Paros, the second largest island of the Cyclades is well-known as the beauty queen of the Aegean. The hills of Agii Pantes gently span downwards to lonely pebble-covered and wide sandy bays. Instead of the usual barren landscapes of the Cyclades, the first impression of Paros is that of a Mediterranean-green island.
In the South and East of Paros the idyll even raises: Acres of wheat and barley, beds of melons, orange- and lemon trees, olive groves, figs and almonds. There is even enough water to plant tomatoes, eggplants, cucumbers and, of course, vines.
Then there's also the 700m spanning Golden Beach on the east coast which is the site of the windsurf world-cup every year. Situated behind, one can catch a glimpse of a white hill right under the mountain of Kefalos: Marpissa, said to be the most beautiful village in Greece. 2km along, the byzantine trail spans upward to the flowery mountain village of Lefkes. Dozens of writers, painters, sculptors, musicians and poets turn Paros into the cultural hub of the Cyclades.
In the capital of Paros, Parikia, the other half of the tourists' setting takes place. People stroll through the white alleys, settle back below the Kastro or rest at one of the tavernas opposite of the gorgeous church of Ekatontapyliani, the oldest church of Greece which has been steadily in service. Around midnight everyone once more grazes the mile long water front with tavernas, clubs and countless bars at grasp. Everything wide open, just like the people of this island. DAY 1
- Pick up from your hotel to the port of Piraeus.
- Embarkation on the Blue star ferry. Departure at 07:25.
- Arrival at Paros Port at 11:40.
- Free time to tour the island.
- Overnight at the hotel. DAY 2
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Island tour of Paros: This tour will take you to Parikia, the capital of Paros. Here you can visit the famous Byzantine Church of Ekatontapyliani, the church of "the Hundred Doors." Leaving the church, we wander through the narrow streets of Parikia and visit the old Venetian castle on the southwestern side of the harbor. After Parikia, we head towards the marble quarries of Marathi and on to the highest village on the island, Lefkes. This village was the former capital of Paros, and here we can enjoy a short walk through the village to visit the 17th century church of the Holy Trinity. Leaving Lefkes, we make our way to the small village of Pisso Livadi, where we will have time to enjoy a nice lunch in one of the local taverns, or swim in the clear blue sea on the small sandy beach. Our final stop is at the small resort of Naoussa, where we will walk through its narrow streets, admire its whitewashed houses and explore its small harbor area.
- Overnight at the hotel. DAY 3
- Breakfast at the hotel.
- Free time in the morning.
- Depart for the port of Piraeus at 10:45.
- 3 star hotel accommodation in Paros with breakfast
- Paros Island tour on day 2
- Boat tickets in economy class
- Meals and drinks not in description
- Tips and gratuities
- Personal expenses
- Optional activity costs
- 4 star hotel accommodation also available. Please inquire.