At the heart of the Cyclades lies Greece’s best-kept secret. Once you set foot on this island you will not want to leave. Though the island is often compared to Mykonos, its vibe is considerably more low key but still very chic. Whitewashed sugar villages, blue-domed churches, colorful fishing harbours, bougainvillea-lined alleyways and over 30 beautiful beaches give Paros its own allure.
While its ports draw large summer crowds, most of its population is mainly European families and expats that loved the island so much they decided to stay. Many own holiday homes and businesses on the island. Spring and summer are the busiest seasons. After the third week of September many shops and facilities close down until the next season. Everyone is friendly and welcoming. Even though I only had a few hours to wander through this island, it quickly became my favorite gem of the Cyclades and had me thinking holiday home.
On the northern part of the island is Naoussa, a traditional fishing village that throbs with life. I loved exploring the paved streets of Old Town and wandering through the remains of the 15th-century fort guarding the port. A tiny chapel sits amidst fishing boats and picture perfect restaurants.
This sun kissed island is a photographers dream. Behind the waterfront is a maze of pink and purple bougainvillea-lined narrow alleyways. It is a very lively town though it has managed to preserve integrity and local spirit.
It is a wonderful place to get lost and explore. There are many stylish boutiques, stores and charming restaurants and bars. There are mostly bed-and-breakfast on the island. Paros is low key but has enough to keep you from getting bored. There is something for everyone.
On a hill high above, I sat on the steps of a church overlooking the entire town. I watched the sunset paint the island with hues of soft pink. I was overwhelmed with a sense of wanting more time on this island. I was not ready to leave. Paros has more harbors, beaches, and villages for me to explore but my time was up. I left a piece of my heart there but I know exactly where to find it next season!