Voted Best Island in Europe 2018 (Travel + Leisure Magazine), Paros is known throughout the world for its divine white marble. Today, it’s quarries are quiet, but the same bright stone can be seen across this carefree destination, reflecting the warm Greek sun throughout the year.
A medium sized island, Paros is a pleasingly round shape, formed by a single mountain sloping gently down on all sides towards the sea. Just a 3-4 hour ferry trip from Athens, or a short 40 minute flight from the city to Paros National Airport, the island is well connected and centrally located within the Aegean, making it the perfect choice for international visitors all year long.
Peaceful throughout the winter, Paros bursts into life come summer, with countless boutiques, cafes, artisan workshops and traditional shops opening their doors to visitors from the Greek mainland and beyond. Despite its role as a popular tourist destination, Paros has managed to preserve its local spirit in a way some other islands have not. Traditional houses are whitewashed with blue doors and window-frames, whilst larger buildings may have beautiful private gardens filled to the brim with fragrant orange trees and vibrant bougainvillea.
The first choice for the smart set is Naousa, a typical Cycladic settlement filled with cobbled streets and simple, white buildings. The tiny harbour is home to countless traditional tavernas and ouzeries, whilst the sight of fresh octopus hung up to dry on is a regular, ever-day occurrence. Gastronomy lovers are spoiled for choice at this culinary hotspot of the Aegean, with prestigious names including Barbarossa, Mario Restaurant and Le Sud serving the freshest seafood all summer long. Naousa also boasts a vivid nightlife scene, from elegant city clubs and award-winning bars to traditional kafeneions and laid-back cafes.