7 things to see and do in Paros, Greece
If you’re looking to book a stay on the beautiful Cyclades island of Paros, start planning now. Here’s 7 things to see and do in Paros, Greece.
1. Spend an afternoon in Naousa
Naousa is a small fishing village about a 20-minute drive from the main port of Paros. It’s a very popular village known for its beautiful beaches and chic vibe.
A different vibe
It certainly has a different feel about it compared to Paros. It’s very picturesque, quaint and with a more upmarket vibe. You can wander around the harbour or grab a snack from one of the cafes along the way. There are also nearby beaches which you can spend time on like Kolymbithres. You could also do a bit of shopping or walk around the old town.
The easiest way to get to Naousa is to drive. I drove an ATV there, but you can also hire a car or moped. You can also get there by bus as well which departs from Paros. There’s plenty of places to park. If you go on a busier day, it may take a little longer to find a space.
2. Visit the village of Léfkes
Why not spend a few hours visiting the picturesque village of Léfkes. Located up in the mountains, Léfkes was the first ancient capital of Paros.
It’s surrounded by lush greenery and olive trees. There’s the church of Agia Triada to visit, wander through the narrow streets and adore the beautiful white houses or find a spot to grab a bite to eat.
This beautiful village is best reached by car, bike, ATV. You can also take a bus or taxi if you have no other way to get there.
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3. Have a night out in Naousa
Head to Naousa if you want to have a night out away from Paros town. You’ll need to drive or take a taxi as that’s easier if you’ll be leaving there late. There’s also a bus you can catch from Paros but make sure you check the timetable before setting off.
The harbour area really comes alive at night especially on the weekends. It was packed when I went with some friends I had made during my trip.
4. Take a day trip to Antiparos
Antiparos is a small island next to Paros – a bit like its little brother. It makes for a great day trip as it only takes about 10 minutes by boat to reach this gem.
There’s lots to do during your time there. You can spend some of your time walking along the port, grab a meal at one of the many restaurants or cafes or go shopping. If you feel like a bit of a challenge, you could also go hiking.
It’s easy to get around and the best way to do so is by car or ATV.
5. Wander (carefully) through the Caves of Antiparos
While you’re on the island of Antiparos, you must make time to visit the beautiful Caves of Antiparos. The caves are easily accessible by public transport (buses from the port drop you close to the caves) or by driving yourself. It only takes about 15 minutes to reach from the port.
The views on the way up are stunning but so are the caves themselves. There are many pretty stalactites and stalagmites formations to be seen. You can wander carefully along designated pathways but it can be a little darker in places. The caves will be a lot cooler so you may want to take a cardigan or light jacket with you.
6. Catch some vibes on Punda Beach
If you want a beach party vibe, then you should head for Punda Beach Club. There’s many areas to chill out in from the beach itself to the comfy areas by the bar or the pools. You’ll find something you like!
Punda was one of my favourite beaches on Paros. It’s set on a very beautiful stretch of golden sand. Get there nice and early and you’ll get your pick of loungers. There’s food services available and I found the staff friendly and helpful. I stayed for quite a few hours and had something to eat while there which was tasty.
7. Explore Paros Chora and port
Wander around Paros Chora and port
Make sure you leave some time to explore the narrow, cobbled streets of Paros Chora. While there’s lots to see and do around Paros, the town itself is adorable.
A list of things to see
You can see the Frankish Castle, stop by the quaint blue domed church in the town, take a photo by the windmill or visit Panagia Ekatontapyliani. Perhaps you fancy doing a bit of souvenir shopping, or you simply want to relax by the port at sunset. That is a must if you can as it is absolutely stunning.
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Enjoy your trip to Paros! This island was one of my favourites during my early solo travel experiences, so I’ll definitely visit again.
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