Paros is the hub of the Cyclades, many based on the island to make day trips to Mykonos or Delos, Antiparos or Naxos; or fly in and travel around the Cyclades. People come here for the amazing beaches, relaxed lifestyle and beautiful accommodation options as well as the fact that there are plenty of activities from water sports like wind surfing to hiking and much more!

The main town - Parikia

The capital is Parikia, on the west coast of the island - we are going to introduce Paros a clockwise fashion. Parikia has the main port of Paros. As an island destination, it is easily accessible and offers visitors a number of things to do and see during their stay. Parikia is only 30 minutes drive from the airport (in the southwest of the island), beautiful seaside promenade and a pretty old town with eight hundred years old mills and the castle. There are also historical churches, galleries and interesting shops to explore.KrotiriKrotiri is the beach village closest to Parikia. The accommodations here are away from the hustle and bustle of Parikia and they overlook the Parikia bay and has easy assess to severe beaches nearby, such as Lividia, Krios, Marcelo and Parikia beaches. 

Naoussa / Santa Maria

Naoussa is the hub in the north and it has a wonderful old town with many restaurants and small shops that offer the latest Greek beachside fashion for shoppers. It is more upscale than in the south. Naoussa is a great base for exploring the north of Paros, where it offers a natural park, numerous beaches, Venetian castle and ancient Mycenaean Acropolis.

The north is relatively flat - you would be surprised that not many accommodations offer sea view rooms - of course this is often  compensated by expensive pool area. Just a small tips if you are looking for 180 degree sea view from your accommodation - your search would be easier in the south. Santa Maria is one of the original private second home village and gated high-end resorts for well-heeled foreigners and Greek. There are also some resorts in this area. It is family friendly and enclosed. It is only 15 minutes drive to Naoussa. 


Ampela - an area in the northeast that is being rapidly developed. It has a quieter coast area. The coast on the east side are good for windsurfing as the beaches are shallow. From Ampela towards the south, there are many beaches that offer windsurfing alongside traditional fishing villages. Our personal opinions are that the beaches on the east side are the best. 


Aliki is the main village in south Paros and it’s a great place to stay if you want to be close to the beaches and interesting places on the island. It’s also very easy to get to from the airport (10 minutes drive) or Pounta, the main town (all within 20minutes drive). 

There are many reasonably priced family-run accommodation options in this area. Aliki is a perfect destination for families. It has great beaches for swimming as well as lots of hiking and biking trails which you can explore with your kids. There are also some great family activities in the nearby town of Pounta.


From Aliki in the south heading back to the north is Pounta (or sometimes Pounda),  where one takes the ferry to Anti-paros. While Aliki offers many self-catering family-friendly options, Pounda has a range of stylish properties that are less concentrated than those in Aliki. Pounta is famous for kite surfing. Most larger resorts are on the west side of the Paros island. 


It is a relatively newly developed area with many private holiday homes and many of them are also for short or long-term rental. It has a slope so most houses offer sea view, tranquility and romantic sunset. There are many secluded small pebble beaches with torquiest water such as the Agua Irini. It is also only 15 minutes drive to the main town. It is truly away from the crowd. If you enjoy hiking, the butterflies reserve in Petaloudes is only some steps away and there’s plenty of trails to hike.  

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