Paros Greece Travel Guide (2023) What You Need to Know
Last Updated on December 16, 2022 by Dana Berez
Paros Greece Travel Guide: Everything You Need to Know
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Paros Greece has gained in popularity and is one of the most charming Greek islands. I want to share with you why it should be on your itinerary! I’ll be sharing everything you need to know about visiting in this Paros Travel Greece Guide, and hopefully, by the end, you’ll be convinced to put Paros island on your travel bucket list.
Paros was the third stop in our Greek Vacation. Previously, we spent a few days in Santorini and Milos, and by this time we were in need of a laid back island where we could just go with the flow.
We found our refuge in Naoussa, a small village in the north of Paros, that has the energy but it’s not as busy as Santorini or Mykonos. Let’s get into the Paros Greece Travel Guide!
While Paros is a relatively large island, we decided not to rent a car and planned on staying in the town of Naoussa.
From my previous research about the island, it seemed that if you go to Paros, you definitely spend most of your time in Naoussa. And this was true for us.
Naoussa has so many cute al fresco restaurants, bars, and shops intertwined in the maze of the center of town. I also noticed that the town doesn’t come alive until the afternoon. In the morning it was a ghost town, perfect for taking photos of the charming streets.
That being said, there aren’t a lot of activities to do in Naoussa.
There is a beach you can visit without having a car, but it’s really perfect for unwinding with a cocktail, spending time at the pool, boutique shopping, and living your best greek life without the crowds.
Getting into Paros
You can get into Paros by both plane and a ferry. I pre-booked all my ferries throughout the Greek Islands on Ferry Hopper, which is a very straightforward service finding you the best ferry options.
It’s always better to pre-book especially if you are traveling during high season. Sometimes they do book out in advance.
FIND ROUTES HERE
Where to Stay
Bohemian Luxury Hotel
Naoussa was the perfect area to make a home for the few days we were on the island, and the recently opened Bohemian Luxury Hotel was perfect for our stay.
The boutique hotel was beautifully designed, adding in natural elements in the details, my favorite being the open-aired stone shower/ jacuzzi.
After staying here I immediately wanted to redecorate my apartment in New York.
The views from the sea view rooms are incredible, you get to see all of Naoussa and the common space of the hotel.
There is a pool with lounge chairs where you can relax, as well as dining tables where you enjoy the complimentary breakfast or have a cocktail while unwinding in the sun.
I must add that the breakfast here was so good, especially the greek yogurt with the homemade jams and granola!
The location of the hotel is perfect. It’s literally stepping away from the center of Naoussa, but secluded in a way where it’s quiet to relax.
Other Hotels in Paros
What to do in Naoussa
Wander Around: The charm of Naoussa is the fact that it’s a place where you relax and enjoy. Wandering around the town was one of my favorite things to do.
You’ll find the streets similar to Mykonos town, but with nobody in sight in the morning. Pretty soon after wandering around for a bit you’ll find the port of Naoussa where you can find plenty of fisherman boats.
This acts as the heart of Naoussa, and at night you’ll find it packed with people having drinks and a good time!
Boutique Shopping: Set aside some money to shop in Naoussa. Out of all the Greek Islands I visited, the shopping in Paros just stood out. There’s plenty of shops with jewelry, clothing, swimsuits, and accessories!
I even found this white simple dress for only 15 Euros!
Check out the Beach: If you want a beach day, you can access Kolymbithres beach just a 15-minute ferry ride from the port of Naoussa.
Where to Eat in Paros
There are so many restaurants to choose from in Naoussa, and I would say nearly all of them have dining outside which makes the decision even harder!
Just a note, the lively hood of Naoussa starts pretty late, I would say the most popular time to eat dinner is 9 or after, so you’ll have luck getting into restaurants without a reservation earlier.
Allas Souvlaki €: We asked our hotel where the best traditional Greek Souvlaki was, and they recommended a spot just a few steps from the hotel. I am a little embarrassed to say that we ate here sometimes twice a day.
Firstly, the food was so affordable yet completely fresh and made on-site, including the creamy tzatziki! We always kept coming back, even ordered wraps to go!
Konstanza Cafe €€: We checked this place out for breakfast/ lunch and it was a cute open-aired cafe offering all kinds of “American Style” breakfast foods like eggs and waffles which is hard to find sometimes on the menu abroad.
Les Amis €€€: This was my favorite dinner place we ate in Paros. Because we didn’t have a reservation we arrived as soon as they opened, hoping to snag a coveted seat outside.
We were in luck, but it would be best to have a reservation. The meal was delicious and I am still thinking about the seafood pasta!
Barbossa €€€: While I personally didn’t get a chance to eat here, I received multiple DM’s on my instagram that I had to go. Wanted to add this on the list for you to check out. If you tried Barbossa, let me know in the comments!
Where to Drink
I visited in mid-late September and by this time some bars and restaurants were being shut down for the winter season.
I didn’t get to check out too many bars but a MUST do when in Paros is have a drink on the port.
There are tables and chairs for an insane amount of people, I have to guess 300+, and it gets packed at night.
I had drinks at Methystra that offered clear views of the party scene around the port!
Check out my other Greek Posts
Santorini: Oia Travel Guide / Santorini Instagram Spots / Exploring Beyond Oia
Milos: Milos Travel Guide / 7 Best Beaches in Milos
Mykonos: Mykonos Travel Guide / Mykonos Instagram Spots
General Greece Travel Tips
Hotels: Be sure to book your accommodation in advance. There is not a lot of options on the market and the iconic suites do book up in advance. Find hotels here.
Ferries: Pre-book your ferries so you don’t run the risk of selling out. I booked all of mine through Ferry Hopper and would recommend this booking site.
All of the ferries were on time and were an overall smooth process. You’ll have to print your tickets yourself or pay a euro or two for them to print your ticket at the ferry port.
Entertainment: One of my favorite ways to pass time during ferry or plane rides is listening to audiobooks. Get a FREE audiobook for 30 days with code: DANA.
Language: Why not Learn some Greek before you go! Check out Rosetta Stone packages here.
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Paros and AntiParos are my fav Greek islands. I can’t wait to go back. Thanks for your insight.
Yes, I like how local they felt!
This looked like such a fun trip! Your photos are dreamy as always 🙂 Definitely on my bucket list!!
Yes! I had such a good time visiting, you have to check out Paros next!
Ah these photos are all so stunning! I’m definitely convinced about visiting Paros now!
Yes! Defiantly look into it, Paros has so much to offer.
Your photos have really captured the beauty of Greece.
Thank you so much! Appreciate it
I really want to explore more of Grece, so far I’ve only made it to Crete. I like knowing you can fly directly here, I’m not the biggest fan of ferries. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, flying does help in between the islands and the ferries can get a bit bumpy! I have heard a lot of good things about Crete!
Wow your pictures are beautiful! Greece looks stunning.
Thank you Ashley! Paros was beautiful to photograph!
My wife, my daughter and I are thinking of spending 7 nights in Paros in late June visiting Naxos on a day trip. Is this ok or should I spend 3 nights in Naxos and 4 in Paros? I have already visited Santorini and Mykonos. Robert Raniti
If you are looking for a relaxing vacation then staying in one place is always nice. (avoiding moving luggage) I have never been to Naxos, but I always like seeing more of each island especially when you are so close. I would stay on both islands to discover more. You can cover Paros within a few days.