Since the inauguration of its new airport in 2016, Paros has become one of the easiest destinations in the Cyclades. Here are our favorite places to stay.
Paros attracts more French travelers every year, and this is explained. With its crystal-clear waters, its seasonal shops in the alleys painted in whitewash, the small port of Naoussa, its valley of butterflies, its natural landscapes crisscrossed with hiking trails, its rocks sculpted by time which reminds a little of the Seychelles and its trendy bars, the Cycladic island is a terribly endearing destination. Here are our favorite drop-offs all over neighboring Naxos.
Near Parikia, the capital of the island
The Paros Agnanti Hotel, between beaches, taverns and port entertainment
In the Gulf of Parikia, 2.5 km from the city center, Paros Agnanti Hotel is a group of Cycladic buildings that have just been renovated. Less than 100 meters from the equipped beach of Krios and that of Marcelo, 56 rooms for 2 to 6 people with sea view, some with private swimming pools, jacuzzi or patios. Among the extras: tennis, spa, babysitting service and transfer from and to the port or the airport. Mediterranean cuisine using local products and, to extend an evening, a lounge bar by the pool where you can have a cocktail while enjoying the spectacle of the sunset over the bay.
Our favorite : the Art Suite with its small private garden, its Art Deco furniture and its triangular swimming pool, overlooking the sea.
The price : from 290 to 830 €, breakfast included.
Agnanti Hotel, Krios Beach, Parikia, Paros, 84400. Tel. : +30 228 4023 205 or 228 40 25 106 or 228 4025 107.
North, on the road to Naoussa
Le Petres, with a family atmosphere
The Hotel Petres is ideally located to take advantage, before the arrival of tourists, of the rocks sculpted by erosion and the small coves of turquoise water of Kolymbithres, 2 km away. 16 rooms for 2 to 3 people and a suite for 6, all overlooking the sea. A tennis court, a bar and a restaurant make up the whole of this oasis of calm where hospitality is not a myth. The owners, Cléa and Sotiris, French speakers, cultivate the art of welcoming with sincerity. Breakfasts and the traditional dish of the day are cooked on site. Culinary experiences to share with pleasure.
Our favorite : the authentic decoration of the rooms which bear the names of Cycladic islands with the traditional ceilings which keep the freshness.
The price : 180 €, breakfast and transfer from and to the port included.
Petres Hotel, Agios Andréas, 84401, Naoussa, Paros. Phone. : +30 228 4052 467.
In the center of Naoussa
The Secret Garden, which is aptly named
It is in the heart of Naoussa, one of the most beautiful ports in the Cyclades, that the Secret Garden hides in its islet of greenery, at the bend of a tiny unnamed pedestrian street. The 5 duplex maisonettes for 2 to 4 people with private veranda, kitchen and fans, are ideal for families. Distributed around a common courtyard, each unit has 2 beds on the ground floor and a double bedroom upstairs. The key word of the place: conviviality! In all simplicity, Natacha, French-speaking, guides her visitors through the labyrinth of cobbled streets of the village and happily shares the produce from the garden that she cultivates with Christo.
Our favorite : the Damoulis house which bears, like the others, the name of a beach in Paros. A little out of the way, with its splendid fuchsia bougainvillea on the veranda, it is the only small house that does not overlook the common courtyard.
The price : 120 to 140 €.
Secret Garden, Naoussa, next to the “Palio Victoria”. Phone. : +30 228 4051 749.
Towards the beach of Santa Maria
The Ambassador Luxury Villas, feet in the water
5 km from Naoussa, where the nightlife of the island is concentrated, at the southern end of the bay of Santa Maria, one of the most famous developed beaches of Paros, the Ambassador is a hotel complex made up of 6 villas with kitchenette and terrace for 2 to 7 people. Arranged in an amphitheater around a large terrace where a lagoon blue swimming pool accentuates the contrast of the different hues of the sea and the sky overlooking the Aegean Sea, the houses also have access to a small private sandy beach bathed in crystal clear waters. . Possibility of transfer, babysitting, massage, organization of activities or vehicle rental.
Our favorite : the Honeymoon villa with its marine decor, its hot tub on the terrace and its sofa carved into the rock to let yourself be lulled by the spectacle of the waves.
The price : from 480 €.
Ambassador Luxury Villas , Santa Maria, Paros. Phone. : +30 228 4200 525.
On the eastern coast, with a view of Naxos
San Antonio Summer House, a window to other islands
San Antonio Summer House took up residence in the port of Pisso Livadi, a few kilometers from Marpissa, one of the most picturesque villages in Paros, famous for its 17th century houses.e century, its mills and its sculpture museum, but also for its nightlife and trendy bars. Five apartments for 2 to 4 people, some with kitchenette and private balcony overlooking the garden, or on a terrace with swimming pool and sea view. The long golden sandy beach of Logaras is only a 10-minute walk away. the coast, just after the bay of Pisso Livadi which lives to the rhythm of the port where the boats leave for the other nearby Cycladic islands.
Our favorite : the apartment overlooking the pool, the sea in the background, and the island of Naxos on the horizon.
The price : from 80 to 120 € with breakfast served in your room in individual boxes.
San Antonio Summer House, Piso Livadi. Phone. : +30 228 4041 511.
Summer Senses, the 5-star
Soft, curvaceous swimming pools, one of which is shallow, ideal for children, 100 rooms for 2 to 3 people with garden or sea views, some with private swimming pool and a Honeymoon suite with swimming pool and jacuzzi, all at a few meters from the trendy bars of the sandy beach of Pounda. The Summer Senses is an upscale residence with lounge and pool bar, two restaurants dedicated to Cycladic gastronomy, spa, gym and gym, by appointment. Among the many services offered, transfer to and from the port or airport, as well as the possibility of baby-sittings in English or French.
Our favorite : the play of modern architectural forms purified in the interior spaces and all in curves on the outside which underline the power of the surrounding nature.
The price : from € 315 for a room with sea view, breakfast included.
Summer senses, Pounda beach, Paros. Phone. : +30 228 40 93 000.
Lefkes, in the center of the island
The Paros Traditional Windmill, a stay at the mill
Like an echo of the windmill that welcomes boats in the port of Parikia, the Paros Traditional Windmill, on its windswept hill, reminds travelers that Paros has not always lived to the rhythm of tourism. 5 minutes from the peaceful village of Lefkès, the mill built in 1856 is today a cozy little nest for 2 people where wood, stone and traditional decor accentuate the originality of the building. Shower and outdoor kitchen have been fitted out in the old grain stores. The spectacle on the surrounding hills and the island of Naxos, from the veranda which has become a summer lounge, is stunning.
Our favorite : the exceptional decor and the serenity of this historic monument rich in stories from the past.
The price : € 120.
Paros Traditional Windmill, Lefkes, 844 00. Tel. : +30 69 72 82 84 51.
Near Golden Beach
Le Tzané, a haven of freshness
A few meters from the beach of Golden Beach, the sublime fringe of blond sand, Tzané has the air of a village inn with its barbecue in the courtyard and its veranda in the middle of vineyards and olive trees. The 3 studios for 2 to 3 people and the 4 family apartments for up to 5 people are equipped with a kitchen, some with washing machine, a balcony or a terrace. The communal pool is a smart alternative in the hottest hours, when the beach is crowded with swimmers and windsurfers.
Our favorite : family apartment n ° 8, a few steps from the swimming pool.
The price : 90 €.
Tzane, Chrisi Akti. Phone. : +30 228 4041 503.
On the south coast
Maria’s village, to feel at home
Maria’s village is a collection of Cycladic houses which all overlook the sea, owned by Maria and Mathaios Scandalis who are keen to share the products of their farm with their guests. The 7 houses, for 2 to 5 people, are fully equipped with kitchen, air conditioning, living room, veranda and small private garden. The whole makes up a residence reminiscent of a village with its alleys painted in lime and its small private units. The beach is a 3-minute walk away, as are the famous fish taverns in Alyki village. The place is ideal for a family stay, isolated but not too much, near a village living all year round, 10 minutes by car from the airport, 15 from Parikia and 25 from Naoussa.
Our favorite : the blond wood and the arches of the large house n ° 7 which has just been renovated.
The price : from 150 to 200 €.
Maria’s village, Pisso Alyki, turn left after the beach. Phone. : +30 228 4091 558.
The west coast and its kite surf spots
Agia Irini, a small preserved paradise
Above the sea, with a breathtaking view at sunset, the 9 houses for 4 to 6 people of Agia Irini, embrace a small secret beach where to lay your towel on the pebbles. The sandy beach of Agia Irini, Saint Irene, in Greek, is 450 meters away, Pounda, the pier where the ferry makes the regular shuttle to Antiparos at 3 km, Parikia at 6 and the airport at 8. The whole is tastefully decorated in the traditional Cycladic spirit with hard sofas covered with colorful cushions, antique furniture and local handicrafts. Kostas and his French wife, Karine, are invaluable advice to help their guests organize a smooth stay.
Our favorite : villa n ° 9 for 2 to 4 people with its private pool and romantic atmosphere.
The price : from 250 to 350 €.
Agia Irini Villas. Phone. : +30 228 4024 404 or +30 69 44 12 61 66.
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Paros, our ten favorite hotels on the most endearing island of the Cyclades