Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea famous for its white sandy beaches and charming villages. The following five beaches are not the only ones you can enjoy on Paros but they are some of the most popular.
Kolymbithres: known for its unique geology
One of the most famous beaches is Kolymbithres. Not far from the charming port of Naoussa, this beach, like all these beaches, can be accessed by either boat or car. Wind and sea have carved granite rocks into unique natural formations that lend a sculptural quality to the sand and sea landscape. “Kolymbithres” is Greek for “swimming pools” which may refer to the small sandy coves and tiny bays that can be found all along the beach. For those who enjoy water sports there’s plenty to do: windsurfing, paddle boarding, snorkeling, and diving are great alternatives to lying on the beach. Bars and tavernas near the beach offer options for refreshment and there are places to rent umbrellas and sunbeds for those who prefer.
Santa Maria: known for its beach bars and restaurants
For golden sand, clear turquoise water and a stunning view of the island of Naxos, go to Santa Maria beach in Plastira Bay. Also close to Naoussa, it’s a short drive or boat ride from the harbor. There is a diving and windsurfing center in the middle of this long beach and, like most of the beaches on Paros, the crystal clear waters make it ideal for snorkeling. Santa Maria Beach Club & Bar is a great spot for summer vibes and relaxation.
Golden Beach: known for its watersport opportunities
Chrissi Akti or “Golden Beach” is popular for windsurfers. The windsurfer world championship has been held for many years here and it’s one of the most popular windsurfing destinations in the Mediterranean. There are two windsurfing schools and plenty of bars and restaurants as well as the soft velvety sand so popular among sunbathers. Chrissi Akti is not far from the fishing harbor of Drios where you can find plenty of shops and restaurants.
Monastiri: known for its family friendly vibe
Not far beyond Kolymbithres is Monastiri beach, so named because of the Agios Ioannis Monastery which is close by. Surrounded by beautiful scenic landscape, this beach with shallow waters is an excellent choice for families with smaller children. Monastiri is popular in the summer for a variety of activities such as snorkeling, concerts and outdoor cinema. Sunbeds and umbrellas can be rented and there is a taverna available for refreshment.
Molos: known for its unspoiled, wild beauty
For a less crowded but equally beautiful option, go to Molos beach which is near the village of Marmara. You’ll need to bring your own umbrellas and beach towels as there is no development here. There are, however, some tavernas where you can enjoy lunch or a drink. You will need a private car to access this beach as there is no public transportation.
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