The Top Things to Do in Paros: An Expert Guide
The best activities in Paros
The versatility of Paros means it’s absolutely impossible to get bored whilst holidaying here. The Greek island has everything you could wish for, from crystalline blue waters to fertile green landscapes, as well as an abundance of rich culture. Whether your idea of a perfect vacation is strolling along cobblestoned village streets gazing at the picturesque white houses, exploring museums, or simply laying in the sun, Paros will provide - and so will we. Here at Plum Guide, we pride ourselves on going above and beyond for our guests, helping you to discover the ultimate holiday. Read on for our thorough list of the very best things to do in Paros.
- Take a trip to the Panagia Ekatontapiliani
- Work on the tan at Kolymbithres Beach
- Embark on an outing to Naoussa
- Sample the local cuisine at Sigi Ihthios
- Embrace the nightlife in Parikia
Take a trip to the Panagia Ekatontapiliani
You can’t go to Paros without seeing the Panagia Ekatontapiliani (or the Church of a Hundred Doors) - built in the 4th century, this is one of Greece’s most renowned Byzantine monuments. Legend states that 99 doors have been discovered in the church, and the 100th will be found once the city of Istanbul (formerly Constantinople) is returned to Greece. Who knows, maybe you’ll be the lucky soul to discover that elusive 100th door. Greece is famous for its ruins, so it makes sense to learn a little about them on your visit. The Archaeological Museum of Paros is an ideal place to start, especially as it’s relatively small - you won't need to be exploring for the whole day. The scope of this museum is wide - expect to see Classical and Archaic sculptures, Neolithic and Roman finds, and plenty of pottery. Outside, you’ll see a lapidarium complete with urns, a Roman mosaic, and funerary friezes.
Work on the tan at Kolymbithres Beach
After something that’s a little less…indoors? We’ve got you. With 120km of coastline, there are countless beaches to choose from here, but there are two in particular that we really love - Golden Beach, and Kolymbithres Beach. Golden Beach is considered to be one of the best locations for water sports in the world. If you’ve ever wanted to try kayaking, windsurfing, stand up paddle-boarding, or wakeboarding, now could be the ideal opportunity - you can rent everything you need right there on the beach. Be sure to check out some of the charming beachside shops and boutiques, too - you might uncover a treasure or two. Kolymbithres Beach is a little more laid back, and is also one of the most famous stretches of coastline in Paros. The sand is white, the water is warm, clear, and blue, and there are huge, half-submerged granite boulders - with naturally smooth carved right into them. When you get peckish, the taverna next to the beach offers some of the best fish around.
Embark on an outing to Naoussa
There’s nothing like a good day trip to tick off some more of the greatest things to do in Paros. Visiting the town of Naoussa is the perfect option - the highlight of the town is its old port, which could (and likely does) feature on a postcard. A rectangular harbour guarded by a Venetian port, the tiny fishing boats docked at the narrow quays make for a lovely sight. Sunset can attract some crowds, so arrive in the afternoon to explore before snagging a restaurant table on the waterfront for early evening drinks. Alternatively, you can head to Paros Park - another fantastic family-friendly outing. The Aï-Yannis Detis Peninsula, found in the north of the island, has hiking trails, caves, a lighthouse, and even an open-air cinema - expect classic films in the summer months. Spend the day exploring, before taking a dip in the crystal clear waters of Monastiri Beach.
Sample the local cuisine at Sigi Ihthios
Unsurprisingly, fish features heavily (and deliciously) on the menu in these parts, and eating it is undoubtedly one of the best things to do in Paros. Head to Sigi Ihthios for the platonic ideal of a fish supper - the fish will have been caught that morning by the fisherman working on the waterfront. There are also great vegetarian and meat options for those of you looking for something else to hit the spot. If you’re keen to learn about the culinary history of the island, Moraitis Winery is calling your name. Wine has been made in Paros for over 5,000 years, and you can learn all about it at this fourth generation winery. Visit the ageing cellars, see the antique winemaking equipment, and, of course, taste a wide variety of their enticing wines.
Embrace the nightlife in Parikia
You’re never too old for a good party, and Paros will certainly remind you of that. To watch the sunset, head to Bebop bar on the west side of Parikia village - it’s open until 4am if you fancy a late one. Sip on a classic cocktail as you watch the sun sink below the horizon right in front of your eyes - this is your chance to make those friends back home jealous. Sativa Music Bar, also in Parikia, not only serves tasty cocktails, but plays host to the thriving music scene in Paros, too - live music can be found here a couple of times a week. The food is excellent as well, so come for dinner and stay for the tunes.