Paros Airport is located 10km away from the capital, Parikia. Hire a car to truly discover all the fabulous island of Paros has to offer.
Despite its small size, the island’s capital, Parikia packs in everything you could wish for of a holiday in the Greek Islands. Its old town comes complete with labyrinthine streets, boutique shops, and whitewashed houses. Along the waterfront you’ll find lively tavernas and some of the islands best restaurants.
Parikia is also home to the island’s most famous monument. The Panagia Ekatontapiliani Church meaning “the church of 100 doors” was built back in the mid-6th Century and is an impressive example of ancient Greek architecture. Visit the Byzantine Museum located within the grounds and admire the beautiful collection of artefacts and icons.
Day Trips on Paros
Drive to the fishing village of Naoussa. Although the second largest settlement on the island, it has kept its charm and beauty. Visit one of the beaches and take a stroll down the cobbled paths.
For a spot of souvenir shopping, navigate your way through the town’s narrow streets that are peppered with stalls and boutiques selling traditional handmade crafts. If you have half an hour to spare, pop by the Folklore museum. This interesting collection of traditional dress and photos of the island provides a personal insight into its history.
Take a drive to Lefkes, a mountainous village full of authenticity and located in the centre of the island. There are two museums here and at an altitude of 300m, you are rewarded with a great view of the island.
For those who are feeling energetic the Byzantine Trail to Prodomos makes for a great afternoon of hiking. Paved with marble stones most of the way, the trail takes about an hour to complete. Look out for historic sites such as the Ayios Antonios Monastery, and admire the native wildflowers that grow here.