Whether you’re planning your vacation to Greece or just day-dreaming of sunny skies and blue waters, this post is for you! Today I’m sharing my itinerary from my 2 days in Paros, Greece. Be sure to checkout my 2 days in Athens and 2 days in Santorini blog posts too!
2 Days in Paros
4:30 PM After a four-hour ferry ride, we arrived in Paros. Feeling relaxed and fully on island time, we took a short taxi ride to our hotel. Our taxi driver was born and raised on Paros…and basically told us he never wanted to leave. I don’t blame him! We checked into our lovely hotel, Kalypso, freshened up a bit and walked a short distance into town.
We stayed in the village of Náoussa, but Parikia is the capital and main harbor of the island. We had heard from many Greek people that Paros is a great spot where THEY GO for a holiday. (Nice choice, us.) Click here for more information about Paros.
6:30 PM We strolled through the streets of Náoussa for a bit before deciding on a tiny restaurant with a covered patio. It actually was drizzling a bit (yes, it rains in beautiful Greece!), so we were thankful for the awning. I would suggest looking at TripAdvisor for restaurant recommendations, but it’s also fun to just walk around and pick one that looks awesome! In this case, we opted for the latter. Typically when you go on vacation, you’ll eat Italian one night, Mexican the next night, etc. We ate Greek food every single day and night…no complaints here! Everything was delicious but a few of my go-to dishes were moussaka, greek salad, and chicken souvlaki.
8:00 PM Dinner was followed up with honey-soaked desserts at a local bakery called Ragoussis Bakery. Of course, chocolate was involved too!
10:00 AM We enjoyed our hotel’s breakfast buffet al fresco by the water and then walked down the street to pick up the ATVs/Buggies we had rented. Tip: Be sure to get quotes from a few rental places to compare/contrast prices. Don’t get ripped off! I would highly recommend where we rented ours, Ride Moto Rental.
10:45 AM – 1:30 PM After lots of paperwork, instructions, and beach recommendations, we headed out with our rides for a full day of island exploration. A huge thank you to Mary Kay & Rachel for driving our rented vehicles…I would rather be the navigator any day! Tip: Be sure to wear sunscreen on your head (hello burned part) and hold onto your hat…or don’t wear one while driving an ATV.
Beach #1: If I’m being completely honest, I have no idea what the name of this beach is! There are a lot of beaches on Paros and your best bet is to ask a local where their favorite beach is. We did exactly this with the kind man that helped us rent our ATVs at Ride Moto and he recommended this beach.
Early June meant there were a few tourists on the beach with us, but it was not super crowded like you would most likely experience in July or August. Late May-early June is a great time to visit the Greek Islands.
We had heard wonderful things about the island of Antiparos (like Tom Hanks owned a home there!), so we parked our rides and rode the 5 minute ferry from Paros to Antiparos. This tiny island deserves all the heart eyes. 😍😍😍 Just go for a few hours, walk around, grab a gyro, and be happy. So happy.
3:30 PM We returned from Antiparos and rode to the second beach that was recommended to us, Monastiri Beach. After walking through an abandoned shipyard, we encountered this beauty. Again, the feelings of being a mermaid overwhelmed me.
6:30 PM Begrudgingly, we said goodbye to our ATVs/buggies and cleaned the salt water and sand off of our sun-kissed (burned-ha!) skin. That night included good food, good drinks and good dancing. Opa!
Our time in Paros was all too short. The next morning, we ate seaside and admired the view as long as we could before heading to the port to take a ferry to Mykonos. Out of all the places we visited, I would love to return to Paros. One day…
Up next? Our last and final stop…MYKONOS!!!!!!!!!!