Things To Do In Paros
The island of Paros is part of the Cyclades islands and is a popular tourist destination especially in the summers due to its sunny weather. It has an eclectic blend of everything - from romantic sunsets to throbbing beach clubs. From crowded beaches to secluded coves. From active waterfronts to serene villages. Whatever is your fancy, you will find plenty of things to do in Paros and love every minute of it.
Water Sports At Golden Beach
Located a little further down from Piso Livadi is the beautiful Golden Beach which is the most active beach on Paros and is well known for its watersports. You can rent surfboards, wakeboards, stand up paddleboards or kayaks and go off on your own adventure. The rental shops are right on the beach and cannot be missed, along with some awesome restaurants and other curio shops. It can get quite windy between July and September, but of course, that is part of the fun for many people!
Winery Tour At Moraitis Winery
If you like drinking wine, then a winery tour and wine tasting should definitely be on your list. Paros has an ideal weather for producing lovely wines - red, white & rose. There are many wineries around the island and Moraitis Winery in Naoussa is one of the popular ones. They also have some light meals and snacks that go with your wine and overall you will have a wonderful experience.
Visit A Museum
There are many museums around the island and it's a great way to learn more about the place - both historical and cultural. The Archaeological Museum Of Paros is the best place to start and it is located in Parikia. It has exhibits from Neolithic to Mycenaean, Hellenistic to Roman and many more findings. These are from excavations around Paros and Antiparos. Another interesting museum to visit is the Museum of Cycladic Folklore in Aliki where you will discover more about the lifestyle and Cycladic culture.
Visit Another Cyclades Island
If you've seen enough of Paros, why not visit another one of the Cyclades islands? Paros has the advantage of being centrally located, so many of the other islands are just about an hour or less away. You can visit Mykonos - the party hub or Santorini the honeymooner's paradise. Both these islands are highly commercial and full of tourists all year round. Koufonisia and Amorgos are lesser-known islands, that also make for a lovely day trip. Departures for these trips are usually from Piso Livadi and Naoussa.
Paros is full of so many exotic beaches that visiting just one will certainly not be enough. So go on a tour of some of the popular beaches around the island like Kolymbithres, Santa Maria, Piperi, Krios, Agios Fokas, Ambelas, Livadia, Monastiri etc which are located towards the northern half of Paros. Some popular ones in the southern half include Parasporos, Pounta, Golden Beach, Aliki, Logaras, Delfini, Messada, Platia Ammos etc. You can witness a beautiful sunset from Parasporos beach.
Go Hiking On The Paros Walking Trail
There are many walking trails in Paros, some easy while some can be quite demanding. But it is one of the best ways to explore the island and all of its natural wild beauty. There are trails from Lefkes, Paros Town, Ambelas, Livadia and more. A popular short trail is the Byzantine Road which is only a 3.5 km walk and is one of the oldest trails on the island. It is paved with Parian marble and it is mainly downhill, starting from Lefkes and ending at Prodromos. It would take around 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete the trail.
Enjoy The Local Nightlife
You can enjoy your nights at a local tavern which has live music, dancing, good food and of course a steady supply of drinks! Naoussa has some wonderful places that are open till late, located near the harbour like Café del Mar or Palia Agora. Parikia also has a lot of bars and clubs that are open practically all night. During summers, there are many beach clubs with live DJs in Naoussa, Pounda and Parikia.
Day Trip to Antiparos & Despotiko on a Traditional Boat
Antiparos and Despotiko islands are just off the island of Paros and make for a relaxing yet exciting day trip. You can visit the water cave at Antiparos if you like a bit of adventure. This activity is usually done on a traditional wooden boat. Departures are from Parikia and Aliki. Some tour operators also offer a luxurious lunch on the beach with seafood and barbeque! Your day will end in a magical sunset over the blue waters - a trip you definitely won't ever forget.