As this is an island with lots of tourists and interesting character, there are many things to do in Paros. Located in the centre of the Cyclades, in the Aegean Sea, Paros has a fantastic nature and organized tourist facilities. If you have or plan to rent a private means of transport, then you’d better stay in a beach hotel in Paros. If you plan to rely on public transport, then you are suggested to book a Paros hotel in main tourist places, such as Parikia, Naoussa or Alyki. In any case, here are the top things to do in Paros.
# Swim in fantastic beaches
The beaches in Paros island distinguish for their natural beauty. Whether you are looking for organized or secluded, sandy or pebbled beaches, you will find many options in Paros. The best Paros beaches are found on the south eastern side of the island, including Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Logaras and Drios. Two nice beaches are also found close to the town of Naoussa, on the northern side of the island: the beaches of Kolymbithres and Santa Maria. One of the most relaxing things to do in Paros is lay on the beach all day long. Apart from swimming, visitors can also try watersports or have their lunch at delicious taverns by the sea.
# Walk through picturesque villages
The traditional style of villages in Paros make them a great place to walk around, through paved streets, flowered yards and white houses. Naoussa and Parikia are the largest and most tourist villages in Paros, both having an old Medieval part in their premises. This old quarter (called Kastro) is actually the original village constructed in the Medieval times and around which the modern village was built with the passing of centuries. Another lovely village to visit in Paros is Lefkes, the first capital of the island. Nice seaside places are Alyki, Drios and Piso Livadi.
# Try windsurfing and kite
The strong summer winds (called meltemia winds) that blow over the Cyclades islands make Paros one of the best windsurfing and kitesurfing spots in Greece. Especially Golden Beach and New Golden Beach on the south eastern side of the island as well as the bay of Pounda on the western side are the top windsurfing and kite places in Paros. Windsurfing competitions are taking place in July and August, attracting athletes from many countries. If you are interested to try these two sports, there are many windsurfing centres in Paros that offer courses for all levels and rent the necessary equipment.
# Visit the close island of Antiparos
Among the best things to do in Paros is take the boat from Parikia or Pounda and visit the neighboring island of Antiparos. This is a small island with only one village and nice sandy beaches. Some beaches are found in a walking distance from the village and others need a bus to go there. On the south of the island is the impressive cave of Antiparos, with stalactites and stalagmites.