First Impressions Of Paros Island

Out of the 4 main islands I visited on my recent trip to the Greek Islands, Paros was definitely my favourite! Here’s why…

A place to relax

Paros is overall a very chilled out island. It’s not got the party reputation of Ios or Mykonos, and it’s not got as many tourist sites or activites to visit like Santorini. Paros is a really quiet, chilled out, charming little island. It’s the kind of place you go to escape the hoards of tourists and the crazy party scene. It’s where you go to relax.

Antiparos Island

One of the best things you do while you are in Paros is sail to nearby Antiparos island. You will find some of the most beautiful secluded beaches there, and if you go on a boat like I did, your captain will catch and cook you fresh Octopus while on board!

Parikia – the beautiful main town

Parikia, the main town of Paros provides a picturesque setting for any shopping or sight seeing you may do. The town’s principal church, Panagia Ekatontapiliani, has features which pre-date the adoption of Christianity as the state religion of the Roman Empire, and is definitely worth a visit for those of you interested in historical buildings.

Krios Beach Bar

Another highlight of my trip was the cuisine served at Krios Beach Bar. The service may be slow, but with the bar running right out onto the beach you can take your drink and just chill while you wait taking in the view. The Tzatziki dip I had there was some of the best I’ve ever tasted, and they also do really nice cocktails. At the end you can indulge in the smashing of plates of you would like to experience a little bit of a tourist activity.

More locals than tourists

Probably the reason I loved Paros so much though was that I met way more local Greek people there than I did on any of the other island I visited on this trip. It’s not a place over run by tourists, and this allowed you to learn a bit more about what life is actually like for a Greek islander.

With every trip I take now, meeting local people and learning about their way of life is becoming more important to me. I think any seasoned traveller knows if you’re being completely honest with yourself you can’t really live like a local in the way a local person does (unless you get a job, flat, and stop travelling). It’s a marketing idea these days sold to a certain type of traveller by big travel companies. What can be fascinating however is to observe the local way of life, try the local cuisine, drinks, and have a local person show you aspects of how they live. This is the main reason why I enjoyed my time in Paros so much.

6 Responses to “First Impressions Of Paros Island”

  1. Claire says:

    Paros sounds amazing Jane! I like the sound of that boat trip to Antiparos island!

  2. Wow, how exciting! Paros sounds like the perfect place to relax. The part where you wrote about the cuisine at the Krios beach bar literally made my mouth water. I can almost taste it here. Well maybe that is because I am hungry and long overdue a trip. I better go get started on dinner, but keep up the great work. I love hearing stories like this! 🙂

  3. Sam and Nic says:

    I think Paros is really perfect for relaxation, with all those beaches. More than that, I love the island hopping in Greece! Next time I visit the country, Paros will be first stop!

  4. Sally says:

    What a great trip you had in Paros Island. Jane, can you tell us your suggestion what popular hangouts/activities my children would enjoy there?

  5. Rease says:

    That’s so cool that your captain caught and cooked an octopus! That sounds exciting and delicious.

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