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Paros

Paros is pretty much your archetypal Greek island – it ticks all the boxes. So, you have old villages, monasteries, fishing harbours, a labyrinthine capital, good beaches and lively nightlife.  There’s also plenty in the way of ruins and museums to keep the antiquarians interested.  If you happen to be on a Paros yacht charter for August 15th, Parikia, the capital of Paros, hosts one of the most visually exciting celebrations of the national festival with parades of flare-lit fishing boats and fireworks.

Parikia is a bustling town with typical Cycladic white houses and umpteen domed churches that are lovely to wander around. There’s a main market street and arcaded lanes that meander charmingly past Venetian villas with ornate wall fountains.  The windmill by the dock is the main landmark in the town – all directions start from here! The Ekatondapyliani church (to the left of the windmill) is one of the most interesting in the Aegean. Dating from the sixth century, it is comprised of three interlocking churches enclosed by a massive front wall to protect its icons from pirates. The Byzantine Museum has an interesting collection of icons and the island’s Archaeological Museum has a fifth-century winged Nike and a piece of the Parian Chronicle, a social and cultural history of Greece up to 264 BC engraved in marble.

On the seafront near the marina is an ancient cemetery used from the eighth century BC and around the bay is a sprinkling of archaeological sites including the ruins of an Hellenistic sculpture and pottery workshop. The town has a huge range of bars, tavernas and nightclubs to suit every taste – happy hour is a big thing in the cocktail bars that extend along the seafront, south of the windmill.

Naoussa, on the north coast of the island, is the second port of Paros, and newer and more fashionable than Parikia. There are numerous good tavernas in the town, most of them specialising in fresh fish and seafood.

Paros has numerous lovely beaches. Ayia Irini, south of Parikia, is one of the best – it has good sand and a fine taverna. There is good surfing and watersports at Santa Maria beach, northeast of Naoussa.  The east coast of the island is dotted with sandy coves and beaches, many of which are popular with windsurfers as this is the side of the island that gets pummelled by the meltemi. Khryssi Akti is one of the best.

 

Mooring:

  • The marina at Parikia provides mooring lines inside, so you should not drop anchor as it may get tangled with the main chain of the mooring lines. If there is no space, and the winds are less than force 4/5, you can drop an anchor outside and come stern to the dock. If the winds are stronger, then contact the marina to help you get on a double row on the inside, again without dropping an anchor.

To Do:

  • Explore the island
  • Enjoy the beaches
  • Surfing and windsurfing

Facilities:

  • Water
  • Fuel
  • Provisions
  • Bars and restaurants