If you’re Greek island hopping chances are you are exploring the Cyclades Islands, which are home to Santorini and Mykonos. But there are over 25 other islands in this Aegean archipelago, including Naxos, Paros and Milos and most have all the beauty and splendor of the famous duo but without the crowds or the price tags. Paros, in particular, has a lot to offer and a lot of excellent accommodation catering for all budgets. There are no high rise and big all-inclusive resorts so the emphasis is on small family-run boutique hotels and rooms. Here’s an overview of where to stay on Paros including Paros hotels that we personally recommend.
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Some families will be better suited to self contained accommodation whilst other people prefer a hotel with a bar and plenty of activities on hand. There’s a lot to see and do on Paros as well so it pays to choose somewhere to stay that is in your best interests.
Naoussa is a lively fishing village at the north of the island, about a 15 minute drive from the port in Parikia and about 30 minutes from the airport.
Naoussa is the 2nd biggest town on the island and is slightly more upmarket, and more expensive, than Parikia. It has many excellent bars and tavernas around the main square at the port and lovely shops and boutiques, as well as a winery. The night life can get pretty busy here in peak period with many bars open until dawn and a vibrant party atmosphere, although it is very quiet only a few streets back. There is a lot to do and for many people really no need to leave the town at all!
Recommended hotels in Naoussa
Budget hotel : Irini Rooms
mid-range hotel : Paliomylos Spa Hotel
Luxury hotel: Lilly Residence Boutique Hotel ( adults only)
Best Airbnb Villa for groups : Villa Hara
Parikia is the capital of Paros and is also home to about 3000 people as well as being the main port. It is the commercial centre of the island and where you will find services and amenities such as banks, travel agents, government, churches and museums.
Sometimes referred to as Hora ( town) it is a pretty port and the old quarter has all the typical cycladic architecture and elements with the narrow alleys and whitewashed buildings. There is an ancient castle at the highest point of the town near the windmills. It is also home to what is considered one of the most important Byzantine churches in all of Greece, Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors).
Most of the ferried servicing the Cyclades from Athens first stop at Parikia so for many people this is the first place they see in the Greek Islands. As a result it attracts a lot of young people and is where most of the budget accommodation and hostels are found.
Recommended hotels in Parakia
Budget hotel : Livadia Hotel
mid-range hotel : Akrotiri Hotel
Luxury hotel: Minois Village Boutique villas and spa (1.1 kms from town centre)
Best Airbnb Villa for groups : Villa Meltemi Luxury
Piso Livadi is on the south east of the island and is a small working fishing port. There are several excellent seafood tavernas and cafes and a number of boats are moored here in summer as it is easy to access Naxos and the Small Cyclades.
Recommended hotels in Piso Livadi
Recommended Budget hotel : Panorama Rooms and Suites
Recommended mid-range hotel : Cleopatra Homes
Best Airbnb for groups: Villa Nausithoe l
Lefkas is a medieval village in the middle of the island about 30 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes south of Naoussa. It is very quaint and authentic and whilst popular with day trippers few tourists stay there. The main attraction is the beautiful Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) and there is also a few small museums. There are sweeping view back over Naxos and the surrounding countryside. You can also follow the Byzantine Road which leads down to the sea.
Recommended hotels in Lefkas
Recommended mid-range hotel : Lefkas Village Hotel
Best Airbnb for groups: Paros traditional stone house
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