A well-kept secret with the same blue and white allure as its Cycladic neighbors Santorini and Mykonos but without the crowds, making it feel as if you almost have the island to yourself.
STAY at the Panorama Hotel, a delightful B&B that feels slightly off the beaten path but is within easy walking distance of the main town Parikia.
DO enjoy the slower pace of Paros by exploring the narrow cobbled streets of its villages or spending the day at one of its many beaches (also consider taking the ferry to the neighboring island of Antiparos for even more small-village charm and beaches with warm, crystal-clear water).
EAT at least one seafood meal in the former Venetian fishing village of Naoussa on the northern part of the island, or reserve a table at the Apollon Garden Restaurant in Parikia, which serves a tempting variety of traditional Greek dishes and olives from the owner’s hometown of Sparta.
DISCOVER the island by scooter, a fun and memorable way to experience the beautiful villages, landscapes and coastlines of Paros that many visitors may not see otherwise (there are a handful of places that rent scooters near the main ferry port).
Read more in my Guide to Visiting Paros (coming soon!).