by Niki Kefala
Natural beauty, wonderful beaches with crystal clear (and little bit cold) waters, unrivalled Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes make Paros, located at the heart of the Cyclades, one of the best loved holiday destinations in Greece. Paros is ideal for young people, romantic couples and families, too. The Parian traditional villages, particularly Naoussa, Parikia and Lefkes, are perfect samples of Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches.
Dress up: If you are wondering what to wear, I would recommend you comfortable flatties or trainers or even gladiator sandals that are indispensable for tearing around during the day. Make an effort to be stylish (you are in a famous Greek island after all), so airy dresses would be great!
Yummy: Among food, I had the best Souvlaki in Paros, stuffed tomatoes filled with rice and of course fish. For a sweet flavor in your mouth you must taste the famous loukoumades that are made in the island, but you need to know that you will wait in a queue until you taste them.
Almost famous: A nice day trip from the island is the small island of Antiparos (Tom Hanks has a house there), with the crystal beaches and the relaxing atmosphere, and who knows? maybe you will meet the famous actor and his famous friends.
Like home: I stayed not in a hotel but in cute rooms that are available for renting. They are cheaper and they have all the amenities you like.
The three words you must know if you are visiting Paros.
Νησί (nisi): means island
Φαγητό (fagito): means food
Παραλία (paralia): means beach