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Paros, Greece is everything you picture a true European island to be: charming houses, exotic beaches, peaceful fishing villages, romantic sunsets and serene countryside. And these are just a few of the best things to do in Paros!

Even though all of the Greek islands are stunning, Paros island is where you can relax, have fun and enjoy the beauty of Greece without the hassle of major tourism.

During my trip to Greece in the summer of 2016, Paros was our third stop behind Athens and Santorini. If you want to get away from the major Cyclades islands, don’t miss this jewel of the Small Cyclades.

crystal clear waters of Paros Greece

I loved this island and believe it is the perfect stop for those who are sailing through Greece! Discover the top things to do in Paros, Greece during an unforgettable European summer vacation.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


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A Vacation Guide to Paros, Greece

Transportation to Paros:

woman sailing in Paros Greece

Ferry: The best way to get from island to island in Greece is by taking the ferry. There are a plethora of ferries that run throughout the day and it usually takes anywhere from a half hour to a few hours to get to and from each island. While you are on the ferry, there are areas where you can leave your luggage based on where you are going. There is also a bar where you can order food and drinks.

Taxi or Rent a Car: When you finally reach Paros, you can either rent a car, which is the most expensive option (out of the two) or you can travel around via taxi. No matter where you are staying on the island, you can find taxis everywhere. If your hotel is close to the popular village of Naoussa, walk to the different restaurants and bars to work off your dinner and drinks.

There is also an airport on the island of Paros. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

Best Places to Stay in Paros:

Village in Paros Greece

Throughout the island of Paros are gorgeous hotels ranging from budget to luxury. No matter where you stay, it will be beautiful!

Some of the best areas to stay in on the island include Golden Beach, Aliki, Santa Maria Beach, and Naoussa. In addition to staying in a hotel, there are also a variety of rental options if you would rather rent someone’s house, villa or apartment and get a taste of what it’s like to live on a beautiful Greek island.

Blue doors in Paros Greece

Check out these awesome hotels on Paros, Greece:

Luxury Accommodation: Summer Senses Luxury Resort

Boutique Accommodation: Cove Paros

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Akrotiri Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Vassiliki Hostel

Best Things to Do in Paros:

Paros island has something for everyone to enjoy on a European summer vacation. From the best beaches in Paros to boat tours in Paros to even just enjoying a sunset dinner or a stroll through the butterfly valley, featuring jersey tiger moths, Paros is a place to relax as much or as little as you like.

Santa Maria Beach in Paros Greece

Spend the Day at Santa Maria Beach:

Nothing screams vacation more than relaxing at the beach, of course with a colorful drink in hand! Santa Maria Beach is the perfect place to spend a day (or a few hours, depending on what you want to do) in Paros. There is something for everyone to enjoy from romantic restaurants to fun water sports and activities.

Santa Maria Beach is located near Paros’ village of Naoussa in Plastira Bay. It offers a golden coastline with a beautiful view of the neighboring island, Naxos. In addition, the water at Santa Maria Beach is a stunning crystal blue that will leave you in a dream. When you go swimming in the water, you can see the bottom clearly and the temperature is also perfect!

Here is everything to do at Santa Maria Beach in Paros:

  • Relax at the beach and go swimming.
  • Enjoy a fresh plate of souvlaki or seafood at Nava Lounge.
  • Dance your heart out by the beach bar. They have amazing drinks and the DJ is awesome!
  • Have fun on the water by going windsurfing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and/or boat tubing. I personally went boat tubing and had a blast!

More of the Best Beaches in Paros

Piso Livadi Beach: Piso Livadi used to be a small fishing village, but it has become a popular tourist spot on the island now. Featuring restaurants and cafés and the famous Golden Beach, it’s a can’t miss spot for foodies and beach lovers.

Kolymbithres Beach: The massive granite rock formations make this a popular and unique beach in Paros.

Faragas Beach: Featuring crystal clear waters, beach chairs and umbrellas and a restaurant and bar, Faragas Beach has it all.

Monastiri Beach: Located near Kolymbithres Beach, this beach offers crystal clear blue waters, rocky coastlines and a view of the Monastery above.

Enjoy a Sunset Dinner in Naoussa:

Paros’ famous village is the perfect place to enjoy dinner with a view, especially the Old Port of Naoussa. Just like the sunsets in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, Paros’ golden hour definitely did not disappoint!

Located in Naoussa is a promenade filled with great restaurants, cafés, shops, bars, and nightclubs. No matter where you go, you will enjoy it! For dinner in Naoussa, I recommend eating at Sigi Ikthios for fresh seafood. If you want traditional Greek favorites, I also suggest trying the gyros and souvlaki at Pita Frank!

Some of the other best restaurants in Paros are Barbarossa, Klarinos and SOSO. Moraitis Winery is also an option for those wanting to try wines made from local vineyards as well.

Sunset dinner in Paros Greece

Party Island Style:

After dinner in Naoussa, take the party to one of the bars or nightclubs in the area. Some of my favorite places were Saloon D’Or, which is a hookah and cocktail lounge; The Dubliner which offers five different legendary bar options as well as Agosta, a Cycladic three-story lounge that overlooks the sea!

If you’re wondering what to do in Naoussa, Paros at night, you won’t be disappointed! Each of these places offers a different ambiance, which is great because you will be exposed to all forms of Paros’ nightlife!

Taylor Deer in Paros Greece

Sail Away on the Aegean Sea:

One of the best and most fulfilling things to do in Paros is signing up for an island boat tour. The best Greek island to do a boat cruise is Paros and it is the perfect day trip while staying here.

Next to the main island of Paros is a smaller island called Antiparos that offers secluded beaches, beautiful cliffs, glistening blue/green water and vast land that will leave you amazed for days. It’s one of the most unique places to visit in Greece!

Blue waters of Paros Greece
Paros Greece rock formation

In all honesty, the day that we did our island cruise had to be one of the most fun days of my life. There is nothing better than being surrounded by gorgeous views and water and dancing on a boat to Greek music!

In addition, the cabin crew served us refreshing Greek wine as well as the country’s signature beverage called Ouzo, which is an anise-flavored liquor. It was amazing!

Our first stop on our island cruise was to an area that consisted of the most beautiful, emerald-looking water I’ve ever seen. This was the first place on our island excursion where I was able to jump into the water and experience pure bliss! There is a reason why Antiparos is considered one of Greece’s must see places.

Paros Greece

The next adventure on our Antiparos boat cruise led us to beautiful cliffs. If you’re someone who loves nature and is wondering what to do in Paros to enjoy a fun adventure, you cannot skip out on doing a boat tour to Antiparos! On this island, you can explore the ancient caves and archaeological sites while admiring the amazing scenery.

Our boat stopped at a beautiful cove where we were able to swim through caves and jump off a cliff. When you go cliff jumping, I recommend that you bring water shoes so that you don’t easily slip and get hurt. You will also thank yourself since the rocks are so rugged and painful to walk on.

Next to the cliff were small caves where you could swim through. If you have snorkeling gear, I recommend bringing it with you, as you will be able to see some jewels under the beautiful water!

Antiparos Greece

After our cliff jumping and cave exploring adventure, our cabin crew threw us a delicious barbecue for lunch. Depending on your boat cruise and how long it is, most of the time it will include a lunch or dinner.

In our case, we got to enjoy grilled chicken and pork that was served with homemade pita bread, Greek salad, tzatziki sauce and fresh fruit. It was amazing to say the least.

Right before our island cruise ended, we stopped at the famous ‘Blue Lagoon’ (not to confuse it with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland). It is in this spot where you could perfectly see the sea floor through the crystal clear waters.

Blue Lagoon Paros

Overall, this is the perfect place to go swimming! You can also make your way over to the private beach nearby. Above all, it is the best spot to take photographs too!

Taking a boat tour in Paros is a full day of fun and adventure. I highly recommend this experience whether you’re traveling to Paros with friends, family, a significant other or even by yourself!

Other Top Things to Do in Paros Greece

Agios Ioannis Detis Church: This beautiful blue domed church in Paros looks over Naoussa bay. It is a popular photo spot in Paros and a must see! It’s also a popular tourist attraction on the island for the classic Greek island view.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church: Located near Parikia, the capital of Paros, this monastery is well-preserved and a beautiful historical site on the island.

Agia Triada Church: A stunning Byzantine church in Lefkes village, this is the second largest church on the island.

The Valley of the Butterflies: Located near Parikia, enjoy a stroll through this unique natural area, featuring jersey tiger moth butterflies. It’s one of the best things to do in Parikia!

Paros Marathi Marble Quarries: These ancient marble quarries are located in Marathi. The Venus de Milo is actually sculpted from Parian marble. Napoleon’s tomb was also made from this marble.

The Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros: Paros Park is a massive area that features caves, hidden coves, beaches,= and unique rock formations. Take a hike, enjoy a meal or just relax and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.

Venetian Castle of Paros: The Venetian Fort of Naoussa used to serve as a watchtower for pirates, but now it is a partially submerged watchtower where you can walk out to on a short path.


Paros Greece

Overall, I had a fun and relaxing time on the beautiful island of Paros. In fact, it was my favorite of the Cyclades Islands. I highly recommend everyone to make their way to Paros, Greece if they are traveling around the Mediterranean. It is the perfect island to visit in between Santorini and Mykonos.

If you have any questions about my time in Paros, please feel free to email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

More Greek travel guides:

Things to Do in Santorini

What to Do in Mykonos

Things to Do in Athens Greece for an Unforgettable Trip

Packing List for a Europe Summer Trip

Planning an epic European vacation? Find more Europe travel tips here.

Basic Facts of Greece:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Athens, Time Zone: Eastern European Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

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3 Comments

  1. Lauren Arkatin on July 11, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Your time in Paros sounded great! We go in September! Who was your boat trip through? I am trying to find a tour, and you describe exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Taylor Deer on July 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      You’re going to have the best time in Paros! It’s absolutely beautiful there and the boat company I went through was http://www.mzeppos.gr/. 🙂

  2. Danielle on July 18, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I’m going to Paros in September as well Lauren! Where are you coming from? We’re coming from Canada! Our time there is short though, from September 6 to 8!

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Paros Greece port

Paros, Greece is everything you picture a true European island to be: charming houses, exotic beaches, peaceful fishing villages, romantic sunsets and serene countryside. And these are just a few of the best things to do in Paros!

Even though all of the Greek islands are stunning, Paros island is where you can relax, have fun and enjoy the beauty of Greece without the hassle of major tourism.

During my trip to Greece in the summer of 2016, Paros was our third stop behind Athens and Santorini. If you want to get away from the major Cyclades islands, don’t miss this jewel of the Small Cyclades.

crystal clear waters of Paros Greece

I loved this island and believe it is the perfect stop for those who are sailing through Greece! Discover the top things to do in Paros, Greece during an unforgettable European summer vacation.

**Please note that this blog post uses affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase via my affiliate link, I receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. I only promote and talk about products and services that I have used and like.


Pin the Below Image to Keep Handy

A Vacation Guide to Paros, Greece

Transportation to Paros:

woman sailing in Paros Greece

Ferry: The best way to get from island to island in Greece is by taking the ferry. There are a plethora of ferries that run throughout the day and it usually takes anywhere from a half hour to a few hours to get to and from each island. While you are on the ferry, there are areas where you can leave your luggage based on where you are going. There is also a bar where you can order food and drinks.

Taxi or Rent a Car: When you finally reach Paros, you can either rent a car, which is the most expensive option (out of the two) or you can travel around via taxi. No matter where you are staying on the island, you can find taxis everywhere. If your hotel is close to the popular village of Naoussa, walk to the different restaurants and bars to work off your dinner and drinks.

There is also an airport on the island of Paros. You can find affordable flights through Skyscanner!

Best Places to Stay in Paros:

Village in Paros Greece

Throughout the island of Paros are gorgeous hotels ranging from budget to luxury. No matter where you stay, it will be beautiful!

Some of the best areas to stay in on the island include Golden Beach, Aliki, Santa Maria Beach, and Naoussa. In addition to staying in a hotel, there are also a variety of rental options if you would rather rent someone’s house, villa or apartment and get a taste of what it’s like to live on a beautiful Greek island.

Blue doors in Paros Greece

Check out these awesome hotels on Paros, Greece:

Luxury Accommodation: Summer Senses Luxury Resort

Boutique Accommodation: Cove Paros

Mid-Budget Accommodation: Akrotiri Hotel

Budget Accommodation: Vassiliki Hostel

Best Things to Do in Paros:

Paros island has something for everyone to enjoy on a European summer vacation. From the best beaches in Paros to boat tours in Paros to even just enjoying a sunset dinner or a stroll through the butterfly valley, featuring jersey tiger moths, Paros is a place to relax as much or as little as you like.

Santa Maria Beach in Paros Greece

Spend the Day at Santa Maria Beach:

Nothing screams vacation more than relaxing at the beach, of course with a colorful drink in hand! Santa Maria Beach is the perfect place to spend a day (or a few hours, depending on what you want to do) in Paros. There is something for everyone to enjoy from romantic restaurants to fun water sports and activities.

Santa Maria Beach is located near Paros’ village of Naoussa in Plastira Bay. It offers a golden coastline with a beautiful view of the neighboring island, Naxos. In addition, the water at Santa Maria Beach is a stunning crystal blue that will leave you in a dream. When you go swimming in the water, you can see the bottom clearly and the temperature is also perfect!

Here is everything to do at Santa Maria Beach in Paros:

  • Relax at the beach and go swimming.
  • Enjoy a fresh plate of souvlaki or seafood at Nava Lounge.
  • Dance your heart out by the beach bar. They have amazing drinks and the DJ is awesome!
  • Have fun on the water by going windsurfing, snorkeling, paddle boarding and/or boat tubing. I personally went boat tubing and had a blast!

More of the Best Beaches in Paros

Piso Livadi Beach: Piso Livadi used to be a small fishing village, but it has become a popular tourist spot on the island now. Featuring restaurants and cafés and the famous Golden Beach, it’s a can’t miss spot for foodies and beach lovers.

Kolymbithres Beach: The massive granite rock formations make this a popular and unique beach in Paros.

Faragas Beach: Featuring crystal clear waters, beach chairs and umbrellas and a restaurant and bar, Faragas Beach has it all.

Monastiri Beach: Located near Kolymbithres Beach, this beach offers crystal clear blue waters, rocky coastlines and a view of the Monastery above.

Enjoy a Sunset Dinner in Naoussa:

Paros’ famous village is the perfect place to enjoy dinner with a view, especially the Old Port of Naoussa. Just like the sunsets in Athens, Santorini and Mykonos, Paros’ golden hour definitely did not disappoint!

Located in Naoussa is a promenade filled with great restaurants, cafés, shops, bars, and nightclubs. No matter where you go, you will enjoy it! For dinner in Naoussa, I recommend eating at Sigi Ikthios for fresh seafood. If you want traditional Greek favorites, I also suggest trying the gyros and souvlaki at Pita Frank!

Some of the other best restaurants in Paros are Barbarossa, Klarinos and SOSO. Moraitis Winery is also an option for those wanting to try wines made from local vineyards as well.

Sunset dinner in Paros Greece

Party Island Style:

After dinner in Naoussa, take the party to one of the bars or nightclubs in the area. Some of my favorite places were Saloon D’Or, which is a hookah and cocktail lounge; The Dubliner which offers five different legendary bar options as well as Agosta, a Cycladic three-story lounge that overlooks the sea!

If you’re wondering what to do in Naoussa, Paros at night, you won’t be disappointed! Each of these places offers a different ambiance, which is great because you will be exposed to all forms of Paros’ nightlife!

Taylor Deer in Paros Greece

Sail Away on the Aegean Sea:

One of the best and most fulfilling things to do in Paros is signing up for an island boat tour. The best Greek island to do a boat cruise is Paros and it is the perfect day trip while staying here.

Next to the main island of Paros is a smaller island called Antiparos that offers secluded beaches, beautiful cliffs, glistening blue/green water and vast land that will leave you amazed for days. It’s one of the most unique places to visit in Greece!

Blue waters of Paros Greece
Paros Greece rock formation

In all honesty, the day that we did our island cruise had to be one of the most fun days of my life. There is nothing better than being surrounded by gorgeous views and water and dancing on a boat to Greek music!

In addition, the cabin crew served us refreshing Greek wine as well as the country’s signature beverage called Ouzo, which is an anise-flavored liquor. It was amazing!

Our first stop on our island cruise was to an area that consisted of the most beautiful, emerald-looking water I’ve ever seen. This was the first place on our island excursion where I was able to jump into the water and experience pure bliss! There is a reason why Antiparos is considered one of Greece’s must see places.

Paros Greece

The next adventure on our Antiparos boat cruise led us to beautiful cliffs. If you’re someone who loves nature and is wondering what to do in Paros to enjoy a fun adventure, you cannot skip out on doing a boat tour to Antiparos! On this island, you can explore the ancient caves and archaeological sites while admiring the amazing scenery.

Our boat stopped at a beautiful cove where we were able to swim through caves and jump off a cliff. When you go cliff jumping, I recommend that you bring water shoes so that you don’t easily slip and get hurt. You will also thank yourself since the rocks are so rugged and painful to walk on.

Next to the cliff were small caves where you could swim through. If you have snorkeling gear, I recommend bringing it with you, as you will be able to see some jewels under the beautiful water!

Antiparos Greece

After our cliff jumping and cave exploring adventure, our cabin crew threw us a delicious barbecue for lunch. Depending on your boat cruise and how long it is, most of the time it will include a lunch or dinner.

In our case, we got to enjoy grilled chicken and pork that was served with homemade pita bread, Greek salad, tzatziki sauce and fresh fruit. It was amazing to say the least.

Right before our island cruise ended, we stopped at the famous ‘Blue Lagoon’ (not to confuse it with the Blue Lagoon in Iceland). It is in this spot where you could perfectly see the sea floor through the crystal clear waters.

Blue Lagoon Paros

Overall, this is the perfect place to go swimming! You can also make your way over to the private beach nearby. Above all, it is the best spot to take photographs too!

Taking a boat tour in Paros is a full day of fun and adventure. I highly recommend this experience whether you’re traveling to Paros with friends, family, a significant other or even by yourself!

Other Top Things to Do in Paros Greece

Agios Ioannis Detis Church: This beautiful blue domed church in Paros looks over Naoussa bay. It is a popular photo spot in Paros and a must see! It’s also a popular tourist attraction on the island for the classic Greek island view.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church: Located near Parikia, the capital of Paros, this monastery is well-preserved and a beautiful historical site on the island.

Agia Triada Church: A stunning Byzantine church in Lefkes village, this is the second largest church on the island.

The Valley of the Butterflies: Located near Parikia, enjoy a stroll through this unique natural area, featuring jersey tiger moth butterflies. It’s one of the best things to do in Parikia!

Paros Marathi Marble Quarries: These ancient marble quarries are located in Marathi. The Venus de Milo is actually sculpted from Parian marble. Napoleon’s tomb was also made from this marble.

The Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros: Paros Park is a massive area that features caves, hidden coves, beaches,= and unique rock formations. Take a hike, enjoy a meal or just relax and enjoy the beauty surrounding you.

Venetian Castle of Paros: The Venetian Fort of Naoussa used to serve as a watchtower for pirates, but now it is a partially submerged watchtower where you can walk out to on a short path.


Paros Greece

Overall, I had a fun and relaxing time on the beautiful island of Paros. In fact, it was my favorite of the Cyclades Islands. I highly recommend everyone to make their way to Paros, Greece if they are traveling around the Mediterranean. It is the perfect island to visit in between Santorini and Mykonos.

If you have any questions about my time in Paros, please feel free to email me at info@browneyedflowerchild.com.

More Greek travel guides:

Things to Do in Santorini

What to Do in Mykonos

Things to Do in Athens Greece for an Unforgettable Trip

Packing List for a Europe Summer Trip

Planning an epic European vacation? Find more Europe travel tips here.

Basic Facts of Greece:

Currency: Euro, Capital: Athens, Time Zone: Eastern European Standard Time

*Anything could happen during your travels. Always make sure you are insured in case there are unforeseen circumstances such as lost luggage/theft, natural disasters, personal liabilities and more. Click here to get insured for your next trip.

Shop my Paros Looks:

Click here to shop my Poshmark closet!

3 Comments

  1. Lauren Arkatin on July 11, 2019 at 10:01 pm

    Your time in Paros sounded great! We go in September! Who was your boat trip through? I am trying to find a tour, and you describe exactly what I’m looking for!

    • Taylor Deer on July 11, 2019 at 10:21 pm

      You’re going to have the best time in Paros! It’s absolutely beautiful there and the boat company I went through was http://www.mzeppos.gr/. 🙂

  2. Danielle on July 18, 2019 at 9:52 pm

    I’m going to Paros in September as well Lauren! Where are you coming from? We’re coming from Canada! Our time there is short though, from September 6 to 8!

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