It can be said that Paros is Mykonos without the partying and at more reasonable prices (although it has become more expensive in the last few years). Combined with the smaller neighbor Antiparos (a 10-minute ferry ride away, departing from the port of Pounta), it offers one of the best Greek island experiences. It has a variety of beaches for all tastes, and beautiful villages with the traditional Cycladic architecture. Parikia or Chora is the main town, but for the best beaches and restaurants you probably want to stay in the village of Naoussa to the north.
Buses take you around the island, and there are good ferry connections to Athens (Piraeus) and to other islands.
The Best Beaches in Paros
Kolymbithres by Svein-Magne Tunli
Granite rocks sculpted by the wind, in and by the water, make this Paros’ most picturesque beach. Found close to Naoussa, it’s relatively small, so it can get crowded. There are sunbeds and umbrellas, but the coves formed by the rocks are probably the best spots to lie in the sun. The rocks also form natural swimming pools, much enjoyed by children and people of all ages.
Only 2km from the port and the center of Parikia, this is a long and beautiful sandy beach with crystal-clear waters. Those who don’t find an umbrella and sunbed available, have the shade of the eucalyptus and tamarisk trees.
This is a long, sandy continuation of Krios beach. It also has clear waters, and its sunbeds are usually taken over by young crowds.
Reached by bus from Naoussa, this is a popular sandy beach, attracting young tourists. It faces the island of Naxos, and has sunbeds for rent, as well as facilities for water sports, restaurants and bars.
Right before you reach Santa Maria is this “secret” wild beach, hidden about a 10-minute walk from the road. It’s one of the most beautiful and most peaceful in Greece, but note that most people are nude. Its crystal-clear waters form a very scenic semi-circular bay.
There are no umbrellas or sunbeds, but you may be lucky to get one of the few spots with shade by the dunes.
To get there, take the bus that goes to Santa Maria from Naoussa, and ask the driver to stop at Lageri. Walk past a few houses until you reach a white church, and you arrive at the beach.
Top 10 Most Recommended Hotels in Paros
- Saint Andrea Resort Hotel
- Paros Palace Hotel
- Hotel Papadakis
- Akrotiri Hotel
- Paliomylos Spa Hotel
- Maryo Village Hotel
- Lilly Residence Sea View Suites
- Hotel Senia
- Naoussa HIlls Boutique Resort
- Sunset View Hotel
Looking for the resort experience? Choose this hotel in Naoussa, with its huge pool, spacious rooms, and massages by appointment. There’s also a good restaurant with outdoor seating, serving fine Greek and Mediterranean cuisine.
The location slightly away from the center and the beaches is compensated by the views over the main town of Parikia. This 4-star hotel has elegant rooms, and those who don’t want to head to the beach can go for a swim in the small pool.
Just a short walk up a hill from the bus stop in Naoussa that takes you to several beaches, this hotel has modern suites with magnificent views, and classically-styled rooms. There’s a pool and a bar overlooking the island.
With its large pool and views over the island’s main town, this hotel is a top choice for all types of guests, from couples to families or groups of friends. Room sizes differ, but all feature a classic Greek island décor.
Although not every room has a view, from this hotel you may look out to the village of Naoussa and the sea. Just a short walk away are several places to eat and the beaches are also not very far.
Featuring a huge pool and simple, contemporary-style rooms, this hotel is in Naoussa, not from the several beaches. Not every room has views, but the public areas offer a panoramic view of the island and the sea.
Open to adults only, this boutique hotel in Naoussa mixes modern design and some romantic furnishings. It has a pool and sea views throughout the property.
Standing above the beach in Naoussa, this stylish hotel has rooms overlooking the large pool or the sea. Superior rooms include a hot tub, further making this a perfect choice for couples on honeymoon or a romantic holiday.
No children are allowed, so this hotel is mostly for couples on a romantic holiday. It’s up on a hill in Naoussa, so you have a view over a large part of the island.
Can’t resist a sunset? Book this hotel in Parikia, looking over the port. There are views from the pool, and from most of the rooms, many with balconies or terraces.