Best Things To Do In Paros

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Written By: Pavlos Inglesis

Paros is a really “straightforward” greek island with only a handful but excellent things to do. Here is the ultimate list of what to do in Paros to make this the best trip of your life on one of the most hyped greek islands in the last years. 

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One of the best things to do in Paros is go on a day cruise (like this one) to the nearby islands of Antiparos and Depotiko where you will visit some of the most remote and clean beaches in Greece

I have handpicked the ultimate list of the Best Things To Do in Paros on the list below but depending on your situation this might differ for you and you might be interested in different attractions in Paros.

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In my honest opinion, the absolute best things to do in Paros are:

  • Visit the wonderful beaches of the island such as Kolympithres, Aliki, Golden Beach, Marcello, Krios, Piso Livadi and many more
  • Wander in the picturesque towns of Naoussa and Parikia and explore their nightlife, cute shops and restaurants
  • Visit the famous Panagia Ekatontapyliani monastery (one of the most unique in Greece)
  • Go on a day cruise to Antiparos and Despotiko islands
  • Visit the cute mountain village Lefkes and have a coffee at the main square
  • Visit the Archaeological Museum of Paros
  • Go on a Greek Cooking Class with a local Parian chef
  • Visit the Museum of Cycladic Folklore
  • Visit the unique modern art Fluxus Museum which is in an old marble cutting workshop
  • Visit the Ancient Marble Quarries of Marathi (some of the most famous ancient greek sculptures such as Venus de Milo and Nike of Samothrace are built with this marble)
  • Visit the natural reserve of Paros Park
  • Hike the Byzantine Route between Lefkes and Prodromos villages (only 2 hours of relatively easy hiking)
  • Go on a sea kayak trip with snorkelling around the island of Paros
  • Visit the cute Paros wineries (Moraitis, Asteras, Katikia, Alissafi, Louridis, Myrsini, Anoussakis)
  • Visit the 56 ISLES Microbrewery
  • Visit the Byzantine Museum of Paros
  • Learn windsurfing at Golden Beach
  • Visit and support the Paros Animal Welfare Animal Shelter
  • Visit the Butterflies Natural Reserve Petaloudes (“ΠΡταλούδΡς” in greek means “Butterflies”)
  • Visit the Frankish Castle of Parikia

Keep reading, as I am providing more details on each one of these attractions below.


  • If you are coming on a cruise and you only have a few hrs in Paros take a guided tour like this one

  • if you are only able to visit one attraction in Paros island then just visit the beaches and wander the streets of Parikia and Naoussa

  • You don’t have to pre-book every tour online but if you are visiting during the summer months of June – September then things get sold out and it’s a good idea to have everything booked well in advance.

Let’s dive in and see the best things to do in Paros:

1. Visit the beaches of Paros

marcelo beach paros greece
Paros has some of the best beaches in Cyclades islands with lovely golden sand and turquoise waters

2. Wander the towns of Naoussa and Parikia

parikia paros greece
Parikia and Naoussa are super cute and have almost unlimited options for dining out, coffee, shopping and nightlife

3. Visit The famous Ekatontapyliani Church and Byzantine Monastery

ekatontapyliani paros church greece
Virgin Mary “Panagia Ekatontapyliani” Church and Monastery complex is one of the oldest in Greece dating back to 326 AD

4. Go on a Day Cruise to Antiparos and Despotiko islands

antiparos despotiko cruise from paros greece
Antiparos and Despotiko are 2 super cute smaller islands next to Paros with incredible deserted beaches that you can only access if you get on this day cruise

5. Visit Lefkes village on the mountains

lefkes paros greece
Lefkes village is one of the most picturesque villages in Cyclades and it’s located in the centre of Paros island with lots of cute shops and cafes

6. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Paros

archaeological museum of paros grreece
The Archaeological Museum of Paros has lots of interesting artefacts and items from Ancient Greece in Paros and Antiparos excavations

7. Go on a Greek Cooking Class

greek cooking class paros greece
If you love Greek food and you want to know more about it, this is an excellent cooking class/workshop where you will literally cook and eat with locals

8. Visit the Museum of Cycladic Folklore

museum of cycladic folklore paros greece
This is a lovely family museum with lots of items from the everyday life of locals in the Cyclades islands

9. Visit the modern art Fluxus Museum

fluxus museum paros greece
Fluxus Museum is an extraordinary museum on the Fluxus art movement located in an old marble workshop in Parikia

10. Visit the Ancient Marble Quarries of Marathi

ancient marble quarries paros greece
The actual marble from the quarries in Marathi was used for some of the most impressive and famous ancient greek sculptures such as Nike of Samothrace and Venus de Milo.

11. Visit the Natural Reserve of Paros Park

paros park greece
The northern most part of the island is an impressive rocky landscape called Paros Park with lots of interesting hiking trails and an open air theatre used in lost of summer concerts and shows.

12. Hike the Byzantine Route trail

byzantinen path trail hiking paros greece
The byzantine hiking trail between Lefkes and Prodromos dates back to 1000AD and it’s an easy 2 hours hiking (mostly paved) trail

13. Go on a Sea Kayak Trip with snorkelling

paros kayak tour snorkelling greece
Sea kayaking in the crystal clear shallow waters around the island is a great activity that is also perfectly suitable for a family

14. Visit a Paros Winery

moraitis winery paros greece
Paros does not have a large number of wineries such as Santorini but there are a few very good and lovely wineries that can be a great visit

15. Visit the 56 Isles Microbrewery

paros microbrewery 56 isles greece beer
56 Isles is one of the best greek beers that is brewed in Paros and you can actually visit the microbrewery where you should be able to taste and buy the beer

16. Learn windsurfing at Golden Beach

paros windsurfing
Golden Beach in Paros is considered the windsurfing capital of Greece with lots of professional athletes getting trained on the waves there but you can also get surfing and windsurfing lessons

17. Visit and support the Paros Animal Welfare Shelter (PAWS)

paros paws animal shelter welfare
Paros Animal Welfare Shelter is a place run by lovely people who do great work on supporting, rescuing and most of all, loving stray animals on the island and you can actually visit and support the shelter.

18. Visit the Butterflies Natural Reserve

paros butterflies reserve greece petaloudes
The butterflies’ natural reserve is really a small park that is helping the biodiversity and breeding of the beautiful butterflies of the island

19. Visit the Frankish Castle of Parikia

frankish castle paros parikia greece
The frankish castle of Parikia is basically a complex of walls even incorporating ancient columns in the centre of Parikia


So, these are the best things to do in Paros. Paros is not obviously an island with a million things to do and see (Santorini being more famous has more attractions and activities to do) but overall it has a few cute towns and villages, 5 lovely wineries, an impressive natural reserve (Paros Park) and most importantly some of the best beaches in Cyclades. There is no doubt you are going to have a great time even if you don’t do any of these activities on my list but Paros overall is an island that can be ideal for young couples, for families and even seniors.

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Pavlos Inglesis
Greek, born and raised in Athens. I have been to almost every greek island and pretty much in every region of mainland Greece. I have also been eating souvlaki and gyros since the 80s. I love being a dad to my 2 beautiful daughters and also taking great photos of the places I visit. This is my blog to help you out explore the places I have visited with my inside tips as a Greek, knowing the ins and outs of my country and culture. Feel free to ask any questions in the comments section under the post you are interested in and I wIll try my best to respond asap.

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