How to visit Paros in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days? Paros is one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. Touristy, but less touristy than the Greek islands such as Santorini or Mykonos, Paros is a very beautiful destination for a romantic holiday, with family or friends. So why is Paros one of the must-see and popular destinations in the Cyclades? How many days does it take to visit Paros? And what are the best things to do in Paros Island? Let’s find out the answers to all these questions in this blog post. Let’s go!
- What to do in Paros: TOP 8 must-sees 🌊
- Getting around Paros 🛵
- In which part of Paros to stay? 🛌
- Restaurants and taverns in Paros 😋
- How many days to visit Paros? ✨
- How to get to Paros? ✈️
- Itineraries to visit Paros in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days 📍
- Cyclades: which other islands to visit? 🇬🇷
1. TOP 8 of the best things to do in Paros Island
Parikia is the capital of the island of Paros and its main port. If you are going to go to Paros by ferry, this is where you will arrive. Parikia is also the biggest city of Paros. It is here that we find the historical and cultural heart of Paros. However, if you want to visit Paros, you should not stop at Parikia, far from it. Very nice surprises await you in Paris. Let’s find them out in this TOP 8 of best things to do in Paros.
1.1 Strolling through the flowery streets of Parikia
In Parikia, we find the images for which the Cyclades are also known: these famous white and cobbled streets! This dazzling white of the houses, these narrow streets, and this relaxed atmosphere are the signature of the Cyclades. Here, in the streets of Parikia, you will find many restaurants and cafes, but also accommodation (which is rather convenient for those who come to Paros for only 2 days). Walking on the streets of Parikia is one of the best things to do in Paros.
The Kastro. During your walk in the historic center of Parikia, you will probably see the ancient walls of the Kastro. The Kastro is the ancient fortress of the island of Paros. For the construction of its walls in 1260, columns and other stones from other buildings were “recycled”, which gives a completely surprising exterior appearance.
1.2 Visiting the Basilica of Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Paros
One of the must-see monuments in Paros is the Basilica of Panagia Ekatontapyliani. It is located in Parikia. This basilica is the great early Christian sanctuary of the Cyclades, and the third largest in Greece. Finally, the Basilica of the Panaghia Ékatontapyliani testifies to the very first beginnings of Christianity. The current building, which can be seen and visited on site, dates from the 6th century!
1.3 Visiting the most beautiful village of Paros: Lefkes
If you are going to visit Paros in 3 days or more, you can include in our itinerary the village of Lefkes, but also other small villages of the island. The village of Lefkes is located in the lands of Paros, which allows you to discover the island differently. Don’t miss the picturesque Ramos Street: this is where many Lefkes taverns can be found. Lefkes is one of the most beautiful places to visit in Paros!
1.4 Discovering Golden Beach in Paros (…or other beaches and coves)
Going to the beach is one of the best things to do in Paros. The Golden Beach is one of the best known beaches in Paros, but above all the trendiest. If you want to get off the beaten track, you can discover other beaches and coves in Paros, where there are fewer people. Which beaches of Paros to discover?
- Livadia: less than 1km from downtown Parikia, it is a very pretty white sand beach to discover in Paros!
- Kolimpithres: one of the most beautiful beaches in Paros, transparent water, many coves, magnificent landscape in front.
- Aliki: pebble beach, calm and protected from the wind
- Monastiri: shallow, crystal clear water, and a lot of calm
- Logaras Beach: a fairly large beach, not far from the lively Piso Livadi village
- Golden Beach: the trendiest beach in Paros
1.5 Visiting the seaside resort of Paros: Naoussa
Naoussa is the most famous seaside resort of Paros. It’s a pretty town to explore. The largest fleet of fishing boats in the Cyclades is in Naoussa. If you are going to visit Paros and want to take the opportunity to eat seafood, it is in Naoussa that you will find it! Moreover, around Naoussa, there are many beaches. It is a nice place to stay in Paros, if you come here for more than 2 days.
1.6 Taking a boat trip around Paros or to Antiparos Island
Among the best things to do in Paros, if you stay there for more than 2 days, there are of course cruises around Paros, but also to discover the island opposite: Antiparos. Many companies offer nautical activities and cruises around the island. But it is also possible to rent a private boat: prices for renting a small boat for the day.
1.7 Going to the natural reserve of the island of Paros
Among the best things to do in Paris, there is the beautiful natural reserve of the island. If you want to visit Paros in 4 or 5 days, Paros Natural Park is a good place to enjoy nature. Don’t forget to take water with you!
1.8 Visiting the Valley of the Butterflies of Paros
What to do in Paros? 7km from Parikia, you can visit the Valley of the Butterflies of Paros. The butterflies come to gather here from June to September. They remain motionless on the leaves of the trees, which allows us to observe them.
2. Getting around the island of Paros
If you want to visit Paros in 3, 4, 5 days or more and move a lot on the island, the most practical is to rent a car, a scooter, a motorbike or a quad. If you are going to visit Paros with your family, the car is the best solution. For a trip as a couple, you can take a scooter, a motorbike or a quad. However, the car is the most comfortable way, especially if you want to do a lot of traveling.
3. Where to stay in Paros?
Which is the best part in Paros where to stay for visiting the island? Among the first best places, there are Parikia and Naoussa. These are lively cities where you can easily find a good restaurant to eat in the evening, but also pleasant places to walk. Then, you can also choose to stay in quieter places in Paros, away from the tourist influx. You can find out more in our blog post: Where to stay in Paros. And here is an overview of some good places to sleep in Paros.
Where to stay in Parikia for visiting Paros in 2 days (one night):
- Apollon Boutique Hotel: 5 minutes walk from the port of Parikia, this hotel is very well located to discover the city and visit Paros in 2 days.
- Aegean Village: here you will find apartments for 2, 3 or 4 people, located in the heart of Parikia. If you want to visit Paros with your family, this is a good choice.
- Parian Village Beach Hotel – Adults Only: a great place to visit Paros as a couple! 1.6km from the center of Parikia, this hotel offers beautiful views from its rooms, as well as an outdoor swimming pool.
Where to stay in Naoussa for visiting Paros en 3 or 4 days (two or more nights in Paros):
- Alexandros Apartments: pretty apartments with sea view (breakfast included), close to the center of Naoussa, but also not far from the beaches around Naoussa.
- Adonis Hotel Studios & Apartments: a very good place to sleep in Paros with the family! Very well located and equipped, the apartments also have access to an outdoor swimming pool.
Where to stay in Paros with friends – not far from the Golden Beach of Paros:
- Golden Beach Hotel: a pretty 4-star hotel with direct access to the beach!
Quieter places to sleep in Paros:
- Galatis Beach Hotel: located close to the beach of Aliki, this hotel offers double rooms, but also family rooms. Some rooms have a balcony with sea view.
4. Restaurants and taverns: best places to do in Paros
Lower prices. Compared to Mykonos (Best places to stay in Mykonos) or Santorini (Where to stay in Santorini), accommodation prices are lower in Paros, but there is also less choice. The rates are more or less equivalent to the island of Milos (Where to sleep in Milos).
What are the best places to eat in Paros? It is in the capital of Paros that we find the most choice, but there are also some good addresses outside of Parikia. Discover our selection of the best restaurants on the island of Paros:
Parea Cuisine Paros (Parikia): find in this family restaurant the typical dishes of Greek cuisine and a welcoming and warm atmosphere!
Bountaraki (Parikia): a very good place to eat in Paros! Simple, delicious Greek cuisine. Book in advance in August to get a table without waiting.
Kafeneion – i Palia Agora (Naoussa): same for this Greek cuisine restaurant in Naoussa, do not be surprised by the wait. This is a very good place to eat in Naoussa.
Saline Paros (Aliki): near the Aliki beach of Paros, this restaurant with terrace and sea view will please you. A good place to relax and eat well in Paros.
5. How many days for visiting Paros?
You can visit Paros in 2 or 3 days, but you can also stay there for a whole week without getting bored. If you want to visit other islands of the Cyclades during your trip, 2 or 3 days can be enough for you to visit Paros. Later in this blog article, we give some ideas of itineraries to do in Paros, but also a small list of the islands that can be visited from Paros.
6. How to get to Paros?
Go to Paros from Athens by plane. The flight from Athens to Paros takes only 40 minutes. It is really very fast, and it is also the fastest way to get to Paros from the mainland.
Go to Paros from Athens by ferry. The ferry is also a solution to get to Paros. And it is also one of the most used means to move between the different islands of the Cyclades. Allow 3 hours by ferry from the port of Athens to the island of Paros.
From other Greek islands. We have put the ferry journey times at the end of this article, in section 8.
7. Itineraries to visit Paros in 2, 3, 4 or 5 days
If you want to visit Paros, here are some ideas for itineraries to do on the spot for a trip of 2, 3, 4 or 5 days in Paros.
2 days in Paros: what to do?
Where to stay for a night in Paros? If you are going to spend a night in Paros, the best is to choose the town of Parikia.
What to do in Paros in 2 days? Discover the city of Parikia and its alleys, visit the Basilica of Panaghia Ékatontapyliani, go to Livadia beach (just next to Parikia).
3 days in Paros: best things to do in Paros Island
Where to stay for two nights in Paros? If you are going to spend 3 days in Paros, the city of Parikia remains a very good choice.
What to do in Paros in 3 days? In addition to the activities seen above, you can explore the beautiful villages of Paros which are located inland, and in particular the village of Lefkes.
4 days in Paros
Where to stay for three nights in Paros? If you are traveling light, you can spend one night in Parikia and then two nights in Naoussa.
What to do in Paros in 4 days? In addition to the activities seen above, you can hike in the natural park of Paros, then discover the coves and beaches of the island.
5 days in Paros: best things to do in Paros Island in 5 days
Where to stay for four nights in Paros? After two days in Parikia, we can go to Aliki. It is a small town where you can really relax in Paros (with a pretty beach not far). For example, one can stay a night or more in Parikia, then go to Aliki. If you are looking for calm and relaxation, this is ideal.
What to do in Paros in 5 days? In addition to the activities seen above, you can take a cruise on the island which is located opposite Paros, Antiparos.
8. Cyclades: what other islands to visit?
Paros is part of the Cyclades, the most famous Greek islands. Its location is quite central compared to the other islands, so travel times are shorter. If you want to visit Paros, you can also take the opportunity to visit other islands. Here are the ferry travel times between the different islands and Paros, to help you create your travel itinerary in the Cyclades:
- Santorini: 3h ferry from Paros (discover our blog post on Santorini: Visiting Santorini)
- Ios: 1-2h ferry from Paros
- Mykonos: 1h-1h30 ferry from Paros (find out more: Visit Mykonos)
- Milos: 1h40-5h ferry from Paros (Milos is still a little touristic of the Cyclades, lots of very beautiful landscapes: Visit Milos)
- Naxos: 30-45min ferry from Paros
Not all ferries run daily. In winter, there are fewer connections. Check tickets in advance for the dates and times that interest you. Book in advance in high season.
To visit Paros is to discover a calm and peaceful island, far from Santorini and Mykonos. If that’s what you came for, great, you’ll love it! One can easily include Paros in a two week trip to the Cyclades.