There's charm, and then there's Paros. An island still unimpeded by the relentless push of commercialisation, Paros is quietly beautiful and historically significant. Small monasteries, stores and platinum-white homes line stony streets and the between the shore and twinkling Aegean, a row of fishing boats gently bob in the breeze. This could be the best Greek island in terms of cultural preservation and a warm, welcoming people, but you'll have to come and visit to make your own mind up.
There are a few things that feel essential for any visit to this remarkable little island. The first is the capital, Parikia. Here, you'll find the Church of Agios Konstantinos. This basilica offers stunning views of both the island and the vast expanse of the sea beyond. Not only this, but inside you'll find a several relics and detailed artwork that wouldn't look out of place in the most distinguished museums. The beaches are wonderful here but you can find the most unspoilt of them elsewhere on the island. Golden Beach is our favourite, one of the largest, with lots of places to eat and drink. The Old Port of Naoussa is another highlight with an interesting blend of still being a working fishing port and a laid-back atmosphere. If you've been to Mykonos or Santorini, and you'd love the charm without the tourist saturation, then Paros might be your new favourite holiday destination.
Paros is a great place to visit year round but it's warmest between May-October.