Ferry hub of the Cyclades, Paros is a great base to explore the whole island group. But it's also a great place to stay. The beaches vary from watersports friendly to pristine and secluded, there's fascinating history and mythology to discover, and it's also quite colourful after dark. Paros's sugar cube villages vary from big and bustle-y, to quiet fishing village, to low-key resort, so there's plenty of variety when it comes to choosing the best places to stay on Paros as well.
One of the great things about being tagged as a transport hub is that people assume it's not worth choosing Paros as a base - but it is! And you'll find it much less touristy than some of the other islands in the group, despite the excellent infrastructure.
The best places to stay on Paros are near the beach, and on the south side of Paros are the windsurfing and water sports beaches. The rest of the island alternates rocky cliffs and sandy stretches, which will be a pleasure for those wanting to explore the island on foot. The white marble walkers will come across has long been famous for its quality - this is where the milkily perfect marble for the Venus de Milo came from, and also the marble for Napoleon's tomb.
The capital, Parikia, is one of the best places to stay on Paros because of its colour and energy! It's the main port AND home to the castle and many culturally important churches. It's also where you'll find the liveliest nightlife, and it runs beside a stretch of golden sand. Lined with tavernas. Yria Resort is just outside Parikia in Parasporos. And is one of the best places to stay in Paros because it benefits from all the town's appeals, but is really in its own friendly village.
Antiparos Town, Paros
Beachside accommodation with terrace bar and outdoor dining. Suites are simple and comfortable, some with sea views. Decor is typical of the Cyclades - white everywhere with spashes of blue. The restaurant serves authentic Greek food using local island ingredients. Perfect for complete relaxation.
This stunning resort and spa is the ultimate Grecian getaway. The bright, airy rooms are the height of modern seaside chic, with clean white lines and modern bathrooms. Some include sea view balconies, living rooms and private villas. There is a restaurant, bar, spa and large pool. A luxury stay!
Village-style luxury resort set in lovely bougainvillaea filled gardens. Smart rooms with large comfortable beds and terraces with gorgeous views. Ideally placed just steps from a sandy beach. An extensive spa to help unwind. A romantic fine dining poolside restaurant. Ideal for complete relaxation.