Paros has a little bit of everything you’d want in a Greek island vacation: a labyrinthine old town, taverna-lined waterfront, whitewashed churches, and tiny fishing villages. It’s also an excellent spot for outdoor pursuits, including hiking, windsurfing, kite surfing, and scuba diving. Most tours of the island start in Parikia Town and include stops at a 13th-century Venetian castle, the churches of Saint Konstantinos and Panagia Ekatontapiliani, and Punda Beach. It’s also possible to include a trip to the nearby island of Antiparos, known for its beaches and cave formations.
Things to Know Before You Go
Paros offers a cheaper and less crowded alternative to Mykonos.
Don’t forget to bring sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat, as the whitewashed buildings intensify the sun’s rays.
Be sure to pack a swimsuit and towel to enjoy the island’s sandy beaches.
How to Get There
Paros is connected by ferry service to Mykonos, Piraeus, the Cyclades, and Heraklion. Buses run around the island, and in summer you can catch a ferry to Antiparos off the island’s west coast. Many visitors also choose to rent motorbikes, ATVs, or bicycles to get around the island.
When to Get There
Typically, weather on Paros is warm enough to enjoy the beaches from mid-May through mid-October, though expect a few showers in October. The climate tends to be sunny and mild throughout the year, making it an excellent choice any time of year.
The island of Paros earned much of its wealth during the early Cycladic period (3000 BC–2500 BC) from the white marble quarried from its interior. This prized marble was used to create works such as the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb, on display at Les Invalides in Paris.
- Terrace of the Lions
- Paradise Beach
- Ornos Beach
- Church of Panagia Paraportiani
- Little Venice
- Aegean Maritime Museum
- Mykonos Windmills (Kato Mili)
- Mykonos Folklore Museum
- Manto Mavrogenous Square (Plateia Manto Mavrogenous)
- Mykonos Cruise Port
- Panagia Tourliani Monastery
- Kalafatis Beach
- Armenistis Lighthouse (Faros Armenistis)