An August 2002 trip
to Paros by John Lamb
Quote: Paros offers a little bit of everything you would expect from a Greek Island: beaches, windmills, great cuisine, churches, white buildings with blue doors, and a maze of streets to get lost in. A perfect place for those that only have the chance to visit one Greek island.
The rooms are clean and well-kept. We were able to get a room with three beds (even though there were only two of us) for 35 Euros a night. A great deal and well-worth the price. You get a bathroom, television, air-conditioning and shared balcony. The room size is quite large although there is no desk. However, there is a wardrobe to put clothes. The floors are a cool marble and the hotel is quiet even though it is busy outside. The rooms are very clean and fresh. The bathrooms are spotless. The owners are very friendly and speak English. They were very helpful and concerned when we ended up stuck on the island because of a ferry strike. There is no real lobby or other hotel features. There are plenty of restaurants next door, including a place called Zorba's that had delicious, but very cheap, gyros.
The only problem here would be the bustle outside because of the location. The harbor is about a hundred feet away and often quite noisy. The ferries often blow their horns. However, the rooms do cut off the noise and I never had trouble sleeping because of noise. If you are looking for a quieter place right on the beach, this is not the place for you. However, if you are looking for a cheap, clean hotel at the center of everything, this place is perfect.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003
The menu offers a wide variety of Mediterranean items, although it is on the finer side of dining. No gyros or anything like that, but rather some lamb chops seasoned with basil and oregano and a side of steamed vegetables. The total for the meals for two people was around 30 dollars. The waitstaff is very friendly and nice. They created a very pleasant atmosphere. This is a good place for fine dining at a relatively inexpensive price.
Cafe Aqua Terra
Palea Agora (Castle)
Attraction | "Beaches of Paros"
Khryssi Akti (Golden Beach) is a beautiful sandy beach on the other side of the island. It is south of the city of Naoussa and takes quite a while to get there. You will need to rent a scooter or a car to get there. The day we were there was quite windy, which blew quite a bit of sand in our faces. But the view is gorgeous and the water as clear as could be. They do rent lounge chairs with umbrellas there for five Euros. There are no immediate public restrooms although there is a bar/restaurant near the beach.
The driving around Naoussa is also beautiful and offers some windmills outside of town as well as some yellow vistas with cyprus trees. Again, viewing the beauty of the island is one of the best things to do on Paros. It is a place full of glory that makes the soul sing.
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2003
Naoussa - The Second Port
The chapel inside is bright and dazzling. The shape of the chapel is an imperfect cross, a design feature of Byzantine churches. A little light leaks into the chapel, but there is plenty of illumination from the gold-plated icons. It is quiet, which is a nice change from the busy port. I loved spending a few quiet moments in silence watching particles of dust filter through a beam of light in front of a depiction of Christ on the cross.
To the right of courtyard is a small musuem that charges a fee. There is a display of icons inside, but nothing really compared to what is inside the chapel. I wouldn't pay the money to see the little that is there. Instead, spend the money on a beeswax candle a light a prayer inside the chapel.
Appropriate Dress: Shoulders are required to be covered inside the chapel, but there are some shawls available at the entrance.
Peta-Loudhes is a park with millions of Jersey tiger moths hiding in the bushes and trees. There is a small fee to enter, but worth it for the shade and a quiet place to rest. It is thickly forested. The park is open June through September from 9AM to 8PM. The butterflies themselves are actually hard to find. They hide underneath the foilage and don't often make an appearance. I had a vision of thousands of them dancing around me and brushing softly against me, but unfortunately this is not the case. It is illegal to touch or disturb them so don't think you can create this scene yourself with a little shaking of a tree. But when they do take flight they are nice to see because the underside of the wings are a vivid red which contrasts with the blackness of the rest of them. There is a bathroom here and also a small place to get a drink and snack.
This trip is mainly worth it for the drive and the rest at the top of the hill. Don't expect much from the actual butterflies and you will be pleasantly surprised.
Attraction | "Walking Around Parikia"
There are great shops in this area, offering traditional clothes, jewelry, books, linens and anything Greek you could imagine. The prices are actually comparable to Athens and I found some things were actually cheaper.
Unfortately, the greatest parts have to be discovered on your own and it is impossible to give directions to sights because it is such a maze. There is a bakery at the eastern part of the maze and it offers some good, if a little hard, Greek bread. Right across from the bakery is a good shop with Greek honey and herbs. The best thing we found is a church that overlooks the town. It looks directly east over the sea and every night we would watch the sunset. It was a perfect end to everyday. And you could quickly leave the overlook and find a cafe to start the perfect night with some ouzo.
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