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by Santorini Dave • Updated: March 14, 2023
Our Favorite Paros Hotels
5-Star: Saint Andrea
Boutique: Stelia Mare
Cheap: Villa Isabella
Beach Resorts: Poseidon • Astir
Paros Hotels – Tips & Recommendations
- Booking.com is the best website for finding hotels on Paros.
- Paros is a beautiful 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.
- Where to Stay in Paros: Parikia (where the ferry port is located) and Naoussa are both charming towns with loads of restaurants, lots of nightlife, and several wonderful nearby beaches. Both are great for walking, shopping, eating, and evening strolls. Parikia has more shopping. Naoussa has a trendier vibe and better restaurants.
- Best Beach Resorts in Paros: Poseidon of Paros Hotel & Spa • Astir of Paros
- Best Cheap Hotels in Paros: Pension Sofia • Villa Isabella Studios and Suites • Margarita Studios
- The best restaurants on Paros are Stou Fred (Parikia), Taverna Glafkos (Naoussa), and Yemeni Taverna (Naoussa).
- The best beaches on Paros are Kolymbithres, Chrissi Akti (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 side trip (or day trip) from Paros. Wonderful beaches, food, and small family-owned hotels. Boats leave frequently throughout the day and evening from the small port at Pounta. To Stathero 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 20 Best Hotels in Paros
1. Poseidon of Paros Hotel & Spa – Chrissi Akti Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22840 42650
The most family-friendly hotel in Paros, this luxury, beachfront property offers 2 pools, 2 kids’ pools, a swimming pier in the sea, a playground, babysitting services, and much more. All suites sleep up to 4 guests with the 2-bedroom Grand Suite Sea View being the best and most spacious. The restaurant offers a complimentary Greek and American breakfast buffet and creative Greek dishes all day along with a kids’ menu and careful consideration of food allergies. Their beach club is served by a VW-van-turned-beach-bar with refreshments and snacks all day. The hotel is located on gorgeous Chrissi Akti Beach; though there is a bus stop nearby (800 meters away), a car rental is recommended.
2. Saint Andrea Seaside Resort – Livadia, near Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 28890
Refined, luxury hotel with a dazzling pool, upscale dining, and spacious 1 and 2-bedroom suites, and wheelchair-accessible rooms. The elegant Anastasia Restaurant serves modern Mediterranean fare for lunch and dinner as well as a complimentary American buffet breakfast; the lobby and pool bars serve fantastic cocktails and light bites throughout the day. The hotel sits about a 15-minute walk from Naoussa, Piperi Beach, and Piperaki Beach and offers free transfers to picturesque Kolymbithres Beach.
3. Parilio – Livadia, near Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 21089 93791
All-suite, luxury hotel with a pool and spa, located near Kolymbithres Beach. Suites are spacious and designed for two, all with private terraces, bespoke furnishings, and Moroccan textiles. Uranus Suites have private, outdoor jacuzzis; Sun Suites have private pools. Their signature restaurant Mr. E serves gourmet Greek-Mediterranean dishes from noon until midnight, and the pool bar serves high-quality cocktails, wine, and light bites all day. Kolymbithres Beach is just a 15-minute walk from the hotel, while the dining, shopping, and nightlife of Naoussa village is only a 5-minute drive away in the hotel’s complimentary shuttle.
4. Summer Senses – Punda Beach
Luxury resort with a two sea-view pools, a holistic spa, two bars, and two Greek restaurants. Family amenities include a shallow children’s pool, kids’ menus in the restaurants, and babysitting or nanny service on request. All rooms feature a balcony or patio, Parian marble bathrooms with walk-in showers; suites add a living area with a sofa bed. Many suites add private pools and sea views. Excellent location near two of Paros’ five Blue Flag beaches: lively Punda Beach (a 5-minute walk away) and low-key Logaras Beach (10-minute walk) with plenty of tavernas nearby.
5. Hotel Senia – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 2284-051700
Gorgeous, luxury hotel in Naoussa with an excellent restaurant and 2 pools (a heated infinity pool and a rooftop adults-only pool). Spacious rooms and suites include private terraces, some with private jacuzzis; the Three-Bedroom Suites and Superior Suites add full kitchens. Food is outstanding throughout the day, beginning with organic, farm-fresh breakfasts and finishing with inspired Mediterranean dinners. The hotel sits right above Piperi Beach with its own designated beach lounge space; however, beach access is across the street and down a steep stairway. The charming Naoussa port and restaurants are only a 5-minute walk away.
6. Paliomylos Spa Hotel – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840-51151
Upscale hotel with a sea view pool, tranquil full-service spa with a saltwater jacuzzi, and a roof terrace with sunset views. Rooms and suites include private balconies or direct pool access from a shared patio. All suites include fully equipped kitchenettes; the largest 2-bedroom suites sleep up to 6. The hotel offers an all-day café and snack bar serving homemade buffet breakfast, light bites and drinks, and room service. Great location overlooking Piperi Beach, just 5-minutes to the water, and an 8-minute walk to the best restaurants in Naoussa.
7. Lilly Residence – Adults Only – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840-51716
Adults-only, luxury hotel offering 12 romantic, sea view suites, many with indoor jacuzzis or private, outdoor plunge pools. Amenities include a hydromassage swimming pool (open until midnight), a casual chic bar and restaurant (with a free evening drink), and a complimentary breakfast buffet with an a la carte egg menu. Service is warm and attentive. Lilly sits on a quiet hillside just a 2-minute walk from Agii Anargyri Beach and just a 5-minute walk to the village of Naoussa.
8. Kanale’s Rooms and Suites – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840-52044
Upscale hotel with a free-form pool and a creative Greek kitchen near Piperi Beach in Naoussa. All rooms and suites here include private terraces; most have sea views, and suites have indoor jacuzzis. Rooms tend toward the small side, so opt for a suite. The Maisonette Suites are the largest at 55 sqm, while the 38 sqm Penthouse Suites are the most luxuriously appointed and offer the best views. Located just above Piperi Beach (2-minute walk that includes a steep stairway) and about a 7-minute walk to Naoussa’s best restaurants and the picturesque Old Port.
9. Astir of Paros – Livadia, near Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840-51976
Seaside luxury resort with a pool, kids’ pool, private beach, and wonderful restaurants. All suites are spacious and include private terraces. Rooms and suites are elegantly appointed and generously sized from 30 to 90 sqm with the largest sleeping up to 8 guests. Dining is exceptional at Poseidon (Greek-Mediterranean) and Aeolos (Japanese-Chinese) Restaurants, which are complemented by 2 bars and a daily American buffet breakfast by the pool. Located a 20-minute walk from the rocky Kolymbithres Beach and a 6-minute drive from trendy Naoussa village.
10. Minois Village Boutique Suites & Spa – Parasporos Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22840 23555
5-star, all-suite hotel with a saltwater pool, kids’ pool, and holistic spa overlooking Parasporos Beach. Spacious suites and villas sleep up to 6, all with private terraces and pillow menus, most with sea views. Eros Suites include private pools, while 2-bedroom villas offer full kitchens. Dining is fantastic at their all-day Mediterranean restaurant (including a complimentary Greek breakfast buffet), supplemented by the pool bar and the Deck Lounge Bar for sunset wine and cocktails. Located above the quiet end of Parasporos Beach, a 5-minute walk away, and offering free shuttle service to Parikia 4 times a day.
11. Stelia Mare Boutique Hotel – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 53111
Relaxed, luxury hotel featuring a pool with an attached jacuzzi, a poolside café, and a spa room with a jacuzzi and hammam. Rooms and suites all offer private terraces (most with sea views) with the largest suites sleeping up to 6. A hearty Greek buffet breakfast is included with all bookings. The hotel sits just a 2-minute walk to Agii Anargyri Beach and a 7-minute walk to Naoussa and the Old Port.
12. Kallisti Rooms and Apartments – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 52219
Friendly boutique hotel in a quiet neighborhood with a sparkling pool, all-day pool bar, and sea views from most rooms. Suites, apartments, and most studios include kitchenettes and sleep up to 5, all with private terraces. The hotel sits on a hill on the edge of Naoussa, within 5 to 10 minutes walk of amazing restaurants near the Old Port, an 8-minute walk to Agii Anargyri Beach, and a 15-minute walk to Piperi Beach.
13. Anna Platanou Suites – Agia Irini Beach
Hotel phone: +30 22840 21751
Luxurious, all-suite getaway with a sea-view pool. Suites are huge, all with private terraces and indoor or outdoor jacuzzis, one with a private pool. Views from each suite and throughout the property are expansive, overlooking Agia Irini Beach and Antiparos Island. The Pool Bar serves a delicious, Greek breakfast buffet each morning, followed up with a menu of light meals, snacks, and cocktails; most ingredients used are grown in the owners’ garden. Anna Platanou Suites is located in a quiet corner of Paros near the palm-fringed Agia Irini Beach about a 10-minute drive from Parikia. A car rental is recommended.
14. Kalypso Hotel – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 51488
Family-run, beachfront hotel in Naoussa with a spa and lounge. The hotel boasts a wide range of rooms, studios, and suites, all with private terraces; Superior Rooms and 1-bedroom Executive Suites include outdoor jacuzzis, while Studios offer kitchenettes. 2 rooms are wheelchair accessible. A complimentary Greek breakfast buffet is included with most bookings, plus there is a lounge bar serving light snacks and drinks until the early evening. Kalypso Hotel sits on the rocky end of Agii Anargyri Beach with a row of sunbeds just a few meters from the sandy swimmable beach. The heart of Naoussa village is just an 8-minute walk away.
15. Mr. and Mrs. White Paros – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 55207
Stylish, luxury hotel with 2 stellar pools and an all-day restaurant on the edge of Naoussa. Most of the cozy rooms feature 2 doubles or 1 super-king bed, all with private balconies or patios. The spacious Residences offer kitchenettes and are ideal for families or groups of 4 or 5. The restaurant and pool bar serve small menus of light bites throughout the day, and a free American breakfast buffet is served each morning. The hotel sits about 10 minutes walk to the center of Naoussa and around 15 minutes walk to Agii Anargyri Beach.
16. Parosland Hotel – Aliki
Hotel phone: +30 22840 92170
Affordable luxury hotel in Aliki fishing village with a pool, kids’ pool, great food, and just a short walk to 3 gorgeous beaches. Rooms are well-appointed and spacious, comfortably sleeping up to 4, while connecting rooms allow up to 6. All rooms include private balconies and cell phones with unlimited international calling and data. Food is wonderful at their all-day, Greek restaurant Elaionas, and the breakfast buffet is included for guests.
17.Blue Waves Suites & Apartments – Drios
Hotel phone: +30 22840 41906
Affordable boutique hotel offering studio, 1, and 2-bedroom apartments in a quiet little village overlooking Drios Beach. All rooms offer fully-equipped kitchenettes and private terraces, most with sunrise sea views. The largest apartments sleep up to 6 guests. Complimentary breakfast is served daily to each room’s terrace. The hotel sits on Drios Beach, just steps from the sea, while unspoiled Boutari Beach and blue flag Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach) are 10 and 15 minutes’ walk away, respectively.
18. Margarita Studios – Ambelas
Hotel phone: +30 22840 52362
Cheery affordable hotel with a pool, kids pool, and a casual restaurant. Suites, apartments, and the house sleep 4 to 6 guests, all with private terraces, many with kitchenettes. Perks include a cell phone with data and international calling, a laundry room, and cooking lessons at their phenomenal restaurant (a member of the Aegean Cuisine Initiative), serving fresh, local cuisine all day. Located an 8-minute walk from Ambelas Beach and an 11-minute drive from Naoussa. A car is strongly recommended here.
19. Argonauta Hotel – Parikia
Hotel phone: +30 2284 021440
Affordable, family-run hotel in Parikia’s main square, surrounded by shops, restaurants, and bars and just a short walk to the ferry port. Rooms and suites sleep up to 3 and feature minimalist design and décor, most with small balconies with views over Market Street, the square, or the sea. Their popular restaurant serves an a la carte Greek breakfast and brunch, which can be delivered directly to the rooms. Argonauta is just a 3-minute walk to the ferry port and a 5-minute walk to Parikia’s wonderful bars and restaurants.
20. Pension Sofia – Parikia
Hotel phone: +30 22840 22085
Quaint inn in Parikia surrounded by well-kept gardens with an al fresco dining space, fab breakfast buffets, a little playground, and cozy rooms. Double and Triple Rooms offer private terraces, original art, and plenty of charm. But what really makes this place stand out are the owners, Sophia and Manolis, an incredibly warm and welcoming couple who epitomize Greek hospitality and go above and beyond to make their guests feel like family. Pension Sophia is located a 3-minute walk from a small beach, a 9-minute walk from the port, and an 11-minute walk from the heart of Parikia.
21. Villa Isabella – Naoussa
Hotel phone: +30 22840 51090
Welcoming, family-owned hotel with 7 studios and 1 suite. All suites have kitchenettes and full or side sea views; most have private terraces. Most rooms are on the small side, though the largest Superior Studio offers 40 sqm and sleeps up to 4 guests. Villa Isabella is well-located next to the public stairway leading down to Piperi Beach and less than a 5-minute walk to the heart of Naoussa village.
Villas and Apartments in Paros
- Blue Mare Villas – Livadia, near Naoussa
Luxury 1 to 3-bedroom villas with kitchens, washing machines, and private terraces; the 3-bedroom villas add private jacuzzis, while the 3-bedroom Asterias Villa is also wheelchair accessible. Amenities include a pool, kids’ pool, playground, and free buffet breakfast.
- Angels Villas – Livadia, near Naoussa
Boutique, luxury villa collection with a pool and playground. 1 to 2-bedroom villas with have full kitchens, washing machines, private terraces, and sleep 4 to 5 guests.
- Ambassador Luxury Villas – Santa Maria Beach
Enormous, luxury villas ranging from 1 to 3-bedrooms and from 80 to 250 sqm, all with full kitchens and private terraces. Perks include a pool, in-room massage, and babysitting services. Located a short 5-minute walk from Santa Maria Beach and a 6-minute drive from Naoussa.
- Paros Paradise Apartments – Krotiri, near Parikia
Affordable studios and apartments sleep up to 6, all with fully equipped kitchenettes and private terraces, many with sea views. About a 4-minute walk to Livadia Beach, 15 to Parikia, and 24-minute to the ferry port.
- Villa Vanta – Drios
3 and 4-bedroom villas sleep 6 to 9 guests. Both villas boast private pools with hydromassage and countercurrent swimming systems, plus full kitchens with dishwashers, and washers and dryers. Walking distance to Drios, Boutari, and Golden Beaches.
A Quick Guide to Paros Beaches
- Piperi Beach – The closest beach to Naoussa. Near several hotels but with no beach services. Sandy and swimmable.
- Agii Anargyri Beach – Also near Naoussa, this busy beach has several hotels along its shoreline. The southwest end is rocky, but the rest is sandy, swimmable, and family-friendly.
- Livadia Beach – The main beach in Parikia. This organized beach offers hotels, beach clubs, and water sports facilities. Great sand and swimming.
- Kolymbithres Beach – Gorgeous beach with strange, granite rock formations straight out of a sci-fi movie. This picturesque beach is great for photos and fun for climbing, but it’s not great for swimming.
- Chrissi Akti – AKA Golden Beach, this organized beach has beautiful sand and great swimming and windsurfing. Plenty of hotels, beach clubs, restaurants, and water sports centers. Gets windy in July and August.
- Lageri Beach – A secluded, hard to reach, nude beach. Some rocky and some sandy areas spread over a few little coves.
- Santa Maria Beach – A lively, well-organized, sandy beach with plenty of restaurants, beach bars, and water sports centers. Wonderful for families with young children and teens. During windy July and August, head to the protected coves at the north end, called Mikri Santa Maria (Little Santa Maria).
- Aliki Beaches – The fishing village Aliki has 3 wonderful beaches: the sandy, swimmable main Aliki Beach with super fresh seafood tavernas and sunbeds to rent; Piso Aliki, a quieter pebbly beach; and Agios Nikolaos Aliki, the quietest of the 3, which has mostly sand but some pebbles, crystal clear water, and one lone taverna.
- Faragas Beach – Secluded beach in a series of coves protected from the winds. Great sand and swimming. This beach is mostly unorganized, but there is one beach bar at the main cove.
- Agia Irini Beach – AKA Palm Beach, this lively, swimmable beach is lined with palm trees and has a popular beach club. Great swimming here, but it can get crowded.
- Parasporos Beach – Sandy, swimmable beach with a campground and a few beach bars that serve late into the night.
- Ambelas Beach – Calm, family-friendly, sandy beach with a few hotels and beach clubs.
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We’ve already traveled to Santorini and Milos and loved every minute of it, mainly due to their unique scenery and vibe.
Would travel to Paros and Naxos feel a bit of “more of the same”?
Paros and Naxos are not as physically unique as Santorini and Milos, but they do have a more vibrant local culture with loads of charming small villages sprinkled around the interior. I don’t think you’ll find them “more of the same”.
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Hi Dave, amazingly helpful info on your site! I have 15 full days in Greece and have split it with 3 in Athens at the start, 3 in Mykonos, 3 in Santorini, maybe 2 in Naxos, 2 in Paros (or 4 in one of those), and 2 in Athens at the end. Would you switch around of the time spent in these places? (I plan to daytrip from Athens maybe 1 or 2 of those days there, maybe Delphi and one other place). Do you think it’s better to just stay on Naxos or Paros and daytrip to one instead of splitting it up? Thanks so much!
That sounds great. I don’t recommend day trips between islands as it’s a poor use of time and typically doesn’t allow for many hours on the destination island due to ferry schedules. The one exception is Antiparos (from Paros) which is worthwhile. The ferry is very short and schedule allows for a longer stay. Delphi is a long day trip from Athens. Nafplio and Hydra are closer and more enjoyable day trips from Athens (though maybe slightly less interesting for some).
Hi Dave! I am traveling to Paros in July for 2 or 3 nights. With my husband we are under 30’s so very active searching for good vibes and nice ambience. Hoping to be able to go out at night, but must be near the beach! Which hotel would you recommend us? Afterward, we’ll go to Mykonos. Any good recommendations for nice hotel with beaches and not extremely expensive?
In Paros there is good nightlife in both Parikia and Naousa. But neither have great beaches. For the best beaches, you’ll have to bus or use a rental car to get around the island (which is fun and easy and needn’t be a hassle).
Hi, we are a couple in our 60’s enjoy luxury accommodation been to Santorini & Mykonos previously now intending to visit Paros first week of August. Hotel choices between Senia or Contaratos which would you recommend? Also coming for 9 nights should we split our time between Naousa and Parikia?
Thanks for any help
Senia is more of a boutique hotel and closer to town and restaurants. 3 minutes down to a decent beach. Contaratos Beach Hotel has a better beach (though still not one of the best beaches on the island) just across a small road. 12 minute walk to town. It’s a 3.5 star hotel. Nice, friendly, family owned but do not be expecting luxury. It’s likely a little cheaper than Senia for a similar room. Both hotels are fine choices. And yes, with 9 days I would switch towns and switch hotels. You really get a very different feel of the island by moving to a new location. And a seemingly minor issue but a big deal for me: It’s easy to get tired of the breakfast options after 3 or 4 days at the same hotel (even if it’s really good).
Hi Dave! Looking for some advise. Really torn between Paros and Naxos. Family of 3 with a 14 year old. Two of us love pools and beach, husband loves history and walking around cute villages. We will be arriving from Santorini and then heading to Athens after. For hotels looking at Hotel Senia in Paros and Galaxy in Naxos. Any thoughts?
Paros and Naxos are both amazing island with incredible beaches and great food. Naxos just barely edges out Paros for your needs, though. Naxos has plenty of rustic charm in its capitol Naxos Town and in the interior villages, such as Moni with its historic Panagia Drosiani, a 6th century Byzantine church that is one of the oldest and most important in Greece and the Balkans.
Galaxy is an excellent hotel with clean, modern rooms, lush gardens with fruit trees to pick from, a large pool, friendly staff, and just steps from St. George Beach, and walking distance to Naxos Town (charming village with the ruins of Apollo’s temple). The only downside is that all of their rooms are open plan, so there will not be much privacy if you’re all sharing one space. Rooms for 3 are between 23 – 29 sqm with one king or 2 singles and a sofa bed.
If you’d like a little more space and privacy, consider Nissaki Beach Hotel’s Two-Unit Suites, which have a similar location but more space, or check out Iria Beach Art Hotel’s Deluxe Sea View Suite on charming Agia Anna Beach, just a 10 minute drive from the village.
Hi Dave! We are a couple (active) in our 60s heading to Greece for the first time next May. We will be spending time in Santorini, Paros (3 nights), and Mykonos. My question is about Paros. We are torn between the following hotels and would love your thoughts. We do want privacy, not far from a beach (but will rent a car) but don’t want it too quiet. And since we are there for 3 nights really want a nice size space.
Astir of Paros – is it too far out from Noussa and thus too quiet mid-May?
Senia – are the rooms nice and large enough? and recently renovated?
Yria – just looks intriguing.
Thoughts very welcome! LOVE your site.
Thank you very much!
Astir of Paros is a beautiful, 5-star resort on its own private beach with a great pool and luxury facilities. Rooms are spacious, ranging from 30 – 40 sqm, and décor is minimalistic yet high-quality. This is a quiet location, about a 30 minute walk from the heart of Naoussa.
Yria is the most remote of these 3 hotels, about 5 minutes from Parasporos Beach and around 40 minutes on foot to Paroikia. Rooms are amply sized from 28 to 74 sqm and are spread out among expansive gardens.
Senia Hotel is much closer to Naoussa, less than 10 minutes’ walking distance. The hotel was recently renovated and has been refreshed every year since then. The budget rooms are on the smaller side, but the suites are all spacious about 30 sqm and larger. The hotel is perched above Piperi Beach, which is accessible via a long flight of stairs and across the street. Of these 3 hotels, Senia will be the best fit for your needs.
Hi Dave, love your blog. So informative.
I am planning to go to Santorini and Paros in early April. The ferries don’t seem to be selling tickets yet. Is it ok to buy the ferry tickets when I arrive in Athens? Thanks.
The ferry schedules for Paros and Santorini will be updated soon – probably December or January. You can then buy ferry tickets on Ferryhopper.com. But yes, even if you don’t buy in advance you’ll have no trouble purchasing tickets in Athens after you arrive. Ferries in April never sell out.
Hi Dave, really enjoy reading all of your posts!
My Husband and I are going to Greece next May 20-30. I would like some suggestions on places to stay in Santorini and Paros. My problem is I have bad knees. Walking around is fine, but stairs do get to me after awhile. By looking at all of the photos it appears there are a lot of them. Of course, I want to see the beautiful sunsets and volcano but perhaps you have a solution? Our plan is to fly to Athens from Canada and stay 1 night (do the Hop On Hop Off tour) then fly to Santorini for 4 nights and ferry to Paros for 4 nights, then ferry back to Athens for 1 night. Will do a sunset wine tour (should I book this early?) Also I like the hotels Paros Palaces or Akrotiri Hotel in Paros are any of these two less climbing that you know of. Thank you for all of your great ideas and knowledge. Rhonda and Shawn
Most hotels in Paros do not have a lot of steps but you managed to pick two that are set on a hillside and do have stairs about the property. These are not stairs like you’ll find in Santorini (steep and many) but there are still plenty of steps. Astir of Paros is a better choice if you want few steps. In Santorini Tsitouras Collection is one of the better hotels with few steps (though still some). And yes, book tours in advance. In May there are fewer tourists but also fewer tours running so they can get fully booked.
I am planning a very last minute trip to Greece and we are thinking to go to Athens (2 days), Mykonos (4 days), Paros (2 days) and Santorini (5 days), then back to Athens for another day, but according to my weather app there’s rain in the forecast. Should I let the rain scare me? We are planning on being there from September 29 to October 12th.
Any help is greatly appreciated!
Weather forecasts are only good for a few days in advance. One week at absolute most. So these forecasts for your visit are meaningless. Don’t worry about the weather until a day or two before when it’s then reasonable to make alternative plans for the rain.
Which places are the most comparable to Naoussa on other Greek islands? In terms of nightlife and prettiness. We stayed at Kallisti Rooms in September based on your recommendation and absolutely loved it so thanks for that.
1. Lindos in Rhodes comes pretty close to meeting your requirements. It’s very pretty, busy, has good places to eat and has a very good beach and scene adjacent.
2. Naxos Town. The streets of the Kastro overlooking the port remind one of Naousa a little. This is a quieter scene than Naousa but plenty of restaurants and a fun active vibe.
3. Kos Town has a similar feel also, especially if you gravitate towards the pedestrianized older part of the town. Busy, pretty and some fine places to drink and dine.
4. Agios Nikolaos in Crete has a similar feel as do Chania and Rethymnon. The latter two are more compact, busier, have more nightlife, and probably prettier, but Agios Nikolaos is a perennial favourite with many visitors.
5. One must mention Mykonos because it’s Mykonos. Expensive yes, but charming, pretty, and tremendously popular.
6. For a possible wild card, consider Skiathos Town. A little larger than Naousa, but combining all the elements you are probably looking for.
Thanks again, all your advice is much appreciated! One last question! Kallisti rooms and apartments has now become available – would you recommend here above Kosmitis? Ideally hoping to walk to dinner rather than drive/ride a scooter.
Yes, Kallisti is a better choice to be near bars and restaurants. Staying within walking distance of town is my preference.
Thanks for all of your advice! My partner and I are booking a last minute trip, spending 3 nights in Paros at the end of June so we are a bit late to get your suggested hotels. We are keen to stay in/around Naousa, so we can be walking distance in the evenings for dinner etc, but happy to get out exploring the island’s beaches during the day. We are currently looking at Anemomylos Residence and Kosmitis Hotel, would you recommend one over the other?
Of the two hotels you mention, the Kosmitis has the better location (on the beach) if you want sand and swimming, while the Anemomylos is much closer to central Naousa where the action is. The facilities of both hotels are very similar so your choice will depend on how you plan to spend your time. If you rent a car you will be better able to park it at Kosmitis, though there is some street parking for Anemomylos. If you rent scooters it doesn’t really matter. The beach at the Kosmitis is not the best beach in Paros and as you suggest you will be exploring the island’s better beaches by day – many of which are within a 10-15-minute drive of Naousa.
Another accommodation option that few know about is Petres and it is just out of Naousa, a 10-minute drive and located in open countryside. Its advantage is that it’s quiet, relaxed and calming and since you are going to be using the car to get around it is located ideally for access to the beaches both on the bay and to the beaches to the east of Naousa. You can’t really walk into town (unless you’re keen), but it’s easy to drive in and park your car at the municipal parking lot.
We are staying at St. Andrea in Naoussa. Is there a car rental company you recommend?
If booking in advance use Rentalcars.com. If booking when you get there just use the closest one to your hotel (all the local ones are about the same – a little suspect, but mostly fine).
This site has been so helpful in planning our trip to Greece. We are coming to Greece May 5 to May 18th visiting Santoríni, Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and Athens. How is the weather going to be around that time on the islands? Would most businesses be open? I am afraid it won’t be warm enough. I wanted to enjoy some beach time during our stay. Thank you!
Weather will probably be nice, warm, sunny (but not summer hot). Swimming likely on most days. Sea water will still be cool. Almost everything will be open.
Incredible site! You are a wealth of knowledge!
We will be staying in Paros for 3 nights – we are okay with renting scooters to get around/check out the best beaches. Thinking about booking at Villa Irini – any thoughts? We also thought about doing a day trip to Mykonos. Do you think that its worth doing that or is Paros pretty similar and not worth the ferry ride – or is there a better day trip? Oh and for reference we will be there mid May. Thank you so much!!
Villa Irini has a great location a short walk from town. There’s a small beach just down the hill that is nice for a quick swim but otherwise not great (better beaches are within are short drive). Day trips to Mykonos are not possible in May as the earliest ferry gets to Mykonos at 1:30pm and the last ferry back leaves at 1:50pm. A great day trip is nearby Antiparos (regular ferries leave from Parikia).
Hi Dave! Thank you SO much for your extensive reviews and detailed information. I don’t think I could have planned my upcoming Greece trip without you. I am having a really hard time deciding between 3 hotels in Paros (my boyfriend and I are spending 8 nights between Paros and Santorini) this coming May (for his 50th birthday). We are coming to Greece by way of Texas and we couldn’t be more excited. So here are the 3 hotels we are considering – Senia Hotel, Saint Andrea Seaside Resort and Kanale’s. This is our first time in Greece. We won’t have a car (but we are ok with taxis and rentals), and we love the finer things in life. We are struggling between being in town vs being a little outside of town. Should we do 4 nights in Paros and 4 nights in Santorini? Or 5 nights in Paros and 3 nights in Santorini? Also, here is where we are staying in Santorini – Aghios Artemios Traditional Homes in Imerovigli. Is this a good choice? Will this be too far from town? Sorry for all the questions, but you seem like the perfect guy to help me out. I’m just so worried I will make the wrong decision and we will look back wishing we stayed someplace else. Thank you SO much in advance. Ilyssa
There are really only two ‘town’ destinations on Paros: the main port of Parikia and the former fishing port of Naousa. A little comparison between the two. Naousa is the more popular of them because it is prettier, more touristy (shops and taverns) and not subject to the necessary comings and goings of the big ferry boats and catamarans. That said it is not really a beach place. There is only one decent beach – Piperi – though Naousa very well situated to a brace of fine beaches all within 5-7 kilometres for which you will need a cab, scooter or bicycle. Naousa can get very crowded (some like it that way) in high season and you might have to line up for a table at a restaurant on the little harbor. Parikia is the main port and here you will find a lot of transients – people arriving and departing. There is always a lot of life and it all takes place along the attractive waterfront running southwest from the ferry terminal. The back street is pedestrianised and like Naousa is the home to shops and more taverns and cafés. The nearest beach to Parikia is within walking distance (1.3 kms) to the east of the port though little shuttle boats take you opposite the port (which is on the cusp of a large protected bay) to Kambana Beach. The atmosphere is a little less busy than that of Naousa and when the boats are not in, it has a pleasant relaxed feel to. Country life in Paros consists of the main inland village Marpissa – very pretty and good for alternative tavern lunches or dinners and a few sizeable communities around the coast such as Piso Livadi, Alyki and Pounta. Piso Livadi is probably the best of three. It is little more than a beach, 4-5 taverns, some decent places to stay and a little port that runs some very pleasant boat excursions. Pounta is little more than the ferry port for Antiparos, but has one of the best restaurants on the island “Thea” and Alykes is a rather characterless community that probably won’t over-impress.
Your hotels are all in or just outside Naousa so qualify as town destinations. All are good with two of them – Kanale and Senia being close to Piperi beach while Saint Andrea doesn’t have a real beach at all – just a rocky foreshore and not really within walking distance to it nearest decent beach at Kolymbithres.. You will probably enjoy being in either the Kanale or Senia because of their closer proximity to Naousa central. Kanale is the quieter of the two as the main traffic does not pass in front of it.
As for nights, if you’re more after beach time then up your days in Paros, more interested in tours and sightseeing then add a day to Santorini. Aghios Artemios is not really in Imerovigli. It’s down the hill and a very long walk to town or tavernas. Renting a car is essential if you stay here.
Hi Dave, I love your website.
I am planning to book a trip to Greece for 25May – 05June (Athens-Mykonos-Paros-Santorini).
Will everything on the islands be open and busy enough for a good atmosphere during those dates?
Thanks for your help,
Will everything be open? Yes. Busy? Paros will still be quiet but far from dead. Santorini will have a busy feel and a nice atmosphere if you like a little buzz.
Hi Dave, My family of 5 is traveling to Paros on July 17-23. I would like to stay close to either Parikia or Naousa. I was looking at the Paros Palace in Parikia and wanted to get your opinion. I would like a nicer hotel with pool, close to beach and town. We are thinking about renting a car. What are your suggestions and thoughts?
Of the two places Naousa is the more touristy resort and is probably favoured over Parikia. Parikia is the port and tends to be a busier, more commercially bustling place, but that said it is still a pleasant enough place to hang around in. Parikia has a longish waterfront full of cafés and restaurants that segues into the beach scene at the eastern end of the waterfront. That continues on round the bay until you are directly opposite Parikia itself. Other than when the boats are arriving or leaving, Parikia has a pleasant relaxed feel about it and is fine for a base. There is a very pleasant pedestrian street running parallel to the waterfront that makes for relaxing evening strolls while looking at the shops.
Naousa is a former fishing village so it has a picturesque little fishing port and caïques plus hundreds of shops, cafés and restaurants. It can get asphyxiatingly busy in full Summer, but it is unquestionably atmospheric and bustling at all times. There is only a little beach on the west side (as you arrive from Parikia) so you have to drive, or bus it to a beach to have a swim. Fortunately, some very good beaches are within 10-15 minutes driving of Naousa.
Which is better for a family of five? Seriously, either or the other. If you are going to hire a car – and that is a good idea and you are probably better off in Parikia for parking. Naousa’s public carpark can be hard to find a spot in when it is busy. You might consider basing yourselves in a hotel such as Blue Mare Villas just out of Naousa where you have not only a relaxing hotel with pool and shaded areas but easy parking and generally easy access to both Parikia and Naousa and the nearby beaches. Note that for a family of five you will need a larger car naturally, as the default cars tend to be pretty small. July is also busy so any bookings should be made well in advance especially if you plan to fly to/from Paros.
Hoping to get your opinion. I’m Greek – have been to Paros before but hardly remember it (was young!). Now that I’m older and want to bring my family of five – 2 adults and kids 14, 13, and 9, I don’t know where to stay. Have been to Naxos (LOVE!), Santorini and Mykonos (awesome but a touch too touristy), I am looking for a Naxos-like experience in Paros. Also, we need walking distance since we won’t have a car. Ideally, we would love a nice hotel with beach in front walking distance to restaurants and nightlife, or at least an easy bus ride like in Naxos. also wanted to mention that we love an urban vibe and would love suggestions of a beach club (appropriate for families) if one exists. Thoughts?
Let’s start from the principle that you want to walk (mainly). The first location that comes to mind is Parikia – the port and ‘capital’. The main reason is because you can have a better choice of beach life, combined with restaurants and nightlife. The urban vibe you refer to exists here too and you can probably find a decent hotel within striking distance of the beach: the Argonauta Hotel comes to mind – a friendly, family hotel in the middle of Parikia. The beach scene stretches eastwards then curves around the bay as far as Marcello beach that you can walk to, or take a shuttle boat across the bay. Along here you will find various beach bar/clubs where you can hang out all day with the family. You won’t need a car to do all of the above.
Naousa is the other option, but to do yourselves justice you will need a car, or you might be able to get by with buses or taxis in order to get to the outlying beaches. Naousa itself has only one small beach (Piperi) while the better beaches are within a 10-20-minute taxi ride at Kolymvythres, Monastiri (north of Naousa) or Santa Maria and Mikri Santa Maria to the east. Being of Greek descent, you will probably enjoy Parikia better: Naousa is touristy and can get very busy and crowded. Parikia is just that bit more Greek.
Finally, the round-island bus service is actually quite good so with a bit of planning you can get yourselves down to the south coast beach scene centred around Chrysi Ammos or, a little nearer, to the actually quite pleasant port with a beach at Piso Livadi from where you can take a highly-recommended day cruise to remote beaches on Naxos and the Koufonisia.
Hi Dave –
My fiancé and I are traveling to Paros next June for our honeymoon before moving on to Santorini. We wanted to stay in or near Naoussa at a hotel with a great pool and pool bar. Which hotel would you recommend? Thanks! Kathryn
Try Contaratos Beach Hotel.
I just booked a 2 night stay at the Kallisti on Paros. Thanks for the recommendation! Should we plan to reserve a rental car for this trip to Paros as well as our 2 nights on Santorini?
With just two nights you could easily fill your time with walking around the main towns and doing short (bus-friendly) trips, so a rental car is far from mandatory. That said, you will be able to get out and see different parts of both islands with a car (that you otherwise wouldn’t).
I’m coming to Paros with some friends (we’re all early 30 females) and we’re trying to decide which town to stay in and which hotel. Really want a place with an amazing pool, infinity ideally, but want to be able to walk to restaurants/bars (not renting a car). We are not looking for the club scene but would love great local/dive bars with live music or a fun crowd. Between Naossa and Parikia what do you recommend? We’re only in Paros 3 nights. I was thinking Parikia originally since I thought that was where there was nightlife but Hotel Senia and Naossa kept popping up on my searches.
I’d go with Parikia as it has more of the vibe you’re looking for. No dive bars in Paros but there are a few places in Parikia with live music.
For a 3 days visit in Naoussa in July (adults and teens), would you choose Katerina Mare or Kallisti rooms and apartments?
Both are great. Kallisti maybe a little more luxurious while Katerina has a nicer location (though both are still an easy walk to central Naoussa).
Just realised that there are a few Margarita hotels. I have been looking at Margarita Studios Ambelas. Is it too far out of the main town?
Great hotel in a sleepy little fishing village with beaches within walking distance. Naoussa is a 5 minute drive away and Parikia (the ferry port) about 15. There are just a handful of buses to Ambelas every day so renting a car is usually a good idea if you want to explore the island.
Firstly great website!
We are planning to visit the Greek islands but are a little confused where to stay! We were thinking of Naoussa.
We plan to travel in August – two families comprising of family 1
2 adults & 2 children (ages 18 & 14)
2 adults & 4 children (ages 18, 16, 15 & 11)
Features we are looking for are:
At least two bathrooms for each family
Preferably no sofa beds & 2 bedroom for family 1 & 3 bedrooms for family 2
A great pool
Close to shops/restaurants etc as we do not want to hire a car/scooter.
but also walking distance to a good not windy sandy beach (no rocks) hehehe are we asking for too much!!
Budget approx $2500-$3000 AUSD for 7 nights
Appreciate your feedback as looking for accommodation can be a little overwhelming as there is so much to choose from! Looking forward to your response.
Possible hotels: Hotel Senia in Naousa, Eri Hotel near Parikia, and Blue Waves in Drios (beach). None have exactly what you’re looking for – but you’ll need to compromise on several things so just have to decide what.
We are coming to Santorini in June next year for a wedding. We are a family of 2 adults and 4 children. Our oldest child will be 18 (an adult I guess) and our other 3 children will be 3,6 and 8. We have 2 nights prior to Santorini and 3 nights after. I was thinking of spending the 2 nights prior in Paros and the 3 nights after in Naxos (as it looks more family friendly). I am quite keen on the Nissaki Beach Hotel or Naxos Royal. Our kids like space as they are very active boys so being on or close to the beach would be great. What would you suggest for kids?
I am not so sure where to stay in Paros though. I was thinking as we are only there for 2 nights we should be close to the town and preferably on the beach again?
Also do you know the ferry timetable for June next year? When I look at blue star ferries they haven’t got their summer timetable available yet? Do they have more than 1 scheduled ferry departure time between these islands in June?
The Naxos (Royal) Resort is a better choice for a family with 4 kids. The pool is larger (though it’s not right on the beach like the Nissaki). In Paros (with only 2 nights) I would stay in Parikia. Do a day trip to Antiparos if your kids like boat rides and you’re looking for great beaches. There will be at least one ferry every day between Naxos and Paros in June but probably more.
Your sites are amazing and such a great resource, especially for places to stay. I had a quick itinerary question for you. My fiancé and I are planning our honeymoon to the Athens and the Greek Isles for August of next summer. We are planning on flying into Athens on the 2nd and flying back out of Athens on the 15th. I have come across a number of different schedules but the one that I have found that I think I like the best so far starts in Santorini, then to Naxos, Paros, Mykonos and then back to Athens. Do you think that this trip is doable within that timeframe? If we had to nix one of the islands in the middle is there one that is preferable to the other (Naxos vs. Paros)? Any help would be more than greatly appreciated!!
That sounds perfect. If possible fly directly to Santorini from Athens (without going into the city) and save your time in Athens for the end. Choose Paros if you want nightlife and trendy restaurants. Choose Naxos if you want beautiful beaches and low-key (and a little more traditional) dining. Paros has nice beaches too but not so many nor so idyllic.
I am planning a trip to Greece in June (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?
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.
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?
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.
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?
Hotel Senia has a special feel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
Hello Dave. I wonder if you can advise me. I’m off to Mykonos, Paros and Naxos for 2 weeks in July/August. 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.
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.
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?
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).
LOVE your blog! For a trip in early April.
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) 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).
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?
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.
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
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.
Hello Dave !
We are shopping for a hotel in Paros for 2 days (September 8 & 9). 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?
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!
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).
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 Naousa 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?
Both are great towns with lots of restaurants, cafes, bars. Naousa 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 Naousa).
What hotel do you prefer: Senia or Lilly Residence?
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.)