When traveling to Greece, most people go to Santorini and Mykonos for their island stays. I would definitely recommend going to Santorini, but we were debating whether we should go to Mykonos or Paros. Based on the people I talked to, Mykonos is more of a party island and Paros is more chill. Since it was going to be at the end of our trip, we decided to go to Paros for a relaxing last day in Greece.
Why you should go
- It’s a small island that you can explore relatively easily – you can get to different places by bus, taxi or boat (or even ATV).
- There is a lot less people and tourist on this island so if you want somewhere a little quieter or relaxing, this would be the place to go.
- Gorgeous views everywhere. Every corner is a picture.
- It’s a perfect place to just hang out and take your time on things.
- It’s more affordable than Santorini or Mykonos.
Where to stay
- The best areas to stay are pretty much in any of the major towns:
- Naoussa – the “elegant” part of the island
- Lefkes – the capital
- Aliki – beach-y
- Parikia – near the port and has a mix of everything – shops, hikes, beaches
- Since we only spent one night in Paros, we decided to stay near the port in Parikia. We stayed at Hotel Oasis and it was literally right across the street from the port, which was super convenient. The room was spacious and though a little hostel like, the bed weren’t too terrible. My only complaint, which I guess is not really the hotel’s fault was that when we came back to our room at night, there was a tiny nude color lizard in our bathroom. I only complain because I hate reptiles and it was not a nice surprise. Since we were all freaked out, we called downstairs and the staff nicely took it out for us. Other than that, it was a decent stay and the staff is really friendly.
- If you’re doing a quick overnight trip, Parikia is a good place since it’s near the port and there are plenty of restaurants and shops around.
Things to do in Paros
Coffee by the beach
One of my favorite things to do was just grab coffee and chill near the water for a couple of hours.
Explore the towns and take pictures
There are so many towns and villages and they all have restaurants and shops. We loved browsing and exploring and taking pictures since every corner we turned was so picturesque and cute. We explored the town of Naoussa.
We couldn’t go to Greece and not try some of their wine. We went to Moraitis Winery in Naoussa and tried a few reds, whites and rose.
Dinner next to the beach
In additional to drinking coffee next to the beach, I also loved eating dinner by the beach. It was such a great view and very relaxing.
We thought we were done with watching sunsets after going to Santorini, but we’re so glad we were able to catch another one.
Other things to do
- Ride a boat to other beaches – we didn’t get a chance to do that since we were there one week before the boats started running.
- Hiking – there are a lot of trails to walk and explore. You can walk along villages, beaches, windmills and the countryside.
- Water sports – Golden Beach is the best beach for windsurfing because of it’s windy conditions.
Where and what to eat
This is a cute spot in Parikia near the water. We were able to sit outside in the perfect weather and just enjoy our coffees while we waited to check into our hotel.
Another cute spot in Parikia near the water. We came here for fresh squeeze orange juice and breakfast before leaving the island.
This was our first meal in Paros and it was delicious. To be honest, I was a little disappointed when I saw my pita as the meat looked really dry, but it was actually really tender and flavorful.
This was one of my favorite restaurants in Greece – 1. The amazing seating next to the beach 2. The cute water/village view 3. The friendly staff 4. The amazing seafood. It was a great way to end our stay.
Overall, I wish we had planned for more time in Paros. I went back home saying that I think I’m meant for the relaxing life of Paros where every corner is a picture, the weather is great and I can just take the time to enjoy everything instead of rushing life.