Patrick and I were stoked about our trip to Greece. Everyone always raves about Mykonos and Santorini. But when a friend of mine from college mentioned the more secluded island of Paros, I decided to take a look at what the island had to offer. Pat and I went into this trip least excited about Paros since we had no expectations for the island. By the end of the trip, we left wishing we had spent more time in Paros than on any other island in Greece. It was by far our most genuine, tranquil, and local Greek experience. I know this may sound crazy, but we preferred it to the touristy Santorini and party filled Mykonos. I highly recommend everyone stop by this island to experience a true sense of Greek island life.
There were a lot of five star resorts and hotels to choose from on the island of Paros, especially in the main fishing village of Naoussa. But Pat and I decided to go for a more low budget option. We didn’t expect to find SUCH A STEAL, but we were able to find ourselves an ocean front view room with our own private balcony in the center of Naoussa – all for $24 a night (I kid you not!!) It is an AirBnB run by a lovely elderly Greek woman and her son Nikos. They live on the bottom floor of this three-story house. The entire top floor was ours giving us privacy which made us feel like we were the only ones in the house! Given the luxury of our own private balcony, we decided to wake up at 4:30AM and watch the sunrise over the fishing village of Naoussa – a sight for sore eyes, absolutely breathtaking. The room had everything we needed and more, we still can’t believe we were able to snag this beauty at such a low price. If I could live there for a month…I would! If you want to know where this location is, shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On our first day, we walked 2 minutes to a delicious local store called Yo Love. It serves some of the best greek frozen yogurt on the island and the owner is extremely friendly. You can also get a full blown American breakfast here: butter, jam, and toast, coffee, orange juice and eggs.
Following breakfast, we decided to explore the town of Naoussa. It’s pretty small so there isn’t much I can tell you about where to go and what to see. My recommendation is to just get lost in it!
Around 11AM we took a quick water taxi to Kolimbithres Beach across from Naoussa. A secluded beach that can be easily reached by boat, it boasts plenty huge granite blocks for people to lay on. Shade here is limited so come prepared. There are a few beach bars and taverns around so we stopped by Taverna Kolimbithres for a quick lunch to shield ourselves from the sun. It boasts gorgeous views of Kolimbithres beach and you can even see Naoussa from across the water.
Once back in the fishing village of Naoussa, we decided to take the bus to the main town of Parikia. We made the mistake of not renting a quad till our second day on the island, but we both agree we should have gotten it from the start. They do have public transportation on the island, but it does take a while to get around as we learned from day 1.
At Parikia we shuffled along the small streets that were very similar to those of Mykonos, but a lot less crowded. Through the small wood carving stores, artisanal products, and trinket stores, we stopped for a drink before heading down the boardwalk to watch the sunset.
That night we decided to eat pizza at Pizzarella. I know..pizza in Greece?! But we were getting tired of eating Greek food and this restaurant was known for its excellent pizza on the island. Their traditional wood oven pizza was just what we needed to cap off our first night in Paros! More to come on my weekend in Paros..stay tuned.
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