We tend to take our beaches for granted so it is difficult to write about them. Experienced island hoppers favor Paros because there is so much to do here as well as the relaxing atmosphere; it offers great beaches, lively towns and ancient sites. Truly something for everyone.
There are far too many sandy beaches large and small to enumerate them all. The visitor has too look a few over and decide if he wants a small cove all to himself , a wider stretch with a small taverna and a few other people or the big party beach such as Golden Beach with hotels, cafes, windsurfers, waterskiing, etc. There is no doubt you will want to see it all. We usually recommend to visitors that they circle the whole island on their first day to have a better idea where they want to return.
Paros has four Blue Flag rated beaches. They are Chrysi Akti, Kolibythris, Logaras, Tserdakia. Chrysi Akti is better known as Golden Beach. It is big, wide and sandy and full of windsurfers. Nearby Pounda Beach Club is crowded with young bodies writhing to the endless beat of base music. North of Ambeles and South of Boutakes are small, quiet coves where you can find a small, private beach for just the two of you. Our favourite is Agri Irini which is out of the way (un-crowded) yet has a beach taverna. Families with children love Kolimbithres. Parosporos is noted for it’s high waves. Think what a delightful time you will having finding your favourite. Please vote in our Survey that you will find at the bottom of the left column. When I have enough results I will display them as well.
Below we list some of them. There are many more not even counting the countless small coves along the miles of coastline.
We start at the east edge of Parikia then move around the island to the north past Naoussa then down along the east side and around the southern tip to Aliki then up the west side ending back in Old Town.Please keep in mind that spelling Greek words with latin letters is an inexact process. These beach names have many variations, all correct. Also the photos below were taken through out the year, some in winter, some in high season, so you can't judge the beach by the number of people shown. Most personal comments are by Karin with just a little editing by Michael.
Livadia Beach is a sandy beach in Parikia, east of town. This beach is very close and accessible to hotels and some beach side restaurants. Umbrellas and lounges are for hire or you can spread your towel on the beach for free. A nice restaurant called Tango Mar has tables and loungers right on the beach if you decide to eat a light lunch or enjoy a drink. A nice place for families with small children as the beach is big and the water is shallow for a long ways out. While swimming here you can watch the ferries come in across the large bay. Very beautiful at night...again while eating or drinking at restaurants at the beach.
Krios is a popular and fun beach across the bay from Parikia. In season you can go to and from this sandy beach via a small boat that costs very little. Or go by scooter or car on the road that winds around the bay. There is no shade here, so you might want to take an umbrella unless you are working on a tan. Also nearby are some beach clubs that have food and drinks. Marchello Beach is part of this area.
Kolimbithres is a very unusual beach....shallow, with great smooth rock formations giving little coves and a bit of whimsy. It is a great place for families. And of course, if you are lucky you can find a quiet little cove between two rocks and have a bit of privacy! One beach has umbrellas and lounges for hire, the others are just free for the taking.
Kolimbithres has 2 tavernas up on the road which is about a 2 minute walk from the beach. One part of the beach has water rides for kiddies (and adult kiddies), but this beach is big enough to find your own space so that the rides do not interfere with your swimming. This beach has a wonderful view of Naoussa in the distance.
Monistiri: Keep going past Kolimbithres through a
boat marina to the end of the road to reach Monistiri. We had left this
beach off our original list because we had read it was being converted to a
conservation park. But a recent visit shows that it is alive and well with
a large beach club, umbrellas and volley ball. I hope to check back later
this season to see if it still attracts the same young crowd.
Monistiri: Keep going past Kolimbithres through a boat marina to the end of the road to reach Monistiri. We had left this beach off our original list because we had read it was being converted to a conservation park. But a recent visit shows that it is alive and well with a large beach club, umbrellas and volley ball. I hope to check back later this season to see if it still attracts the same young crowd.
Piperi is a fun and interesting beach as you enter
Naoussa. Though surrounded by hotels it has a small park and both a sandy beach
and rock formations at the ends.
Piperi is a fun and interesting beach as you enter Naoussa. Though surrounded by hotels it has a small park and both a sandy beach and rock formations at the ends.
Anargiri Beach is in Naoussa, just east of the town. You might consider it "the beach at Naoussa". It is not huge, but is sandy with a few rocks here and there in the water. Trees line the wall in the background on part of the beach, so if you are lucky, you can find a spot in the shade. If there is a North wind blowing it can be rather wavy. It is shallow right near the shoreline, but gets deeper a bit further out.
Langeri is east of Naoussa on a huge shallow bay, but not as far as Santa Maria. It is a Nudist Beach, or so I hear. This appears to be changing as new villas are being built in the area. It is not on the main road, apparently you have to cross a farmer's field. I have heard of no problems doing so. If you turn off the road at the sign and park at the end of the road, then it is apparent what path to follow. Good Luck!
Santa Maria is a long fantastic sandy beach--on one end are little cabana's with drinks. Here too are water sports equipment for hire: boats, skis, etc. And music for the young at heart! Further down, on the other end it is the exact opposite: quiet. This beach is shallow for a long ways out making it very safe for children. In the distance you can see the island of Naxos and the Blue Star ferry creeping it's way between the two islands. A very beautiful place and a real favourite.
In the village of Ambelas is a very small sandy beach. It is at the end of the road and in front of the restaurant called Damianos. Probably the only reason to use this beach is to combine it with a meal or drinks at either the Damianos or nearby Margaritas, we highly recommend both.
&Tsoukalia are off the beaten track and usually exposed to the prevailing wind so they are frequented by just a few hearty souls, mostly Germans in camper vans, it seems.
Molos has a good road to it with tavernas so it gets a few more people but is also quite wind blown. Good for beach combing.
You must go through Marmara and follow the only road to the end. Most people turn left to Molos Bay. But in this case, you must turn right! The road goes up a slight hill and you park at the top. Then a short easy walk down to the sandy/pebbly beach. Keep right...up the beach a very short walk until you get to the cliffs....that is where you find the mud!
How to take a mud bath! Be sure you have a plastic bucket with you and a plastic shovel (pretend you are a kid). Then scrape out lots of the cliff dirt. Mix with water. Spread on your body. Lay in the sun and bake! It gets hard and slightly green! Then you jump into the sea and wash it off. Results? A very smooth skin!
Piso Livadi has a beach right in the town. At one end are swings for kids on the sand. The rest of the beach has trees and lots of shade. It is shallow for a little ways and slowly gets deeper. What makes this beach so nice is a bus goes right past it! So you can get to it easily from Parikia or Naoussa. There are lots of different little restaurants next to this beach and a boat quay. Piso Livadi is a village a lot of people find very quaint. I agree.
Logaras is just around the corner from Piso Livadi. This is a fairly long beach also with some trees at one end and 3 or 4 restaurants at the other end. It is sandy and has a water spout to wash the sea water off. A great place to sit and eat and watch the bathing beauties walk past. Good place for children.
Pounda (East): While there is a beach here, it really seems more of a Club. It is a place all young people like to go, at least once. The club consists of different levels of pools, shops, and bars for dancing on. One time I happened by and saw them bungee jumping off a crane into the main pool! Loud music all day....I wonder if anyone goes in the sea? It closes at sunset. A bus lets you off at the road in, then about a 5 minute walk.
Don't confuse it with Pounda (West) near the ferry port to Antiparos, many people find themselves on the opposite side of the island from what they want.
Mesada Beach: A rather small sandy beach with trees and not on the list of beaches one must see. I think it is could be nudist because it is so quiet. Or it might be that you are the only one there. Perhaps it is just a small local beach used by the few houses in the area.
New Golden Beach: A sandy beach more for wind surfers although there are hotel pool bars just across the street.
Golden Beach -- Christi Acti on the maps -- is probably one of the longest and sandiest beaches on Paros. It is on the south of the island and is great for wind surfing. Golden Beach is very shallow making a great place for families with small children. Some of the areas have umbrellas and lounge chairs for hire....lots of space in between for those that don't want them. On the western end of the beach are a couple nice tavernas with good food.
Drios Beaches There are really two beaches at Drios. One is reached from the center of town next to the supermarket. However it is not as nice as the one called Drios Beach.
To reach the Drios beach you must go a bit further east, almost at the edge of town. There a sign points down a very interesting windy road that goes between houses. It ends right at the beach (or if you are driving a car you will find a parking field almost at the end behind tall walls). At this beach you have it all....three restaurants and a little gift shop. This beach is pebbly (rather pretty little pebbles). There are trees to sit under and also the restaurants at the edge of the beach are also under tall trees making it a very nice cool spot to eat lunch or have a cooling drink. Also a nice spot for a romantic dinner. Some people come here just for the atmosphere and sit and read and pick up pretty rocks--thats me. Be sure to take your snorkel gear as there are lots of big rocks under the water. Actually this beach goes deep very quickly. Probably not a good place for small children who cannot swim.
Lolandoni is near Aspro Horio. There is a sign pointing down a road towards the sea. It is rather a long jaunt down but when you get there...it is really nice. A great taverna for lunches and dinners sits above the beach. The beach is sandy and good for families. A few trees line the edge You can even get coffees and other drinks from some very pleasant girls who come down from the taverna and take your requests. The prices are quite fair for this service.
Glifa/Tripiti Beaches :
:Two for the price of one! Actually separated by a wee bit of rock and land. Glifa is sandy, has a row of trees so just about everyone can have shade. The beach is sandy. There is a very nice taverna/restaurant sitting back from this beach. Tripiti is smaller but good for snorkeling because there is a cliff and the rock goes into the water.
There are two roads that go to both. The one is just after you come over the "pass" from Aliki area. It is rather steep and can be a bit rough in places. It goes to Tripiti first. The other is much further on, almost to Aspro Horio. It is a nice gentle asphalted road most of the way. Once down to the beach, you can go on a road between them. Both roads are sign posted. Note, however, that maps conflict with the signs by showing Tripiti on the south side of the island closer to Farangas. Maybe this is an attempt to keep the true Tripiti more private?
Aliki Beaches :
:Aliki is a small village on the sea and our home. We have 3 beaches here: Piso, Central and St. Nicholas.
Piso Aliki (which means
behind Aliki) :
:This beach is a very short distance away from the village. Just a round the corner, so to speak. It is sometimes sandy, sometimes a little rocky around the edges. That is because during winter it gets the brunt of many storms, it is always changing. Usually it is sandy. Underwater you can find a shelf of rocks for snorkeling. A few trees for shade --First come, first served! There is a taverna on one end of the beach, however the village tavernas are very near.
Aliki Central Beach :
:This is a sandy beach in the center of town and very popular. Next to it is a children's little playground with trees and a kiosk for quick treats. Also are a couple of tavernas right on the beach, and just on the other side of the seawall is a row of restaurants. This is a great beach to swim at sunset time.....and it is very children safe.
St. Nicholas Beach
Monday, kite flying day
Voutakis on Clean Monday, kite flying day
Agia Irini Beach :
:St. Irene...such a nice sounding name for a beach. This beach is actually 2 beaches with 2 separate entrances. However you can walk between them on a path which takes all of 5 minutes!
The one you come to first (coming out of Parikia) is called Lividakia and has a windy narrow road down. This beach has a nice taverna further back and chairs and tables down at the beach. A great spot to watch the sun set. However, this beach has a tendency to get a lot of "sea grass" piled up during winter and no one is in a hurry to clean it up. But when it is cleared off, the water is sandy with a few rocks here and there. Along the edges is great for snorkeling. And trees for shade.
he other beach is on the road further along, actually on the road to Pounda ferry. It is called Palm Beach. It is also a rather long and narrow road down. Here is a row of Palm Trees and a sea wall which makes for comfort....a place to sit and shade. Here also is a campground and taverna. Again, I have to say, this beach use to be my favourite, but it is not always cleaned up properly until quite late in the season. It is also nice and sandy in the water.
Parosporos Beach :
:A very nice beach with 2 tavernas on it. Good food. Lots of sand. Loungers for rent if you want. Because the wind blows here often, this beach gets the brunt of the North winds. Which actually makes it fun...for kids and adults who like to play around like kids! There are great waves...that you can dive into, get pushed around by, ride a surfboard on...etc. Everyone seems to like this beach, even people who get married on it! A very pretty spot in the evening when the sun sets.
Parikia Old Town :
:I don't know if this beach even has a name. It is on the western end of the town, in front of restaurants and before you get to the road that goes up to the windmill bar. I only see old ladies swimming here. It gets quite choppy when the ferries come past....I personally cannot imagine swimming here....but how can little old ladies steer you wrong?
Our guide for nude and topless beaches is found HERE
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