If you’re trekking all the way to Greece, consider visiting an island aside from the overhyped & beautiful islands of Mykonos and Santorini. Enter Paros! Paros is located south of Mykonos and can be reached via a highspeed ferry in just 45 minutes. Paros, to me, is a much more calmer, quieter version of Mykonos. It has similar characteristics to that of Mykonos… the same whitewashed homes and their blue shutters, those narrow alleys and the pink Bougainvillea, however Paros isn’t as wild and crazy as Mykonos, nor does it have the same shopping appeal as Mykonos. Furthermore, it is a more affordable version of Mykonos (+less to do) where you can expect to pay much less for food and hotels.
In Paros, there are 2 main towns to visit – Naoussa and Parikia. Naoussa is essentially a fishing village, a quaint little picturesque town, whereas Parikia is the main town that has more to do and where all the action is. If I must be completely honest, I visited both towns and although they are pretty, Paros was a bit boring for me, but I’m also the type of person who is into eating, drinking, shopping, and crowds, hence I wasn’t quite as smitten. Additionally, I went in early September so perhaps it wasn't as touristy as it would be in July & August. Having said that, I’m so thankful I visited Paros else I’d always wonder what the other non-hyped up Greek Islands would be like. If you’d like to visit an island that is slightly off the beaten path, one that is serene and laid-back, then Paros is an island not to be missed. Another option to consider is Naxos, a bigger version of Paros.
Here to share with you is my 2 night/2 day Paros Island Getaway. Enjoy!
From Mykonos heading to Paros on the Hellenic Seaway Highspeed 5 Ferry. As I’ve mentioned I’m scared of rough seas, but I barely felt anything sailing on the Mediterranean waters since the ferry was so big.
Stopped for freshly roasted corn.
Kolimbithres Beach, the most famous beach on the island. The beaches were rather small and lacked beach waves. Many folks seem to like these kind of unspoiled beaches, but I suppose I was expecting a Caribbean-like beach.
The water was crystal clear… the only other place where I’ve seen water like this is Turks and Caicos. Gorgeous!
Definitely more livelier than Naoussa. It’s really hard to tell these places apart.
Most popular activities to do when in Paros:
- visit Naoussa
- visit Parikia
- visit Lefkes Village
- spend the day at a beach
- rent a car and drive around town
- check with your hotel for other available tours
TELL ME: Have you been to Paros? If so, where did you go? What did you do? Share with us?