Greek island hopping during your yacht charter: Paros and Antiparos
Paros is one of the most versatile Greek islands and a perfect destination to visit when you are on your luxury yacht charter in Greece.
Paros is one of the most versatile Greek islands and a perfect destination to visit when you are on your luxury yacht charter in Greece. Whether you are seeking a romantic getaway, a relaxing family vacation, or a lively nightlife scene, Paros has it all. From gorgeous beaches to chic fishing villages, the Greek island of Paros just might win your heart.
In the ancient world, Paros was famed for its marble quarries. Known as Parian marble, it was one of the world’s finest varieties and brought wealth to the island through trading. Parian marble was used by the ancient Greeks in the construction of some of the famous temples of the ancient world like the Acropolis, the temple of Zeus, and the temple of Apollo. These days, Paros is known mainly for its lovely, unique beaches. The Parian traditional villages, particularly Naoussa and Lefkes, are perfect samples of Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed sugar houses, paved streets and blue-domed churches and deserve your visit.
Let’s start the day at Kolymbithres Beach. Your captain will drop the anchor near this famous beach on Paros, and the view of its crystal clear waters dotted with fascinating rock formations will instantly take your breath away. The beach of Kolymbithres is one of the most spectacular beaches of Paros and is located in the huge bay of Naoussa, or Plastira Bay. This beach is particularly impressive because of the huge blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the centuries. Small sandy coves are lining one after another and your captain will know just which one to pick to enjoy your own private bay with your loved ones. Did you know that Kolymbithres means swimming pools?
After one last cup of espresso on board, your crew will bring you to shore by tender, where your private driver is waiting for you to show you the beautiful island.
The fishing village of Naoussa
When you picture a trip to the Greek islands do you imagine a whitewashed town with those distinctive sugar cube buildings? Well, Naoussa is certainly one of the best examples of that. This cosmopolitan fishing village is perched directly on the sea. Naoussa is home to the island’s poshest seafood restaurants, elegant cocktail bars, and trendy shops. The town itself is a labyrinth of narrow white alleys fringed with vibrant bougainvillea just begging for exploration. Walk along the seawall to Venetian Fort that welcomes fishing boats back to port. Kastelli is right by the harbor and is a great spot for pictures. Be careful not to get too wet when crossing the walkway, it is constantly battered by waves! The other great photo spot is where the old buildings abruptly meet the sea – look for the bright pink Linardo café at the end of the harbor and keep walking around the corner.
At the back of the town, on the east side is the Moraitis winery where you can stop by to taste a flight of local wines before your driver will take you and your loved ones to the next destination of the day.
The hilltop village of Lefkes
Head toward the island’s interior to travel back in time and discover the traditional village of Lefkes, the original capital of Paros during the Middle Ages. Built on a verdant hilltop covered with pine trees, Lefkes is one of the loveliest villages in Paros. Its narrow, shaded streets are lined with neoclassical homes and Venetian architecture. The village’s main church, the Church of Agia Triada, is a beautiful example of Byzantine architecture crafted in white marble. The houses are built
amphitheatrically. The first residents were immigrants that came from Crete and locals who chose to build their village on the mountain, in order to be protected from pirates. Ramnos, the central street of the village, will lead you along traditional buildings, the local school, the former community building and the House of Literature. On the hills around the village you will find many beautifully restored windmills. Don’t forget to have your picture taken here!
If you are sailing the Greek islands in August, talk to your chief stewardess to find out if the feast of Karavolas is held in Lefkes while you are visiting. This feast is an opportunity of the Lefkians to celebrate the end of summer. At the festival, traditional food is offered such as karavoles, or snails, in garlic sauce, string beans, traditional cheeses, chick peas in the oven and of enough wine to keep the party going!
Time to hit the beach
If you like water sports, then Paros is the perfect fit for you! Your crew will make sure all the water toys are out for you to enjoy after you toured the island. Will you go kayaking first? Or will you lay out in the sun for a bit, with the occasional dip in the crystal clear sea to cool off? If you are an avid kite surfer you will happy to hear that Paros is one of the most popular destinations in Greece for kitesurfing. Your captain knows exactly which beach to visit for an unforgettable afternoon with your loved ones. When the sun is setting, you might want to consider staying overnight and have dinner onboard under the stars. That way, you can visit nearby Antiparos the next morning.
The small island of Antiparos, with its pristine beaches and relaxing atmosphere is a picturesque island near Paros. Imagine waking up with a view of turquoise water and deserted beaches while the sound of the waves lapping against the yacht gently announces the beginning of another perfect day of your luxury yacht charter. Your chef is preparing all your favorite breakfast dishes and the aromas are tempting you to head to the deck, where you will find your chief stewardess waiting for you with your coffee, next to the elegantly set table. After breakfast, the crew will take you to shore to spend some time at the beach before your captain will set sail to the next destination of your Greek yacht charter!
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