The 11 Best Hotels on Paros

Updated: October 21, 2016

Paros Hotels – Tips and Recommendations

  • Paros is a great island only 2 hours by ferry from both Santorini and Mykonos. Great beaches, a lively nightlife, wonderful white washed towns. Paros is one of my favorite islands in Greece.
  • Parikia (where the ferry arrives) and Naoussa are 2 charming towns with loads of restaurants, lots of nightlife, and several wonderful nearby beaches. Both are great for wandering, shopping, eating, and evening strolls. Parikia has more shopping. Naoussa has a trendier vibe and better restaurants.
  • The best restaurants on Paros are Franca Scala (Parikia) and Taverna Glafkos (Naoussa).
  • Hotel owners regularly greet arriving ferries in large numbers. If you haven’t booked in advance this is an easy way to find cheap accommodations. (Tip: If they say their hotel is “very close” then offer to walk there with them instead of hopping in their vehicle. That way you’re sure it really is close to the action around the port.)
  • The best beaches on Paros are Kolymbithres, Golden Beach, and Santa Maria. Most beaches are easy to get to by bus but renting a car does allow you to see more of the island in a short amount of time.
  • Antiparos is a great day trip from Paros. Wonderful beaches and food. Boats leave about every hour through the early morning and afternoon from the Parikia port. The last boat back to Paros is at 7pm. Statheros is the best restaurant on Antiparos and worth the trip over by itself – great traditional Greek food and located steps from where the boats from Paros arrive.

The 11 Best Hotels on Paros

Akrotiri Hotel – near Parikia
Wonderful hotel with great views of port and bay. Not located right in Parikia so it’s a longish walk or short drive to shops and restaurants. Large family rooms are 2 interconnected rooms.
Best Honeymoon Hotel in Paros: Akrotiri

Polos Hotel – Parikia
Good mid-range hotel with a huge pool (and pool bar). Easy walk to many restaurants and central Parikia. Great value.
Best Hotel Pool in Parikia: Polos Hotel

Argonauta Hotel – Parikia
Family-run hotel in the heart of Parikia and walking distance to the ferry port. Good value rooms with small balconies. Nice breakfasts. Hotel phone: +30 2284 021440
Best Boutique Hotel in Parikia, Paros: Argonauta

Captain Manolis Hotel – Parikia
Triples and quadruples are great budget rooms for families. Nice garden courtyard, rooms have balconies or patios, very central location. Hotel phone: +30 22840 21244
Best Budget Hotel in Paros: Captain Manolis

Astir of Paros – near Naoussa
Nice suites, huge pool, located on a beautiful private beach (close to Naoussa but not walking distance). Amazing breakfasts. There’s a kids’ pool and the hotel is popular with families but it’s large enough to never seem busy. Hotel phone: +30 22840 51976-84
Best Hotel Swimming Pool in Paros: Astir Resort

Kallisti Complex – Naoussa
Gorgeous hotel a 5 minute walk from Naoussa’s restaurants and bars. Large rooms and a wonderful pool. This is the best hotel in Naoussa.
Best Romantic Hotel near Naoussa: Kallisti

Lilly Residence – Naoussa
An adults-only boutique hotel that’s simple, clean, modern, and quiet. There’s a nice pool. 100m from a beautiful sandy beach and a short walk to restaurants, shops, and clubs of hip Naoussa. Hotel phone: +30 22840 51377
Best Hotel with no kids in Paros: Lilly Residence

Kanale’s – Naoussa
A superb luxury hotel in the funky and friendly Naoussa. The penthouse suites are truly awesome. There’s a beautiful pool and small beach nearby. Hotel phone: +30 22840-52044
Best mid-range hotel in Paros: Kanales

Paliomylos Spa Hotel – Naoussa
Great location and a fun relaxing vibe. Staff and owners are super friendly. Many restaurants within a short walk.
The best hotel in Naoussa: Paliomylos

Hotel Senia – Naoussa
Great view and amazing breakfasts. Short walk into town. The Family Apartments are large and comfortably sleep 4 or 5.
The best hotel in Naoussa: Senia

Yria Hotel Resort – Parasporos Beach
Huge pool with lots of sun loungers. 5 minute walk to a great beach with 2 friendly tavernas. The 2-floor Maisonettes sleep 4 and are great for families. The resort is a 5 minute drive from Parikia but if you don’t have a rental car you might feel a little isolated here. Hotel phone: +30 22840 24154
Best Quiet and Secluded Resort in Paros: Yria

67 Questions and Comments

  1. Itinerary for Greece in June

    Hi Dave,

    I am planning a trip to Greece in June 2017 (family of 5). Does this itinerary seem too much? Fly into Athens – Immediately fly to Crete (4 nights), Santorini (2 nights), Paros (3 nights) and then Athens 2 night?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It’s busy but doable. Ferry connections for this route should be easy and a great decision to fly directly to Crete (the longest leg of your Greek travels) and, at the same time, save Athens for the end. Sounds like fun.

  2. Senia or Lilly on Paros

    Hi Dave,

    Great Website. I am ‘honeymooning’ next year and I am arranging it for my wife to be. I love the look of Senia and the suites look exceptional for the price. However the Lilly also looks great, but the suites are more expensive.

    Is the Senia very family orientated? Would you suggest going half board? What would your advice be out of the two for a honeymoon?

    Many thanks,


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There’s not a lot to choose between the two. Both are in ever-so-busy and trendy Naousa – one on the west side (Senia) and one on the east side (Lilly) and both within walking distance of the action. For a honeymoon destination a lot will depend on your individual preferences and, to a not unreasonable degree, your budget. Both score pretty high on consumer satisfaction stakes and with little difference between them and both show up as popular couples hotels.

      The infinity pool at Senia may be the clincher when it comes to the romance stakes, but if you really want a hotel with no kids around then Lilly might be your choice. Both hotels offer similar packages of breakfast and general amenities and – if it’s important on your honeymoon free wi-fi. You can be assured of high standards of comfort and Paros is undoubtedly a good choice for a honeymoon island as it does have a certain atmosphere and the winding backstreets of Naousa are what postcards are made of.

      You don’t mention, however, when you will travel to Paros and this can play a large role in the overall satisfaction stakes. You should be aware that the month of 20 July to 20 August is peak season in Paros and in Greece in general and travel and cost of things can be at their most testing. Naousa on a typical early August evening can be sardine city and may not be what you were hoping for. Your hotels prices will also be at a premium. Good times to honeymoon are mid-June to mid-July or September.

  3. Great Hotel on Paros

    Hi Dave, what a great website, thanks for all the help you give.

    Looking to stay at Hotel Grotta on Naxos, in April/May plans not finalized yet, Would you be able to recommend at place to stay on Paros that would be very similar in value and excellence to Hotel Grotta?

    Wendy Pickering

  4. Parikia or Naoussa?

    Hi Santorini Dave,

    I am a 20 year old female travelling to Paros in early August with a friend, we’re looking to relax a little during the day, but also be around the nightlife as well and we are looking for a picturesque hotel with a rustic aesthetic, but still relatively clean/modern. Just wondering whether you would recommend Parika or Naoussa to stay, and if you have any suggestions as to where to actually stay.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are great towns. Parikia has more budget/moderate hotels that are good value. Hotels in Naoussa are (generally) nicer, more charming, and more expensive. Both towns have good nightlife but Parikia has a younger crowd, if that matters.

  5. Paros/Antiparos in July

    First thank you for all the fantastic information. We are trying to book a small hotel (ideally with a pool) and near a nice beach and sea view in Paros. Ideally we don’t want to rent a car. Going for 6 nights in July. We are thinking of the Saint George near Golden Beach but being a windsurfer’s beach, it might not be ideal with a child (10 year old) or a hotel in Piso Livadi. Would it be easy to travel by bus to Naoussa and other places? Or do we definitely need a car? I also read good things about Aliki and Drios. Wondering if they would be good options for a nice quiet beach area to stay, but accessible bus to town for dinner or a visit. Otherwise I read some of your comments about Antiparos. It might actually fit the bill. Any accommodation recommendations. It’s our first visit in Greece, and we will be spending a week in Andros…. then 6 nights in Paros, or Antiparos.


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The good news is that there is an island bus service on Paros and you can find all details at the KTEL website, but don’t get too enthused: the buses are designed for the Parians’ commercial and personal needs, not for ferrying travellers to and from dinner from Naousa back to distant beaches. While you express a reluctance not to have a car, you will be better served if you have one – especially if you stay outside of the main centres of Parikia and Naousa. Distances are not huge, so having a little four-wheeled runaround is a sound investment.

      Chrysi Akti or Golden Beach is an everyone’s beach. Windsurfers do their stuff off-shore and bathers swim and wallow onshore. The two keep their distances. It is a truly magnificent beach. The Saint George Hotel you mention is a fine enough choice for a good quality hotel. It wears four stars and is close enough to what is arguably Paros’ finest beach – Golden Beach – it is not on Golden Beach itself – that is an 800 metres (15 minutes) walk to the beginning of the actual Golden Beach. While the hotel does have a small beach adjacent and to the left of the hotel, it is essentially a subsidiary windsurfer’s beach and really has no facilities other than shade and windsurfing equipment for hire. It is a shadow in comparison to the better-serviced Golden Beach itself.

      Petres Hotel near Naousa may not jump off the page of the major glossy travel mags, but may just fit your bill, it has a pool and exceptionally relaxing shaded pool patio area and you are close enough to some of the finest beaches in the North (Kolymvithres, Monastiri, Santa Anna) and if you can get a room – very well appointed – you will get excellent value for money. Talk to owners Sotiris and Klea to see if they can fit you in and make your stay in Paros memorable.

      Antiparos, the sister satellite of Paros off the west coast and reachable by a short ferry ride from Pounta (and Parikia) does offer its own attractions and gathers a crowd of clubby enthusiasts each year. It has some very good beaches – Fanari is the nearest to the port worth considering – but it is a rather introspective holiday community that is happy to look over its shoulder at big sister Paros. If you stay here, you probably won’t be tripping to and from to Parikia or Naousa for dinner as there are plenty of places to dine on Antiparos. It’s worth considering if you want a little more secluded holiday.

      As for Piso Livadi it is a pleasant little fishing port that lives off the sea rather than the tourist, though that is changing. It is the starting point for a great boat excursion to the aquamarine waters of the Koufonisia and the hidden bays of Naxos. Do this irrespective of whether you stay here or not.

      Alyki and Drios are developing scattered communities, but don’t have the beach scene of Golden Beach or the Northern beaches. They have their own ambiance, but may not be quite what you are after.

      Finally most hotels listed on here have pools. Not all are located right on the sea, so a little bit of give and take is probably in order to find the right match. Paros is one of my favorite Greek islands, I’m sure you’ll have a great time.

  6. Hotel for Family of 4

    Hi Dave

    We are a family of 4 and have booked at Saint George Hotel on Chrys Akti – we have a family suite.It looks like it is right on the beach and I see “Golden beach’ is one of the best beaches.However, it seems a bit isolated from main towns and little to do unless one rents a car and drives everyday.Are there boat trips nearby? Would you recommend this hotel or rather Maryo Village in Naoussa which is closer to a bit of action. We like beaches and enjoy walking too. Children are 14 and 11. Require good quality hotel.
    Thanks for the useful website!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The Saint George Hotel is a fine enough choice for a “good quality hotel”. It wears four stars and is close to what is arguably Paros’ finest beach. Note that it is not on Golden Beach itself – that is an 800 metres (15 minutes) walk to the beginning of the actual Golden Beach where the Poseidon Resort and Spa is located. While the hotel does have a small beach adjacent and to the left of the hotel, it is essentially a subsidiary windsurfer’s beach and really has no facilities other than shade and windsurfing equipment for hire. It is a shadow in comparison to the better-serviced Golden Beach itself. Yes, St George’s is a little out of the way for street night action and there’s not much happening out there in the immediate vicinity of the hotel so Saint George will provide most of your action.

      To get around you will need a car. The good thing is that the distances are not vast so you can easily drive to and from Naousas, which is about 16kms or 22 minutes distant. Between Naoussa and Golden Beach you have the somewhat more downsized port of Piso Livadi for sundowner ouzos and a relaxed dinner if you prefer to avoid driving to Naoussa and parking in the often limited and busy spots just outside the main area.

      The best boat trip actually runs out of Piso Livadi. This a day-long beach and on-board BBQ across to Naxos and the Koufonisia islands where you get to swim at otherwise unreachable beaches and coves, are fed and watered on board all while enjoying an invigorating sail through some unimaginable turquoise blue waters. Other boat trips are offered out of Naoussa. Just shop around.

      As for staying at the Maryo Village Resort near Naoussa, it will once more involve a bit of a compromise. Maryo is not within walking distance of a beach comparable with Golden Beach – the stretch of coastline in front of the hotel is not a beach zone. You can, though, jump in your car and drive northwest around the bay to the excellent beaches at Kolymvithres (3km), or a little further on to Monastiri (5km). You can however walk to Naoussa in about 30 minutes and have your nightlife within easy reach. Other excellent beaches nearby are at Filitzi and Santa Maria, between 6 and 7km east from Naoussa.

      So, north or south? Well one factor you may want to consider is the northern summer wind that in July and August can make beach life a little uncomfortable. Golden Beach on the contrary is sheltered and doesn’t get affected the same way. It might just tip your choice. Enjoy your holidays!

  7. Where To Stay on Paros

    Stumbled along your web site while looking for best hotels on west side of Paros. My husband and are coming to Paros after attending a wedding on Mykonos where we will be partying for 4 nights. Looking for a nice hotel that has some beach access/pool. We love enjoying a glass of wine and watching the sunset. Can you recommend any hotels that are close to beach? Top three perhaps. Could head over to Golden Beach.

    Dana Scarp

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      You didn’t mention when you are going to Paros, but let’s assume it is sometime in Summer. The hotels listed above are all good, but not all are really beachside hotels – with the exception perhaps of the Astir of Paros which sits on its own private beach on a protected bay not far from Naoussa and which would have to be the pick of the lot. The next one would be the Yria Hotel Resort which, while it doesn’t have its own beach is a three minute walk from Parasporos Beach and has a rather enticing infinity pool and romantic Selini Bar (selini means ‘moon’ in Greek) that segues into the water. For a third choice the Lilly Residence in Naoussa is an adults-only complex that will allow you to relax in grown-ups only quiet. It’s about 100 metres from Kontaratos Beach and is an easy walk into Naoussa town while the two previous hotels involve a little more effort to get to Naousa and Paroikia respectively. All three hotels are in the upper price range and are definitely “nice”.

      You mention Golden Beach and this is another good and cheaper option. The beach itself is arguably Paros’ best beach for one prime reason. Shelter. In Summer a north wind can whistle down from the Macedonian mainland cooling the Aegean on the one hand, but causing occasional havoc with shipping and beach goers, on the other. Golden Beach (Chrysi Akti in Greek) faces south and doesn’t get affected as much when that north wind – the meltemi – blows hard. There are trio of places to consider here. At the end of the westerly access road is the Hotel Golden Beach the restaurant of which is no more than 20 metres from the beach. A little further back is the Amaryllis Beach and is an equally enticing choice, while set back from the beach strip, yet slap bang in the middle is the larger complex of Louridis Studios.

  8. Paros in Mid September

    Hi – this site is great.

    I am travelling in mid September and was going to stay a week on Paros. I’m happy to rent a car and would be looking for peaceful accommodation, ideally within walking distance of restaurants and a nice beach.

    Does anything fit the bill? We’re not the partying type and want some tranquility, but enjoy food and gentle hustle and bustle around restaurants etc.

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Great idea for a vacation. Lots of Paros fits your bill, so let’s look at the options. The keys to your requirements seem to be ‘food and gentle hustle and bustle’ and ‘nice beach’. A few places come to mind and it’s probably worth looking at each one. Naoussa is the island’s ‘hip party’ town – but it’s not like Mykonos and one would describe its level of hustle and bustle in September especially as being comfortably conservative. Narrow streets, shops and tavernas on every corner and a pretty, bustling little harbour that comes alive nicely at night. It’s not big on beaches, just a little one on the west side of the town and a larger one on the east side, but with your car you are no more than 15 minutes from a brace of beautiful sands.

      Parikia is the island’s port and while the harbour front bustles when the ferries come in and out, it’s quiet enough in between with a very pleasant level of activity, replete, like Naoussa with shops and restaurants and waterfront cafés to sit in indolence and make those relaxed coffees or iced beers last a whole afternoon. The nearest beach is a 10 minute walk around the bay though if you keep going around the curve of the bay the sand and options are a little better – and you will have a car, if you don’t want to walk. And from the port there are hourly boats to the beautiful beaches of Martselo & Krios (well worth the short boat ride across the bay).

      Piso Livadi is the quietest option of this trio and it’s on the east side of the island opposite Naxos. It’s cosy, cute, quiet-ish and has two beaches: one abutting the little port and one on the outside. Greece’s perhaps most famous folk violinist Nikos Chatzopoulos has chosen to live here and run a family taverna – so he must have a good reason. You can take excursions from here to the magical Koufonisia islands where you can swim on beaches unapproachable other than by a wooden caique.

      Here’s a fourth option that might not jump off the page – and it’s on another island: Antiparos to be precise, Paros’ sister island off the west coast and reachable by a short ferry ride from Pounta. Now this might just be what suits you best. It’s beautiful, quiet, secluded yet quite accessible and attracts a ‘scene’ in Summer – fans who come back yearly for the sense of the clubby seclusion it affords. The nearby beach of Fanari is within walking distance.

      There are of course many other options but they tend to be away from the gentle hustle and bustle that you desire and you can always get there by car – especially as they have top notch beaches – Chrysi Akti comes to mind for a great morning, lunchtime and afternoon excursion.

  9. Kallisti Apartments and Kalypso Hotel on Paros?

    Hi Santorini Dave,

    Thanks for responding to all the questions below. Fantastic information. Quick question, my girlfriend and I (27 years old) are deciding between Kallisti Apartments and Kalypso Hotel. We understand both are walking distance to the shops/restaurants/bars however what would be your recommendation?

    Thanks so much for your time!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Kallisti is definitely the nicer hotel. Kalypso is closer to a decent swimming beach (but doesn’t have soft sand so not great for sun bathing). For a great beach you’ll need to drive or bus from either hotel.

  10. St Andrea or Lilly Residences

    Hey Dave,

    Thanks for the website, some really useful info.

    I’ll be travelling to Greece June 20-29 with my girlfriend. We’re both 27 years old and going to Mykonos for 4 nights then Paros for 5 nights. We looking for a both a party and a some relxing time exploring beaches and so on.. We were looking at places to stay in Paros and came across both St Andrea and Lilly Resort, could you give us your recommendation between the 2 considering we’d like to walk to town at night and during the day we should have a scooter or a car to take us to the beaches. Also happy to hear any other recommendations which you may have. Do you know if St Andrea is more of a family hotel, ie: will there be loads of children playing round the hotel?

    Could you also please recommend us a hotel in Mykonos also walking distance to town.

    Thanks a lot in advance.

    Julian Husseini

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Lilly is probably more what you’re after. Small boutique hotel (no young kids allowed), a short walk to Naoussa clubs and restaurants. St Andrea is more of a resort with a large pool and on the water (though the beach here isn’t great, for that you’ll have to walk a little). You can walk from St Andrea to Naoussa but most people take a taxi.

  11. Best Beaches on Paros

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for setting up and maintaining such a great resource! Congrats!

    I was wondering if you could give me a few pointers with regards to best beaches in Paros please? We go as a young couple in mid July staying 4 nights at Hotel Senia and the last night at either Yria Resort, Saint Andrea Resort, or Paros Agnati (before we ferry back to Santorini – any view on which is best choice of the three btw?). I was wondering if you could recommend a few beaches to try around these areas. Ideally ones that mix natural beauty/seclusion and good swimming and others with more amenities and a party atmosphere as we like to mix up the days a bit between relaxing and partying.

    Many thanks and best regards
    Aidan Healey

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Paros is blessed with some of the most beautiful beaches in the Cyclades so your choice of this islands is a sensible one when you have so many islands to choose from. I’ll start with the hotel locations that you mention then throw in a few beaches of my own choice that may not be close to your hotels. But nothing is too far in Paros anyway so getting to the other locations would be no major hassle.

      Of the four hotels you list Paros Agnanti is the closest to a decent beach. That beach is Krios Beach and is an easy 10 minutes stroll down the hill from the hotel. It is a ‘party’ beach in the loose sense inasmuch as it has a well established club the “Paradiso” with restaurant, bar, and lounger facilities. The sand is very pleasant and the water is very clean and generally protected from the northern winds. So this is the number 1 choice from your hotel list (as far as location).

      Hotel Senia on the approach road into Naoussa is actually closer to a beach, but it is a rather undistinguished, small beach called Piperi which other than a few beach umbrellas and loungers is really a quiet, swimming beach. Senia is walking distance to the lively up-market party town of Naoussa, which is busy by day, but comes into its own at night. So, staying here gives you the best of two worlds: party town and at least one nearby beach to dip your toes into the water.

      Saint Andrea Seaside Resort is a mere 1.4km from the Senia, but it doesn’t sit on a beach as such: more like an exposed rocky shoreline. While the resort is just fine, you will have to either walk back into Naousa for your nightlife or walk – or scooter – a further 2.1km to the rather excellent Kolymbithres Beach on the opposite side of the bay. Here you’ll find a rather low-key, protected spot with the usual umbrellas and water toys to hire and a couple of tavernas up on the road for lunch. A further 2.2km walk/ride will bring you to the more ‘scene’ beach at Monastiri where its café/bar is a super spot to chill in a chair over beer or iced coffees. The water is quite shallow here so is good for kids.

      Finally the plush Yria Resort over on the west side of Paroikia has no beach scene to speak of other than access to Parasporos Beach a couple of minutes walk down the roadway outside the hotel. There’s a beach bar and beach club here, but still pretty quiet.

      Now if you’re looking for some cool, music-accompanied beach life during the day, head over to the funky day scene at Alyki Beach (6.2km from the Hotel Senia and not to be confused with the village of Alyki on the south coast). As long as the north Meltemi wind is not blowing this is the place to spend an indolent day on the beach with a good book and cold drink. A little further around the bay is the quieter, but still excellent waters and sand of Santa Maria beach.

      I mentioned the wind a couple of times – and this can get problematic in the Cyclades in Summer – but when it does blow, it blows from the north. Beach-goers move south and there is only really one place I would recommend and that is Chrysi Akti (Golden Shore). This is a 15km ride/drive south of Naousa. It is in fact a couple of beaches sewn together, but best approached from where the road sign says ‘Chrysi Akti’. Shallow, warm waters lap a gold-coloured beach and there’s the usual spread of beach bars, umbrellas for rental, and a couple or more tavernas for sit-down lunches. It’s a nice spot and when the wind blows hard up north it can be like a mill pond down here.

      While there are more spots further along the south coast as far as the village of Alyki I have limited my observations to the beaches that are favoured by visitors based in the Parikia-Naoussa belt and that are easy to get to. I have missed one place that you may consider, however and that is the little port of Piso Livadi. It has a port beach and sea beach and it is an up and coming little corner of Paros that may be worth a look on your way round. You can also take an excursion trip from here to the Caribbean-like islands of Koufonisia where the waters are unbelievably turquoise.

  12. Ferry Tickets for Paros to Naxos and Naxos to Mykonos

    Hello Dave. I wonder if you can advise me. I’m off to Mykonos, Paros and Naxos for 2 weeks in July/August 2016. I did book the initial ferry trip in advance from Mykonos to Paros with Blue Star ferries, however I haven’t bothered with the other two trips, Paros to Naxos, Naxos back to Mykonos. Is it necessary for me to book these beforehand, or can I sort them out when I am there? I am getting mixed information.

    Many thanks,
    Brigitte Kidd

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      There are Blue Star ferries on all of those routes (and some other faster ferries too) so you’ll have no problem getting tickets after you arrive. Do book them the first chance you get (don’t wait until the day before) but you’ll be fine not purchasing before your arrival in Greece.

  13. Zefi Hotel in Naoussa

    Hi! Planning a trip with key tours and hey have us staying at the Zefi Hotel so I wanted to see what you think about that in terms of location and accommodation! Just traveling with 2!

    Traveling early October, is everything closed and quiet by then? Not sure that’s what we would want!


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Nice place within an easy walk of central Naoussa. Walking distance to two decent beaches but for better ones you’ll need to drive, taxi, or bus. Weather in early October should still be nice and warm. Most years beach weather lasts until the 2nd or 3rd week of October.

  14. Astir of Paros, Stelia Mare, Hotel Senia

    My family of 14 people including kids ranging in ages from 1-18years are planning a 3 night stay in Paros this July. We are looking at Astir of Paros. Is it on a nice beach? How close to town is it? Any other hotels that you would recommend? We also are looking at Stelia Mare. Since we have some young kids with us, do these hotels have room service or hotel restaurants on site?

    Is Hotel Senia on a nice beach?

    Lea Mandarino

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Astir of Paros is great. Beautiful pool and nice (but narrow) beach. Close to Kolimbithres Beach. It’s close to Naoussa but not walking distance. Stelia Mare is in Naoussa and a short walk from shops and restaurants. There’s a good (but not great beach) just down the road. Hotel Senia is also in Naoussa but the opposite side of town and 5 minute walk to the main area. Close to a decent beach (once again, not the best on Paros, but fine for swimming). All 3 hotels have their own restaurant (Astir has two).

  15. Kanale's in Paros

    LOVE your blog! For a trip in early April 2016.
    1) Will Paros be “open” enough to enjoy? Or still pretty empty/closed down.
    2) Thinking about booking Kanale’s – good location to easily make a day trip to Antiparos? Many restaurants/shops within walking distance? Safe area?

    1. DaveDave Post author

      1) It will be quiet but plenty open to enjoy yourself.
      2) Kanale’s has a great location that’s an easy walk to the restaurants of Naoussa. Very safe. To get to Antiparos you’ll need to bus (20 minutes) to Parikia and then boat (so not as convenient as staying in Parikia but not bad).

      1. Kanale's in Paros

        Thank you!! What about Margaritas House? I dont see any info about it, but it is well reviewed on TripAdvisor, Expedia, etc…
        Any insight regarding accommodation? Location, etc?

        1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

          Margaritas House is good but not as nice as Kanale’s. Locations are similar yet the walk to Naoussa is a little shorter and more convenient from Kanale’s. Margaritas is on a busy road, Kanale’s on a quiet side street.

  16. Stelia Mare in Paros

    Hi there! Can you tell me if Stelia Mare would be recommended for two families with one child each (8 years)? Looks beautiful on web, reviews are amazing. How close to Naoussa and is it walking distance from the beach? Leah

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Very nice hotel a 5 minute walk from downtown Naoussa. There is a good beach for kids (shallow water) a short walk from the hotel but it’s not one of the best on Paros. Santa Maria Beach (to the east) is beautiful and worth the 5 minute drive.

  17. Sea House in Paros

    Hello Dave !

    We are shopping for a hotel in Paros for 2 days (Sept. 8 & 9, 2016). I saw the Sea House which looks OK and seems to have an incredible view, quiet premises, and OK feel to the place. I don’t really like the open shower that wets the whole bathroom, but several hotels in Paros seem to have that feature as well. Is the view & location of that hotel worth lowering our comfort standards?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      It has good views and a great setting. A nice beach is right there and it’s an easy 10 minute walk to central Naoussa. It’s not luxurious but for the price it’s great value.

      1. Pascale

        Thank you Dave: in terms of location, would I be closer to town if I went with Katerina Mare or Romantica Hotel & Mini Suites ? Would those be a better choice ? They are all in the same price range.

  18. Saint Andrea Resort on Paros

    Have you ever stayed at the Saint Andrea Seaside Resort?
    Looks like a great location. I am looking to fall out of bed and be on a great beach, any other suggestions?

    David Fried

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Very nice hotel with a good pool but not really a great location. There is not a good beach within walking distance. Kolymbithres Beach is very nice but you still need to drive or taxi. Naoussa is a good 20 minute walk, part of that along a busy road.

  19. Hotel near Good Beach

    First of all, thank you for the great job you do by writing this guide and answering the comments. Hats off to you !

    For next May, I’m looking for an upscale hotel (the price doesn’t really matter) in Paros, which should be pretty close (5 minutes walk max) to a sandy beach (with sand, not small pepple/stones). The size and facilities of the beach are not an important factor. What’s more important is that the beach should not be hit by the north wind. NB: maybe I’m wrong about the wind’s name and direction, but I’ve heard there may be a wind which can be pretty annoying on some beaches.
    And ideally, the hotel should have a swimming pool.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      The beaches along the north side of the Parikia bay face south and are protected from the wind. Good hotels in the area include Akrotiri and Petalides Apartments. There is also a boat to Krios and Martselo Beaches from Parikia so you can stay at a hotel in Parikia near the port and hop on a boat to take you to the beaches on the north side of the bay. The boat takes less than 10 minutes and they leave every 30 minutes.

  20. Paros for Honeymoon

    Hi Dave! I am getting married in Santorini in June and plan on honeymooning in Paros. We are looking for a relaxing, upscale hotel on the beach. Not crazy about the idea of having lots of kids and families nearby, but not the end of the world. A few questions: which part of the island would you recommend for us? And which hotels are our best bet for a honeymoon? Thanks so much!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      I would stay in Naoussa (several great hotels listed above). It’s more boutiquish and romantic than Parikia. There are some good beaches nearby. To be right on the beach you need to stay outside of the main towns and I would recommend staying in town – more to do, more suitable for a honeymoon (at least that’s what I think).

  21. Parikia or Naoussa?

    Hi Dave, I’m going to Paros next year in August with my family (at that time my kids will be 10 & 7). Which part of Paros – Parikia or Naoussa is a better stay with kids? We like to stay in a place with a good vibe and not too quiet, we like it buzzing and a place where kids can interact with other kids. I would love a family friendly accomodation with a pool which do you recommend?


    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are great towns with lots of restaurants, cafes, bars. Naoussa is hipper and trendier – but still friendly. Hotels have more of a boutique feel. Parikia has more shopping. Also, better bus connections to the rest of the island and boats to Antiparos (worth a visit). I guess Parikia has a more typical kid-friendly vibe but both are great for families. If you have more than 4 nights on Paros I would split between the two towns with a slight bias towards Parikia (e.g. if you have 10 nights do 6 in Parikia and 4 in Naoussa).

  22. Hotel with no Kids

    I am looking for a very quiet hotel in Paros – no children.
    Lilly Residence looks like the perfect match, but it is little expensive and over my budget… Is it worth, to pay this extra amount of money for Lilly Residence? And if so what kind of room should I choose?

    On the other hand, I like the pool of Senia, but I ve read that there are a lot of children screaming around the pool and on hotel public areas. Furthermore, the rooms look like an airport hotel…

    Some help pls?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      If you want a hotel without kids then Lilly is your best choice, for sure. Nice place and an easy walk to shops and restaurants of Naoussa. If budget is an issue then go with Junior Suite, still very nice but affordable.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Both are very nice but I like the location of Senia a little better – it’s just a more enjoyable walk to town and restaurants from Senia. (Not that the Lilly is far from town or an unenjoyable walk.)

  23. Best Restaurant in Naoussa?

    We are doing a day trip to Naoussa and would like to eat at a good restaurant there. Authentic, great food, non-touristy. Where’s the best place to eat dinner in Naoussa?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Taverna Glafkos is the best restaurant in Naoussa. It’s a little hard to find – tucked away east of the fishing harbor/central area. Great seafood and local dishes.

      This is a shot of the restaurant from just east of the harbor. You can’t get to it along the shore, you have to go through the alleyways and you’ll see a sign for Taverna Glafkos.
      Best restaurant in Paros.

  24. AirBnb in Paros

    What is your take on using Airb&b to find inexpensive places to stay while island hopping. Is it safe to do in Greece?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      AirBnb doesn’t have a lot of selection for Greece but yeah, it’s as safe as in any place.

  25. Best 3 Islands for One Week in Greece

    Hi Dave, love your site. I am planning on traveling from Israel to Greece from Sept. 5-13th. With my boyfriend. We want to see 2 or 3 islands while there. Snorkeling is one of the things we want to do. In that short amount of time what would be the best and most economical islands to visit and in what order?

    Thanks for your assistance in advance.

    Marlene Richards

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Paros, Naxos, and Ios would probably be the 3 easiest (many direct and regular ferries) and fairly inexpensive too.

  26. Booking Luxury Hotels

    Your thoughts on travel flexibility this summer. Are advance hotel reservations required? What is the possibility of getting high end rooms with no notice and using cash instead of credit?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Using cash is fine but finding high end hotels with vacancies in the summer months is very hard – book ASAP if possible.

  27. Flights from Paros to Athens

    We are planning a trip in September arriving Santorini 20th September and wanted to go by ferry to Paros on 23rd then fly from Paros to Athens on 27th September. When I looked a while ago it looked like there were few flights each day but now on Aegean website there are none from Paros to Athens on 27th. Also on Olympic Air website there are no flights that day but rather strangely there seems to be an Olympic Air flight on Bravofly website. I’m confused and not sure what to do. Should we go to Naxos for the last night as flights to Athens are more frequent. I would love to spend time in Paros so should we then just do it as a day trip from Naxos where we had thought of doing a day trip to Naxos from Paros. Thanks for any help.

  28. Hotels in Paros, Athens, Mykonos, and Santorini

    Hi Dave,

    Not sure if my comment through the first time since I don’t see it on the board, so wanted to repost it just in case! I’m going to Greece early-mid Sept with my boyfriend. Would love your advice on the following hotels:

    Athens (1 night): A for Athens or Best Western Amazon Hotel
    Mykonos (3 nights): Poseidon Hotel Suites, Mykonos Bay Hotel, or Hermes
    Paros (2 nights): Saint George, Parosland, Yades Suites, Minois Village, Paliomylos Spa, St Andrea Resort
    Santorini (3 nights): Panorama Boutique Hotel, Aroma Suites, Nefeles Luxury Suites

    Thank you!

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      In Athens both are fine hotels in a good location. I would choose A for Athens but not a big difference. A for Athens is definitely better if you’re catching an early ferry as it’s very convenient for the metro to Piraeus (and the airport) which is just out the door.
      In Mykonos: Poseidon has the best location for restaurants and nightlife in Mykonos Town. Hermes is the most luxurious but not an easy walk to town. Mykonos Bay Hotel is right on a beach (nice but not one of the best on the island) and walking distance to town.
      In Paros: I would choose Paliomylos or Yades Suites for their location close to both beach and Naoussa.
      In Santorini: All 3 hotels are good with great views. Nefeles the most luxurious. Aroma the fewest stairs to access (if that’s an issue).

  29. Linda Coskun

    Manis Inn looks good in Naousa with a nice beach and proximity to the town. What are your thoughts?

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Yes, still within walking distance of Naoussa and close to a good (not great) beach.

    1. Santorini DaveSantorini Dave Post author

      Good hotel close to town, restaurants, and a good beach. Nice pool.

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