Paros has been tagged as primarily a ferry hub in recent times. Yet Paros’ bustling capital with its ancient remains, the resort town of Naoussa and sweet rural villages are all the more charming for their relative lack of crowds, and there’s plenty to do, with good walks, plus excellent windsurfing, kite-surfing and diving.
Antiparos lies dreamily offshore from Paros. As soon as your ferry docks, there’s a distinct slowing down in the pace of things. The main village and port (also called Antiparos) are relaxed. There’s a touristy gloss around the waterfront and main street, but the village runs deep inland to quiet squares and alleyways that give way suddenly to open fields. You can also visit our Cyclades Travel Guide for information on all the best Cyclades Islands.
Paros & Antiparos Weather (When to Visit)
Peak holiday season on Paros is from early July to the end of August, when temperatures are higher, crowds of foreigners and locals travel to the Greek islands. You won’t miss out on warm weather if you come in late May, June, September and early October which is an excellent time to visit. If resting, sightseeing or even cycling and hiking is the reason you visit Paros, then late Spring and early autumn is best since the temperature is very pleasant, and there is no traffic. In July and August; beaches, bars and nightclubs are at their busiest. And of course hotels will be booked solid.
Best Antiparos Beaches
Agios Georgios Beach
On the western side of the island, by the village of Agios Georgios and 11km from the main town, is this beautiful beach of the same name. It’s a sheltered bay looking out to the uninhabited island of Despotiko, and is the option for those looking for a more secluded beach. There are a couple of traditional restaurants nearby, and boat trips to Despotiko often depart from here.
This beach is one of the most popular on the island, and, with its bar, umbrellas and sunbeds for rent, is the most similar to that of the other more famous islands’ “party beaches.” It tends to attract young couples and locals, and fewer families with children, as the water is not as shallow and it has a few rocks. Those who don’t want to pay for the shade of the umbrellas, often find shade under the trees — but you have to get there early to get a spot.
This is really two beaches in one, Psaraliki I and Psaraliki II. Its central location (it’s a 5-minute walk from the port), shallow waters and shade from the trees attract families and those who enjoy water sports. It’s a fairly organized beach, so you have several options, from windsurfing to beach tennis. If you prefer to just sunbathe, there are sunbeds and umbrellas for rent, where you can lie as you watch the boats going between the island and neighboring Paros.
Facing the island of Paros, Glyfa is for those looking for a more off-the-beaten-path beach. It’s found in a southern, rural part of the island, about 6km from the main town, and remains calm and unspoiled, with golden sand and clear waters. That makes it a favorite of families, and an alternative to the more popular Psaraliki.
Sifneikos – Sunset Beach
The small beach of Sifneikos is named after the neighboring island is Sifnos, which can be seen in the distance. It has crystal-clear waters, but it can be windy, and on those windy days the calm waters can turn into waves. Its alternative name is “Sunset Beach,” as it’s the island’s best spot to watch the sunset.
Best Paros Beaches
This beach is particularly impressive because of the huge blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the centuries. Small sandy coves are lining one after another, constituting the beach of Kolimbithres. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired in some of the beaches and some water sports facilities are even available.
Parasporos is located south of Parikia, the capital of Paros, next to a campsite, which is the reason why it is often very crowded. It is a large beach with emerald waters and golden sand. A couple of beach bars are available on the beach and organize a few parties during summer time, with dancing and drinking all night long.
Golden Beach is considered to be one of the best beaches of Paros. Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti) is a long golden sandy beach famous by windsurfers for its ideal wind conditions. Every August the Professional Windsurfing World Cup is organized on this beach, gathering many windsurfing celebrities. Golden Beach is fully organized offering plenty of windsurfing facilities.
New Golden Beach
This long sandy beach is well known water sports and mostly for wind surfing. The beach is famous for the golden sand and the crystal water. There are many water sports centers that provide training for all ages. It is very well-organized with umbrellas, sundecks and bars offering food and drinks.
Santa Maria Beach
Santa Maria beach is great for snorkeling and there is also a diving school. The beach is long with some loungers, with a diving and windsurfing center. The water is perfect and clear and the sun drenched sand whiter than you will find on other parts of the island. You’ll fin sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities for windsurfing, scuba diving, paddle boats, etc.
Recommended Paros & Antiparos Tours & Activities by Viator
Paros Bus Island Tour
Lazy Dash – 7 Days of Relaxed Sailing in the Cyclades
Begin your journey from the port of Paros and head south to the little Cyclades. The journey will first take you to the remote island of Despotiko to experience the Cycladic night Sky in one of their favorite remote beaches. Then enjoy the turquoise waters of Schoinousa, Ano Koufonisi, Keros and Kato Koufonisi. Swim and dive in some of the most extraordinary beaches of the Aegean. Then sail to Donousa, before heading west towards the islands of Macheres and the port of Naxos. Learn more about the Lazy Dash 7 Day Sailing.
Best Paros & Antiparos Restaurants
Statheros Restaurant Paros $11 – 30
This hidden gem serves up delicious small dishes of Middle Eastern appetizers, Statheros is one that not many are buzzing about yet but they will. Hidden in a cozy alley, Statheros’ simple but great quality Greek meze include: moussaka, cod fritters, keftedakia (meatballs). Telephone: 30 2284 051888 Web: Statheros Restaurant
Soso Paros $11 – 30
Soso tops every restaurant list in Paros, because it serves fantastic Greek dishes with a modern flair. Tucked inside the tiny alleys of Naousa, Soso oozes a romantic ambiance perfect for couples dining out. Get the aubergine rolls with bacon and cheese, slow-cooked pork, lamb in lemon sauce, and the tuna souvlaki. Make a reservation because it’s one of the most popular restaurants in town. Telephone: 30 69748 78281 Web: Soso
Siparos Paros $11 – 30
Siparos is one of the most recommended restaurants in Paros and is known for its grilled fish, orzo, mussels, and tagliata. It’s located between the Naoussa and Santa Maria Beach, so don’t miss the sunset. There’s a great wine list to go along with grilled shrimps and grilled calamari. Telephone: 30 22840 52785 Web: Siparos
Captain Pipinos Antiparos $11 – 30
The restaurant is beautifully situated in Agios Georgios and has a fantastic view directly on the sea and the island Despotiko. Great food, brilliant fish! Can be highly recommended. Telephone: 30 2284 021823 Web: Captain Pipinos
Argo Restaurant Antiparos $11 – 30
Argo is a traditional, family-run taverna with superior home cooking. The house potato salad is excellent as well as the Greek meze starters. Good house wine. Excellent value. Excellent service from a conscientious family. The taverna has plenty of outside space and shade. Telephone: 30 2284 061419 Web: Argo Restaurant
Pavlos Place $11 – 30
Wonderful local dishes presented by the charming crew of the Pavlos family. Tasteful, delicious plates of wonderful food. It feels like coming home, friendly and warm welcome and the best greek dishes in Antiparos. Pavlos is a must do! Telephone: 30 2284 061420 Web: Pavlos Place
Best Paros & Antiparos Bars
Fouska is a popular cocktail bar with a unique ambiance and design, as well as great music and the most trendy chilled-out island vibe one could hope for. The outside seating area is lit by candlelight, while the inside cozy bar area is a hot-spot for young and fashionable crowds. Telephone: 30 2284 055269 Web: Fouska
Kosmos Cocktail Bar Paros
Kosmos focuses on quality drinks as well as maintaining a dynamic musical presence hosting a number of DJs and live music events. Following the Greek island style, in the summer the bar places its tables outside on the picturesque cobblestone alley, where its guests can enjoy a uniquely chilled ambiance in the candlelight. Telephone: 30 698 403 7804 Web: Kosmos Cocktail Bar
Sativa Music Bar Paros
Sativa Music Bar is a popular spot for live music and music events. Located in a two-storey house, it offers ample internal and external space and a very relaxing chilled out environment. The Moroccan inspired decor is warm and inviting. Telephone: 30 2284 028307 Web: Sativa Music Bar
A place to relax in a friendly environment, while enjoying the best service, quality cocktails and great music. Surprisingly innovative cocktails served with a delicate touch combined with various kinds of music, ready to be enjoyed in a perfectly created atmosphere. Telephone: 30 6978 230103 Web: Boogaloo
Tabula Rasa Antiparos
Tabula Rasa has elegant cocktails, premium drinks and a large selection of beers and wines to accompany the funky, soulful, swing and jazzy tunes of their resident DJs. Telephone: 30 697 823 0103 Web: Tabula Rasa