Summer Holiday Spotlight: Paros, Greece

Lefkes (Paros Island)
Lefkes (Paros Island) | © Rainer Voegeli / Flickr
With over 13,000 kilometers of coastline and some of the most breath-taking islands in the world, Greece is among the top holiday destinations on the planet. One of these gorgeous islands is Paros, which combines well-preserved rural landscapes, picture-perfect villages, such as Lefkes or Marpissa, long beaches (like Santa Maria, Pounda, Logaras or Kalogeras) and unspoiled beauty.

Where to stay:

Astir of Paros

Next to the famous Kolymbithres beach, lays the Astir of Paros 5-star hotel. This elegant beach resort is located about five kilometers away from the stunning city of Naoussa. The hotel amenities include a private beach, a pool, and a health club. Treat yourself to a luxurious vacation where quality service is de rigueur.

Astir of Paros, Kolymbithres, Naoussa, Paros, Greece, +30 22840 51976

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Cozy beachfront apartment in Parikia

This cozy studio-apartment is located minutes away from the old center of Parikia and near the port and the waterfront, with most of the attractions at walking distance. If a charming hotel is not your thing, and you prefer your holidays to feel more ‘at home,’ this is where you should stay.

For more information on private housing accommodation, go to airbnb.com.

Parikia, Paros © Bgabel/WikiCommons

Where to eat:

To Mortari

To Mortari is a family-run tavern with a charming and warm atmosphere. The owners cook their dishes exclusively with the produce from their vegetable garden and use their own local olive oil. Needless to say, you can experience a real, traditional Parian meal here.

Taverna Glafkos

Taverna Glafkos enjoys a great location right on the secluded waterfront. Since the restaurant specializes in seafood dishes, we suggest you try the octopus and the seafood risotto. The grilled calamari is also a must-try. Order a good bottle of white wine, or try the house wine, and take a deep breath of fresh air. You’re on holiday after all.

Soso

This romantic spot may sometimes seem like a victim of its own success. During peak hours, the service might be busy and without a smile. But you shouldn’t think Soso is an unwelcoming place. With cook Kalypso (the infamous Soso) in the kitchen and Petros serving, this quaint and cute fusion tavern is a stop you should make if you’re in the area. Just make sure to book a table in advance.

Soso, Old Town, Naoussa, Paros, Greece, +30 697 487 8281

Where to drink:

Agosta Bar

Agosta Bar is a vibrant place where you can enjoy the best of the buzzing Naoussa nightlife. This waterfront bar is the place to discover Paros by night. Top-notch DJs, decadent cocktails and a mesmerizing view of the Old Port. Agosta bar is ideal for enjoying the sunset or a night under the stars.

Agosta Bar, Little Port, Naoussa, Paros, Greece, +30 2284 051345

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Sativa Music Bar

This hidden gem is an all-day café-bar, with many breakfast and lunch options with ingredients sourced from the local community. Open all year round, the bar is also an excellent spot for a night out. Sativa hosts live performances and also welcomes DJs who play a variety of music, from lounge to house, funk, rock, dub and even reggae. Oh, and the icing on the cake? The cocktail menu is well worth a look.

What to see:

Antiparos

Take a break from the crowded beaches and catch the 20-minute ferry ride to Antiparos. Paros’ little sister, nicknamed ‘Indieparos’ by Greek youngsters for its hip and indie vibe, has an alternative and artistic side, a camping site and unspoiled scenery. Perfect for a day trip.

The Folklore Art Museum of Cycladic Civilization

This family-run museum, created by Benetos Skiadas, has miniature models of boats, monuments of Paros and other Cycladic islands. With a mission to share and preserve Cycladic traditions, this small museum is an attraction that visitors of all ages are sure to enjoy.

The Valley of Butterflies (Petaloudes)

Less than ten kilometers from Parikia, near the Monastery of Christos sto Dasos (Christ in the Woods), get lost in the Valley of the Butterflies or ‘Petaloudes.’ This beautiful haven is a small park with sinuous walking paths around dense vegetation, where you can get acquainted with butterflies of the Panaxia quadripunctaria species. Perfect for an afternoon of rest and tranquility and a stroll in the shade of lush trees. No doubt you will fall in love with this fairy-tale-like paradise.

Panaxia Quadripunctaria Petaloudes © wiseguy71/Flickr

Lefkes

As the first capital of the island, Lefkes, located in the heart of Paros, has managed to preserve that often-forgotten charm, making it an ideal place to discover the local traditional culture. With its labyrinth of small streets, lavish gardens, and tiny churches, the village is a pure Cycladic gem definitely worth a visit.

Byzantine Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani

This 4th-century monastery with the intriguing name, meaning Our Lady of One Hundred Doors, is actually the oldest remaining Byzantine church in Greece. The legend has it that while the 99 doors have already been found in the church, the 100th will only be discovered after Constantinople and the church of Hagia Sofia is Greek again.

Monastery Panagia Ekatontapiliani © Zde/WikiCommons