Paros is edged by a necklace of sandy sweeps – they’re parcelled out along the island’s perimeter, so wherever you are, you’ll never be far from a sunbathing spot. There are quiet, secluded beaches that are almost entirely deserted, and lounger-lined sandy spots that are kitted out with well-equipped watersports centres.
Golden Beach is the longest stretch of sand on the island, sprawling out along the coast for over half a kilometre, just south of Parikia. As its name suggests, the beach boasts powder-soft golden sand. Plus, the water’s clear as it comes. It’s set up for sunbathing, with loungers and parasols, or you can throw down a towel. The Windsurfing World Cup is held here each year, so it’s one to visit for watersports fans, too.
Agios Fokas beach is your go-to if you’re after a footprint-free patch of sand, as most people head to the bigger, beaches in the area, such as Livadia. It’s nestled into the coastline, six kilometres from the island’s capital, and is neighboured by only a string of pine trees and a pint-sized chapel.
The Greeks are often hailed the kings of the casserole – otherwise known as ‘magirefta’. You’ll find these dishes on most menus in Paros. There are hundreds of variations on offer, including ‘anginares à la polita’ – an artichoke stew with carrots.
If you see rows of fish laid out on a crate in the midday sun, don’t be alarmed. Sundried mackerel is a popular dish in the Cycladic islands. It’s coated in olive oil and seasoned with herbs before being served up with measures of ouzo.
Move over feta, there’s a new white cheese on the block. This one’s made from goat’s milk and has a creamy, sweet taste. Expect your Greek salad to be topped with this instead of feta if you’re dining in Paros.
You might associate this sweet treat with our friends across the pond, but it’s actually a popular Parian dessert, too.
Paros has been internationally recognised for its organic wines, both white and red. Wine lovers can pay a visit to the Manolis Moraitis winery to see first-hand how the wines are made. Or just order a bottle at a Parian taverna.
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