A trip to Greece was high on my bucket list, so I was so excited to finally get there. On this trip, I went to two islands…Naxos and Paros. Naxos which is the largest island in the Cyclades welcomes its visitors with plenty of history, ancient ruins, stunning landscape, hospitable locals, and tasty Greek food. Paros, which is the island next door, also has great food, culture and the best wind surfing around. People come from all over to wind surf there because it is always windy!
Our first stop was to Athens where we stayed overnight and then flew on Aegean Air to Naxos. You can check out my Naxos blog post here. I enjoyed Naxos because it was relaxing , making it a great place to stay if you want to disconnect and recharge. While in Naxos be sure to check out the old town. It is so pretty and the view from the top will make your jaw drop. We spent 3 days on Naxos then made our way to Paros for another 3 days.
We stayed in a villa at the Naxian Collection during our stay on Naxos. It was the most stunning place with a beautiful view and private pool. Meiry and I really enjoyed our stay and we loved the home feel that the villa gives you during your stay.
We went sailing during our stay in Naxos. It is a great way to see the island and the view during sunset was breathtaking.
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A special thank you to Meiry for joining me on my trip and taking photos for me.
After a great time spent in Naxos, we boarded Blue Star Ferries to Paros island. Upon our arrival, we simply walked over to a nearby Karent Rent a Car and picked up our rental which was very convenient. Renting a car allows you to explore a lot of the island during your stay.
If you decide to spend your days in Paros swimming and sunbathing, you’ll find a selection of long sandy beaches and tiny isolated coves with crystal clear waters.
Those who want to travel through time and learn about the rich Greek history….then make your way to the village of Lefkes. This whitewash and marble village and its traditional homes with pretty patios sloping upwards look like an amphitheater. While wandering through its peaceful alleys, don’t forget to seethe Byzantine road, a marble-paved path, built to connect Marpissa with Parikia 1000 years ago.
Meiry and I loved Lefkes but we went during off season, so the shops were all closed but it was still enjoyable to look around and explore the empty streets. I am not a fan of crowds…so I didn’t mind at all.
One of the things not to be missed in the Cyclades is wine tasting. We visited Moraitis Winery in Paros and absolutely loved it! Close to the winery was a restaurant that we just loved called the Tsitsanis Taverna…definitely a place to check out if you are in the area.
Wind surfing is very popular on Paros because it is often windy. People come to the island just for the wind surfing. It was my first time, so I arranged a private lesson. I think I did good for my first time!
In Paros I went to the Swiss Home Hotel and took a cooking class. It was the highlight of my trip. I will share more on my Paros blog post.
Both Naxos and Paros are great places to have some down time and enjoy the sunshine when you visit Greece. I loved that they were less popular locations that allowed us to avoid crowds and connect with the local culture more.