Published on July 27th, 2016 | by Ozlem Avcioglu0
Paros Guide : The Most Elegant and Magical Island of Greece
Do not visit Paros if you don’t want to come more than once! Paros has “the magic” that makes you addicted. Paros has a bit of everything you expect from an island in the Cyclades archipelago – whitewashed villages, blue-domed churches, blonde-sand beaches, fishing harbors overlooked by taverna tables, plus elegant restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. One of the hot spots in Paros island, is the picturesque harbor of Naoussa, with its Venetian castle its the center of cosmopolitan life of the island.
Also called Paros Town or Hora, Parikia is the capital of Paros and with its picturesque, narrow paved streets, whitewashed cubic and flat roofed houses and nice cafes and restaurants its a must see town.
Argonauta Hotel: Situated in Parikia, Argonauta Hotel is the best boutique hotel of Parikia. Built in 1975 by the Ghika family, it has become the favorite destination for all those seeking a quite, modern, family hotel in the center of the town. Each single room has a window or balcony, is decorated in green and blue hues, and has marble floors and a wooden ceiling. The rooms look out on the main square or the traditional narrow streets of Parikia.
Astir of Paros: The Astir of Paros is a luxury beach resort only a breath away from Naoussa. Alongside the unruffled Aegean Sea overlooking the resort’s golden private beach adjacent to Kolymbithres beach, the hotel encapsulates luxurious amenities and unrivalled services. The beach hotel resort embraces the traditional architecture of the Cyclades in a private oasis of luxury in Greece.
Paros Restaurants and Bars:
Barbarossa: Barbarossa, since its opening in 1963, offers ouzo and fresh seafood with an emphasis on quality and delivery. Today’s successors of the family, renovated the place, but they continued the tradition of Barbarossa, a tradition which made Barbarossa, a «must» for every visitor or resident of Paros. Since 2007, they work with the famous chef Joseph Sykianakis, who studied in Culinary Institute of America, one of the best culinary schools in the world and the Ecole Cuisine Alain Ducasse, and has experience from leading restaurants both in Greece and abroad . The famous chef shares the same vision with the family for fresh, pure and traditional materials. He created a menu based on a variety of tastes in seafood and fish, original salads and appetizers. Before your dinner or for a night out the Barbarossa Bar is the best choice, serving a great variety of cocktails and long drinks.
Levantis: Levantis Garden Restaurant is located in the Castro area of the old town in Parikia, Paros. It is a long-established restaurant on the island of Paros, serving customers for over 50 years. The contemporary Greek cuisine served at Levantis Restaurant by chef, Giorgios Mavridis, combines traditional dishes with modern Mediterranean twists and flavors. The dining experience is enhanced by a unique courtyard garden shaded by a two hundred year old grape vine which is abundant with green leaves and clusters of purple grapes in the summer months.
Siparos : Siparos is a seasonal restaurant in a seaside area near Santa Maria. Their aim is to promote local products and fresh seafood using traditional recipes. Siparos is located by the sea and its view during the sunset, makes it an ideal choice for lunch and dinner.
Mario: Mario is located in the beautiful harbor of Naousa. There, you will enjoy your meal in a romantic atmosphere. Having a beautiful view, you will taste fresh salads with tomatoes of restaurant’s production and a Mediterranean cuisine that is cooked with pure ingredients from the farm of the owner’s family. Do not forget to taste the Carpaccio or the octopus with chilli flakes and also the souvlaki prawns.
Come Back and Toca Premium Cocktail bar are a known meeting point of Naoussa’s nightlife.
Kolymbithres Beach: This famous beach tucked into the bay of Naoussa has gorgeous blue-green water and smooth greyish rocks chiselled into phantamasgorical shapes interspersed with delicious golden coves of varying sizes.
Monastiri beach : Monastiri is a long, sandy coast among rocks. There is a restaurant on the beach, ideal both for lunch and for take away sandwiches. Monastiri is accessible by car from Naoussa
Mikri Santa Beach Club : Located in Santa Maria Bay, you can enjoy lunch or dinner at the restaurant “Mikri Santa” tasting fresh traditional ingredients.
Tango Mar Beach restaurant and bar : Located Livadia Beach Parikia, the beach club and restaurant has local food and its open till 11 pm.
Paros Shopping :
Paros, especially Naoussa has many elegant boutiques and shops. Luxury Boutique Angels in Parikia and Naoussa is the best place for trendy clothing and accessories. Electric and Nostalgia are the other nice stores to visit.