One of the most popular islands in the Cyclades, Paros is a must whilst visiting the Greek Islands.

Paros is famous for its architecture, stunning beaches and bustling nightlife – all the ingredients that make for the perfect summer holiday.

The main villages on the island are Parikia and Naoussa where you’ll find most of the action. The most popular beaches on the island are Golden Beach and New Golden Beach which are ideal for watersports such as windsurfing and kitesurfing (for those of you who don’t want to spend the day lounging around that is!).

Want to escape the crowds, the beaches of Santa Maria, Kolymbithres and Parasporos are all fantastic options.

It’s not just architecture and golden sands Paros has to offer however, you’ll also find some fantastic, traditional Greek cuisine if you happen to stop by this island. From classic dishes such as Moussaka and Gyros to fresh seafood, you can certainly indulge yourself before sipping down on some Ouzo.

When it comes to history, this Greek Island is steeped in it. Its unrivalled natural beauty comes complete with Byzantine footpaths weaving throughout the villages transporting you back in time. On Paros you’ll also find a well preserved 13th Century Venetian castle on a hill in the centre of Parikia as well as the 6th Century church – Panayia Ekatontapyliani (don’t try saying that in a hurry – Ekatontapyliani literally means the church with 100 gates!).

Paros makes for a great stop off whilst sailing the Greek Islands, combine your visit with a stop off at Mykonos, Naxos and Santorini with Sail In Greece’s Yolo Yachting 7 day tour.