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Welcome to Paros

“White and beautiful, the marble of the Cyclades”

A bright jewel of the Aegean

Paros is one of the most popular island of the Cyclades. Close to the heart of the Cyclades she is ready to give you all of her beauty in just a few moments. Paros is an identical Cycladic island with whitewashed houses, hundreds of historical interests, crystal clear waters and above all hospitality of her habitants who are ready to welcome you and share their culture and homie atmosphere. For those of you who feel that Mykonos would be over touristic and possibly quite expensive - but still want to have the hundreds of options in bars, clubs and restaurants Paros is surely an option for you.

She will offer you plenty of choices in terms of beaches, beautiful sceneries fashionable streets in combination with charming villages that you definitely need to explore. Famous for her white marble production Paros has one of the finest marble qualities available in the globe. The statue of Aphrodite of Milos was built with Parian marble while there are plenty of statues globally recognized again produced by this beautiful material. Among the most interesting historical findings you should not miss would be the Ekatodapiliani church information of which you should definitely read below.

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Complex of islands:
Cyclades islands

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Capital:
‘Paroikia’

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Location:
Center Cyclades

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Distance from Athens:
96 miles

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Famous heritage:
Ekatodapiliani Church

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Interesting info:
Finest marble 

PAROS GREEK ISLAND
Included in our 1 week route for the Cyclades

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3 TOP THINGS TO DO IN PAROS

Visit Ekatodapyliani

The monastery of Panagia Ekatodapiliani (in Greek the word means that she has 100 gates) is a long-lasting legend saying that Saint Constantine (first emperor of Constantinople) built this church on behalf of her mother Saing Helene-since she was saved by a storm while travelling and she was resqued in Paros. According to the legend, the church has 99 doors and 1 that is hidden. The hidden one will be finally found and opened when the church in Agia Sofia (in Constantinople) will be orthodox again. Do you think that you will be the one who will find the hiffen door?

Visit the village of Naousa and enjoy a dinner or a cocktail in the main square

Naousa has a classy and cosmopolitan atmoshere. She is to our opinion the most beautiful village of Paros if you are looking for a late afternoon walk through the white stoned alleys that will end up in an after-dinner cocktail in one of the most well recognized port towns of the Cyclades. Despite the tourism development Naousa has kept her authenticity, her traditional character and surely is must see if you are visiting Paros as your sailing destination. Maybe she is not the quite fishing village it used to be but surely she has a high quality that despite the mercantilism of the place still keeps her little taverns, ouzeries as well as her traditional atmosphere building together one of the best villages to visit in the Aegean

Visit the little island of Antiparos

Maybe for some of you Antiparos became well known since Tom Hanks, Bruce Willis, Pierce Brosnan and many others bought a place on this little island. Well, although this is actually true, we would encourage you to visit this unspoiled island have a walk at the main hora and visit the Cave of Antiparos going back to the 6th century BC. Quiet but yet colorful and white Antiparos will somehow seduce you and surely is one of the places you need to visit especially if you are sailing and you have the chance to drop an anchor and relax between Antiparos and Despotiko bay, taste great grilled fish in one of the port little taverns, along of course with some ouzo on the side. 

We are very sensitive in being objective, in each island there are things we admire and others you need to be aware of
PROS

A true Cycladic island – Paros is one of the most identical one. White little houses, blue domed chapels – just like a perfect postcard! 

Very affordable for the quality offered. It might not be the cheapest island of Greece but surely for the product offered she is one of the best value islands of the Cyclades. 

The island is still authentic despite the touristic development. A lot of taverns, ouzeries on the edge of the sea. High quality service and great cuisine in most of the restaurants

If you like Greek tradition and history you will find hundreds of options that will connect you to the past!

Many beautiful beaches to visit with a yacht

Plenty of options available in terms of restaurants, bars and other option for your night walk (if you are looking for such a holiday)

Quiet and traditional options for those of you that want to stay away from the celebrity lights...

One of the best ports in Paroikia (in terms of options and facilities) and a very nice marina in Naousa

In any of the above options you don’t need transportation to access the main hora

CONS

Very crowdie in the months July and August. Especially Naousa maybe packed and you would have to be a little patient to be serviced – but it is worth it..

Quite windy, Naousa harbor unprotected to the Northerly winds

In August there are many young visitors that sometimes maybe proven more noisy in all aspects

Plenty of options would make it a bit difficult to decide which is the best to tryout. 

A bit big for our taste, meaning you would need to spend more than 2 days to explore

Naousa might be proven a bit noisy during the night if you anchor in the marina

Paros is a very beautiful island identical of the Cyclades complex. We encourage you to get onto the island and try to visit Naousa either during day time or night time. Try an ouzo along with cooked octopus while sitting beside the floating little fishing boats, in the harbor of Naousa. Even it sounds touristic trust me, it will be really authentic

-Eugene suggests

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  • “Best vacation experience we've had”

    Paros was our favorite in the Cyclades and the whole trip by far. Thanks to George for suggesting it. We ate at several cafes (all good) and had one long nice dinner at Barbarossa which we highly suggest. The most difficult part was keeping my wife out of the small alley shops. The most entertaining part was watching the other charter boats try to dock with mild success. While we couldn't claim to do better if my wife and I were by ourselves we had George's seemingly effortless docking skill on our side allowing us to laugh. We continued to a couple more islands on our way back to Athens. Upon return our travel to our hotel was again coordinated to our delight. We were able to just walk off the boat, have a few farewell drinks the team while talking about our trip, and head off to our hotel. All in all the comfort of choosing where we went and when with the confidence of a local skipper allowed us to experience a wide range of island scenes and thankfully missing most of the tourist hoards. Thanks again for a wonderful vacation. Our only regret is we should have chartered 2 weeks instead of the 1.

    Visited MAY 2016

    SkyMOBL
  • Sailing with YachtSailing.gr

    What a special week we had onboard Pokerstar with a VERY cool and experienced skipper George! 
    Normally the charters start in Athens, however we were already in Santorini (getting hitched) and we wanted to start off in PAROS. Eugene was very accomodating and organised our skipper to sail down to PAROS and pick us up from there. We were a total of 6 onboard (including our skipper) and it was very spacious and comfortable. Although not a SUPER fast yacht (BENETEAU OCEANIS CLIPPER 473) it was definitely equiped with everything we needed (kitchen, bathroom, bedding) and the experience that anyone would want when it comes to sailing the Mediterranean. Eugene was very attentive, always replied in a timely manner to all my emails, and when it came to safety, George our skipper ensured that we were always taken care of. If you want to sail the Mediterranean, YachtSailing.gr is by far the best! Thanks again Eugene for everything!!

    Visited June 2016
    Alexia Kav - Au
  • Greek orthodox church on Paros island

  • Beautiful windmills on a row in Paros island.

  • Naoussa harbor

  • Small alley at Parikia

  • Port of Naoussa

  • The Port of Paroikia

  • View of the main port in sea at port entrance

  • Stone monuments of the Kolympithres beach of Paros

  • The Ekatontapiliani church in Parikia old town, Paros

  • Naoussa town, Paros island

  • Naousa Town Boats

  • Lighthouse on the northern tip of Paros island

  • Picturesque Naousa village, Paros island

  • Monastiri beach paros by G.Maleas 8/6/2016

  • Naousa little town Photo by G.Maleas 15/5/2016

  • Naousa streets maleas 5/6/2016

  • Naousa village maleas 09/07/2016

Beaches we liked

Golden Beach (Xrisi Akti)

Xrysi Akti  is an awarded beach at the southeast side of the island. Is sandy, organized and considered the best spot for windsurfers that are gathered from all the globe. For the rest of us that pray not to be windy its really a magical moment to walk on this sandy beach and touch the crystal clear waters especially in the afternoon! 

Santa Maria Paros

Santa Maria is close to the village of Naousa. Just 2 kilometers away. Sandy beach with restaurants, beach bars and water sport centers. We would avoid it during the peak months but surely visit until June and after August

Punda Beach

If you like fancy and cosmopolitan places, then this is the beach for you! When visiting with a yacht you can stay away from the umbrellas and loads of people and when you feel like it you can hop onto your dinghy and join the best beach bars of the Aegean and the high quality parties organized. Maybe too fancy for our taste, but surely someone could have an idea what it is all about!

Places Worth Visiting

Village of Lefkes

The old capital of Paros, built on a small height, picturesque area. Stone crafted alleys worth to walk, small and traditional taverns waiting to reveal delicious tastes holding an authentic character and for you-history lovers the church of Agia Triada waiting dressed in white for you to visit.

Venetian Castle of Naousa

Venetian Castle of Naousa was created in the 15th century. Today, although is half sunk, it is a very impressive sight.

Ancient marble quarries in Marathi

Did you know that Paros produced the finest marbles of all times? The Ancient marble quarries in Marathi are there to prove the history is still alive. The marbles were used for the sculptures of Aphrodite of Milos and Hermes of Praxiteles, while the statues of Apollo and many other sculptural masterpieces were crafted by this excellent raw material. A visit in the marble quarries will reveal a lot for the history of Paros in general and is really worth visiting

Tastes of PAROS

Local Recipes

Revithadaa local Chickpeas soup which you can find in many other Greek islands. 

Snails stew - not my favorite, but surely Paros specialty

Octapus -  Definetelly accompanied with a little bottle of ouzo on the side ;-)

Gouna is a kind of fish you can find in Paros cooked with a unique local recipe.

Barbarosa (Naoussa) Greek cuisine

Not the cheapest option on the harbour but one of the best with very good fish dishes and a sophisticated vibe. Classy international clientele with a perfect location inches away from the harbour. Really worth visiting (maybe provided if it is not July and August).

the weather
  • Average temperatures 28-29’ during July and August
  • Quite windy during the peak season – Naousa port not protected from the Northerly wind
  • Safe anchorage in Paroikia port
  • Even not during July and August there is always a breeze blowing the place

 

Paros greek island

included in our 1 week route for the Cyclades

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