The tiled alleys of Paros lead to Cycladic treasures, monuments, attractions, manors, colorful balconies, chapels and amazing landscape. The two big cities of the island, Paroikia (Hora) and Naousa, are waiting to offer you unrivalled hospitality. The tourist facilities on the island are modern and the comforts countless. Paros is an ideal destination for the ones interested in combining holidays at beautiful landscapes and traditional scenery with intense and frantic nightlife. With direct flights from the International Airport of Athens to the Paros airport, you can arrive on the island very quickly. Entertainment in Paros in the evenings, especially in Paroikia and Naousa is full of frantic rythmes, dance and songs for all tastes. Apart from its cosmopolitan side, Paros is also ideal for alternative tourism. It has also to show amazing beaches with crystal clear waters to its visitors. One of the most famous beaches, particularly cosmopolitan and organized is Pounta. There are, of course, several other excellent beaches, such as Agia Irini, Livadia, Martselo, Kaminia, Santa Maria, Lagaras, Dryos, Hrysi Akti and lots of others. In Paros you will also see the church of Panagia Ekatontapylianis which is considered one of the most important Christian monuments as well as the Museum of Ekatontapylianis. It is also worth taking a walk to the Castle, the Ancient Market, the Archaeological Museum of Paros, Dilio, the Venetian Castle and several other monuments of Paros with its rich history. Walk the streets of the island, in the villages of Paros, Marpissa, Lefkes, Aliki, Marmara and you will be enchanted by the smell of the basil in the pots of the houses and you will be fascinated by the geranium in the yards and on the balconies. If you too want to spend unforgettable holidays in Paros all you have to do is book your ferry tickets now.
The Paros Port
You can easily and comfortably travel by ferry from Piraeus, Rafina, Lavrio and the surrounding islands to Paros. You can also book your ferry tickets online via aktoploika.gr and then your journey will be even more comfortable and carefree. The journey from Piraeus to Paros lasts 5 hours by ferry and 2 hours and 50 minutes by speed ferry. In the summer there are also some speed ferry itineraries from Rafina and Lavrio for Paros. The Paros port, Paroikia, is a busy port with lots of arrivals and departures, especially in the summer. Paroikia is not only the harbor but also the capital of Paros. In Paroikia, you will find picturesque alleys, traditional Cycladic little houses, neoclassical manors, churches and at the same time modern hotels, rooms to rent, car rental agencies, stores, restaurants, bars and clubs.
Connection With Other Islands
Paros has a ferry connection with the following ports: Piraeus (Athens), Rafina, Thessaloniki, Amorgos, Anafi, Astypalaia, Donoussa, Folegandros, Heraklion (Crete), Ikraia, Ios, Iraklia, Kalymnos, Kastelorizo, Kimolos, Kos, Koufonisia, Leros, Milos, Mykonos, Naxos, Nisyros, Patmos, Rhodes, Samos, Santorini, Schinousa, Serifos, Sifnos, Sikinos, Syros, Thirassia, Tilos Fournoi.
You can now book ferry tickets online for Paros via Aktoploika.gr. If you plan to travel during July and August, it's best if you have booked several days or weeks earlier to avoid hitches. You should also know that round-trip/return ferry tickets come with a considerable discount.
There are regular and frequent bus itineraries in the whole island, the villages and the beaches. The two bus terminals are in Paroikia and Naousa. There are fixed prices as regards taxis in Paros and you can usually find them outside the port as well as in Paroikia. You can also use the small boats that go to several beaches of the island and depart daily from Paroikia and Naousa. You can also rent a car or a motorbike from the rental agencies available on the island. However, book the vehicle of your choice before your arrival on the island as you may not find anything available once you get there.
As in most of the popular and crowded Greek islands, Paros' local buses solve the transportation problem, especially during summer months, when the island is full of visitors. With 15 buses for routes around the islands and one bus for moving around Paroikia and with plenty of others in summer, Paros' transportation network is more than sufficient. Tickets cost very low (1.80 – 4.00 euros), while you can buy a daily ticket, with no routes limit, costing 9 euros. You can buy your ticket in the buses' starting points in Naousa and Paroikia, as well as in shops and kiosks around the island.
The famous ''Parian stone"
Paros is one of the largest and most fertile islands of the Cyclades, in the bowels of which, was hidden the' parian-stone ', the most famous marble in the world. A massif in the center of the island, Prophet Elias, with an altitude of 770 meters, and the region with low hills which fade on the coasts, as well as many croplands define the landscape of the island.
A special landscape with thousand of corners waiting to be discovered. Beautiful beaches with crystal clear waters, unique Byzantine paths, impressive seabed, winds blowing in a sweet way and inflating the sails of the sailing boats.
Walk around the island to discover the villages with streets paved with a special material, the monasteries and the churches with impressive roofs and marble spires, fountains, windmills, outdoor wine presses, "rakidia" and the "houses", the rural parian farmhouses made of stones, soil, trunks, canes and layers of seaweed, scattered in the hinterlands.
The ancient quarries in Marathi, the sanctuary of Asclepius and Apollo Pithios near Aliki, Delion on the hill outside of Parikia, the Ekatontapiliani along with small chapels and the Lefkes(Poplars), Marpissa, Naussa, Aliki, Pisso Livadi, Drios, Punta, shows to the visitors the lasting and the magical relationship of Paros with the man.
Vineyards, wheat, barley, fertile soil and citrus agriculture are greening the landscape of the island. Poplars, pine trees complete the rich flora. In the paths of Paros you can find mushrooms between the rocks and you will smell the thyme in every turn. The rare saffron makes its appearance on the island. In the fall and spring, in the fields with the cherry trees, sprout mushrooms amanites.
The island's wetlands are an important shelter for various species of aquatic birds such as the Kingfisher and the Eurasian Oystercatcher, coming from the North in the winter. In the spring Paros welcomes its herons, while the short-toed eagle and the Eleonora's Falcon complete the winged island's population.
- The "butterfly valley" in Psychopiana is the island's most beautiful sight with its thousands of butterflies flying or standing on various trees and plants. It's a paradise place, that you'll remember for a long time.
- Naousa's Venetian Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Greece, with the majestic view and its interesting story.
- Take care of your body with pure clay, which you can find in Kalogeros. This isn't a very famous beach, so you'll be able to take your time and relax by the sea.
- If you are looking for something different or you want to have a break from Paroikia's and Naousa's taverns, the mainland has many surprises to offer, with cozy taverns, lower prices and excellent quality. If you visit Lefkes village try to find "Marathi tavern", where all ingredients are domestic and they cut and cook the meat in front of you.
- Paros' best ise-cream is in Naousa. "Italos" produces its own ice-cream, based on an old Italian recipe and in many flavors.
Paros is a "two modes" island. You can choose an intense vacation and a nightlife to the limits, or special places to be isolated and relax. Whatever your choice is, traffic is something you can't avoid, especially during noon. There are also many police check-points during night, so don't drive if you've drunk too much.
The most famous beaches on the island are organized. In some of them you'll have to be there early in the morning, to find a deck-chair, while in others you'll have to be patient with crowds. Be careful with your personal stuff.
If you want to rent a car, you won't find any problem, even if you haven't booked one. However, we suggest to book it as soon as possible, so you can hit a better price and find the right type of vehicle for you.
Happy Holidays in Paros!!!