Overview

Introduction

Paros, a short hop to the west of Naxos, is smaller and less dramatic, but does get busy in season. The beaches are excellent, and it is probably the best island of all from which to do a little island hopping – every ferry in the Aegean seems to dock at one time or another!

A gentle landscape hides windmills and sparkling white villages. The pretty resort village of Naoussa in the north still retains some of its fishing village atmosphere around the harbour area, although busy in summer. There is a good selection of beaches to choose from, some best reached by boat.

On Paros’ east coast, to the south of the pretty village of Piso Livadi, you will find miles of uncrowded sand.

The satellite island of Antiparos, just a 10 minute ferry hop from the west coast of Paros, can feel like a refuge. Antiparos has most attractive little port with a sophisticated, counter-cultural vibe. Life revolves around its elegant waterfront and main street, beneath a canopy of flaming bougainvillea.

The town has beaches of its own, but they get better as you go south, the pick being Soros which has a couple of tavernas. The island is distinguished by a spectacular set of hilltop caves more than 100 metres deep, with a stunning array of huge stalagmites and stalactites.

It is easy to pop across to Paros for the day, as ferries are frequent and cheap. A trip to the nearby island of Despotiko is a highlight: heavily populated in ancient times due to its strategic maritime position, it is now uninhabited, leaving behind the ruins of its Hellenistic and Roman past. Coupled with its empty beaches and striking sea-caves, the deserted island seems to have been created from the romantic imagination. 

Getting There

Fly to Mykonos or Santorini, transfer to the port, ferry to the island (included), onward transfer to your accommodation (20-30 mins). On the return the reverse applies (alternatively fly via Athens with onward domestic flight or ferry).

c 1 hrs by ferry from Mykonos
c 3 hrs by ferry from Santorini
c 4 hrs by ferry from Athens (or 40 mins domestic flight)

Representation

On Paros we have appointed local agents who arrange your transfers, can give information, book cars and excursions, and can be contacted if required. However, it is important to state that we do not employ our own representatives, nor are transfers escorted, so our holidays here are recommended for the more independent traveller.

Ferries

Please bear in mind that travel plans involving ferries can be disrupted at short notice due to the vagaries of ferry timetables, high winds etc. Although rare, should this occur we will rebook your hotels and transfers accordingly.

Multi-Centre Options

Santorini, Mykonos, Paros and Naxos can all be combined – the minimum stay on each is 3 nights. For transfer reasons the island from which you are flying home from should be booked as your last centre.

Activities

PAROS ISLAND TOUR (ENGLISH-GERMAN SPEAKING GUIDE)
 
Duration: Approximately 8 hours

Price:  37 Euro per person, Children (4-12 years old): 20, 00 Euro  
 
Our excursion starts at 9:00 at Parikia.

We walk through the old town towards the Venetian castle (13th century) and the church of Saint Konstantinos & Eleni which is situated on the highest spot of Parikia town. After, we take a short walk towards the most famous and one of the oldest churches of Greece, Panagia Ekatontapyliani (our lady of the hundred doors), built around 400 AC.
 
From here, our bus takes us to the port of Pounta where we take the ferry to cross over to Antiparos. We stroll through the picturesque little town and visit the Venetian fortress (15th century) which is still inhabited.  
 
Back on Paros, the bus takes us south, where we pass by the villages of Alyki and Drios. Then we reach Pisso Livadi, at the east part of the island, where we have our break. Free time to eat or swim.
 
Later on, we meet again the traditional Cycladic architecture as we reach Lefkes, the former capital of Paros, with its lots of green and its breathtaking view.  We continue our tour by passing by Marathi, where were located the ancient marble quarries, where the world famous marble was mined for some of the most known statues and sculptures in ancient times (e.g. the Venus of Milos).
 
In the afternoon we arrive in Naoussa, the beautiful fishing village with all its Cycladic charm. We take a little walk through its small streets and the port with the colorful fishing boats.
 
Around 17:00 we are taken back to our hotels.
 
 
Note: Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday (or Sunday).

Minimum participation: 15 people

CRUISE AROUND ANTIPAROS (BEACH EXPLORATION & BBQ)   
 
A “BACK TO NATURE” CAIQUE* CRUISE TO ANTIPAROS ISLAND, INCLUDING LUNCH.
 
Duration: Approximately 7 hours

Price: 60 Euro per person (Transfers + barbeque included)        Children (4-12): 33 Euro
 
Here is a lovely way to spend about six hours sailing, beach-hopping and enjoying a great BBQ lunch. On the tiny island of Antiparos, you’ll get to spend a delightful day exploring and enjoying the unique and unspoiled hidden beaches of the island.
 
The cruise starts from the village of Pounta (Paros) at 10:15, where a private caique boat will be waiting for you to start your day. We will make our first stop at “Pantalonisia” or “Agios Spyridonas” for a refreshing swim in clear blue water. Snorkelling equipment will be provided if you like.
 
Our second stop is the beach of Phaneromeni.There you can enjoy the sun and the sea while lunch is prepared. One of the highlights of the day is the Mastichari cave, where you can enjoy a last swim in its unique environment and take plenty of pictures.  We then enjoy a beautiful sail on our return to Pounta.
 
Notes : The excursion is escorted but there is no guide.        

              Everyday excursion. Minimum participation: 12 pax                                            

              Maximum participation: 50 pax  
 
(Departure from Pounta port at 10:15 – Return to Pounta port around 17:00)

DELOS – MYKONOS ("Naxos Star" one day cruise)
 
Duration: Approximately 10 hours

Price: 50 Euro per person, Children (4-12): 28 Euro
 
(DELOS entrance fee is 12,00 Euro and it’s not included in the price)
 
An outstanding visit to two of the most interesting and exciting islands of the Cyclades. The first is Delos, the sacred island of the ancient Greeks, with its unique archaeological monuments and one of the most important archaeological museums in all of Greece. The twin gods, Apollo and Artemis, were believed to have been born there. Visitors, during the 3 hours stay, can admire its many ancient remains, including the Temple of Apollo and the Terrace of the Lions.
 
Our second stop is Mykonos, the internationally known jet-set paradise, with the Little Venice of the Aegean, a true storybook picture of beauty. It has a wonderful traditional style which is maintained even with its newer buildings.
 
We will have about a 3-hour stay on Mykonos which will give you the opportunity to explore its superb beaches, small churches and chapels, its glittering houses with dovecotes and marble staircases. You can walk around the windmills, visit the museum and the area of Little Venice, or if you like, stroll through the town to enjoy its elegant shops and boutiques…but don’t lose track of time… the main town of Mykonos was built as a labyrinth to baffle pirates in the 19th century, and it still baffles tourists today! At 17:00 departure from Mykonos..

Notes: This excursion has no guide.             

              R/T transfers hotel-port-hotel for free.  (Customers staying in hotels in Naoussa, must organise their own transfers to and fro the port).             

             Every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
 
 
(Tuesday & Thursday Excursions departure from Naoussa port at 08:30 - on Saturday Excursion depart at 09:45 – Return to Naoussa port at 18:20).

ONE DAY CRUISE TO SANTORINI
 
Duration: Approximately 11 hours

Price: 65 Euro per person, Children (4-12): 35 Euro
 
Santorini is the island of fire, according to the legend of Atlantis. It is the most photogenic island in the world, with its sparkling white capital, clinging to the edge of its red cliffs. 
Upon arrival at Santorini, in Athinio at 10:30, our bus will pick you up and take you first to the charming, artistic village of Oia, and then to the stunning town of Fira, the island’s capital.
 
This island is completely different from all the other Cycladic islands, and its wild and imposing beauty is characterized by its endless beaches of red and black pebbles. The domes of the houses built into the red rock, the grand old mansions and their courtyards laid with brightly colored pebbles, the two Cathedrals (Catholic & Orthodox) and its picturesque capital, all come together to create an outstanding vision of beauty.
 
There will be plenty of time to stroll around the beautiful alleyways and admire the breathtaking views that Santorini offers.  After a 6 hours stay and a unique experience, at 16:20, we get back to “Naxos Star” in the direction of Paros.
 
 
Notes: This excursion is escorted but not guided.             

              R/T transfers hotel-port-hotel for free.            

             Every Wednesday.
 
 (Departure from Pisso Livadi at 08:00 – Return to Pisso Livadi at 18:50)




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