Paros is one of the most popular islands in the Cyclades and is the fourth largest in this popular island group. And of course, there are plenty of things to do in Paros with kids as the island is truly an ideal family destination. Paros is the perfect place for the family to relax with clear blue skies and fresh clear air, enjoying beautiful coasts, some of them very safe and perfect for small children. It’s also home to a fantastic nightlife scenario, ideal for families with older teens.
Best Things to do in Paros with kids
- Family holidays in Paros: General details about the island
- Getting to Paros from Athens
- Exploring Paros with the kids: villages, hikes, and museums
- Paros family friendly beaches
- Watery fun at the water park!
- Enjoy Paros on horseback… something really original to do in Paros with children!
- Have a go at tennis
- Take a boat trip to other nearby islands
- Learn about wild birds
- Create your own pottery
- Go stargazing, one of the top things to do in Paros with kids!
- And for teenagers in Paros…
- Useful resources to spend a great time in Paros with the family
- Where to stay in Paros with kids: Family hotels in Paros
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Family holidays in Paros: General details about the island
Located in a central position in the Aegean sea, Paros is the fourth Cycladic island. It can be easily defined as an ideal destination in Greece for families for different reasons: it’s more affordable than other islands still maintaining that unique Cycladic flair that you’ve probably seen in so many pictures.
Besides, the island offers beautifule beaches, interesting museums and archaeological sites, a wide choice of outdoor activities, and some of the most delicious dishes in Greek gastronomy.
In the main town of Parikia and in the smaller villages, especially Naoussa (next to the sea) and Lefkes (in the mountains), there are picturesque narrow alleys with white stone walls reflecting the sunlight and bright blue doors and windows in typical Cycladic style.
The traditional Greek tavernas warmly welcome families and will invite you to taste the simplest but most delicious Mediterranean dishes that you will love and never forget.
Paros is an ideal place to visit for a family vacation, as it is kid-friendly and has great activities for children of all ages including more unusual ones such as stargazing and cookery lessons. Getting around the island is easy and fun using the local bus service.
Getting to Paros from Athens
Being Paros among the most popular and important of the Cycladic islands, it’s very easy to get to Paros from Athens, you can do it either traveling by sea or with a plane.
Getting to Paros with the ferry: Most ferries depart from the Port of Piraeus, but it is also possible to depart from the port of Rafina, which is located quite close to Athens International Airport. >>> Check this link to learn about ticket fees and and Athens to Paros ferry schedules.
It takes from 3 to 5 hours to reach Paros from Athens depending on the vessel of choice, for instance, if you choose to travel with a Athens-Paros high speed ferry the journey will only last 3 hours.
It is also possible to travel from Crete to Paros and from the islands of the Dodecanese, such as Rhodes. Among the ferry companies you can check are Blue Star Ferries, Hellenic Seaways, Sea Jets, and Golden Star Ferries.
Getting to Paros by plane: The local airport is near the capital, the flying time from Athens is about 40 minutes, and the companies that travel to Paros are Olympic Air (sometimes operated by Aegean Airlines), Sky Express (a Cretan company), and Astra Airlines.
Here we bring you fun family activities to enjoy in Paros!
Exploring Paros with the kids: villages, hikes, and museums
Parikia is the main town and harbour on the island and has a string of tavernas along its water front and narrow alleyways with white-washed houses to explore. Naoussa is another very picturesque village, it’s situated about 15 minutes bus ride from the capital and is still very much a working fishing harbour. Piso Livadi is another very pretty fishing village and is the ideal place to visit if you enjoy seafood.
Island museums include the Sculpture Museum, the Archaeological Museum, the Byzantine Museum and the Folklore Museum. There are churches to visit including Ekantotapiliani Church – the name means the church of 100 doors – and the Venetian Castle, for a breathtaking view over Parikia. On the northern part of the island, you can enjoy the Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros, which has a network of walking paths.
There are caves to visit too with Archilochos being the most important of them. Both Paros and Antiparos have numerous hiking routes to enjoy including the valley and village of Lefkes, the Ancient Marble Quarries, and the Valley of the Butterflies.
Paros family friendly beaches
One of the most popular features about the Cycladic islands is the crystal-clear waters and Paros has this and gorgeous sandy beaches too. The beaches on Paros are amazing, and – of course – going to the beach is one of the most popular things to do in Paros with kifd.
Home to a flat landscape, the island has quiet and secluded beaches with calm, crystal clear waters that are perfect for young children. Howrver, there are also many other beaches that are ideal for older children or to practise water sports.
The most child-friendly beaches are located on the south side of the island and include Kolymbithres Beach, Faragas Beach, and Marcello Beach. Kolymbithres is the island’s best known beach as it is surrounded by huge sand-smoothed boulders and has shallow and crystal clear water and the beach of Monastiri is equally good and is situated at the other end of the same bay.
Marcello in Parikia is known for its smooth golden sand and calm waters. The water is shallow for a long way out making it ideal for small children and inexperienced swimmers.
Lolantonis Beach is situated just just south of the village of Drios on the island’s south coast and is particularly nice as it has clear turquoise waters and plenty of shade. Ampelas is great for young children too as it has a sea wall that ensures calm waters ever day and a couple of tavernas right on the beach.
Watery fun at the water park!
Aqua Paros Water Park is located near Naoussa, near both Monastiri Beach and Kolymbithres and is one of the largest water parks in Greece. The park is inside the premises of a hotel, and it has its own private beach, pool with sea water that gets auto-recycled, 13 water slides of all shapes and sizes and many other fun activities including a lazy river. The on-site amenities include a bar, self-service restaurant, sunbeds, umbrellas, changing rooms, a medical center, and more. There are also places for resting and for buying snacks as well as souvenirs.
- Getting to the park: You can reach the park from the port of Naoussa by boat, and by bus from Parikia. Prices to access the park, including water slides range from €4 to €10. >>> More details in this page.
Enjoy Paros on horseback… something really original to do in Paros with children!
This is the perfect family activity if you have older children. There are a couple of centres on the island. Kokou Horse Riding Center in Naoussa offers morning and afternoon hacks. The morning hack is 2.5 hours and includes riding along a couple of beaches and the afternoon one is about 1.5 hours. Thanassis’ Farm is also in Naussa and it offers a variety of riding options including lessons and hacks in the local vicinity.
Have a go at tennis
This is a fun idea and mini courses are available at Paros Tennis Club in Agia Irini. There are courses for young children aged 4- 6 years where they can learn the basics of tennis through fun games. For older children there are courses with up to six children participating. >>> In this link you will find all the activities that the club organizes in Paros (and lso other Greek destinations).
Take a boat trip to other nearby islands
There are a number of different boat excursions that visit the neighbouring islands of Antiparos (a 15-minute trip) and Naxos and these are fun to do as there is the opportunity to enjoy time on beaches that are only accessible by boat.
Another option is to enjoy a boat trip to some of the small Cyclades. You can easily visit the islands of Iraklia and Schinoussa with a group boat trip, or to discover Koufonisia, another small Cycladic island with truly dreamy landscapes and picture perfect landscapes. If this is something that you’re interested in, it’s a good idea to join a Koufonisia organized tour that also includes lunch and extra activities during the day.
Learn about wild birds
Alkioni Aegean Wildlife Hospital in Paros is located in Kamares and it’s the only wild bird hospital on the island. The place is responsible for rehabilitating all the wild birds and other animals that need help all over Greece. The hospital also priveds shelter to animals victim of illegal hunting, illnesses, and accidents. During a visit to Alkioni, the children will learn many things about nature and animals and also about the value of volunteering. >>> Visit this website for details.
Create your own pottery
Paros has two wonderful pottery studios that you can book to visit. The first is Yria in Parikia, run by artist Stelios Gikas. The other one is the Atelier Noe in the village of Aspro Chorio. A visit to any of these two ceramic and pottry shops will let kids learn how to create their own pieces of pottery.
Fur further fun, at Atelier Noe, you can paint your handwork and return to collect it a few days later.
Go stargazing, one of the top things to do in Paros with kids!
You can enjoy an amazing night of stargazing either on a hill near the harbour at Parikia (or also on Antiparos island). These evenings are really interesting as you learn the history of astronomy, about the constellations, and hear many amazing astronomical facts often related to Greek mythology, something that kids usually love.
Children will also learn how to use a Newtonian reflector telescope turning the whole experience into one of the most fascinating things to do in Paros. All in all, the experience will prove to be great fun and perfect for amateurs of all ages. >>> Check their Facebook page for further details.
And for teenagers in Paros…
Part of the fun of a holiday in Paros is enjoying great water sports. Paros is particularly well known for windsurfing and attracts many keen windsurfers each year and holds and important windsurfing race every August. Among the most popular windsurfing clubs and centers in Paros are:
- Paros Windsurf Club (New Golden Beach) – Website.
- Force 7 Windsurfing (Golden Beach) – Website.
- Paros Blue Dolphin (New Golden Beach) – Website.
The beach of Chrysi Akti (or Golden Beach), is well known for its beautiful golden coloured sand. This beach is usually windy with good waves (so it is not the ideal beach for small children but is a good choice if you have older children that are keen on sports, they will love it. There are stand up paddle boards, wake boards, wind surfers and kayaks for rent.
If your children are interested in sailing, check out the Nautical Group of Paros situated in Livadia, Parikia. There are experienced instructors who will teach your teenager how to sail and the first lesson starts with all the important safety rules. For younger children, swimming lessons are available. >>> Check more details here.
If your teenager prefers learning to dive, there is the opportunity on the island to learn and plenty to see under the waves with corals and colourful fish. Kayaking is another fun option and instruction is available, Sea Kayak Paros is one of the best-rated places offering single and multi day trips as well as kayak packages.
Diving in Paros: Check these diving schools and diving centers for diving opportunities in Paros…
- Paros Diving Center (Golden Beach) – Website.
- X-ta-sea Divers (Santa Maria Beach) – Website.
- Cycladic Diving (Aliki Beach) – Website.
- Prodives Paros (Santa Maia Beach) – Website.
- Paros Divers (Golden Beach) – Website.
- There are diving schools and centers also in Pounda, Molos Beach (also kitesurfing), and Livadia.
Paros is certainly a fun family destination as it is large enough to offer plenty of different activities and small enough to be able to exp-lore comfortably.
Useful resources to spend a great time in Paros with the family
These are some of the top family-friendly tours that Paros has to offer:
- # Full-Day Small Boat Rental with Self-Driving: A free cancellation tour to explore the coastline of Paros with a self-driven motorboat rental. >>> Check details and prices.
- # Santorini Full-Day Boat Trip From Paros: Add one more Greek island to your itinerary spending a while day visiting Santorini island with an affordable tour like this one. >>> More details here.
- # Delos and Mykonos Full-Day Boat Trip departing from Paros: Enjoy a 1-day cruise that combines Delos, one of the most significant archaeological sights in Greece and Mykonos, one of the most famous and cosmopolitan islands in the world. >>> Check more info about this tour.
Where to stay in Paros with kids: Family hotels in Paros
Best Paros budget hotel for families
Dahlia Apartments And Studios
Location: Aliki, only 400 meters from Agios Nikolaos Beach and about 9 km from Golden Beach.
This is a well-rated property in Paros offering family rooms at very affordable prices. Among the amenities that the whole family can enjoy, there’re free WiFi, BBQ facilities, a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and free private parking.
The hotel is well-known for serving a superb homemade breakfast with plenty of options for the whole family. The rooms are fitted with air conditioning and a convenient fully equipped kitchenette with coffee and tea maker. Some units have a patio or a balcony with pool views.
For families: Cots are available for free upon request while extra beds for children are also available at a convenient fee.
Best family-friendly rental home in Paros
S & K Maisonnettes
Location: Pounda, although this is not a central location, it is quite convenient to visit the island of Antiparos. Renting a car is a must if you plan to stay here and also want to visit Paroikia (located about 5 km from the home) or Naoussa on a daily basis. Otherwise, consider that taking the bus will be necessary.
This is the perfect place to stay in Paros with the family if you want a quiet place. Located about 10 minutes from the beach in the village of Pounda, the property features a refreshing Cycladic style.
This is a split-level villa opening to a furnished balcony and patio enjoying Antiparos views, it is surrounded by greenery and offers simply but tasteful living spaces, including a cozy fireplace area, WiFi in all areas, a flat-screen, satellite TV with CD/DVD player. The kitchen is perfect to accommodate a family, featuring also a microwave and a comfortable dining table.
Kids will love: Biking, since the property offers bikes free of charge. Besides, the house is a stone’s throw from Pounda Beach and its kite-surfing centre. The butterfly pak is only minutes from the maisonnettes.
For the whole family: The bus station providing links to the rest of Paros lies within 600 meters from the property. Free private parking is provided too.
Best Paros luxury resort for families
Archipelagos Resort Hotel & Villas
Location: Just outside the capital, close to the sea, and not far from the port of Parikia and the local airport.
This fantastic 5-star resort with top ratings when it comes to services and accommodation for families visiting Paros offers a magnificent view of the Aegean Sea. In the premises, there is an outdoor swimming pool with deck chairs while moms taking a holiday from everyay cooking and routine will certainly enjoy the on-site gourmet restaurant serving Mediterranean and Greek dishes. A lighter fare is also available at the pool bar.
In the property, you can book family rooms, all of them furnished with minimal Cycladic-style and most of them featuring a beautiful sea-view balcony. Among the convenient features in each room, guests will find air conditioning, satellite TV, free Wi-Fi, and a kitchenette with minibar.
Older kids will like the place beacuse: There is also a tennis court, as well as a 3-in-one court for basketball, volleyball and tennis.
For parents: The resort also offers a mini gym with a sauna room and hot tub.
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Gabi has been living in Crete for the last five years. Here, she juggles being a solo mom, hosting culinary tours in the summer, translating, and writing for Momma Loves Greece as well as her Crete blog, The Tiny Book, and her food website, My Cretan Recipe.
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