Paros is an island that can be found in the heart of the Cyclades Islands and it features 120km of coastline. The island is surrounded by stunning landscapes, valleys and rolling hills that are filled with small churches, sandy beaches, and monasteries that you can explore. The island is a famous summer destination for thousands of tourists that wants to explore the mesmerizing beauty of the Cycladic. Some of the best things to do in Paros are listed below.
Top things to do in Paros Greece
Explore the Old Town and Port of Naoussa
Explore the white-washed cobblestone alleys of the Old Town of Naoussa and its picturesque port is among the first thing to do in Paros. You are going to find numerous local architectures trademark of Paros’ identity while exploring the area. The passages are usually serene and quiet during the hot summer mornings but it is brimming with life during the night. The best thing to do is to visit the numerous bars and restaurants that have tables outside to enjoy the island vibe and also try some people-watching activity.
Go sightseeing at Panagia Ekatontapiliani
Panagia Ekatontapiliani is also known as the church of a hundred doors, it is located in Parikia and it dates back to the 4th century. The church was founded by St Helen, the mother of Constantine when she made a pit stop on the island during a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. The church is among the early Christian monuments in Greece and it features architectures from the 6th century. The interior of the church features stunning hagiography, decorative friezes, and Byzantine stone patterns. The highlight of the church is the iconostasis that can be found in front of the apse which is held by marble columns. You should also make sure you visit the baptismal fond where you will get an insight into the history of the church at the museum in the cloister.
Wander around Lefkes
Lefkes is a stunning village is located on the slope of the mountainous center of Paros. You can park your car outside of the village and stroll around the little alleys, tavernas, and traditional bakeries. You can start the tour by visiting the Agia Triada Church which was constructed from lovely Parian marble and surrounded by two majestic belfries and it houses some invaluable Byzantine icons. You can then wander the streets where you will see numerous washhouses inhabited by some locals and you can explore the slopes above the villages to see the windmills. You are also going to enjoy long-distance views of the island of Naxos.
Relax at Marcello Beach in Paros Greece
This beach not far from Parikia and it is considered as the best beach on the island. The beach features pool-like waters, white sand, and full waiter service. The best thing about the beach is that it is not crowded and it has a serene vibe. It is a family-friendly beach as your younger ones can play in the safe waters. You are also going to be mesmerized by its stunning scenery over the glimmering sea. Some of the best things to do here are to go swimming and lounge in the sun. It is best to get here early during the summer if you want a front-row sun lounger at an additional price.
Explore Paros Park
The Ai-Yannis Detis Peninsula can be found in the north of Paros and it is now used as a culture and recreation park. It is not far from Naoussa as you can easily go on a walking trail that will take you to these unique rock formations, hidden coves, caves and lighthouse. You can also explore the hills in the park which features wild herbs and flowers and mesmerizing views over the bay to Naoussa. You are going to find granite on the paths that were used for weapons, ornaments, and jewelry during the Neolithic period. Some of the places not to miss here are free open-air cinema to watch classic movies or explore the stunning amphitheater to enjoy music and theatre performances. You should also make sure you do not miss the Monastiri Beach while you are here.
Go sightseeing at Archaeological Museum of Paros
This museum should be among the places not to miss due to the great history of the island. This museum is a great place to go for history lovers as you will get an insight into the history of Ancient Greece. Although the museum is quite small, it features two rooms and a courtyard filled with archaic and classical sculpture and also pottery and numerous finds from the Neolithic to the Roman era. You are going to find a lapidarium with architectural pieces, funerary friezes, Roman mosaic, and urns outside the museum. Some of the things not to miss here are a statue of Gorgon which dates back to the 6th century, relief plates from a memorial for the Parian poet Archilocus, and the statues of Nike and Artemis.
How can you reach Paros Island?
Well, people can visit it through water and air both; by aeroplane or by boat as you wish. It’s connected to the ports Piraeus and Rafina that is quite close to the airport.
In the late 2016, an airport for this Island was built again for people’s convenience. Not only this, but there’s a long runway and a short terminal too. Well, if you’re visiting this island for the first time, don’t worry about transportation. It has a public bus system that enable the people to visit their favourite places and towns.
So, if you’re visiting Paros Island, All the best and enjoy your trip!