If you are thinking about visiting Greece this year, Paros could be one of the places you have explored and done some research on. It may not be as famous as other Greek islands such as Santorini or Mykonos, but it is definitely a firm favourite amongst tourists and is a very busy island. Here we give you some of the main reasons you should visit Paros this year.
A Bit about the History of Paros
First, we thought we’d give you a little bit of insight into the history of Paros. It has been previously known as Mykonos-lite as it is similar in some ways to that, but it is mysterious in it’s own way. It has lots of history dating back to neo lithic times. Paros, unlike some of the other Greek island has a one size fits all approach, much like a supermarket – you will find something for everyone. There is a lot to get through and enjoy, so if you had just a few days planned there – you might want to extend your stay to make sure you can fit everything in.
It has Great Nightlife
If you have some partying planned – then you will be happy to know that Paros has some great nightlife. Paros is a lot cheaper than other islands when it comes to going out and about at night, which is good for those of you who are on a budget. You can visit islands such as Paroikia and Naoussa within Paros where you will find there is always something going on. You can enjoy everything from party boats, foam parties, beach parties and more. Paros is the perfect place to kick back and have fun with some friends.
Fantastic Accommodation Options
There are some beautiful hotels in Paros, and you can usually book on different types of board (i.e half-board, full-board, all-inclusive etc). Alternatively, you may also want to opt for a villa. There are lots of Paros Greece villas for rent and suitable to all types of budgets and requirements. You can also be flexible in your length of stay with these, and it is perfect if there is a large group of you all going on holiday together or a family. BlueVillas has some great deals on luxury villas in Greece. This is more than ideal for your relaxing visit for Paros.
You Can Steep Yourself in Greek History
People tend to associate Greece in general with history – and Paros is no different. You can explore the likes of the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani which can be found in Paprika town. It is arguably the best preserved Paleo-Christian monuments in Greece and is surrounded by 3 chapels. The church dates back to the 4th century A.D. You can also pay the Paros archaeological museum which was founded in 1960 – where you will find amazing exhibits from the excavations of Paros and Antiparos. These are just a couple of places you can visit in Paros if you are interested in history.
It has Some Fun Outdoor Activities
If you are a little on the adventurous side – you will be happy to know that there are some great outdoor activities to enjoy in Paros. A fun fact is that it hosted the Windsurfing World Championship 3 times. Some of the watersports you can take part in include: canoeing, jet skiing, waterskiing, scuba diving, kite surfing and more. Diving is also incredibly popular at Paros. You will find that there are lots of diving centres throughout the island. If you go on a diving trip, you can enjoy looking at some of the underwater creatures. There is also the Paros Park-a-thematic park where you will find some fantastic hiking trails and mountain routes. This is actually quite relaxing and a great way to get in touch with nature. Birdwatching has become popular during these hikes – or if you want to set your sights on some underwater creatures – then there are lots of boat trips that you can embark on.
There are Lots of Beaches
If you are looking for a beach holiday – then you will absolutely love Paros. There are a few to choose from though, so make sure you do your research and opt for the one that’s right for you. One of the most popular beaches is Golden beach which is perfect for those water sports enthusiasts. Santa Maria is also great for water sports, and also features a nice beach bar with music. If you are going to Paros to party – then Punda beach will be right up your street. There is some amazing scenery to enjoy at their beaches – and you can also look forward to crystal clear waters for swimming.
The Delicious Food
Make sure you have an authentic experience at Paros and enjoy some traditional Greek cuisine. You will find that most restaurants will have this and will only add to your time away. Seafood is a specialty in Paros, so you will find it served a lot, however in traditional Greek style. Make sure you check out some of the local food during your trip.
There are Always Festivities
Whether it is high season or low season – you can bet there is something going on in Paros. There will always be some celebration to look forward to. This could come in the form of music, parades, performances, food and drink festivals and lots more. Before you book your holiday to Paros – do a little bit of research online to find out what celebrations are in place the time of year you are thinking of going.
If Greece was on your list of destinations for 2019, but you hadn’t yet decided on an island – Paros could be the one to go for. It is packed full of activities – that there’s something for everyone to enjoy whether you are going with your family or a group of mates. Hopefully we have helped you on your way with your decision.
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