Paros is a bit closer than that of Sifnos, but only by an hour. So, we arrived in Paros at 11:25am and walked to our hotel. We stayed in hotel Livadia which was right along the seafront/ beach and only a 10-minute walk away from the port where the ferry drops you off. It was lovely and clean and provided a perfect location as it was in the port which had a large town & everything we could need.
After we had checked in, we went to eat in one of the seafront restaurants for lunch! This was a lovely meal and set us up for the day. By the time we had finished we needed to rent two cars again as there were 10 of us. Although most of the car rental shops were open due to it being the middle of the day, and most shops closing due to it being too hot in the mid-day heat, we managed to find a rental shop where we picked up two fiat pandas for €10 each for the weekend.
We then went on to explore. Heading to Naoussa town we found the ruin of a castle which had been mostly destroyed by the sea but still had the structure of one of the viewing points with window holes that were now just above sea level. This is a Venetian castle classed as a fortress which was used as a watch town for pirates and enemy attacks as it is in the perfect position to protect the port while being able to survey the sea.
I would highly recommend this town on a trip to Paros as it also had a beach and many restaurants and little shops to look around and enjoy. It offered the small white and blue streets that are so classically Greek where you can take a stroll and pictures.
That afternoon we went to the beach however, it was windy so we couldn’t swim, unfortunately.
By this time, we were feeling pretty tired already due to the 5am wake up call for the ferry. We decided to head back to the hotel and shower & get changed ready for dinner in a small town called 'Lefkes' in the centre of the island.
We ate at a restaurant called 'Klarinos' in the central bit of the town and although it was recommended it really wasn’t that great and there looked like there were better places to eat within the town.
After an early night the night before due to our tiredness we were up and out of the hotel by 9:30 am. We decided to head to the beach for a swim and to relax for the first part of the day. This was a lovely quiet beach that seemed closed at first inspection, but it turned out the entrance from the beach bar was closed due to them not being ready to open for business. We soon found a way in and same and sunbathed until 1pm. The beach was called ‘Faragas’ and it soon became busy with locals coming for a swim after their church service.
After a few hours we were all pretty hungry and decided to head to a restaurant that was only a 5min drive away called ‘Thalassamou’. This restaurant specialised in fish even having shark, fresh tuna & barracuda. All the food we had here was gorgeous & the service was also amazing as it is a family run restaurant with their dogs and children also running around on the beach next to the front door.
Finishing lunch, we decided it would be best to head home for an hour to relax and shower as we would be heading out for the sunset at a lighthouse that evening.
The Korakas lighthouse was a 25 min walk from where you can park your car. It was a pretty steady walk and I would highly recommend it - especially for the sunset. You could see directly out to sea from the top point and the scenic views offered the position for a perfect photo. As we walked down following the sunset, we managed to see two dolphins close to the shoreline jumping slightly out of the water. This was a magical experience with the pink sky behind them.
We then decided it would be best to head back to the port town where we were staying to leave the cars and grab some dinner. We ate in the square and the food was really good. However, by the time we finished it was around 12am so me and Alex headed to bed shortly after.
The next morning, we had our ferry at 10:45am so we returned the cars & paid for the hotel and then after our coffees it was time to board the ferry to take us back to Athens!
Paros is a beautiful island and one that is quite big also having a ferry service to the close island of Antiparos so I would even recommend going for a longer time than 2 days so you have the extra time to relax on the beaches but also to see the historical and hiking side of the island.
Written & Published by: Elly Babe (@elly_babexxx)
We are three Brighton University students who have been given the opportunity to study at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. This blog will be our way of sharing our experiences of living and studying in Greece, plus will include tips and advice for those also looking to study abroad or even just visit Athens.
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