The picturesque island of Paros is home to spectacular sandy beaches and enchanting towns. The third largest island in the Cyclades, Paros is renowned worldwide for its beautiful marble, which helped put the island on the map. Whitewashed villages lead to the stunning coast, where the surrounding islands are scattered across the horizon.
Once famed for its extensive marble resources, which were used to make the Venus de Milo in nearby Milos, Paros is now becoming more well known among visitors for its gorgeous sandy beaches and stylish towns. Parikia, the island's capital, is a charming town packed with restaurants and boutiques, while the north coast is home to Naoussa, a picturesque village boasting one of the most quintessentially Cycladic fishing ports. After exploring the labyrinth of whitewashed streets, the island's numerous beaches offer relaxing spots to soak up the sun and take a dip in crystal-clear waters. For a culture fix, villages inland such as Prodromos and Lefkes offer a glimpse at the more traditional side of the island, and the Byzantine path that links the two villages makes for an easy hike surrounded by Paros's scenic countryside.
Just off the south-west coast of the island, Antiparos is just a short ferry journey away and is easily reached from Paros throughout the day and into the small hours of the morning. Antiparos is a quiet island home to traditional tavernas and beautiful scenery, and the sunset views from the west coast are well worth the trip over.
Parilio is the epitome of understated laidback chic, championing the islands carefree spirit and nature with calming neutral tones and bespoke local craftmanship. Spacious suites come with outside sun terraces, jacuzzi and private pool options.
A hidden gem on the tiny Greek island of Antiparos, The Rooster is a luxurious boutique wellness hotel with stylish individual houses with private pools and terraces. Tranquillity exudes with farm to fork restaurant, spa and the nearby secluded beach.
Seven Santa Maria
Santa Maria, Paros, Greece
Located in the north of Paros, Seven Santa Maria is a beachfront boutique property with just seven rooms. Surrounded by fragrant gardens and with the sandy beach just a short walk away, Seven Santa Maria is a secluded and peaceful hotel.
Drios, Paros, Greece
Nestled on a hillside overlooking the village of Drios and the southern coast of Paros, Calme Hotel is a boutique and peaceful retreat boasting fantastic views of the Aegean Sea and the surrounding Cycladic islands.