The island of Paros, which lies right in the heart of the Cyclades, is one of the most popular islands in the Aegean, attracting thousands of visitors every year. The charm and appeal of Paros, Greece is immediately clear upon you arrival, with exquisite beaches, vibrant nightlife and beautiful old villages which contain most of the self catering Paros accommodation on offer.
Paros is a holiday destination of the highest quality, known primarily for its almost perfect conditions for water sports. Paros diving holidays are particularly special, and there are four main Paros diving centres to choose from, catering for every level of scuba diver from the complete beginner to the seasoned expert. Scuba diving in Paros is particularly popular due to the wonderfully warm water temperatures, superb visibility and huge array of marine species.
Windsurfing and kitesurfing in Paros are absolutely magnificent activities. Conditions on the island are the best in the whole of Greece, and budding windsurfers and kite surfers flock to self catering Paros accommodation throughout the year to take advantage of the reliable Meltimi winds. As a result, the annual Windsurfing World Cup descends on New Golden Beach in Paros each year. There are many great spots to windsurf and kitesurf in Paros, with both equipment hire and lessons readily available from any Paros villa.
If you would prefer to simply lie back and relax in the sun, you will be spoilt for choice from self catering Paros accommodation. Every style of beach from secluded bay beach to wide open sporting beach can be found around the shoreline. Near the beach of Agia Irini is the wonderful valley of the Butterflies. Every summer, the valley is descended upon by millions of butterflies, creating one of the most remarkable natural phenomenon in Europe. There are many ways to reach the Valley, the most entertaining of which has to be on the back of a donkey, especially if you take the detour past the beautiful Monastery of Christos sto Dasos.
10km north of Paros’ capital, Parikia, lies the village of Naoussa. Naoussa is the most picturesque place on the whole of the Cyclades, with traditional, whitewashed villas lining the timeless streets. There are many marvellous little tavernas and restaurants to choose from, but it is the glorious sand beaches that really draw tourists to self catering Paros accommodation in the area.
If you fancy a spot of Greek Island hopping, consider taking the short journey across the water to Naxos, Mykonos or any of the other 35 Cycladic islands. Santorini holidays is also a great accommodation base from which to explore this amazing area of the Mediterranean.
The summers are fantastically warm in Paros, with daily temperatures staying between 25 and 35?C daily from the middle of May until late October. The reliable winds that make Paros a water sports haven, keep the air refreshingly cool. Water temperatures are also wonderfully warm, staying above 15?C for the vast majority of the year, remaining above 20?C from June until the end of October.
Paros Airport (PAS) is a tiny airport on the island, and although it only receives direct flights from Athens (ATH), it is a huge asset for those of us going on holiday from the UK. Athens receives a huge number of direct flights from the UK, which makes reaching self catering Paros accommodation remarkably easy.