Things to do in Paros

Our most recommended things to do in Paros

Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

1. Rhodes: Pirates' Route Sea Kayaking Tour

Take half a day to explore the East Coast of Rhodes from the water, with a sea kayaking tour. Paddle along the coastline and discover 3 beaches up close. Take in the stunning colors of the Mediterranean sea and admire the interesting rock formations. Begin the Pirates' Route sea kayaking tour at Kathara Beach in Faliraki. Meet your guide and learn all you need to know about safety before climbing into your very own double kayak. As you glide over the Mediterranean waters, take opportunities to dive into the colorful sea directly from the kayak. Discover sea caves and local beaches, before enjoying a picnic lunch at a favorite local beach. Try out snorkeling and discover life below the water's surface. If you're feeling adventurous, get your adrenaline pumping by cliff-jumping off the surrounding rocks. Full of experience and a traditional Greek picnic, head back to Faliraki. As you go, listen to entertaining local myths, and facts about the geography, and enjoy some time to spot some wildlife in their natural habitat.

Paros: Full-Day Sailing Cruise in the Small Cyclades

2. Paros: Full-Day Sailing Cruise in the Small Cyclades

Make your way to Piso Livadi Port and board a sailing boat for your memorable full-day cruise. The yacht leaves Paros every morning and takes you sailing for an entire day around the Small Cyclades Islands.   Depending on the weather conditions, the skipper will sail towards the island of Iraklia, where you will stop in a secluded cove to snorkel around a World War II plane wreck. The island of Schinoussa or Koufonisia is the next stop. After a swim in the turquoise colored waters, you’ll be served a lunch prepared by the crew.   Later in the afternoon, take a short swim off the coast of Naxos Island. If the winds are strong the skipper will set sail westward, towards the sheltered coasts of Antiparos and Despotiko. These islands are hidden gems just waiting to be explored. You will return to Paros at approximately 7:00-7:30 PM, depending on the weather.

From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

3. From Paros: Iraklia and Schinoussa Sailing Cruise with Lunch

Experience the thrill of sailing aboard a spacious boat departing from Paros Island. Navigate out to the Aegean sea with an experienced skipper and discover the nearby islands of Iraklia and Schinoussa. Enjoy the chance to swim and snorkel in crystal-clear waters, then taste a delicious lunch. Depart from the port of Piso Livadi on the Eastern coast of Paros island. After a brief safety briefing, set sail for the first stop in Iraklia. Arrive at the secluded beach of Alimia, where you can snorkel and explore the sunken hydroplane from World War II, or simply swim in the clear water. Continue on to the serene island of Schinoussa. Jump into the crystal clear sea and surrender to the exclusive calmness and serenity of this small destination. Taste a delicious fresh lunch, served on board while you enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere. On your way back, make a stop on the south side of Naxos, where you will enjoy dessert and fruit. After one last swim, sail back to Piso Livadi.

Paros: Catamaran Cruise to Greek Islands with Meal & Drinks

4. Paros: Catamaran Cruise to Greek Islands with Meal & Drinks

Discover the beauty of the Aegean sea on a full-day catamaran cruise from Paros. Explore rock formations around the islands of Panteronisi. Visit a sheltered haven in southern Antiparos. Swim, snorkel, or sunbathe near Despotiko island. Savor a freshly-cooked Greek meal. Hop aboard the ship in Paros and feel the wind in your hair as you begin your adventure. Take in the views as you pass by the emerald waters of the uninhabited islands of Panteronisi, Tigani, Glaropounta.  Marvel at the natural formation of the shallow waters surrounding the rocks. Have time to take a dip or go snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters. Admire the unique rock formations caused by stone corrosion by sea and wind at Faneromeni beach.  Sail along the southwest coast of Antiparos Island to explore places that are only approachable only by boat. Head to numerous hidden coves and go by the sea caves of Antiparos. Feast on fresh local snacks and an unlimited supply of drinks onboard. Enjoy water activities like canoeing, paddle boarding, swimming, snorkeling, cliff jumping. Face Tsimindiri island on one side and see the Despotiko island on the other. Hover between these two isles in the turquoise waters of a pristine bay. Be served a freshly prepared Greek lunch onboard. Return to your meeting point and celebrate the golden hour with a regional wine, a light local snack, and relaxing music. Watch the sunset over the sea from the boat to conclude your tour. 

From Paros: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

5. From Paros: Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip

Visit the rocky uninhabited island of Delos. Despite its small size, Delos was considered one of the most sacred of all islands in ancient Greek culture. Enjoy 3 hours of free time on the island or for a more complete experience, hire a private professional guide upon arrival, or join a group tour before moving on. Next, go to the famous island of Mykonos where you will have another 3 hours of free time. It is recommended that you use this time to explore Mykonos Town. Walk to Little Venice, wander in the picturesque alleys, and climb the hill with the windmills and enjoy the spectacular views. After your free time on the island, you will return to Paros in the early evening.

Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

6. Santorini Cooking Class and Wine-Tasting Tour

Treat yourselves to a fun and informative wine tour in Santorini, followed by a culinary feast filled with Santorini flavors and traditional Greek delights. The day starts with a visit to volcanic vineyard. Stroll past the unique basket vines and learn everything about the local viticulture that makes Santorini's vine-growing unique. During your tour, visit 2 traditional wineries and sample the island's delicious wines including  Assyrtiko, Nykteri and Vinsanto. Learn how to cook like a Greek under the guidance of a local chef at a traditional restaurant. Enjoy plenty of Greek appetizers along the way, and come away with some classic Greek recipes to impress your friends back home with. Of course, you'll also get to enjoy the fruits of your labor at the end of your cooking lesson.

Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

7. Samos: Boat Tour with BBQ Lunch to Samiopoula

Enjoy a day of cruising and fun on this pirate style boat tour. Escape the crowds of Samos and chill as you sail along the Aegean Sea. Experience an unforgettable day as you sail to one of the most picturesque islands on the south of Samos Island, Samiopoula. This small yet enchanting island only has five people living on it. Soak up the glorious Greek weather on the white sandy beach, before you set sail to Kakorema beach. Cruise along the wild cliffs and drop anchor at a romantic bay. Cool off in the refreshing turquoise waters, if you like. Feeling hungry? No worries, indulge in a delicious BBQ lunch on the beautiful beach of Kakorema. Listen to Greek music play from the boat and participate in a sirtaki (Greek dance) on the sands of this beautiful secluded beach.

Paros: Cooking Class with 6-Course Menu and Drinks

8. Paros: Cooking Class with 6-Course Menu and Drinks

Immerse yourself in this Greek culinary tour with pickup from your accommodation in Paros. Discover the tips and tricks of Greek cooking with a local chef. Feast on the 6-course meal that you prepare. Be picked up by a private vehicle at your accommodation and relax on the drive to the picturesque location where your cooking class will be held. Be greeted by a local chef with a delectable aperitif. Start by preparing the cook's grandmother's traditional recipes. You will put together a mouthwatering 6-course meal that will consist of a starter, three main dishes (meat, vegetarian, and seafood) and a sweet dessert. Work with fresh ingredients and get step-by-step instructions from your host. Gain insight into Greek culture as you work. Indulge in wine, soft drinks, ouzo, or souma (fig liqueur), and fresh fruits from the garden. Savor the meal that you have worked to create. Return to your accommodation in Paros at the end of your tour.

Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

9. Kos: Island Tour to Asklepieion and Zia

Explore the attractive island of Kos and admire white sandy beaches, crystal-clear water and idyllic mountain villages. Start above the city of Kos and visit Asklepieion. It is reported that the origins of this former temple date back to around the 4th century BC. The former temple consists of three levels and was once the place for the foundation stone of modern medicine, because there Hippocrates wrote the oath of the same name, which has survived to this day. Drive on to the small village of Antimachia and see an old windmill and a traditional farmhouse. Continue through olive groves and unspoilt countryside to the Kefalos peninsula. Admire the island's most beautiful beaches and enjoy a Greek lunch (optional) in the picturesque Kamari Bay or take advantage of the opportunity for a short refreshment in the crystal clear sea. Another highlight of the eventful day is a visit to the typical mountain village of Zia with its old houses on the slope of the imposing Dikeos mountain. Stroll through the small alleys and get to know the tranquil way of life of the Greeks. Discover the numerous spice stands and taste the typical cinnamon water.

Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

10. Samos: Full-Day Guided Island Bus Tour

Start the tour by stepping back in time to the Ancient Greek era with a visit to the Temple of Hera. Admire this marvelous feat of construction which dates back to ancient time. Then, head north for a guided tour of the 15th-century Monastery of Megali Panagia, an excellent example of Byzantine Greek architecture. Enjoy a short walk through the traditional mountain village of Pyrgos which is famous for its honey and ceramics for a short walk. After visiting Pyrgos, make an optional stop in the area of Koutsi – an ideal place to take panoramic photos. After this, visit a traditional winery for a chance to taste some of the famous Samian wines. Continue the tour through the varied green landscape until you reach the 2nd large town on the island called Karlovassi. Stop here for lunch and admire the beautiful neoclassical houses and mansions.  Next, set off again along the wild and romantic north coast until you reach the enchanting Valley of Nightingales. Enjoy a short walk here and a welcome coffee stop. Finally, finish the tour with a visit to the charming and picturesque fishing village of Kokkari before returning back to Samos Town and Pythagorion where the tour ends. 

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What people are saying about Paros

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Delos is an underrated highlight of an itinerary to the Cyclades for those who enjoy history. The ruins in and of themselves are substantial and fascinating, as well as being crowned by a semi-challenging but rewarding hike to a central high point that offers stunning 360 degree views (accompanied late in the season by stiff 25 mile per hour winds) of the sea. If like me you are staying on other islands, getting to follow this up with a short jaunt to Mykonos to at least get a flavor (literally as well as figurative, given the number of water's edge restaurants near the port) is a rather nice bonus. The ferry crew were timely and no-nonsense - polite, but only to the point of not interfering with scheduling (for most of us that is welcome). I did not have a guide but have read enough history and enjoy traveling solo (plus you get to meet other people sometimes that way). Highest recommendation for this as an additional activity during your stay.

This was an amazing tour and experience. The captain was a fantastic sailer and guide. His boat was well maintained and immaculate in terms of cleanliness. The food was wonderful and our group of 9 was a great mix of personalities and nationalities to spend 9 hours with. We visited two stunning smaller islands and a beautiful cliff area of Naxos. Highly recommend this experience with Costas on The Lady K to anyone interested in discovering the little known areas of the lesser Cyclades.

The experience was perfect right from the pickup and all through the introduction, the kayaking, the history anecdotes, the snorkeling and swimming, the lovely homemade lunch, and the photos received after getting back. It was a perfect treat while being a great workout.

My husband and I enjoyed this tour very much! The tour guides and our driver were super friendly and everything was well organized. The picnic was delicious! The kayaking on the crystal clear water was amazing and this will be day we will always remember.

Everyone has said it, the day was a Joy! I had my reservations but by the end of the day, and by how quickly the day went, it was just so much fun. Highly recommended.