When trying to decide which Greek islands that we wanted to visit, we originally planned to go to Mykonos after Naxos. Unfortunately, Mykonos isn’t exactly “budget friendly” and we couldn’t find a single Airbnb on the island under $50 a night (most were well above $100!). So, we needed a backup plan.
Our backup plan basically consisted of searching Airbnb’s all around Greece until we found a good one that was within our nightly budget.
And that, my friends, is how we wound up in Paros.
Paros is literally right next door to Naxos. Like literally, next door. You can see Paros from Apollo’s gate at the tip of Naxos. So after a quick 40 minute ferry ride on BlueStar Ferries, we were in Paros!
Similarly to Naxos, our Airbnb in Paros was a family run hotel. This time it was run by a man, Giannis along with this wife. He actually built the hotel himself and it consists of six beautiful bedrooms that sit atop a cliff overlooking the entire harbor. It was gorgeous.
And not only was the room wonderful, but the service was five star. Giannis picked us up and dropped us off at the port, and he also drove us into town one day so that we could rent an ATV to explore the island (Yes, we just had to do it again!). Also, because we visited Paros in the “low season” (May, June and September are considered the low season in Greece), we were one of the only two guests at the hotel. When it is slow like this, Giannis actually provides a beautiful Greek breakfast every morning and delivers it to your room. Couldn’t ask for better service.
We were in heaven.
Given the opportunity, we would absolutely return to Giannis’ home and anyone going to Paros I would highly highly recommend staying there.
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Paros is a much less trafficked island compared to the others that we visited, but Giannis told us that tourism had almost tripled in the last few years. I can definitely see Paros becoming a major destination for visitors to the Greek islands.
The island itself is pretty spread out, so I would recommend renting an ATV or scooter to get around. We had so much fun in Santorini on the ATV so we knew from the get-go that we wanted to rent one again. $25 got us an ATV for the day and we didn’t have to pay for gas (or at least they didn’t make us?) so it turned out to be really inexpensive.
We had a great time exploring the island and got to visit some of the other towns like Naoussa and Santa Maria on the Northeast tip of the island.
Knowing that Paros was going to be our last “beach” location for a while, we wanted to soak up as much time next to the water as possible. There is an awesome beach bar, Tango Mar, which Giannis recommended to us. As long as you spend $3, you can use two sun chairs and an umbrella all day. It’s a no-brainer and it wound up being where we spent most of our time in Paros. Well, that and eating gyros. (I think we ate about 12 gyros in the 10 days that we were in the Greek Islands, no joke).