22 Best Things to do in Paros, Greece

When Cameron surprised me with a trip to Paros for my birthday I was over the moon. The Greek Island of Paros had been on our list of places to visit in Greece for years, and I was so happy we finally went there to check out all the best things to do in Paros Island, Greece.

I knew it was one of the quieter Cycladic islands, which is always my choice over famous islands like Santorini, Rhodes, and Mykonos. Now I can without a doubt say that Paros ranks up there as one of our favorite Greek islands!

Paros has everything you could want from a trip to the Greek islands. Friendly Greek locals, delicious seaside food, unique beaches, fun towns, stunning sunsets, and so much more. Wondering what to do in Paros? We have you covered.

Where is Paros Island, Greece?

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Strolling Paros Island

Paros is a beautiful island that is part of the Cyclades island group of the Greek islands. It’s quieter than nearby Mykonos and Santorini but sees a fraction of the tourists, although it still has those idyllic stone streets and white-washed buildings.

It’s best known for its stunning beaches and traditional villages and one of the best places to visit in Greece. Paros can easily be reached by ferry from Mykonos, Naxos, Ios, Sifnos, Amorgos, and many more Greek destinations making it the perfect place to head on your Greek islands travel itinerary.

Best Things to do in Paros Island, Greece

1. Have a Coffee in Parikia

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Coffee in Parikia / Best Things to do in Paros

Most visitors to Paros will travel through Parikia, the island’s capital. Parikia is home to the island’s ferry terminal and many restaurants and cafes. It’s not my favorite town on Paros, but it is well worth a walk around and to enjoy a delicious Greek coffee.

If you want to visit a bank or a large supermarket, Parikia is where you will do that. It’s also where you’ll find car rental agencies, which are a great way to get around Paros, but I’ll touch more on that later!

2. Stroll Around Lefkes

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Lefkes / Best Things to do in Paros

Visiting the small town of Lefkes was one of my favorite things to do in Paros. Lefkes is a mountainous town that couldn’t get any more Greek if it tried.

This town is 11 km from Parikia and used to be the capital of Paros during the Middle Ages. It only has 500 inhabitants, but some lovely boutique shops, Greek tavernas, and coffee shops. It’s an easy place to spend an afternoon exploring!

The Church of Agia Triada is the village’s main church and point of attraction, but you’ll have to pass through a maze of traditional Greek streets to get there. Enjoy!

3. Get Bronzed on Golden Beach

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Golden Beach / Best Things to do in Paros

Of course, heading to the Paros beaches is one of the best things to do in Paros. Golden Beach is a popular beach on the island that takes its name from the fine Golden sand found across a stretch of 700 meters.

It has pretty windy conditions, which means it’s excellent for kitesurfers and windsurfers. Like many other Greek beaches, this is a blue flag beach and is well known for its beauty.

4. Enjoy the small town of Aliki

Aliki, Paros

When we were in Paros for the week, we stayed in the tiny town of Aliki. It was the perfect base as it was quiet, beautiful, and provided enough that we needed for a comfortable stay.

The town of Aliki, which means “salt-marsh” in Greek, has a number of delicious Greek tavernas, a few shops, and a small beach to lounge at. It’s also where you can find the Cycladic Folklore Museum.

5. Relax on Faragas

Faragas in Paros
Faragas // Best Things to do in Paros

Just past Aliki is the small beach of Faragas. Faragas is a secluded and quiet beach that provides visitors with a great place to relax and enjoy a dip in the Mediterranean.

There are beach chairs managed by Faragas Beach Bar, or you can opt to bring a towel and relax in the sand. The beach bar also dishes up cocktails and pizzas for lunch!

6. soak up the vibe in Naousa

Naousa Shops
Beautiful Naousa / Best Things to do in Paros Island

Naousa is easily the poshest town on the island, and visiting is one of the best things to do in Paros. We visited Naousa three separate times on our trip to Paros. Once during the day, once for sunset, and once for dinner, and each experience was exceptional and different.

Located on the northeast side of the island, Naousa is a unique fishing village that’s colorful and fun to visit at all times. There are tons of seaside restaurants, bars to have a sundowner at, boutique shops, and pretty much everything you could want.

Naousa Shops
Strolling Naousa / Best Things to do in Paros Island

It’s exciting to walk around during the day, and at night the area quickly transforms into the high-end village on the island. It’s the most desirable place to stay in Paros and the most expensive. That being said, we had still had a fantastic time not staying in Naousa and traveling in for a few special meals.

7. take the ferry to Antiparos

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Antiparos / Best Things to do in Paros Island

Antiparos is the small neighboring island next to Paros. It’s not well known on the Greek island radar, but it is well worth a day trip from Paros! Only a five-minute ferry ride will bring you to the small island. Once there, you can explore the cute town of Chora, venture to the many beaches, or check out the Antiparos cave.

If you want to stay in Antiparos overnight, the only town to do that at is Chora. The other option is to rent a car and venture to some of the small villas and guesthouses around the island.

Also, this island is where Tom Hanks has a holiday home. Maybe you’ll spot him and his wife, Rita Wilson, if you’re there at the right time. Although he is well-loved and protected by locals so don’t think you’ll find out where he lives easily.

8. Go Shopping in Naousa

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Shopping in Naousa / Best Things to do in Paros Island

If you’re looking to do a little shopping while visiting Paros, this is best done in Naousa or on Antiparos. These two areas have many boutique shops where you can find Greek manufactured clothing items and souvenirs.

9. Rent a Boat and Shore Hop!

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Renting a boat in Paros is one of the best things to do on Paros Island

Our absolute best day on Paros was when we rented a small boat for our group and set out on the water. You can rent a 50 horsepower motored boat (no more without a boat license recognized by the EU) in Paros yourself as long as you have a license, you’re a competitive boat driver, and confident on the water.

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Renting a boat in Paros // best things to do on Paros Island

We rented a small boat for €150, plus €40 for gas. At €50 per person, I couldn’t think of a better way to spend the day. Having our own means of transport on the water meant we could get to some amazing places only accessible by water. Bring snacks and drinks (most boat rentals will come with a cooler).

If you don’t want to captain your own boat it’s possible to join a tour or hire out a skipper for your group for a little bit more money.

Join a Catamaran Tour!

10. Enjoy the Blue Lagoon

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The Blue Lagoon / Best things to do on Paros Island

Having the boat rental meant we could get to some extraordinary places. This included the “Blue Lagoon,” which is exactly what it sounds like – deep turquoise clear water (see above photo).

It’s a great place to relax and take a swim or go for a snorkel! Ask your boat rental company to give you directions to this spot, and they can show you where exactly to anchor.

11. Snorkel off the shore

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There are plenty of chances to snorkel around Paros. Either bring some fins and a mask with you to Greece or rent some for about €10 a day. It’s easy to stay in these waters as the Mediterranean stays relatively warm all year round.

12. Scuba Dive

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Diving the Med / Best things to do on Paros Island

It’s possible to go scuba diving in Paros! Diving in Paros may not be that exciting if you’ve dived in places like the Maldives or Indonesia. Unfortunately, there’s not a whole plethora of marine life in this part of the world.

Nevertheless, if you are a new diver or want to try out the sport Paros is a good place to start. It doesn’t get much better than warm, clear, and calm water on your first dive. Check out Eurodivers for dive trips around the island.

13. Visit a Greek Winery

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At Moraitis Winery / Best things to do on Paros Island

Greece is well known for its delicious wine. So what better way to spend your time in Paros than at a winery. Moraitis Winery is the most famous winery on the islands, and they do tastings all day long. Started in 1910, this private 10-hectare vineyard is run by 4th generation family members of Manolis Moraitis.

You can book reservations here for a nice meal or just show up for a wine tasting with friends. Visiting this winery is one of the best things to do in Paros!

14. Sit back and enjoy a Frappe or Fredo Cappuccino

Things to do in Paros

My favorite thing to do in Greece, in general, is to sit back, relax, order a Frappe (blended Greek coffee), and watch life go by. You can do this in any of the towns, and I highly recommend the experience at least once.

15. Cliff Jump at Ambelas Beach

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Ambelas Beach / Best things to do on Paros Island

Ambelas is another great Greek beach to visit while on Paros. It’s small and secluded but go earlier in day to avoid the shade. There’s also a fabulous cliff jumping spot if you’re into that. You can see Cameron jumping in the photo above.

16. check out the rock formations at Kolympethres Beach

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Kolympethres Beach / Best things to do on Paros Island

Kolympethres Beach is a beach near the town of Naousa is a beautiful beach that is entirely unlike any other on Paros. That’s because they have stunning crystal waters and cool rock formations. The unique rocks create small swimming pools to swim in and great places to lounge.

17. Stroll around Piso Livadi

Piso Livadi
Piso Livadi / Things to do in Paros, Greece

Piso Livadi is another picturesque fishing port with a cute and quiet beach. This area also has numerous greek tavernas famous for their seafood pulled straight from nearby. There is also a great live music bar called Remezzo, that comes alive at night here.

18. Day Trip to Naxos

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Naxos Island

Naxos island is a nearby Greek island that only takes one hour to get to via ferry. It’s one of the more popular islands in the Cyclades and is wonderful to visit.

Naxos has everything you could want from a trip to the Greek islands. Cycladic white and blue houses, amazing history, ancient Greek architecture, great food, beautiful European beaches, amazing sunsets, friendly Greek people? Check, Check, Check! We had a full five amazing days on Naxos after Paros. You can see all the best things to do in Naxos here.

19. Eat all the Greek Food

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One of my favorite things to do in Paros and all of Greece for that matter is go to the local supermarket, pick up some wine, feta, tzatziki, and olives and enjoy.

Who says you have to go out to a restaurant every night? Some of the most memorable nights for me were when we got our own food and enjoyed a night in. It’s cheaper and a good way to eat like the Greeks!

20. Kitesurfing at Pounda Bay

 Pounda Bay
Kitesurfing at Pounda Bay / Best Things to do in Paros

Many islands in Greece are a kite surfers heaven, including the island of Paros. Pounda Bay generally has perfect wind conditions that make it the best windsurfing and kitesurfing hotspot on the islands. Whether or not you are a beginner or skilled you can easily rent equipment at the Paros Kite Center for the day

21. Marcello Beach

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Many people agree that Marcello Beach is the best beach on all of Paros. Here you’ll find beautiful white sand, and warm waters, complete with beach chairs and even waiters to bring you a frappe.

It’s far from the most secluded beach on the island, but there is free entertainment provided as you get to watch the ferries come in!

22. Butterfly Valley

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Butterfly Valley

Near the Monastery of Jesus of Woods, 7km to the southwest of Parikia, is a beautiful valley filled with Jersey Tiger Moths in the summer. The Tiger Moth is brown and yellow with black and white spots and two orange/red dots on the winds.

From June to September, the butterflies flock to this area as the females search for forested and busy areas to lay their eggs. Visitors can visit and see the spectacle but take special care of this amazing area, watch your step, and be careful not to make any loud noises that will panic the butterflies.

The visitors can enjoy their beauty, however, they must be careful not to make any noise because the population panics and consumes the energy that must be saved for its journey in autumn and for its reproduction.

Where to Eat in Paros, Greece

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A few of our favorite Paros meals were held at the following restaurants.

  • Siparos Seaside Restaurant: An upscale Greek restaurant with glowing reviews and awesome seaside dining.
  • Markakis Restaurant: A family run restaurant in Piso Livadi with beautiful seafood and an astonishing view.
  • Thalami: Nice restaurant near Ambelas that is affordably priced for fresh fish!

Where to Stay on Paros, Greece

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Things to do in Paros Island Map

How to Get to Paros, Greece?

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You can arrive on Paros via ferry or plane.

The Paros Airport is well connected to Athens and Thessaloniki. It’s close to Aliki and Parikia and is very small, but still get here at least one hour prior to travel time to be safe.

Ferries and highspeed catamarans run daily into Parikia. They run from Mykonos, Crete, Athens, Naxos, and a few other Greek islands. I like to check schedules ad prices on Ferry Hopper – we find it’s best to book online as ticket prices are higher at the actual port, and you stand a chance of them becoming sold out.

Due to its position and importance, Paros is connected not just to Piraeus (the port of Athens – the second busiest passenger port in the world!) but also to Rafina which is closer to the Athens airport.

How to Get Around Paros?

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Our rental car in Paros / Best Things to do on Paros Island

There are a few main options for getting around Paros. Rental Car, moped, public bus, or 4×4.


A moped is the cheapest option, but in Greece, you need a motorcycle license in order to rent one. Many rental agencies in Greece will let you slide and rent a moped without this, but we couldn’t find anyone in Paros to rent us a moped on just a standard license.


A 4×4 is the most fun option to get around Paros in. However at around €40 a day it’s an expensive one. Also during the high season, you’ll need an advanced reservation to rent one of these bad boys. I prefer not to rent mopeds or 4x4s as I appreciate my shade and AC while getting around Paros.

Public Bus

If you don’t want to drive yourself around the island the public bus will get you to the main sites around Paros. However, you will be limited to their schedule, which you can check here.

Rental Car

The last option is a rental car. To rent a car in Greece you need a standard International drivers license (A valid US license works). If your license is not in English or Greek, have a translation just in case. You also should be prepared to hand over your passport. Also depending on where you trying to rent an International Drivers Permit may be mandatory for if you get pulled over. It may be tough to find a rental agency to rent to you without an IDP on Paros, we rented with Avis and they were great and didn’t need any additional paperwork.

We’ve rented a car in Greece without an IDP and had places in Greece require that we have an IDP. If you are from North America, Australia, or outside the EU it’s best that you arrive to Greece with an IDP just to be safe. You can get one at AAA in the United States before you leave for your trip. If you get in an accident or are pulled over without an IDP you may be subject to a steep fine in the EU.

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When is the Best Time to Visit Paros?

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Cruising Around Antiparos

High season (June-September)

Like most places in Europe, Greece’s high season runs from June to mid-September. This is when you will find the best sunny weather, but also larger crowds. Days are longer, the weather is HOT, so you’ll want to be close to a pool or ocean. Hotel and car rental prices are at their highest. We traveled to Paros in early September and found the weather and crowds to be totally ideal for a great Greek vacation.

Shoulder Season (April – May or October -November)

The weather in Paros is cooler during these months, some would consider it much more comfortable than prime summertime weather. It’s not as busy as the summertime, but you’ll still see lots of travelers lingering about. Prices on accommodation and car rentals will drop during this time. The shoulder season is typically a fantastic time to visit Paros.

Low Season (Late November – April)

The temperatures are cooler during the low season in Greece. You’ll still see plenty of sunny days but also overcast days and little to no sunbathing on the Paros beaches. It’s too cold to take a dip in the water, but you can still enjoy the beaches with some clothes on to keep warm in the breeze. The upside is you’ll find low prices and low numbers of tourists.

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Now you know what to do in Paros, and all the best places to eat, stay and important travel info for visiting!

There’s so much to do in Paros that you might feel overwhelmed with all these attractions, but you can’t go wrong with any of them. The truth is you can get quite a bit done with your time on the island! We spent a week on Paros and were able to do all these things plus more!

What to Pack for Paros, Island

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Spending a summer on one of the many Greek islands? Lucky you. You may be wondering just what to pack for Greece. The islands are beautiful, swarming with history, and are populated with some of the friendliest people in the world. See our complete Greek island packing list.


I hope you enjoyed this guide on what to do on Paros! Hopefully you found it useful. Here are a few relevant articles for more travel around Greece!

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