A trip to Greece was on my bucket list for a long time. I was eager to see the iconic white washed buildings, ancient ruins, beautiful scenery, and try all of the delicious cuisine. My trip included a stay on Paros, which is an island in the Cyclades.
Paros is a dreamy place. It has great beaches, amazing food and a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the sunshine.
Getting to Paros
After a great time spent in Naxos, we boarded Blue Star Ferries to Paros island. When we arrived, we 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.
Paros is one of those great little islands that you can drive all the way around in no time. It has a little bit of everything…from beaches to quaint villages to amazing food!
When in Paros, you must go to 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 see the Byzantine Road, a marble-paved path, built to connect Marpissa with Parikia 1000 years ago.
A special thank you to Meiry for joining me on my trip and taking photos for me.
Wine Tasting in Paros
One of the things not to be missed in the Cyclades is definitely wine tasting. We visited Moraitis Winery in Paros and absolutely loved it! Upon our arrival, the members of the Moraitis family introduced us to the modern technology they use in combination with long tradition to produce a high-quality wine of Paros.
Wind Surfing in Paros
We visited one of the most famous beaches in Paros among surfers, Chrissi Akti. All surfers come here to practice their adrenalin-boosting skills on kite surf or windsurf. Check out the Sunwind Surf Club in case you want to try windsurfing in Paros!
Our next stop was at Tsitsanis Tavern at the traditional village of Prodromos. This picturesque tiny village is nestled in the green valleys 7 km south of Naoussa. Absolutely loved its whitewashed traditional cube houses, beautiful churches and friendly local people.
My Trip to Greece Vlog
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On our last day in Greece, we visited Paros Park for some hiking. This theme park has great historical importance and offers a variety of cultural and environmental activities all year round. Paros Park is breathtaking there is this cute little church right by the water that has the most lovely view and the hikes are easy and you get the most amazing views the whole time. We hiked to the lighthouse and it was wonderful.
We also visited Arsenis Farm, the largest biological farm in the Cyclades.
Where We Stayed in Paros
During our stay in Paros we stayed at the Adonis Hotel located in the village of Naoussa. It was a great central location.
The charming and elegant Adonis Hotel in Naoussa is located just 30 m from the beach. Enjoy the stunning view of the Parian sea from your room, studio or apartment. Almost all rooms in Adonis Hotel have a view of the bay of Naoussa and the open sea. it is super windy on Paros which means great for wind sports but it is harsh on the hair lol!
Cooking Lessons in Paros
While is in Paros, I got to spend the afternoon with a wonderful family and learn how to cook some favourite Greek dishes. We made Greek salad (of course) and beef stew.
I went to Paros during off season (October), which meant there was hardly any tourists. If you aren’t a fan of crowds, I would suggest you visit in the off season, too.
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