Pause on the secluded, pine-fringed coves of Paros
Paros sits in the heart of the Aegean Sea and belongs to the Cyclades, the supposed birthplace of ancient Apollo.
The island captivates visitors with its cosy coves framed by pines and picturesque fishing villages, offering that authentic Greek pairing of unspoiled natural beauty and an unhurried attitude to life.
Naousa, the second largest town, is built around its port and offers a variety of excellent shops, seafood taverns, bars and activities. Visit during the early morning hours to capture hundreds of colourful fishing boats and the bold, blue-domed chapel of St. Nikolas on your camera lens. Keep an eye out for sun drying Gouna fish at the entrance of most restaurants, as well as the photogenic white and fuchsia Linardo bar.
Visiting the beautiful beaches of Paros is one of the top things to do. In addition to their silky sand and crystal-clear waters, expect rocky coastlines that make the landscape varied and textured – a photographer’s paradise. Kolymbithres beach has shallow turquoise waters and a rocky lunar scenery for a breathtaking backdrop. Easily accessible from Naousa, the bay has become famous thanks to the smooth, granite rocks and sandy beaches that have eroded between them.
The gastronomic scene of Paros is delicious. Elegant seafront restaurants and traditional taverns hide among cobblestone alleyways, and both traditional and modern Greek or Mediterranean recipes are on the menu, made from local ingredients. Prices are reasonable, with a few more upscale options as well for those seeking a bit of luxury.