Paros is one of the most popular Greek islands, with beautiful beaches, picturesque towns, and interesting things to do. As it is a small Cycladic island, you can visit all these amazing places during your vacations, if you rent a car in Paros and easily discover everything you should not miss.
However, if you are now in the mood to plan your next holidays, your top concern is how to get to Paros Greece from the the UK. The good news is that it is convenient to go to Paros and you have many alternatives for your trip. Read here everything you need to know.
Paros is one of the Greek islands with an airport. That means you can go there by airplane either from the UK or from other places in Greece.
During summer, many charter flights go directly from London, Manchester, or other major British cities to Paros. This option has the benefit of having a short and comfortable trip from your country.
But, if you want to enjoy more from Greece, you can fly from Athens to Paros. During the summer, there are plenty of flights from British cities to Athens, so you can stay a couple of days in the Greek capital and then go to Paros by airplane (about a 45-minute flight) several times per week. The same option exists also in Thessaloniki.
By ferry or boat
If you visit Athens by airplane from the UK, you can then go to Paros by ferry or boat. Athens has three ports (Piraeus, Rafina, and Lavrio) and all are connected to Paros. The trip lasts about 5-6 hours by conventional boat and 2,5-3 hours by ferry.
The advantage of taking the boat is that you enjoy a scenic route, relaxing surrounded by the sea and the gulls. Another advantage is that you can have the experience of island hopping. Ferries and boats in Greece connect several islands, so you can visit by ferry many islands and explore the Cyclades.
There is a ferry connection to Paros from Mykonos, Naxos, Syros, Santorini, Tinos, Ios, Folegandros, and Antiparos. The route is short (from 45-90 minutes) and allows you to see more Greek islands on a budget.
What to do in Paros
Last but not least, keep in mind that Paros offers you plenty of things to do. So, if you go to Paros from the UK, the must-sees are:
- Parikia and the Frankish castle: Parikia is the most tourist town, where you can find many shops, cafes, restaurants, and bars, enjoying the vivid nightlife of Paros. A stroll in the Frankish Castle, built in 1260 AD by the Venetians, offers you a breathtaking view from the top of the hill.
- Naoussa: The second and most cosmopolitan town of Paros has maintained its traditional and romantic character. The fish taverns offer you the ultimate culinary experience of Greek cuisine, and of course, you can party until dawn in the bars on the coastline.
- The monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani: Located in Parikia, the church is one of the best preserved early Christian monuments in Greece, dating back to the 4th century AD.
- Museums: The Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine Museum in Parikia, the Wine and Vine Museum in Naoussa, the Folk Art Museum in Lefkes, and the Sculpture Museum in Marpissa are the best-known museums worth visiting in Paros.
- Beaches: Paros is full of amazing beaches with azure waters and golden sand. It is impossible to see them all in a few days unless you have the experience of beach hopping, visiting many beaches in one day. Must-visits are Kolympithres, Pounda, Golden Beach, New Golden Beach, Santa Maria, Lolantoni, Livadia, and Glyfa. There are also many secluded bays with virgin beauty, such as Krotiri, Tsoukalia, Katholiko, Fykia, Tripiti, and Agios Nikolaos.
Paros is a Greek island that allows you to enjoy interesting activities, gastronomic vacations, vivid nightlife, and swimming surrounded by amazing scenery. Plus, thanks to its warm weather, you can explore its beauty even in the spring or autumn. So, now is the best time to plan your vacations for an unforgettable time in Paros!