Picture-postcard-perfect Paros has more than 40 beaches dotted around crystal clear coastline that stretches 120km. From golden sand to white sand, blue water to green, and music to mud baths, there’s a patch of sand on Paros with your name on it so get ready to sink those toes in!
The best 10 beaches to swim in Paros island
1. Pounda Beach aka Punda
If you like to be kept entertained as you sink your toes into the sand, popular Pounda Beach is perfect with its beach club (operating June-August) with swimming pool, sun loungers, DJ, bungee jumping plus water sports including kitesurfing and windsurfing. Located 7.5km South East of Parikia, this clean sandy beach can be accessed by car or public bus and has a selection of tavernas/beach bars with a cheaper mini market a 10minute walk away. If you prefer your beaches to be quieter and less crowded, just walk to the far end, away from the club and bars or visit outside of the peak Summer season when you’ll have the place almost to yourself.
2. Kolymbithres Beach
One of the most beautiful beaches on the island, Kolymbithres benefits from an extra dose of Mother Nature with its incredible granite rock sculptures scattered along the seashore. Located in the Western part of Naoussa Bay, you can get to this beautiful beach by car, public bus, or by boat from Naoussa harbour. If visiting purely to enjoy Mother Nature at her best, try to avoid July-August when it becomes crowded though if you arrive early/late enough it is possible to snag some privacy away from the hustle and bustle of the sun loungers in one of the small sandy coves. A great place for snorkelling, you can also enjoy kayaking, waterskiing, and other water sports and there is a selection of bars/restaurants that line the beach road for when you get thirsty.
3. Monastiri Beach aka Agios Ioannis Beach
This beautiful rocky bay with shallow green/blue waters where the yachts moor up and a monastery built on the clifftop overhead is located on the headland West of Naoussa so is usually protected from the wind. An organised beach with sun loungers, taverna, water sports, and beach parties it gets crowded in the height of Summer with an annual festival taking place each June-September with moonlit concerts, an outdoor cinema, and art exhibitions held in the park right next to the beach. Monastiri is a good beach for snorkelling and also for families with young kids or non-swimmers as the sea is calm and stays shallow for a good 100 metres.
4. Marcello Beach aka Martselo Beach
With views of Paros main port, perfect for watching the ferries sail in and out, this beautiful sandy beach which is actually a series of rocky coves, allows you to be tucked away from the main throng of tourists. Organised with sunbeds, a beach volleyball court, and cafes and tavernas, it is popular with both young adults and families and can become quite crowded July-August. Accessible via water taxi from Parikia Harbour, by car, or on foot, Marcello Beach joins onto Krios Beach and has a more peaceful naturist area at the far West of the beach along with some stunning cliffside walks if you keep following the beach/path around the bay!
5. Santa Maria Beach
A 5-minute drive from Naoussa harbour and also accessible by boat, this powdery golden-white sand beach is actually split into 2, the first one commonly referred to as Santa Maria Camping due to the campsite nearby. Popular in June-August when it draws in the younger party crowd due to its water sports facilities which include water-skiing, windsurfing, pedalos, and scuba diving plus a great selection of beach bars that elude a cosmopolitan vibe with Summer hits drifting out over the crystal clear water, Santa Maria Beach is well organised, filled with hundreds of sunbeds and sun umbrellas with views out to Aliki Bay and neighbouring Naxos but is not sheltered so can suffer from the strong winds that hit Paros.
6. Logaras Beach
The main beach of the popular village Piso Livado on the South of the island (17km from Parikia and 12km from Naoussa), Logaras Beach boasts beautiful cedar trees on its powdery sand where you can lay down your towel to seek some shade. Accessible by car and public bus, this organised beach has sunbeds and sun umbrellas as well as water sports facilities in July and August. It has been awarded the blue flag for cleanliness and offers visitors a variety of bars and tavernas within walking distance as well as a waiter service on the beach.
7. Piperi Beach
Easily accessible on foot being just a 5-minute walk from the centre of Naoussa, this small sandy beach has iconic views of the blue and white Naoussa, perfect for photo opportunities. Though not protected from the Meltemi winds which can cause big waves to whip up, the beach is well organised with sun loungers and sun umbrellas which are well spread out. Walk along this beach and in one direction you’ll come across the port, and in the other direction more tranquil surroundings filled with rock formations and cedar trees.
8. Farangas Beach aka Faragas
On the South Coast, 15km from Parikia and 25km from Naoussa you’ll find Faragas Beach which has 3 beautiful bays to choose from, each one offering fine sand, crystal clear water, and sun loungers from which to enjoy the view. The first bay, also the largest, has watersport facilities and a beach bar/taverna that plays the hit summer tunes and has a great atmosphere. If you prefer more peace and quiet, the next 2 bays, though smaller, provide more solitude with beautiful rock formations.
9. Chrissi Akti (Golden Beach)
This popular yet small beach has golden sand and is split into two, one part organised with sunbeds and sun umbrellas, the other half free for you to lay your towel down wherever you choose. A chilled out place that is extremely popular with windsurfers and kitesurfers, you’ll also find diving and waterskiing along with other water sports facilities plus beach bars with DJ during the height of the summer season and family-friendly tavernas.
10. Kalogeros Beach
This small and secluded wild rugged bay close to Molos on the East coast of Paros is a bit of a hidden gem, accessible via a picturesque dirt road that passes by a cedar forest. 17km from Parikia and 12km from Naoussa, Kalogeros Beach is an unspoilt natural spa thanks to the mix of sand and reddish clay, many visitors using this opportunity to give themselves a DIY therapeutic mud bath. The beach is unorganised so bring your own sun umbrella if you have one and be sure to stock up on snacks and drinks though there is a traditional Greek taverna close by – just be careful to watch out for the mini tsunami’s caused by the high-speed ferries that pass by… you don’t want to lose a flip-flop or get a soaking wet beach towel!
So, which of these Paros beaches have you added to your ‘want to visit’ list?! Whether you’re after a party vibe, the best beach for windsurfing, or picturesque tranquillity off of the beaten path, Paros has a beach with your name on it.