The only downside to Paros was that we didn’t have long enough here. It was a stopover to get us closer to our next destination, but in hindsight we should have stayed for longer than 2 nights.
A taxi cost €15 from the ferry port to our hotel Arkoulis in Naousa. The hotel was spotless and great value with a pool, air conditioning, just 900 metres from the town and booked through Booking.com. The two nights accommodation here cost less than the fish we had for dinner in the port!
Paros is without doubt one of the prettiest places I’ve ever seen. Whitewashed buildings, high end shops, quaint and so pretty, contemporary in design and yet managing to retain their traditional greekness (the paint trade is where I’d be if I lived here). It’s easy to spend lots of money here.
Jewellery shops, fashion boutiques, beauty salons, juice bars, our favourite was SouSouRo, Naousa has everything; except a beach. Which is not a problem as you can take a boat from the harbour to 3 beaches; Kolimbithres, Lageri or Ag.Ioannis. It takes about 10 minutes and they are frequent and cost €13 Return for 2.
At night the port area comes alive. Restaurants, bars and sunsets you can’t miss. It’s a dressy affair (unless you’re us and went straight from the beach). Just like everywhere we’ve visited so far in this adventure the locals are friendly and helpful.
Paros is well worth a visit and the perfect place to max out those instagram accounts, such is its charm. Although tourism is on the rise, it isn’t big enough for the large cruise liners to dock, which in my opinion is a good thing and will go some way to ensure it retains its village vibe. Next stop Milos.