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Beautiful Paros is one of the hottest Greek Islands around these days, increasingly popular with Greeks, foreigners and even celebrities. As a result, the number of Paros hotels has exploded in the last few years and it is getting harder and harder to choose between so many excellent options.
The first decision you have to make is what area of the island to stay in. One of the reasons people enjoy Paros Greece so much is its size – big enough to have several unique sections and many different kinds of terrain, yet small enough to drive across the entire island in less than an hour. It really opens up your choices when it comes to choosing a Paros hotel. So here is a brief overview of the different places to stay on Paros:
Naoussa is simply adorable. Also spelled Naousa, this pretty jumble of whitewashed buildings and narrow alleys sitting on the edge of one of the most picturesque harbours in the Cyclades. It also has some excellent beaches and nice hiking nearby.
Parikia , on the other hand, is the main administrative centre, has the ferry port, is the closest main town to the airport and features a terrific waterfront, fascinating old town and a wide range of churches and historical buildings. It is also more affordable than Naoussa.
Lefkes is located at the high middle point of the island and is another lovely old town that is perfect for wandering. This also happens to be the best place to hike on Paros, especially the famous Byzantine Path.
Finally, those looking for an off-the-beaten-path village can set up shop in cute, little Alyki, or beach lovers can choose from several excellent Paros hotels on the beach, with Logaras Beach and Golden Beach offering a couple of the best.
15 of the Best Hotels on Paros
We find the vast majority of our hotels on Booking.com, and they even offer a growing list of apartments and long-term rentals, as well. Between the frequent stay discounts, thousands of reviews and free cancellation, it is very rare for us to have a bad hotel experience these days. For long-term rentals we sometimes use AirBnB but the guest fees are much higher and the cancellation policies are usually stricter.
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Best Paros Hotels – Naoussa
1. Hotel Manto
Small, family-run Hotel Manto is an outstanding budget option with a great location right in the centre of the old town. The rooms are basic but comfortable and there is a nice, relaxing courtyard where guests can hang out.
Each room is traditionally decorated, some rooms have balconies with sea views and there is a rooftop terrace that is a great place to enjoy the sunset.
2. Villa Isabella
Villa Isabella is a terrific mid-range choice on a hill just above Piperi Beach. They have a good mix of comfortable rooms with TVs, A/C and wifi, some of which also have ocean views. Plus, if you have a car they even have some parking spots.
The relatively modern rooms feature nice terraces and the staff gets high marks for friendliness and knowledge of the area.
3. Christina Hotel
A little bit more expensive but with an exceptional swimming pool, Christina Hotel is also located right in the heart of Naoussa old town. It features a wide range of rooms, a bar, a restaurant and a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the town.
It is a cozy hotel with comfortable, traditionally decorated rooms with air conditioning and satellite TV. It is also classified as Adults Only, meaning the pool atmosphere is a little quieter than some others.
4. Kymo Luxury Suites
If you don’t mind being a short drive from town, Kymo Luxury Suites is a phenomenal place just a short walk from the amazing Kolympethres Beach. Modern suites with air-conditioning, wifi, balconies and sea views share a beautiful garden and pool.
The spacious, elegant suites are well worth being a little away from the action and rocky, photogenic Kolympethres is arguably the coolest beach on Paros. The views across the bay to Naoussa are also fantastic.
5. Hotel Senia
Another step up is Hotel Senia, a stylish hotel on the outskirts of Naoussa with an impressive pool, excellent restaurant and even a spa and fitness centre. The large rooms are modern and comfortable with private balconies and good views. There are even some suites with private pools.
A member of the Onar Hotels Collection, photos of the bay from the exceptional infinity pool are Instagram favourites and guests absolutely rave about the included breakfast. Definitely one of the best hotels in Naoussa.
Best Paros Hotels – Parikia
There are plenty of excellent Parikia accommodation options covering most styles and price ranges. Here are a few that we would particularly recommend:
1. Port View House
We loved our stay at Port View House, located just south of Parikia and a pleasant 15-minute walk to the malecón. It is enormous (far bigger than we needed for two people) but the price was still very reasonable and we enjoyed the excellent couch and terrific views from the massive sheltered terrace.
Some of our favourite Paros sunsets were witnessed just a few minutes walk away and there was even a free parking area right next door (although it did involve a very steep little road to reach it).
2. Oasis Hotel
Oasis Hotel Paros is a good value option with a fantastic location in the heart of Parikia. It is practically next to the famous Panagia Ekatontapyliani Church and there are also amazing views of the harbour. Far cheaper than anything you’ll find in Naoussa, this is definitely one of the best budget Paros hotels.
Despite the low price, every room has air-conditioning, satellite TV, wifi, a fridge and a private bathroom. The staff is also extremely welcoming and helpful.
3. Akrotiri Hotel
A little bit out of town toward the peninsula, the Akrotiri Hotel is perched high up on the hill overlooking the entire bay. It is a bit of a walk to the main part of Parikia but Krios Beach is close by and the pool is gorgeous.
With one of the more picturesque and quiet beaches around Parikia, Akrotiri Hotel is a popular boutique option. All the rooms have private baths, A/C and fridges, plus balconies to take advantage of the fabulous views.
4. Argonauta Hotel
The Argonauta Hotel is a charming boutique Paros hotel located in a historic building that has been tastefully redone to maximize both style and comfort. The location (5 minutes walk from the port) is perfectly central, yet the rooms and lovely courtyard are well-protected and quiet.
The staff is wonderfully helpful and the beautiful, whitewashed restaurant is one of the most popular in Parikia.
5. Diplos Studios
Diplos Studios is a family-run hotel located right in Parikia that features well-equipped studio apartments. Ideal for those who like to stay in for the occasional meal, Diplos offers a range of options to fit singles, couples or even families.
The units are located in a traditional building surrounded by gorgeous bougainvillea right next to Livadia Beach (and just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Parikia). The peaceful rooftop garden is a great place to relax and there is even a BBQ available for guest use.
6. Paros Agnanti
The 5-star Paros Agnanti is one of the top Paros luxury hotels. Located on a hill overlooking the bay of Parikia, it has not one but TWO exceptional pools, amazing views across the bay and even features a private waterfall! The beach is just steps away and the rooms and suites are elegantly decorated with a mix of modern and traditional elements, with many offering panoramic views as well.
This elegant Paros hotel also boasts a spa, a fitness centre and a restaurant that serves delicious Greek and international cuisine. Although it is only a short 15-minute walk to Parikia old town, Paros Agnanti provides a free shuttle both to Parikia and Naoussa. A truly magnificent place to stay.
4 More Excellent Paros Hotels
1. Villa Byzantino – Lefkes
If you aren’t so much the beach type and are more interested the picturesque hills, historic villages and beautiful hiking trails of central Paros, the quaint little Villa Byzantino in Lefkes is a great choice. With a range of rooms, suites and villas, most of which feature furnished verandas, this boutique hotel offers a good blend of modern and historic.
Every room has wifi, A/C and TV and some even have private hot tubs. Lefkes itself is a wonderful place to wander, full of whitewashed alleys, small cafés and traditional buildings. Plus, if you have a car it is only a short 10-minute drive to some of the best beaches on Paros (or a slightly longer bus trip).
2. Afrodite Boutique Hotel – Alyki
Afrodite Boutique Hotel is a universally loved hotel in the charming little fishing village of Alyki (or Aliki) tucked away in the quiet western corner of Paros. This is the place to be if you want to avoid the tourist crowds and simply enjoy the beauty of the Alyki harbour and its quiet ambience.
Afrodite Boutique Hotel is located just a short walk from the classic malecón and several uncrowded beaches. Rooms are individually decorated and feature private bathrooms, A/C, balconies and TV.
Guests love the traditional Greek breakfast, not to mention the pleasant pool, sun terrace, sauna, fitness centre and spa. Perfect for those who want to stay off-the-beaten path and only occasionally visit the busier Paros attractions.
3. Magoo Suites – Logaras Beach
Magoo Suites, on the other hand, is more a choice for beach lovers. Located right on gorgeous Logaras Beach, one of the best on Paros, rooms are modern and well-equipped, all with A/C and some with balconies and sea views.
There is free parking, outstanding wifi, scenic terraces to enjoy and the beach is always just a few steps away. There are plenty of sunbeds and several restaurants to choose from nearby.
4. Golden Beach Hotel – Chrissi Akti
Golden Beach Hotel is a charming family-run hotel located just a few steps away from the golden sandy beach of Chrissi Akti (which, not surprisingly, translates to Golden Beach). It is one of the top Paros hotels on the beach and offers a mix of comfortable rooms and suites, some of which have terraces with sea or garden views.
There are lots of sunbeds and umbrellas both on the beach and scattered around the lush gardens, plus a terrific restaurant for when its time to take a break from the sun.
This is also the best place to stay on Paros for watersports afficionados. They rent out surfboards, windsurfers and even have a scuba diving shop on-site. Some of the best wreck diving in Greece can be found just off the shores of Paros.
When to Go: Paros Weather
Like most of the Greek islands, Paros enjoys a very mild climate year-round thanks to the surrounding Mediterranean Sea. It doesn’t get as hot in summer as some of the other parts of Greece (22/28 low/high) and remains pretty reasonable even in the dead of winter (10/14 low/high), although there is also more rain at that time (especially in December).
In summer, though, Paros gets virtually no rain and, overall, enjoys a very dry climate. Although there are some hills in the centre of the island, the wind on Paros can be fierce and is probably the biggest variable for your stay on the island. Spring and fall are generally the calmest times.
While Paros gets very busy in the summer months, May-June and September-October can be ideal times to visit for good weather and fewer fellow tourists. From November until the end of April many of the restaurants shut down and there will be fewer accommodation options, although there will still be enough open to keep you fed and housed.
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How to Get to Paros
With its very own airport (albeit a very small one), Paros is poised to burst onto the Greek island tourism scene in an even bigger way. So far, you can only fly to Paros from within Greece but that could eventually change as its popularity grows.
And, either way, “change planes in Athens” has practically become a tourism rite of passage for visitors to Greece, so if you’re looking to maximize your time you can certainly arrive by plane. From most places, we find that SkyScanner is the fastest and most accurate site for booking flights.
Paros is a major hub for Greek island ferries, with Parikia serving as the main port. Paros is easily connected with pretty much all the other Cycladic Islands, plus many others scattered around the Aegean. Schedules and fares vary considerably throughout the year. In summer, the most popular routes often sell out well in advance so it is a good idea to reserve your ferry tickets as soon as you have finalized your dates.
FerryScanner has one of the best ferry networks in the world and is the most user-friendly site we’ve come across. It is the site we use to book all our own ferry trips.
How to Get Around on Paros
Parikia is where you’ll arrive by ferry, although if you fly in you’ll need to either rent a car, take a taxi or catch a bus from the airport. By far the easiest way to get around Paros is by car, which lets you reach the less popular spots and set your own schedule.
We always use Discover Cars while in the Greek islands and got a terrific deal for our entire time in Paros.
Although it is practically on the other side of the island, Paros Airport is still only about 10 km and 15 minutes from Parikia and 20 km and 30 min from Naoussa. And regardless of where you choose to stay, you can drive anywhere on Paros in less than an hour.
Driving Times Around Paros
Parikia to Naoussa: 10 km / 15 min
Naoussa to Lefkes: 12 km / 15 min
Parikia to Lefkes: 11 km / 20 min
Parikia to Alyki: 13 km / 20 min
Naoussa to Golden Beach: 15 km / 20 min
Paros is relatively easy to navigate via the KTEL buses that connect all the most popular spots around the island. Using buses will never be as easy or flexible as having your own car but Paros has a better public transportation system than most Greek islands in comfortable, affordable buses. Most fares are in the €2-3 range or you can buy a full-day pass for the entire island for around €10.
Timetables change often so it is best to check the latest info before arriving, then have a look at the schedules posted at each bus stop when you’re there. Starting in October, routes get more and more sporadic through the winter until they start ramping up again in April or May.
Paros Hotels Summary
As tourists look for quieter options away from the chaos of Santorini and Mykonos, Paros continues to become more and more popular. Just a short ferry journey from rugged Naxos, there are dozens of outstanding Paros hotels to choose from, giving every visitor the chance to find the perfect match.
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