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Paros is the island that I visit most frequently. You can get to Paros by sea or air. I recommend the high speed catamarans or the blue star ferries from the port of Piraeus and the journey takes approx. 3 and 4 hours respectively. You can also leave from the ports of Rafina and Lavrio, but the schedule is not that frequent. Alternatively Paros is serviced by Olympic Airlines 3 times daily (during the high season). However the plane is small and it’s impossible to get a seat if you don’t book well in advance.
The island offers many options to the visitor: Nice beaches, traditional villages, nice tavernas and decent nightlife. Also, if you’re into any kind of surfing (wind or kite), Paros is the place to be with two major locations (Chryssi Akti and Punta across Antiparos) and many minor surf spots. However, the ultra high-end visitor seeking 6-star resorts and gourmet restaurants may be disappointed in Paros.
For getting around the island I recommend renting a car: There are many inexpensive agencies and the rentals are usually in good condition. Motorbike is also an alternative, with a major parking advantage, but the island is not that small and the ride may get a bit too long and a bit too chilly during the night.
During the day, there are various beach options: I recommend Chryssi Akti (Golden Beach), Farangas, Aghia Irini and Parasporos – all organized with umbrellas, sunbeds and cantinas. For a more ‘natural’ day at the beach, you should go to Voutakos, Lagheri, or a great number of smaller beaches all over the island, that require a bit more off-road driving and a bit more walking. For high-decibel swim&party, there are Pounda Beach, Monastiri and Santa Maria beach clubs. Most beaches are easily accessible by car and have ample parking spaces.
During the night, most of the action is concentrated in Parikia and Naoussa, the island’s major towns. Parikia is the largest town, the island’s main port and home an important Greek church: Panaghia Ekatontapyliani. Parikia can get crowded and noisy, especially around August 15. Still, most of the town’s beauties are unadvertised and are there waiting to be discovered by the wanderer that will be lost in its narrow alleys. Naoussa is a more ‘upscale’ fun village with a picturesque fishing port, which is surrounded by tavernas and bars. A bit further up, there are larger clubs, with hordes of younger people waiting in line to get in. Beware of parking in both towns, which can be quite hectic, especially in Naoussa.
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