Paros, lying 168km out of Piraeus in the heart of the Cycladic cluster, is a great all-round performer.
More affordable than either Santorini and Mykonos, hospitable Paros has ample charms of its own. There is the seaside hamlet of Naoussa in the north-eastern corner. The captivating Valley of the Butterflies (Petaloudes) with its glorious habitat of running waters, wild laurels and ivy-covered carob trees. And Parikia with its energetic agora and sixth century Byzantine Ekatondapiliani (the church of the hundred doors).
The island’s nightlife is merry without being overwhelming and there are enough attractive beaches to placate almost any visitor. For the more purist appetites, this Cycladic transport hub also offers camping grounds, hiking trails, equestrian centres as well as being a watersport and wellnes hotspot ! Sure to fulfill all those holiday fantasies of cantering along a pristine sandy beach.