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Where to stay in Paros.

View of Parikia from the ferry as you arrive in Paros. Most shopping, bars, and restaurants are clustered in the streets straight ahead. Hotels and beaches are a short walk to the left and right.

Best Places to Stay in Paros – Tips and Advice

What are the Best Places to Stay in Paros?

Kolimbithres Beach in Paros.

The rock formations at Kolymbithres Beach in Paros.

  • The Best Areas for most travelers in Paros are the two main villages, Parikia and Naoussa. These areas offer easy walking access to great beaches, fine and casual dining, fun nightlife, and boutique shopping. Parikia and Naoussa have fantastic hotels in a range of styles and to suit all budgets.
  • The Best Places for Sightseeing are Parikia (Byzantine church, Frankish castle ruins, archaeological museum, and sunset views), Naoussa (Old Port, Venetian castle ruins, and a winery), and Livadia (the closest area to Kolymbithres Beach and Paros Park).
  • The Best Places for Living Like a Local are Piso Livadi, Ambelas, Aliki, and Drios, four picturesque fishing villages each with a small marina, authentic tavernas serving fresh-caught seafood, and lovely little beaches. Piso Livadi is the busiest of the four with a larger marina and more beach clubs, while Ambelas and Aliki are the best for families, and Drios is almost always quiet, except during the peak travel month of August.
  • The Best Places for a Beach Vacation are Antiparos Island, a laid-back island with sandy beaches all around, or Chrissi Akti (aka Golden Beach) a long stretch of soft sand, turquoise water, beach clubs, a dive center, and a water sports center.

Staying in Parikia

Beach and hotels in Parikia, Paros.

The Parikia marina with beach and ferry port in the distance.

Parikia is the capital of Paros and where most travelers will arrive and depart. This bustling village is home to the island’s most important historic landmark, Panagia Ekatontapiliana (Church of 100 Doors), a Byzantine church dating to the 4th-century A.D. and believed to be founded by St. Helene, mother of Emperor Constantine. Near the church is a small archaeological museum, and the ruins of a 13th-century Frankish castle built by the Venetians out of an already ruined 6th-century temple. Heading south along the waterfront, you’ll find a string of lively bars and casual tavernas with unobstructed sunset sea views. Some of Paros’ best restaurants, bars, artisan workshops, and local product shops can be found in the village’s maze of pedestrian footpaths. The main ferry port is in the middle with marinas and beaches on either side. Livadia Beach in the northeast is the main beach of Parikia, though Parasporos to the southwest is the best beach in the area.

The Best Hotels in Parikia

Staying in Naoussa

The Old Port of Naoussa in Paros, Greece

Boats at the Old Port of Naoussa.

Cosmopolitan Naoussa is more modern than Parikia but no less charming. The village sits in a natural bay at the north end of the island with fishing boats docked and a 12th-century Venetian castle half sunken in the Old Port. From the old port, there is a water taxi connecting Naoussa with Kolymbithres Beach (known for its moon-like rock formations), Monastiri Beach (family-friendly, part of Paros Park), and Laggeri Beach (a popular clothing-optional beach). Several picturesque seafood restaurants and cocktail bars sit along the waterfront. Heading inland you’ll find the typical Cycladic tangle of pedestrian streets, filled with colorful bougainvillea, boutiques, churches, and a winery. Dining, nightlife, and hotels here tend to be trendier and more luxurious than those in Parikia, though plenty of casual options still abound.

The Best Hotels in Naoussa

Staying in Antiparos

Best areas to stay in Paros.

The main port of Antiparos Island, less than one nautical mile from Paros.

The nearby island, Antiparos, is perfect for truly getting away, ringed with sandy beaches and crystal-clear water, filled with authentic tavernas, and home to a handful of family-owned boutique hotels. The main village, simply called Antiparos Town, sits at the north end of the island with its small port on the eastern edge and Venetian castle ruins at its heart. On the southeast side of the island is the resort area of Agios Georgios, the next largest settlement. Though there are a couple of beach clubs and casual seaside restaurants, most of the beaches here are left natural and peaceful. Take a ferry to the uninhabited island of Despotiko to enjoy even quieter beaches and glimpse the ancient ruins of a sanctuary believed to be devoted to Apollo (excavations are currently underway). Antiparos has garnered some attention more recently as a favorite retreat of celebrities, including Tom Hanks, who owns a villa here.

The Best Hotels in Antiparos

Staying in Livadia

Best beach to stay at in Paros.

The beach at Kolymbithres near Livadia.

The Livadia neighborhood (not to be confused with Livadia Beach in Parikia) is a luxury resort space between Naoussa village and Kolymbithres Beach. Once the site of a Mycenaean acropolis, the latest developments here have all been high-end hotels and villas. Ideal for romantic getaways or family vacations, Livadia offers quiet, restful nights with easy access to the dining, shopping, and nightlife of Naoussa and the natural wonders of Kolymbithres Beach’s granite rock formations and Paros Park’s sandy beaches and hiking trails. There are no restaurants or markets here, so it’s a good idea to stay at a hotel with a shuttle service into Naoussa and Kolymbithres (there are plenty here) or to rent a car.

The Best Hotels in Livadia

Staying at Chrissi Akti Beach and Nea Chrissi Akti Beach

Chrissi Akti Beach in Paros, Greece

Chrissi Akti is the best beach for water sports in Paros, especially windsurfing.

Chrissi Akti Beach, also called Golden Beach, is one of Paros’ best beaches. Its long expanse of fine, soft sand literally sparkles in the sun due to its glass-like composition. The water is shallow for a long way out, making this a popular beach among families with younger children. Several beach clubs, hotels, tavernas, and water sports centers (offering lessons and equipment rentals) run the length of the beach. Like many Cycladic beaches, Chrissi Akti catches the strong meltemi winds, but its location on the east side of the island facing nearby Naxos compresses the wind and boosts its strength, making this the top windsurfing and kitesurfing beach on the island. The yearly Professional Windsurfing World Cup takes place at Nea Chrissi Akti Beach (a.k.a. New Golden Beach or Tseredakia Beach – about 850 meters north along the coast) every August, so book early for travel during this time.

The Best Hotel at Chrissi Akti Beach

The Best Hotel at Nea Chrissi Akti Beach

Staying at Parasporos Beach

Parosporos Beach in Paros, Greece

Parasporos Beach is the best beach near Parikia.

About 3 km from the ferry port (a 30-minute walk away), Parasporos Beach is the best beach close to Parikia. Though only about 250 meters long, this little beach is filled with activity all summer long thanks to its two beach clubs with all-day music, late-night dancing, and peak summer parties. The beach is mostly sandy with pebbles beginning at the waters’ edge and extending into the sea for a couple of meters; the water is emerald and turquoise colors, calm as a pool, and great for swimming. Lodging is a mix of luxury and budget hotels and a campground. The crowd skews younger here with many partiers in their 20s and early 30s.

The Best Hotels in Parasporos Beach

Staying in the Fishing Villages

Aliki Beach with fishing boats in Paros, Greece

Fishing boats at Aliki Beach, one of Paros best fishing villages.

For a taste of local life, stay in one of Paros’ fishing villages, the best of which are Piso Livadi, Ambelas, Aliki, and Drios. All of these villages boast sandy, swimmable beaches; casual, waterfront, seafood tavernas (many owned by the fishermen’s families); and small marinas where local fishers go out early in the morning to catch the seafood delights served fresh here or sold in the larger villages of the island. Though small, Piso Livadi on the east side is the busiest and most charming of the villages, with a larger marina and 3 lively beaches; many guests enjoying the food and beaches here are on day trips from nearby Naxos Island. Aliki in the southwest is the largest of the fishing villages, popular for windsurfing during the height of summer and ideal for families with plenty of restaurants, beaches, affordable hotels, a playground, and the Museum of Cycladic Folklore, a tiny museum run by a fisherman-turned-artist who makes miniature replicas of traditional boats. Family-friendly Ambelas is a tiny village offering a quiet stay with a shallow, sandy, calm beach, though its convenient location just 3.5 km from Naoussa makes it a breeze to enjoy the village for dining and nightlife. Drios at the south end of the island is the quietest of the four villages and only really gets busy during August for its windsurfing (Chrissi Akti Beach is on the outskirts of Drios).

The Best Hotels in Piso Livadi

The Best Hotels in Aliki

The Best Hotels in Ambelas

The Best Hotels in Drios

Staying in Lefkes

Lefkes traditional village in Paros, Greece

Lefkes, a traditional mountain village, with the striking Agia Triada church.

Lefkes is a traditional, mountain village in central Paros in the greenest part of the island, perched at the highest altitude, boasting panoramic views to the sea and Naxos island. Lefkes was the island’s capital during the medieval era, and its former grandeur is reflected in its 15th-century churches and mix of Venetian, neoclassical, and Cycladic architecture. Its most recognizable landmark is the Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity), built in 1830. Several smaller churches, mostly built after the 17th century, are scattered around the village. Formerly the agricultural hub of Paros, Lefkes is now largely a tourist destination with wonderful boutiques, tavernas, museums, and galleries. A popular hiking trail, the Byzantine Road, is an ancient stone footpath dating back to about 1000 A.D. and connecting Lefkes with Prodromos village, about 3.5 km away. Though Lefkes can get crowded, especially when a tour bus or two is in town, most people don’t stay overnight. There are only a few small hotels and guesthouses here.

The Best Hotels in Lefkes

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