Last updated on April 5th, 2024 at 10:15 am

If you’re planning an escape to the Greek Islands, knowing exactly what to do in Paros will definitely make you add this gem of the Cyclades Islands to your itinerary.

Do you enjoy partying during your summer holidays? Or are you just interested in soaking up the sun on pristine beaches? Perhaps an active holiday with a bit of hiking here and some water sports there is your thing. No matter what type of traveller you are, Paros Island is the ideal destination for an amazing getaway.

With a vibrant nightlife that could easily compare to that of Mykonos or Santorini, the most stunning beaches, picturesque traditional villages, excellent food and countless interesting things to see in Paros, this island literally has it all.

Add to this the fact that Paros is one of the easiest islands to get around and you have your recipe for a fantastic trip like no other. So, here’s what to do in Paros, one of the most popular Greek Islands.

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This is a close up of a line of traditional boats resting on the calm waters of Naoussa Old Port.
The Old Port of Naoussa in Paros looking as picturesque as ever.

Travel Resources To Help You Plan Your Trip To Paros

How Many Days in Paros

Considering the many unique things to do in Paros and the fact that, like in any other Greek Island, you should always make time to just be lazy sometimes, we’d say that a minimum of five full days is required. Yet the ideal amount of time to spend in Paros is a week.

Best Time To Visit Paros Island

Similar to most Greek Islands, Paros gets unbearably crowded in July and August. Therefore, avoid the high season and opt for visiting Paros in the late spring or early autumn instead. The shoulder seasons are ideal to enjoy the beauties of Paros and make the most of your time.

However, if you happen to be in Paros in late August, don’t miss the Barbarossa Pirate Festival of Paros. The latter commemorates a significant event in the island’s history, the 1537 pirate attacks led by the fearsome Barbarossa.

If you ask us, one of the best times to visit Paros is during Orthodox Easter. This is because Paros is known for the unique Easter traditions that take place in the island’s villages. The most striking among them are the Passion of Christ reenactments in the villages of Marpissa and Lefkes.

Reenactment of the Passion of Christ by locals in Marpissa Village.
Good Friday in Marpissa

What To Do in Paros At a Glance

Activities in Paros that you most definitely need to try include swimming in the bluest waters, hiking, checking out the island’s natural wonders and exploring the best places to visit in Paros. These are no other than the scenic villages that are either perched on the island’s hills or lazing by the seashore.

This is a close up of the tables and chairs of a traditional cafe in beautiful Prodromos village.
Time stands still at quaint Prodromos Village.

15 Amazing Things To Do in Paros Greece

1. Enjoy The Stunning Beaches

Paros Island is home to so many gorgeous beaches that it will be next to impossible to choose your favourite among them. What we love about beaches in Paros is the fact that almost all of them are super easy to get to. There’s no climbing rocks or driving on scary dirt roads involved to get to even the remotest Paros beaches. And this is priceless.

Hands down the most impressive of all beaches in Paros is Kolymbithres Beach near Naoussa. Spectacular rock formations and transparent light-blue waters render Kolymbithres one of the best beaches in the Cyclades.

Other fantastic beaches near Naoussa include Monastiri, Mikri Santa Maria, Santa Maria Beach and Lageri. If you don’t drive, small boats will take you to Kolympithres and the nearby beaches on a boat trip from Naoussa Port.

This image shows the grey rock formations at Kolymbithres Beach. The sand is golden and the sea is light blue. Having a swim at Kolymbithres is one of the best things to do in Paros.
Kolymbithres Beach

The east coast of Paros features some of the island’s most popular beaches such as Punda and Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach). Alongside those, though, some more laid-back beaches on this part of the island are equally fantastic, such as Kalogeros, Logaras and Piso Livadi to name but a few.

This is an image of the sunbeds at Punda Beach with the gorgeous sea in the background.
Punda Beach

The beaches on the south coast of Paros are ideal during the summer months when strong winds blow on the Cyclades Islands. By far the best among them is Faragas Beach.

This is a photo of Faragas Beach, a long sandy beach with turquoise waters.
Faragas Beach

Last but not least, some of the beaches near Parikia are among the island’s most pristine ones. Don’t miss the chance to visit Livadia Beach, Krios, Kaminia and, of course, Marcello with its Caribbean-like waters and endless stretches of white sand. The sandy beach of Marcello is our personal favourite alongside Kolymbithres and Monastiri.

This is a panoramic shot of Marcello Beach. It is a long stretch of white sand with Caribbean-like waters.
Marcello Beach

2. Wander Around Lefkes Village

Lefkes is not just our favourite village in Paros. Lefkes tops the list of places we love the most in Greece. Why? Because Lefkes is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in the country.

Built on a mountain slope for fear of pirate invasions, Lefkes resembles an island in a sea of pine trees and magnificent olive groves. A stroll along the village’s main street is enough to make you fall in love with Lefkes before you even decide to get lost in the labyrinth of smaller streets that will literally take your breath away.

This photo was shot in Lefkes. It shows whitewashed steps, a bougainvillea and a gorgeous door. If you're wondering what to do in Paros Greece, a stroll around Lefkes should be very high on your list.
Charming Lefkes, probably the most beautiful village in Paros

Apart from walking around and admiring the village’s gorgeous traditional architecture, you should definitely make time to sit at one or more of the quaint cafés which are scattered across Lefkes. These cafés look as though they’re period movie sets come to life. In fact, one of them was actually featured in a Coca-Cola commercial in the past.

It’s hard to choose which of these cafés we like the most. However, To Kafeneio Tis Marigos on the glorious square of Agia Triada Church is unmissable. The church itself, the second largest one on the island, is also worth a visit in its own right.

This is the facade of one of the most beautiful cafes in Lefkes, to Kafeneio tis Marigos. The doors and shutters are painted light blue and there are brown tables and chairs outside, right underneath a lush vine.
To Kafeneio Tis Marigos in Lefkes

3. Stroll Around Naoussa At Sunset

Naoussa is one of the best places to visit in Paros. It’s also the most popular spot on the island. Although it feels quite touristy at times, the fishing village of Naoussa somehow manages to retain an aura of authenticity that is irresistible.

The best time to enjoy Naoussa is just before sunset. It is then that the entire village takes on the most spectacular golden hues and gets ready to welcome the night as well as the hordes of people who flock to the Old Port. You see, above all, Naoussa is the indisputable queen of Paros nightlife.

This is a close up of a traditional boat in Naoussa Old Port. In the background, the whitewashed buildings of Naoussa are painted gold as the sun sets.
Naoussa at sunset

The postcard-like Old Port is a unique place. It is there that smartly dressed tourists frequenting high-end restaurants co-exist with fishermen sitting on wooden stools and chatting the evening away.

This fascinating blend is proof enough that Paros, no matter its popularity, is still an authentic island that offers glimpses into the wonders of local life as long as you look past its trendy facade and focus on these tiny yet invaluable everyday moments.

This image shows three locals chatting casually at the Old Port of Naoussa.
Locals chatting at the Old Port of Naoussa.

The best thing to see in Naoussa is definitely the enchanting Venetian Castle. If it’s not too windy, it’s really worth walking all the way to the Castle. However, make sure you’re extra careful as the path is always wet, thus slippery.

Last but not least, don’t leave Naoussa without a stroll around its whitewashed narrow alleys. Most of the alleys are lined with souvenir shops where you can find some of the best things to buy from Greece.

This is a close up of the pathway that leads to the Venetian Castle in Naoussa. The latter can be seen in the background. Visiting the castle of Naoussa at sunset is one of the best things to do in Paros Greece.
The Venetian Castle in Naoussa

4. Feel The Authentic Vibes of Parikia

Parikia is the island’s largest settlement. It is probably the most underrated place in Paros. Home to the island’s main ferry port, Parikia often goes unnoticed. This is because most visitors that arrive in Paros by ferry head straight to Naoussa or elsewhere without giving Parikia a second glance. Don’t be these visitors or you’ll miss out on Parikia’s relaxed atmosphere and hidden treasures.

The Old Town of Parikia, this magical maze of whitewashed streets, gorgeous buildings and quaint cafés with friendly locals, is utterly beautiful. If we’re being honest, Parikia is way more authentic than Naoussa. Strolling around the narrow alleys of Parikia is a unique opportunity to watch local island life go by in the most charming way.

This is a photo of a quaint alley in Parikia Old Town. There are charming whitewashed buildings on both sides of the street and brightly coloured bougainvilleas hanging over them.
Parikia Old Town

A great spot to enjoy a fantastic sunset in Parikia is the Castle. From there you can enjoy unique views of the port and the Aegean Sea beyond. Another fantastic time to visit the ruins of the Frankish Castle of Parikia is early in the morning when the Old Town is sleepy and, thus, indescribably lovely.

This photo is a close up of a gorgeous church that dominates the old castle of Parikia with its stunning views to the sea for as far as the eye can see.
View from the Castle of Parikia

5. Check Out Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church

Apart from all its other charms, Parikia is also home to one of the top attractions in Paros: Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church. Commissioned by Constantine The Great, the gorgeous church is one of the most historic churches in Greece. Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church is the second largest Marian pilgrimage site in the Aegean Sea, second only to the Church of Our Lady on nearby Tinos Island.

This is a panoramic shot of the glorious inner courtyard at Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church in Parikia. There are trees and chairs and the image evokes a tranquil ambience. If you're wondering what to do in Paros Greece, a visit to Ekatontapiliani Church is a definite must.
The enchanting inner courtyard at Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church

6. Discover The Lesser-Known Villages

Besides Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes, there are many other lesser-known villages in Paros which are really worth your time and attention. In this section, we will show you around some of them. We’re sure that you’ll agree with us that they’re definitely among the top places to visit in Paros.

First of all, no trip to the Greek Island of Paros is complete without a visit to superb Marpissa. The latter is an all-white dream of a village with breathtakingly beautiful island architecture.

This image shows Maria leaning at some gorgeous whitewashed steps and smiling to the camera.
Maria feeling happy in Marpissa

Another village not to miss is the picturesque Prodromos. This is a tiny settlement where brightly coloured bougainvillaeas are the only things to interrupt the almighty Cycladic whiteness.

This is a close up of a blue door with a fuchsia bougainvillea hanging over it.
Gorgeous Prodromos

Similarly, Kostos is yet another scenic village with a picture-perfect café where you’ll want to spend endless lazy hours.

This image shows the central square of Kostos Village. There is a white church with a brown bell tower and several tables and chairs scattered around.
Kostos Village

Contrary to the three villages mentioned above, the last place on our list of lesser-known gems to discover in Paros is a seaside one. Piso Livadi is an easy-going small fishing village. The coastal village is home to a pristine sheltered beach and some of the best restaurants to enjoy a delicious meal after your swim.

From Piso Livadi, sailing yachts depart daily for secret beaches and the Small Cyclades. Book a fantastic sailing trip in advance to spend a memorable day at the sea.

This image shows a line of traditional boats in the foreground and the village of Piso Livadi in the background.
Piso Livadi, one of the most picturesque fishing villages in Paros

7. Visit One of The Oldest Wineries in Paros

If you’re wondering what to do in Paros, you should know that Paros has a long wine-making tradition. This is why you most definitely need to try local wine while there. Better still, the best souvenir from Paros to take back home is a bottle or three of the island’s best wine.

This image shows a room inside Moraitis Winery. There are barrels of wine and tables and chairs.
Inside Moraitis Winery

The history of the island’s wine-making will fascinate you and visiting Moraitis Winery is one of the best things to do in Paros. The latter is one of the oldest and most important family-owned wineries in Paros. This winery’s history goes back as early as 1910.

This image shows the facade of Moraitis Winery. It's a charming old building.
Moraitis Winery

Paros produces three DOC wines: red, white and Malvasia, a superb dessert wine. At Moraitis Winery you can learn everything about the island’s wine-making history, visit the old cellars and have a glass or more of the best local wine. Booking your visit in advance (either by phone or e-mail) is highly recommended.

This is a close up of three glasses of wine each of which contains a sample of the island's three DOC wines. There's also a plate with cheese and bread and a glass of water.
Wine tasting at Moraitis Winery

8. Spend a Day At Paros Park

The Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros is situated on the peninsula of Agios Ioannis Detis near Naoussa. The park is a multi-purpose open space and a true natural and cultural jewel in Paros.

There are many exciting things to do in Paros Park. First of all, you can have a swim in the crystal clear waters of Monastiri, one of the best beaches in Paros. If you’re looking for a quieter place to relax though, choose one of the peninsula’s remotest beaches such as Perikopetra or Tourkou Ammos.

This is a panoramic shot of Monastiri Beach, a sheltered bay of shallow emerald waters with sunbeds and umbrellas.
Monastiri Beach

Secondly, Paros Park is the ideal place to enjoy a day of hiking through a scenic landscape like no other. There are three easy walking paths to choose from. Walking Path 1 will take you to Cape Corakas Lighthouse. If possible, be there at sunset to witness the most magical golden hour.

As far as cultural events go, from early June to October you can attend the open-air Festival At The Park which hosts a series of events, mainly plays and concerts. Last but not least, you can watch a film under the stars at Cine Enastron, the park’s open-air movie theatre.

9. Learn The Ancient History of Paros

The island of Paros is rich in ancient history. Paros has been inhabited since 3200 BC. Due to its strategic position and fertile soil, the island has always been an important city-state. Yet, the main reason why Paros has been wealthy and prosperous since ancient times, is the island’s top-quality marble, the famous Parian marble. Nowadays, you can still visit the ancient marble quarries near Marathi.

Start your journey to the island’s ancient history from the Archaeological Museum of Paros in Parikia. Other places of interest are the Asklepion, a sanctuary dedicated to Asclepius, the ancient god of medicine and Delion, a sanctuary dedicated to ancient gods Apollo and Artemis built atop a hill facing the sacred island of Delos.

However, the most impressive relic of the island’s antiquity is the Ancient Cemetery in Parikia. A short walk from the main port of the island, it’s also the easiest archaeological site to get to. The Ancient Cemetery was used from the 8th century BC until the 3rd or 4th century AD and it’s one of the most important burial sites in the Cyclades.

This is a photo of the ancient cemetery in Parikia.
The Ancient Cemetery in Parikia

10. Walk The Byzantine Road

The Byzantine Road is the oldest walking path in Paros. It’s 3.5km long and it’s paved with Parian marble. The starting point of the Byzantine Trail is in Lefkes and the end is in Prodromos Village. Walking its entire length is a unique experience not to be missed.

This image shows a wooden street sign in Lefkes showing the way to the Byzantine Road.
A street sign in Lefkes showing the way to the Byzantine Road.

11. Take The Ferry To Antiparos Island

Perhaps you’ve never heard of this before but Paros has a sister island which is a lot quieter yet equally amazing. Located just off the west coast of Paros, Antiparos Island is literally a short ferry ride from Paros and one of the best car-free Greek Islands.

Most visitors choose to see Antiparos on a day trip from Paros. However, we strongly advise you to spend at least a couple of days there, as there are plenty of unique things to do in Antiparos.

This is a panoramic shot of traditional Antiparos Town with its whitewashed buildings and alleys.
Antiparos Town

12. Go Hiking

We’ve already mentioned the walking paths of Paros Park as well as the Byzantine Road. Yet these are only a small sample of the hiking opportunities that Paros has to offer its visitors. With a network of about 35km of trails, hiking in Paros is the best way to get acquainted with the real island and its secrets.

Hiking trails in Paros range from easy to moderate to difficult ones. Yet all of them have one thing in common. They offer breathtaking views to the most unspoilt scenery which is dotted with lonely small churches, rugged windmills and century-old stone houses.

This is a panoramic shot of Molos Beach. It's a windy day. There are big waves and there's almost nobody on the beach.
Molos Beach is part of the Ambelas – Piso Livadi coastal hike.

13. Do Water Sports

Although not great fans of water sports ourselves, we can’t overlook the fact that Paros is heaven on earth for active holiday lovers. Windy Paros offers unique opportunities for windsurfing and kitesurfing. The island is a popular destination for scuba diving as well.

This is a photo of Golden Beach. There are sunbeds and umbrellas on the long stretch of golden sand.
Golden Beach is ideal for water sports lovers.

14. Visit The Valley of The Butterflies

You’ve probably heard of the Valley of the Butterflies in Rhodes. But did you know that Paros is home to its very own Valley of the Butterflies too? If you happen to plan a trip to Paros from June to September, make sure you visit this site of jaw-dropping scenery to get a glimpse of the Jersey Tiger Moth butterflies in their natural habitat.

This is a road sign pointing to the valley of the butterflies. In the background, there is a panoramic view of Antiparos.
See you next time dear butterflies!

15. Indulge in Ferryspotting At Cape Agios Fokas

If you, like us, enjoy spending time doing nothing but watching the ferries come and go, then you should definitely visit Cape Agios Fokas at the entrance of Parikia Bay. While you wait for the next ferry to spot, you can check out the tiny Agios Fokas church, swim on the small beach that is right next to the church or explore the stone buildings that keep the area’s lonely lighthouse company.

This is a panoramic shot of the area around Cape Agios Fokas. There is the small church of Agios Fokas above the beach.
Cape Agios Fokas

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How To Get To Paros

You can get to Paros either by ferry or by plane. There are direct flights only from Athens or Thessaloniki to Paros. As the island lacks international flights, we recommend taking the ferry to get to Paros combining a trip to the nearby islands. Check out our Greece travel guide before you plan your trip to Paros.

From Piraeus, the main port of Athens, ferries to Parikia Port are very frequent, especially in the summer months. During the peak season (July and August), you can also get to Paros from Rafina Port close to the Athens International Airport. The ferry ride takes around four hours whereas highspeed ferries are way faster.

Last but not least, there’s a frequent ferry connection between Paros and other Greek Islands. Thanks to the island’s prime position at the heart of the Aegean Sea, you can easily add Paros to your Greek Islands itinerary.

Most Cycladic Islands such as Naxos, Syros, Mykonos, Santorini, Ios and Amorgos are well-connected to Paros through Piraeus Port. Also, from Paros, there is a good connection to the Small Cyclades, Koufonissia, Donoussa, Iraklia and Schinoussa, ideal for laid-back vacations. Paros is also connected to the Dodecanese Islands through Astypalaia, the Aegean Sea Butterfly.

Ferries that depart from Rafina Port connect Andros, a hiking-friendly island, and Tinos, one of the most authentic Greek Islands, to Paros. What’s more, the off-the-beaten-path islands of Serifos and Sifnos in the West Cyclades will make your Greek Island hopping unique.

This is a close up of a white windmill which is located just outside the main building of Parikia Port.
A windmill welcoming visitors at Parikia Port.

How To Get Around Paros

As mentioned earlier in this travel guide, Paros is one of the easiest Greek Islands to get around. Which is absolutely amazing if you ask us. There are no dramatic mountain tops nor any difficult dirt roads whatsoever.

Paros is a small island, smooth and flat and, thus, very easy to see and enjoy. Driving is by far the best way to explore Paros because it gives you total freedom to explore everything at your own pace. Collect your rental car as soon as you arrive at Parikia Port to discover the island’s hidden treasures.

Find the best rental car deals on Paros Island here!

This photo shows a lonely tree on a meadow.
This kind of scenery can only be seen while driving around Paros.

If driving is not an option though, we’ve got good news for you. Contrary to what happens on other Greek Islands, Paros has a really reliable public transport system. The local bus will get you almost everywhere you may want to go on the island. For timetables and other useful information click here.

Where To Stay in Paros

When it comes to choosing your accommodation in Paros, there’s a lot to take into consideration. First of all, you need to decide if you want to stay near the sea or in one of the quaintest villages in the mountains. So, if you’re dreaming of a peaceful beach holiday in Paros maybe you should go for Drios in the south or Logaras on the east coast.

This image shows the beach at Drios Vilalge. There aren't many people on the beach and the sea is very calm.
Drios is a peaceful seaside village.

If you prefer a village on the mainland though, maybe you should choose a hotel in Lefkes or even Marpissa. On the other hand, Parikia is the best option if you’re not driving. However, the best place to stay in Paros, especially if this is your first trip to the island, is Naoussa.

This is a panoramic view of Naoussa at sunset.
Naoussa is a great place to stay in Paros with some of the best hotels on the island

During our recent trip to Paros, we stayed at the Adonis Hotel in Naoussa and we couldn’t be happier with our choice. Staying there meant that we had literally everything, as in restaurants, bars and beautiful beaches, within short walking distance from our room. What else could we possibly ask for?

This image shows the interior of the room we stayed at Adonis Hotel. The room is smartly decorated with white linen and light brown details.
Our room at Adonis Hotel

Adonis Hotel is a complex of smartly decorated rooms and apartments just a stone’s throw from the peaceful Piperi Beach. Most importantly, though, Adonis Hotel is an easy 10-minute stroll from the Old Port of Naoussa.

This is a panoramic shot of peaceful Piperi Beach with Naoussa in the background.
Piperi Beach

Apart from the hotel’s hard-to-beat location, what we liked about Adonis Hotel a lot was that our room was clean, comfortable and utterly relaxing.

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This photo shows Katerina enjoying the hot tub at our room terrace.
Cheers from Adonis Hotel!

What & Where To Eat in Paros As a Vegetarian

When in Paros, do your best to try as many local delicacies as possible. These include most of the best vegetarian Greek dishes, such as chickpeas in the oven, fried chickpea balls or fava.

Paros has no shortage of great restaurants with vegetarian options. Keep in mind that this list is by no means exhaustive. It’s just a selection of some of the places we’ve tried during our trips to Paros Island throughout the years.

  • Aranto in Lefkes is hands down the best restaurant in Paros. It serves local recipes with a twist, touching upon fine dining but without ever losing its easy-going ambience. Everything we tried there, from appetisers to mains to dessert, was absolutely mouthwatering.
  • Kafeneio I Palia Agora in Naoussa serves exquisite meze dishes and the best chickpeas in the oven on the island.
  • Burger Street in Parikia for the most delicious vegetarian and vegan burgers.
  • Kafeneio Tis Marigos in Lefkes is the perfect place to enjoy a beer or three accompanied by simple meze dishes in the most picturesque setting.
  • Café Symposio in Parikia is a beautiful all-day traditional coffee shop and the perfect spot for people-watching. It serves coffee, refreshments, sweets, drinks, light snacks and meals.

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This is a close up of a special dish served at Aranto. It's a round piece of cheese topped with jam and carob crumbs.
Mouthwatering local cheese with homemade jam and carob crumble at Aranto.

Why Visit Paros

You now know what to do in Paros, this charming island in the heart of the Cyclades which has something for everyone. But what makes Paros truly unique and really worth a trip in its own right is the fact that it’s an island that has it all and it’s extremely easy to get around.

From relaxing on pristine beaches and hiking amid gorgeous scenery to exploring fascinating archaeological sites and tasting local cuisine, Paros is the perfect Greek island for a fantastic and, most of all, hassle-free and relaxing holiday under the bright Mediterranean sun.

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IMAGES: Katerina

Disclosure: For the needs of writing this article about what to do in Paros, we were offered a press stay at Adonis Hotel, yet, as always, all opinions are our own.

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