Paros is an island of Greece in the
central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies
to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel
about 8 km (5 mi) wide. It lies approximately 100 nmi (185 km)
south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes
numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 km˛ of
land. Its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos,
lying to its southwest.
HOW TO GET TO PAROS
The most common way to get to Paros is to fly to Athens,
Santorini or Myconos & then continue your trip with a ferry.
This takes between approx 4 hours with the slowest boat from
Athens up to 40 mins with the fastest boat from Myconos.
That's the time range you need to calculate.
It is very important to know when you need to land in order to
catch a ferry to Paros on the same day, otherwise you need to
stay somewhere overnight.
Here's a rough guideline:
For traveling from Athens, you need to land in Athens up to
14.00 hrs to catch the usually last ferry per day to Paros
around 17.00 hrs. Calculate around 1 1/2 hrs for the bus trip
from the airport to the port of Piraeus. (It's the bus "X96"
that goes every 20 mins from the airport and costs around 5
Euros per ticket - no need for the taxi-hassle!). Sometimes
there are also boats from Rafina, too, but you'd need to check
the boat schedule for that first.
For Santorini, it's best if you land by 11.00 hrs, then you'll
be sure to get a ferry or speedboat the same day; sometimes
there is also a ferry around 18.00 hrs from Santorini, but not
Myconos is a bit tricky, as there are daily boats but unless
it is high season only very early in the morning (around 10.00
hrs), so usually there is no way around staying overnight on
Myconos. There is no ground rule here either, so you'd have to
check the ferry schedule there, too.
You can also fly from Athens to Paros with one of the small
Olympic Air planes (up to 38 passengers), which fly approx. 3x
However, for this you have to apply to the travel agency where
you book your flight, and beware that it is not easy to get
seats. The flight takes approx. 35 minutes.
Otherwise of course, if you are island hopping, you can get to
Paros from almost all other islands, even places like Crete or
Samos, and if there is not a direct boat, you get a connection
from another island.
Ambelas is a small yet lovely fishing village located 12,5 km
far from Paros town and 5km from Naoussa. It has a small sandy
beach where all the fishing boats come to. Mostly famous for
the fishing port and the delicious fish taverns, Ambelas is a
nice alternative if you don't want to stay in the busy town of
The water is crystal clear and safe for the children. It is
not an organized beach but it is a nice place for those who
prefer the tranquil locations. The sea front taverns and the
traditional restaurants offer some of the greatest fish food
on Paros. In Ambelas, there are many hotels and apartments to