“Santa Maria is located near Naoussaand is a long coastline divided in two soft, golden sandy beaches which offer a beautiful view on the island of Naxos and the crystal emerald waters. Snorkeling here is recommended and there is also a diving school. The beach is long with some loungers and in in the middle you will find the diving and windsurfing center. The water is perfect and clear and the sun drenched sand whiter than you will find on other parts of the island. It is fully organized, with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities for windsurfing, scuba diving, paddle boats, etc. The beach of Santa Maria in Paros can be reached by local bus or by boats departing from the harbour of Naoussa.”


“This is not a beach as such, rather a series of small sandy coves separated by strange and very beautiful wind and wave sculpted rock formations. Kolymbithres enjoys shallow crystal clear water and so is perfect for children, although it can be extremely busy here in July and August. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available and the area is served by a number of busy taverns. The area is worth a visit for the view across the bay to Naoussa alone and is accessible by road or the small boat that leaves every half an hour or so from the port in Naoussa.”


“Here you’ll find one of the longest beaches (almost 700metres) on the island and definitely one of its most beautiful. Windsurfing takes center stage here and if you visit in August you may be lucky enough to catch the spectacle of hundreds of surfers gliding over the waves as they compete in the annual Professional Windsurfing World Cup. There is also a scuba diving school on this fully organized beach and restaurants and accommodation to suit every taste, and wallet. Golden Beach is easily reachable by bus from Parikia or Naoussa or with private transport.”


“This beach is again, an ideal place for windsurfers, as the school here is staffed by very experienced instructors including one Olympic champion. The wide expanse of sand is, as the name suggests golden in colour. It is a short 10 minute walk from the bus stop on the main asphalt road.”


“This is a wide sandy beach with a series of smaller coves to the right of the main beach. Once this area was relatively unknown but with the construction of a dedicated road,Farangas has developed into one of the islands ‘major’ beaches complete with beach bars and restaurants and of course sunbeds and umbrellas. It’s a great destination for windy days as it’s completely sheltered from the Meltemi northern winds and is accessible only by private transport or around a 45 minute walk from Aliki.”


“To the south of Pounda lies a long expanse of soft yellow sand but it’s mainly a beach for watersport enthusiasts. The school here is renowned throughout Greece as one of the best places for kite and windsurfing. A dive school also operates from the port of Pounda, where you can catch the ferry to the neighboring island of Antiparos.”


“This long wide stretch of white sand lies at the northern end of the bay, an easy 10 minutes walk from the port. Here you’ll find many amenities including sunbeds, umbrellas, restaurants and beach bars.”


“This stretch of seafront is known as Monastiri, due to the small monastery of the same name that sits on the rocks just to the right of what is possibly the most beautiful beach on Paros. In recent years it has become part of the Enviromental and Cultural Park of Paros, an area put aside for the preservation of the natural splendor of the island. The beach itself is a wide stretch of golden sand set in a magical bay, sheltered from the winds by high rocky hills. This is a perfect beach for children as the sea is very shallow for 40 or 50 meters from the shore. A canteen to the left of the beach provides refreshments, sunbeds and umbrellas and in the summer months plays host to cultural events. On the other side of the bay, watersports are available. Monastiri is accessible by small ferry from Naoussa or by road.”


“This is arguably the area around Parikia’s finest beach, a long wide expanse of golden sand with crystal clear waters fed by underground springs. From the beach there is a great view across the bay to Parikia. The sea is noticeably cooler here so perfect for sweltering mid-summer afternoons. The jetty at the end of Marcello is the second stop if you catch the small ferry from Parikia. Marcello is fully developed, with beach bars, sunbeds and umbrellas. To the left there are two small undeveloped beaches with no amenities but they are well shaded and less crowded during the peak season.”


“This is one of a number of small beaches close to the village of Marmara. Deep blue sea and soft golden sand are the attractions here, as is the fact that due to their relative isolation they are always calm and usually almost deserted even in July and August. Close by, you can find accommodation and a number of small taverns. Molos is accessible only with private transport.”


“As close to a ‘secret’ beach as you will find in these pages, Laggeri is located on the other side of the promontory from Santa Maria and looks out over the sea towards Naoussa. This is a long crescent of white sand backed by the only sand dunes on the island . It’s popular with nudists, but not exclusively so. Be warned however, this is probably not the best option for a family day out. Laggeri is totally undeveloped so go prepared with food and drinks etc. Laggeri is accessible by car or bus to Santa Maria and then a 10 minute or so walk. It’s probably a good idea to ask for directions from a local.”