A Tour of Lovely Paros, Greece: The Perfect Greek Island?
How to Visit Paros
Paros is one of the Cyclades islands, and lies to the west of Naxos. There’s a lot to see and do in Paros, which makes it a very popular Grecian tourist hotspot. If you’re thinking about vacationing there, make sure to plan out what you’ll do, where you’ll stay, how you’ll get there and how you’ll pack in order to make your trip to Paros unforgettable.
Choosing Sites and Activities
Visit the capital city, Parikia.This is one of the main harbors of the Cyclades and has connections to almost all other islands. It encompasses everything that Greece is famed for: sandy beaches with crystal clear water, traditional villages with whitewashed houses in narrow paved lanes, lovely chapels, and an exciting nightlife.
- If you’re a history buff, check out the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, one of Greece’s best-preserved paleo christian monuments.
Sunbathe at Kolymbithres beach or Santa Maria beach.Heading to the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Paros. There are an endless number of quality beaches you can visit, and each have features that make them unique and enjoyable. Make sure to check out Kolymbithres beach and Santa Maria beach some time during your visit.
- Kolymbithres beach is famous for its beautiful granite rock formations that have been there for millions of years.
- There are a lot of activities you can do at Santa Maria beach, including water skiing and hanging out at the beach bar.
Go on a marble tour.Paros is famous for its semi-transparent marble, which still exists today. You can book a tour at the marble quarries through a travel company, or you can simply choose where to visit on your own based on recommendations from travelers and natives.
Stroll the streets of Old Town Naoussa.Old Town Naoussa and its port are fun to visit because of the attractive architecture and all of the inviting bars and restaurants. Stop by Naoussa and check out the white-washed cobblestone alleys.
Experience great architecture in Lefkes Village.Head inland to visit the mountain town of Lefkes, which is a village that was originally built by immigrants from crete in an attempt to protect themselves from pirate attacks. Include this charming village in your trip and you’ll be able to enjoy neoclassic architecture and taste famously delicious meat from a taverna.
Making Travel and Lodging Arrangements
Fly into Athens.Unfortunately, you can’t fly straight into Paros from far away. Buy a plane ticket to fly into a big city or big island near Paros and then plan to take a different form of transportation to get the rest of the way. While you can get to Paros from several nearby locations, including Santorini, Athens is probably the most popular, easiest, and least expensive.
Take a ferry or a flight to get onto the island.The best ways to get to the island are by taking a short flight or a ferry ride. The ferry ride is cheaper, but typically takes a lot longer.
- Flights from Athens to Paros are about half an hour long.
- Ferries from Athens to Paros typically take 4-6 hours.
Take a bus or walk around the island.There are quite a few ways to get around Paros, including taking a taxi, bus, car, boat, or walking. Taking a bus is the best option because it is the cheapest and also very safe.
- Take a boat if you’re beach hopping.
- Taxis are the most effiecient mode of transportation but also the most expensive.
Stay in a hostel if you’re on a tight budget.Especially if you’re traveling with a group, hostels are a great option for accommodation if you’re hoping to spend your money elsewhere. You can usually find hostel accommodations for about -20 per person per night.
- The further away you get from city centers and the ocean, the more affordable accommodations will be.
- If you do a little searching online, you can typically find affordable hotel rooms for less than 0/night.
Get a seaside room to make the most of your trip.Many upscale hotel rooms have balconies where you can relax, sunbathe and have meals. Some hotels also come with private beaches, private swimming pools, tennis facilities, water sports and spas. If you’ve got room in your budget, this is the way to go.
Packing for Paros Properly
Pack your warm weather clothes.Make sure to pack summertime clothing that’s breathable and comfortable. Some basics you should include are:
- Tank Tops
- A light jacket
- Flip flops
- Comfortable walking shoes
Pack your beach necessities.One of the most popular things to do in Paros is hang out on the beach. Because of this, you’ll need to make sure that you have everything you need to enjoy the sand and sunshine. Some beach items you should pack are:
- Bathing suits
- Beach towels
- Beach bag
- Sun hat
Keep your toiletries in a separate bag.Toiletries are essential to every day of your trip. There are convenience stores in Paros where you can purchase your forgotten toothbrush or deodorant, but bringing your own will save you money and time once you’re in Paros. Keep these items in their own small bag to prevent luggage messes. Remember to pack:
- Razor and Shaving Cream
- Makeup wipes
- Any prescriptions you take
- Glasses and/or contact solution if applicable
Bring your traveling basics.You can’t go to Paros without your boarding passes, passport, and other travel documentation. Additionally, there will be lots of travel time, whether you’re on a plane or a ferry. Pack some of these items to make traveling more enjoyable:
- Travel Pillow
- Water bottle
- Motion sickness medication
Take your electronics to properly document your trip.Today, there are so many awesome ways to hold onto the memories you make on vacation.
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