The Lesser-Known Cycladic Islands

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  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Boutique Travel

  • Greece

  • Island

  • Relaxation

  • Sightseeing

A seashore with boats floating on it.
Curator’s statement

Oh, Mykonos, you've always have my heart but overtourism got you bad. Last summer, I spent 2 weeks on the neighboring island Paros, which has similar vibes to Mykonos, albeit, far more off the beaten path. No Zuma or Cipriani, Louis Vuitton nor people arriving by heli from their yachts 50 yards away into Nammos. This year, I went to also check out the neighboring island to Paros- Antiparos- and my bet is that in the coming years. Antiparos will become the new Mustique of the Med. Tom Hanks already owns a home here, and we know other celebs and HNW people are coming here to rent the beautiful homes and enjoy the turquoises waters and unspoiled beaches.

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Where to stay in Greece

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Cosme, a Luxury Collection Resort, Paros

Lavish Greek island sanctuary offering exceptional comfort, breathtaking Aegean views, and a remarkable blend of local culture and high-end hospitality.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Welcome amenity.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Parīlio, a Member of Design Hotels, Paros

A mesmerizing blend of minimalistic design and traditional Cycladic architecture offering a luxurious retreat in the idyllic landscape of Paros, Greece.

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  • $100 food / beverage credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Cove Paros

A stunning luxury retreat blending traditional Cycladic architecture with modern elegance, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Greece's Paros Island.

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Things to do in Greece

People enjoying on the boats on seaside.

Paros is not known for glam beach clubs that are scattered all over Mykonos, but for much more laid-back beach experiences. If you are looking for a more organized beach set up, then you should head to Seven at Mikri Santa, Palm Beach at Paroikia, Monastiri and Cactus and the Beach Project at Golden Beach. All beach clubs need advance reservations!

Paros is known for great locally sourced food and amazing fish. My very favorite restaurants are: Siparos in Santa Maria, and Blue Oyster at Ampelas beach and Tsachipinis, Barbarossa and Mario’s in the cute and buzzing town Naoussa. For post dinner drinks, Comeback and Sante are both fun. For a sunset drink head to Agosta!

Paros is known as one of the best shopping spots of the Cyclades! Especially as far as it concerns Greek brands and designers. Best boutique shops are: Electric, White, Angels, Leto, On Aura Tout Vu, and Zina Fragi. 

If you’re into windsurfing, you can have a big day at Golden Beach.

Moraitis winery for wine tasting is a must and a visit to Petra Farm in Kolymbithres if you’re with kids. So fun to see lots of different animals all over the island- especially donkeys, chickens etc. I

t’s worth taking a tour to see the marble quarries to the south east of the island. Little do people know that some of the most important masterpieces of Renaissance art were carved using marble from Paros- for example, Venus de Milo and Hermes were sculpted using this Parian marble.

Take an afternoon to explore the quaint and charming traditional Greek village of Lefkes. Nestled between the highest mountain on Paros, expect whitewashed Cycladic streets and bougainvillea-adorned homes.

If you’re a meat lover, there are several local tavernas serving meat-centric dishes and traditional foods like moussaka. You can’t miss taking a dip at the picturesque Kolymbithres beach. Some say there’s an uncanny resemblance to the Seychelles with its clear, turquoise waters. The beach is semi-organized with sun beds available and tavernas nearby for refreshments and snacks.

Heading to Antiparos makes for the perfect day trip. A quick 10-min ferry ride and you’re there! If you want an organized beach, head over to Soros. The most beautiful beach on the island is Panagia Paneromeni or Agios Sostis, but you’d better rent a quad bike to get there because it’s only reachable by foot or quad! Theologos beach is great for kids and Sifneiko is good for sunset.

If you have time, visit the desert island of Despotiko to see the recently restored temple of Apollo- just across the bay from the sweet little Piperno’s restaurant. For sunset drinks and dinner, head to the Rooster. Their breads by the fantastic Despoina are out of this world- they also have a farm area that can be rented for family style dinners that are especially wonderful.

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Places to eat & drink in Greece

A romantic dining table set during sunset on the beach view.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Lauren Martin's guide, Guide to Island Hopping in Greece.

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