So, what are your plans during your stay in Paros? If Paros island hopping isn’t one of them, think again!
Because island hopping from Paros is hands down the best way to explore the most popular Cycladic islands. Let alone, you’ll have the ultimate Greek island experience. We're talking about a win-win situation!
Tempting, isn’t it?
But, you must be wondering what the best island hopping routes from Paros are.
Well, we did all the hard work just for you. We have put together a list with the best islands to visit during your holidays in Paros!
So, let the island hopping experience begin!
1st stop: Mykonos
Well, Mykonos needs no introduction, right?
For one thing, it’s the most glamorous island in Greece. Don’t be surprised if you spot several celebrities on the island! For another, Mykonos has an elegant Cycladic beauty that makes its visitors coming back again and again.
Whitewashed houses, Cycladic landscape, breathtaking beaches, a colorful port and luxurious boutiques are just some of the things to expect when visiting Mykonos.
Haven’t been to Mykonos yet?
What if we told you that you’re missing out not having this cosmopolitan paradise in your bucket list?
Little Venice Mykonos
Probably the most picturesque spot in Mykonos, Little Venice will steal your heart!
Beautiful vintage fishing houses, built right on the edge of the sea, creating a scenery similar to Venice in Italy. Having colorful balconies and big windows, the houses seem to have popped out of a painting! Many years ago, these houses used to belong to sailors and captains who wanted to be very close to the sea. Now, though, they have been transformed into chic cafes and restaurants.
Although the place is rather quiet in the morning, it gets crowded as the sun goes down. And there’s a good reason for that.
Watching the sunset from Little Venice, while having a drink on the waterfront is a unique experience!
Well, this might not be surprising, but the beaches in Mykonos are pretty famous around the world!
Just imagine long sandy coasts with crystal clear waters, having many tourist facilities and accommodation options for all tastes.
Paradise beach is one of the most popular beaches in Mykonos! This beach is organised with sunbeds and umbrellas, while it also has many facilities. At Paradise beach, you’ll find the iconic Cavo Paradiso, a big complex including a nightclub, a pool, a beach bar and a restaurant.
Platis Gialos beach is another favorite, mainly because of its dreamy turquoise waters! It’s a fully organized beach with lots of facilities, ideal for families. There are also many bars and restaurants on the beach. Cause what’s better than enjoying your meal or drink with a sea view?
Ftelia beach is your best choice for a relaxing day at the beach! Pretty isolated, Ftelia beach is an amazing alternative to the crowded Mykonos beaches. What’s more, Ftelia is popular among windsurfers. This is because “Meltemi”, the Cycladic north wind, creates the perfect wind conditions for water sports.
2nd stop: Naxos
Ready for our second stop?
We’re heading to Naxos, the biggest of the Cycladic islands!
Both the fertile green land of Naxos and its culture will leave you speechless. Secluded beaches, mountain villages, ancient sites, delicious Mediterranean cuisine…
No jokes, we could go on forever!
Well, chances are you already know this one!
Truth is, Portara is the trademark of Naxos. And there’s a good reason for that!
Basically, a huge marble doorway, Portara is one of the most impressive sites in Naxos. It’s located at Palatia islet, close to the port of Naxos.
Wanna know the history behind the famous Portara?
Portara is actually the entrance to an unfinished temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo. It’s not a coincidence that the temple was supposed to face Delos, Apollo’s birthplace! The entrance of the temple, which is the only part of the temple remaining, is 8 meters high and 3.5 meters wide. It’s made of 4 blocks of marble, weighting about 20 tons. Amazing, right?
Portara is also a gate to a breathtaking view! At this exact spot you can marvel some amazing sea and, of course, sunset views.
Whether you want a secluded beach to kick back and relax, or an organized beach with water sports facilities, Naxos has all the options.
With over 30 beaches around the island, you bet you’ll find the perfect one for you!
Agios Georgios beach is the best beach option, for those who don’t want to get far from the town. This long sandy beach is one of the most popular spots for windsurfing, thanks to its ideal wind conditions! Moreover, it’s organized with umbrellas, sunbeds, restaurants and bars.
Agios Prokopios beach will leave you speechless with its dreamy pool-like emerald waters! This is, hands down one of the most popular and most beautiful beaches in Naxos. It has thick sand and calm waters, ideal for swimming. What’s more, it’s organized with umbrellas, seabeds and beach bars for entertainment all day long!
At Plaka beach, the scenery will blow you away! Just imagine a long beach with white sand, sand dunes and crystal clear blue waters. The best part, though, is its peaceful atmosphere. So, if you are in relaxation mode, skip the overcrowded beaches and head straight to Plaka beach!
3rd stop: Antiparos
So close to Paros, yet so different, Antiparos is full of surprises!
Breathtaking views, beaches with crystal clear waters, traditional fish taverns and narrow paved streets. You really have to try to find something bad about Antiparos!
Simplicity and culture though, are the main characteristics of Antiparos.
What does this mean?
If you’re someone who likes relaxing holidays in a peaceful environment, you’ll absolutely love Antiparos!
The Cave of Antiparos
If you had to choose just one thing to see in Antiparos, it would definitely be the Cave of Antiparos!
Just imagine a huge ancient cave, full of stalactites and stalagmites, creating a mysterious atmosphere. A true natural wonder!
The Cave of Antiparos is about 5.600 square meters, while its depth is about 85 meters. The findings inside the cave, dating back in Stone Age, show that it was discovered around that period.
Although the people living in Antiparos knew about the cave for many years, it only became widely known in 1673.
Why is that?
In December of 1673, the French ambassador in Constantinople, Marquis de Nointel, accompanied by 500 people, including painters and designers, discovered the cave. Given that it was Christmas eve, he decided to perform a Christmas mass upon a huge stalagmite. You can still find the engraved inscription made that night, at the big stalagmite, used as an altar!
Do you love the more isolated and secluded beaches, preferably surrounded by natural landscape?
Then, Antiparos is for you!
At the 57 meters coastline of Antiparos, you’ll find some amazing beaches!
Glyfa beach is a great option, if you want to just kick back and relax at a quiet beach. This is one of the most beautiful beaches in Antiparos! It has golden sand and crystal clear waters, while it’s also organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and a windsurfing school (!).
Psaraliki beaches (I & II) are two very easily accessed organised sandy beaches. Thanks to their close distance to Paros, waves don’t have enough space to develop. This is what makes these beaches the ideal choice for families with little kids!
Soros beach is the biggest and one of the most popular beaches in Antiparos! It’s a clean sandy beach with umbrellas and seabeds, perfect for a long day at the beach.The best part though, is that at Soros beach you can find traditional taverns, serving the most delicious local delicacies.
So, what does all this mean?
That you should make the right call and hop on a ferry to Paros as soon as possible! Island hopping from Paros to the most beautiful Cycladic islands is as easy as it can get!
Rent a car and enjoy your holidays!