Top villages to visit in Paros
Updated: Dec 4, 2019
When you think about Greece, Santorini and Mykonos are the top two islands that come to mind. But there are many more islands to explore that also offer stunning views and an amazing island life. And if you want to experience something different, then Paros City is just for you.
Paros is one of the most stunning islands in Greece that has everything you’d look for in the Cyclades archipelago - whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, and fishing harbors. The best time to visit is in the late spring and early Autumn - May, June & September - when the landscape is still green and the sea has the perfect warm temperatures for swimming. The island also has a lot of other activities to offer perfect for different ages - water-sports, bar-hopping, food-tripping, and even trekking and hiking.
There are more than 10 villages in this island for you explore, but make sure you don’t miss out on these towns that’ll give you a good mix of experiences.
Parikia is Paros’ capital city where you can find many cafes and restaurants, as well as hand-crafted jewelry shops along its streets. This village offers a diverse list of sightseeing options from beaches to museums, and from churches to castles.
If you want to spend some time with nature, head over to the Golden Beach and enjoy its deep blue waters, golden sand, and a scenic view of the Cycladic landscape. It’s the perfect beach where you can have some coffee and sandwiches, or even some cocktails or a romantic dinner. And if you’re a surfer, you definitely wouldn’t want to miss out on this spot.
On the other hand, if you want to explore more of the town, make sure you stop by the Church of 100 Doors, a historic Byzantine Church built back in the 4th Century. The Archaeological Museum of Paros, where many remains of the island can be found, and the Ancient Cemetery, with tombs from the 8th Century are also perfect stops if you want to learn more about the history of Paros. Lastly, make sure you don’t miss the Frankish Castle Paros, where you can have more magnificent views of the island, and visit the temple of the goddess Athena.
Naoussa is a picturesque fishing town with a vibrant nightlife, and is the second most important village in Paros. It’s the perfect town to get lost in with its beautiful port and Instagram-worthy alleys.
There are many beautiful beaches near this town perfect for every mood. Kolymbithres is an area where you can find small beaches in between big rocks. Monastiri, on the other hand, is a well-organized beach with shallow and clear waters, ideal for families. If you’re in the mood to party, head over to Punda Beach Club, and dance to the music by the shore. Lastly, you can also go to the Lageri, a beach with fine white sand and cedar trees, perfect for the nature-lovers.
As this town is known for its nightlife, Naoussa also has a lot of trendy bars and clubs with a chill atmosphere and lively music. It’s also the best place on the island where you can do some shopping and enjoy the food from luxury boutiques and restaurants.
This town is the most famous mountainous village on the island, and is perfect for those who love to hike. It was the first capital of Paros, and is located 10km away from Parikia. It’s considered as one of the island’s most beautiful villages.
Make sure to take a walk around its narrow streets if you ever visit this village, especially the picturesque Ramnos, Lefkes' main street, which is filled with taverns and stunning neoclassical buildings. Around this area, you will also see some old washhouses, the House of Literature, the Folklore Art Museum, and a wonderful view of the sea and Naxos.
If you want to see more of its mountains, there are also many beautiful trails for you to hike, with the most famous trail being the Byzantine Trail, a 1-hr hike which will lead you from Lefkes to Prodromos. This trail dates back to the Byzantine era (1,000 AD), and is 3.5 kilometers long, paved with Parian marble.
With these three villages alone, you’ve probably already ticked off the list of new things to do in Greece. And if you want to make your holiday in Paros extra special, then enjoy your stay in the comforts of a luxury villa in one of these towns. Book your villa with BeSeated, and BeTreated to a one-of-a-kind trip to Greece.