Paros: Our Greek Island Paradise

The third island on our Greek Island hopping itinerary was Paros, a gorgeous island boasting sandy beaches, charming villages and beautiful landscapes. We were staying at the gorgeous Astir of Paros and spent our days exploring the island in our cute little Auto Paros Suzuki! Paros is located in the heart of the Aegean Sea and has something for everyone! We loved the traditional villages of Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes which are wonderful examples of Cycladic architecture with whitewashed Greek houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches that ooze charm and beauty. Paros has unrivalled natural beauty with its golden sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and breathtaking landscapes. Paros is also famous for its white marble where most famously, the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb were carved from marble sourced from the island! Paros is one of the quieter of the Cyclades Islands and is the ultimate Greek Island paradise, we loved every moment of our time here and it was one of our favourite of the magical Greek islands!

Streets of Parikia ParosThe island’s beaches are some of the best in all of the Greek islands, blessed with golden sand and crystal clear waters.

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How cute was our little 4WD? It was a Suzuki Jimny but I liked to think of it as my Barbie car and it was perfect for exploring off the main roads!

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The water around Paros was so incredibly blue and clear. We visited during the middle of summer too and so we stopped about every 10 minutes for another swim!

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This sailing boat seriously gave me an urge to book another sailing trip, especially after how much we’d loved sailing through Croatia and Turkey! A new bucket list item of ours is to learn to sail and then one day (probably when we are retired) spend an entire summer sailing the Mediterranean… how dreamy does that sound!

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My favourite town on the island was Naoussa with its charming fishing port, whitewashed buildings, paved streets and waterfront restaurants. Naoussa is an Instagrammers heaven!

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We ate so well on Paros, with the freshest of seafood, delicious breads, olive oil and greek salads and of course, local wine!

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We also stopped in at the charming Piso Livadi, a authentic fisherman village one day for lunch.

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The capital and Port, Parikia is popular with traditional architecture, white washed houses, beautiful churches and stunning beaches. We loved exploring Parikia on foot and shopping up a storm in its many boutiques!

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We also took a tour to Lefkes, a village up in the mountains which offered beautiful views of the countryside and had some charming windmills!

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We were lucky enough to catch some gorgeous sunsets whilst on Paros, they were actually the best sunsets we had on the Greek islands and we had them all to ourselves!

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Our beautiful hotel, Astir of Paros was wonderful to return to each day after exploring and we’d spend our evenings relaxing in the pool and by the bar.

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The Greek Islands are one of our favourite places in the world.
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Read more: Exploring the Beautiful Greek Island of Paros with Auto Paros,
A Luxurious Greek Holiday on Paros at Astir of Paros