful lacework sandy or pebbly
coastline interspersed with pristine, idyllic beaches having clear blue
water, wonderful architectural specimens dominated by white color,
enchanting hinterland and traditional Cycladic character, as well as
customs and culture that continue to fascinate and promise to compose an
unsurpassed journey through its indigenous sights and unique flavors. The island exhibits a vibrant gastronomy scene offering amazing culinary experiences and delights as well as
arts and crafts exhibitions and workshops.
Enjoy the marvelous, crystal-clear water of some of the breathtakingly seductive sandy beaches of the island:
The beach in front of the Green Surfing Mare
Villa, one of the top kite and wind- surfing
locations in the world:
Alyki beach, a long,
beautiful, sandy beach having also several tavernas nearby.
A blissful swimming experience awaits you in Faragas beach, with kayak
rental usually available.
Kolymbithres beach formed by a rare geological phenomenon, with sea-bicycle rental
usually available, nearby the artificial waterslides and the Park of Paros.
And several other options like Chryssi Akti, Lolandonis, Santa Maria, …
Visit the hidden
Monasteries of Loggovarda, Holy Cross & St. Arsenios, St. Antonios,
St. Georgios and St. Anargyroi…and get in touch
with the island traditions by participating in local celebrations
honouring Saint name-days around the year in more than four hundred churches dispersed around
Head to Paroikia to make a
pilgrimage at Ekatontapiliani and visit its small Byzantine museum, to stroll through the capital’s two main market streets, to dine, to watch a film in its
open-air cinema, to reach Marcello when our part of the island is too
windy for swimming, or to see the exhibits at the
The picturesque village of Alyki, just a 5-minute drive away from
the Villa, has anything you may
need, in small quantities, yet top quality: local taverns on the seafront
serving fresh fish and traditional island specialties, a laographic
museum, cafes and bars, a supermarket, a pharmacy and much more.
lunch or dinner in tavernas with tables on beaches of incomparable charm.
Head to Naoussa for its market, vibrant nightlife,
laographic museum, venician castle and old harbour full of nice
restaurants and bars offering sophisticated cocktails. Visit local wineries. Head to Petaloudes for butterfly-watching. Head to the inland village of Lefkes, possibly making a stop at
Marathi ancient marble quarry.
Head to Antiparos to explore the island’s cave, have a
traditional dinner after strolling through the town’s main market street,
or travel further to St. George beach and its nearby beach caves or Despotiko, a small island further away with
its recently discovered ancient temple.
Take other boat trips like a daytrip
to the nearby islands of Naxos, Iraklia
and Koufonissi. Live the ultimate island-hoping adventure in the majestic
Aegean archipelago, especially if you plan to stay longer than a week.
Go through the “Parola” magazine to keep track of the many athletic events and local festivals all year round, under the moonlight if you are lucky, like Greek shadow theater
(Karagiozis) plays, traditional folkloric dancing nights and take part in
various musical and cultural events. Try choice local products like
exceptional honey, wine, cheese, olive oil and kapari.
Paros has everything one could want from a Greek island and will
satisfy even the most discerning travelers.