Travel: Heading to Paros? 5 Things You Need to Know

Paros is a popular Greek island in the Cyclades region and consists of many small fishing villages, picturesque bays, and different towns situated in the heart of the Aegean Sea. It is near to the other popular islands in the Cyclades region, including Santorini, Mykonos, and Naxos, so if you are staying in Paros then you will be in great company. Paros is a great combination of traditional elements and modern luxuries, with an exciting nightlife, enchanting villages, and historical attractions. The opportunities are endless in Paros, so whether you want to immerse yourself in the island’s culture or experience the water sport adventures that are plentiful in the island’s towns and beaches, then Paros is the place to be.

If you are looking for the perfect holiday destination this summer and are considering heading to Paros, then here are five things that you need to know.

Getting There

The Cyclades region, including Paros, has become a very popular holiday destination in recent years, and more people than ever before are heading over to this picturesque area of the world for their summer holiday. This means that getting to Paros is really easy and straightforward with both flights and ferries available to get you to the island. There are ferries from Piraeus (the main port in Athens) to Paros every day and during the tourist season there are also additional ferries from Paros to Rafina (the port nearest to Athens airport). While the trip can take around 5 hours depending on the route, they are also connected to other areas of the region such as Mykonos, making exploring other islands even easier. The airport is only 8km from the capital of the island of Parikia and gets very busy in the summer season with tourists coming and going from both domestic and international flights.

Accommodation

There are plenty of accommodation options when it comes to staying in Paros, so no matter what your needs, or whether you are travelling as a family or in a couple, then there will be a type of accommodation to suit you. There are hotels all around the island and many are situated in convenient locations near to shops, restaurants, and bars. But if you want to enjoy the luxury villas Paros, Greece, then this site might be able to help. The beautiful and centrally located villas that are provided by BlueVillas are the perfect combination of the luxury of a hotel, and the home comforts and privacy that many tourists yearn for.

Things to Do

No matter what your interests are, you won’t get bored on the island of Paros as there is something fun and exciting to do around every corner. The capital of Parikia, which is also home to the biggest port on the island, is always busy and very touristy. There are many shops and bars that you can enjoy here, and it is perfect if you are travelling as a family. If you are interested in exploring the island, then there is a lot of traditional architecture for you to experience; for example, Paros is home to the Byzantine Monastery of Ekatontapyliani, which means the ‘church with the hundred doors’ and is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions on the island. You can also take a trip to the Frankish Castle which was constructed by the Venetians back in 1260 and is today a beautiful place to visit in the capital of Parikia. Another popular thing to do in Paros, especially amongst families, is to visit the open-air cinema which makes going to see a film a brand-new experience.

Getting Around

It is easy to get around the island of Paros as the transport links are well developed, including a bus stop outside of the airport, that takes you into main towns such as Parikia and Naoussa. You can rely on bus travel during your stay, and in the popular summer months the buses are more frequent, meaning that you can quickly get to where you want to go. However, if you want to be able to explore the island at your own leisure, then you can also hire a car for your stay as all the roads are safe and secure.

The Beaches

One of the best things about Paros is the picturesque and unique beaches that are a must-see across the island. They are exotic and clear watered beaches that are perfect for a relaxing day sunbathing, but with the touristic facilities nearby, you won’t be short on things to do. For example, the water sports that are available at beaches such as Pounda, and Kolympithres are very popular amongst tourists.

If you are considering heading out to Paros for your trip, then you can rest assured that this unique destination will provide you with the holiday of a lifetime.

About Laura Castelli

Head of Partnership and operations at the London Mums magazine. Laura is responsible for the strategic business identification, performance delivery, partnerships’ implementation. She leads the influencers' team, with particular focus to the travel industry. She speaks 5 languages and takes delight in scratching off her world map (next visit in Route 66th country!). Most importantly: Laura is London mums magazine number one supporter!

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