When I would tell people that I visited the Greek islands of Santorini, Naxos and Paros last summer, most people would say, “Oh, you went to Paris, too?” And then I would have to explain that I said Paros, not Paris. Obviously if you’re reading it, as opposed to hearing it, you wouldn’t have the same the confusion. But that said, Paros is not well known to American travelers although a lot of Brits have vacation homes there.
Paros doesn’t have the spectacular vistas of Santorini or the ancient ruins of Naxos, but it still has a plenty to offer. I would highly recommend staying in the town of Naoussa at the Stelia Mare, as we did. It’s a great boutique hotel that’s in walking distance to the heart of the town, but far away enough so that’s quiet at night. This former sleepy fishing village has earned the moniker “Mini Mykonos” for its abundance of boutiques and happening nightlife along the small Venetian port. Not having been to Mykonos, I can’t really compare the two. But I can say that Naoussa was very charming and had the best vibe of any town we visited.
The beaches by Naoussa aren’t that great but for a few euros you can take a 10-minute ride on a small fishing caique (boat) from the town’s harbor to Kolimbithres, one of the most famous beaches in the Greek Islands. There isn’t much sand, but you’ll be so enthralled by the rock formations you won’t even care. And, the calm water is perfect for swimming or wading. Below are my photos of our trip from Naoussa to Kolimbithres.