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Paros & Antiparos Holidays

Paros holidays

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. 

Paros Streets, Cyclades

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)

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.

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.

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.

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