COME SEE Paros Park, Paros. Greece.

PAROS PARK: THE GUIDE

REGION: South Agean

ACCESSIBILITY: Car, bike, ATV or taxi from Naousa Town.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer, 5pm til sunset.

LOCATION: 16 min drive from Naousa Harbour | 22 mins from Parikia Port| Open in Google Maps

WALKING DISTANCE: Aprox. 50 mins (Route 3)

TIME REQUIRED: 1-2 hours walking/exploring hours + swimming time.

TOURIST RATING:  Popular area to explore on the island with many walking trails.

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PAROS PARK: THE EXPERIENCE.

As told by Jackie Te-Aroha

Entering Paros Park is like stepping into a whole new world, a dazzling place I never knew… Yes! That’s an Aladdin reference and yes! It was totally necessary.

We arrived to Paros Park late in the afternoon after a few beach stops along the south of the island. The weather was cool, the winds picking up and the thought of hiking out to an even windier peninsula was far from motivating. But somehow, we managed to convince ourselves to do exactly that because we were here, now.

We followed the path immediately in front of where we parked towards the signposted lighthouse. 

No more than 10 minutes later we had lost our way and found ourselves climbing down the rocks toward the outdoor amphitheater. Which, during summer is an open air cinema that has no admission fees. So if you’re smart, you’ll plan your park visit to end when the show begins.

Back down on a more level path we followed until we reached a small bay called Perikopetra Beach. We stood at a crossroad looked at each other for a second and decided whether to venture back up hill toward the lighthouse, further out to the next bay or call it, and head back to the warmth of our vehicle. If you know us, then you know what we chose.

The landscape toward Tourkou Ammos Beach was incredible. It reminded us of Joshua Tree National Park in USA. I literally wanted to place Zade on every rock and photograph her from 70 different angles. But the day was nearing its end and we also wanted to get out to the edge, so I temporarily hushed my inner photographer and kept walking until we reached the bay. 

From Tourkou Ammos Beach we took the path that cut through the headland out towards the Nomad Art Rocks. It was blowing a gale on this side and the ocean spray was like ice so we decided this was a far as we would go.

We turned back to the path that had led us out and I let my inner photog out to play. Babe, go up there I yelled pointing toward a pile of rock and rubble. Not questioning my vision Zade began climbing. I tried to steady myself along the rubble below as she tried her hardest look vogue whilst not being blown over the edge. Nailed it!

As we continued back this damn lighthouse was still on my mind, nagging. We arrived at the initial crossroad which lead up the side of the mountain. We checked the time and decided that because we had a good hour of daylight left and the track was only suppose to be 25 minutes, we would go for it. 

We scrambled our way up a barely existent track that was so steep we were almost using our hands. 5 minutes in I turned around and stood still to catch my breath and wait for zade. As she arrived almost slipping over she exclaimed who put these damn onions here, referring to a few white circular shaped things buried deep in the earth. But on closer inspection she was right. They were onions. On the side of this dark, dry and windy rocky mountain! Crazy! We both had a laugh and knew instantly it was time to call it.

For better weather and a more relaxed dessert vibe it’s safer you plan your visit to Paros Park in August. And if Ouranos, greek god of the sky doesn’t bless you with his best then brave the winds and head out anyway because it really is, a must visit place in Paros. 



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