Paros

Cyclades

Paros is a  large island and as such caters for all tastes. Whether you are looking  for a quiet, traditional retreat, beach holiday, sightseeing or partying til dawn, Paros has it all. The island has gently terraced hillsides,  spectacular sandy beaches, beautiful flower meadows in spring and  autumn, lush orchards and olive groves, plenty of pretty Cycladic  villages and plenty of activity for those seeking action and adventure  on holiday.

The Pretty Good Guide

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  • local beaches
  • to-do
  • phone numbers
  • important
  • transport to greece
  • transport in greece
  • boat hire

Pretty good recommendations

Apostolis Ouzeri

Parikia

Great for fresh fish at the main road to the port. Serves fish, seafood and other traditional & Greek dishes.

Tel: (+30) 2284 024265

www.facebook.com/ouzeriapostolis/

 

Thalassamou Restaurant

Aliki

Great find in the backstreets of Aliki - serving a fusion of Greek
food with a French/Italian/Mediteranean twist.

Tel: (+30) 2284 091461

www.facebook.com/thalassamourestaurant/?rf=260665540705408
www.thalassamou.gr

 

 

To Balkony tou Aki Restaurant

Aliki

A traditional tavern that has been operating since 1964. Perfect setting just next to the sea specialising in fresh fish. The owner produces his own wine and it is really good.

Tel: (+30) 2284 091512

www.facebook.com/TobalkonitouAki/

 

 

Tango Mar Restaurant

Parikia

A lounge type bar restaurant for Greek cuisine and local dishes beneath eucalyptus trees and tamarisks.

Tel: (+30) 2284 023153

www.tangomar.gr
www.facebook.com/Tango-Mar-270475079633917/

 

 

Apoplous Taverna and Ouzeri

Aliki

Traditional Greek food with excellent service and good prices. Enjoy your meal while overlooking the endless blue of Antiparos.

Tel: (+30) 2284 091228

www.facebook.com/apoplousaliki/

 

 

Barbarossa Restaurant

Naoussa

With a long tradition of serving tasty Greek food, fresh fish and appetizers since the 60s, this restaurant has become a popular eatery among locals and tourists.

Tel: (+30) 2284 051391

www.facebook.com/BarbarossaParos/

 

 

Daphne Garden Restaurant

Parikia

An elegant restaurant with great atmosphere and food. Very polite , friendly and professional staff.

Tel: (+30) 2284 022575

www.facebook.com/Daphne-Restaurant-142447822615528/

 

 

Aliki Restaurant

Aliki

Family restaurant specialising in fresh fish caught by the family - and tasty home cooked food. Magical views!

Tel: 2284 091235

www.facebook.com/aliki.restaurant.paros/

 

Mario Restaurant

Naoussa

A very popular seafood restaurant. The family owned farm, provides the ingredients for all dishes the restaurant serves.

Tel: (+30) 2284 051047

https://www.facebook.com/mariorestaurantparos/

 

 

Keep an eye out for our trusted mark in the windows of restaurants, bars and tarvenas. This sticker reveals places we highly recommend, so you dont miss out on any local secrets.

Pretty local beaches

Pretty good things to do

Windsurfing

Golden Beach is where the Windsurfing Worldcup takes place.
The windsurfing club at Golden Beach organises activities.

Tel: (+30) 2284 041789

Naoussa also has an important windsurfing centre.

 

 

Snorkelling

All beaches on Paros are excellent for snorkelling. However, there isorganised snorkelling at Golden Beach.

www.octopusetrips.com

 

 

Scuba Diving

At Golden Beach
Tel: (+30) 2284 041778
www.aegeandivingcollege.com

Santa Maria Diving Club
At Santa Maria, Pounda.

 

 

Pretty useful phone numbers

General

Pretty Greek Villas:
Tel: (+30) 2696 061414 or (+30) 211 7803203

 

 

Health

Medical Centre:
Tel: (+30) 2284 024410

Ambulance:
166

 

 

Emergency

Emergency Call:
112

Police:
100

Fire:
199

Doctors SOS:
1016

Road Assistance:
10400 (ELPA)

Police:
Tel: (+30) 2284 051202

Port Police:
Tel: (+30) 2284 021240

Fire:
Tel: (+30) 2284 051999

 

 

Pretty important

Toilets

Greece sewerage operates on a septic tank which is the reason for the seas being so clean. However, this means that you CANNOT put any toilet paper, sanitary towels or baby nappies down the toilet. If you do, it can cause serious blockage requiring a plumber. Please remember to put all paper etc in the bin provided next to the toilet. We do not like to deduct from a security deposit but if the plumber is called and it is because paper has been put into the toilet during your stay, the cost of the repair will need to be deducted from your security deposit.

 

Suntan lotions

Some suntan lotions and oils contain a dye that leaves a permanent orange stain on towels, linens and pool liners. Please avoid using these suntan products because most villa owners will now request to deduct from the security deposit in order to replace items that have been dyed. When using the pool, please shower before entering.

 

Water

In this area the tap water is drinkable. Since water is scarce in the summer in Greece, please use only what you need.

 

Air-conditioning

If your villa has air-conditioning, please close all doors and windows when in use. Some villas have a system where if a door or window is left open, the air-con will not work so please check this first if you are experiencing problems.

 

Hot water

The hot water system for most villas is on an immersion system. This means you need to switch on the boiler for the water to be heated. The switch will be in the main electricity panel of the house and usually is turned on for your arrival. It is easy by mistake to turn this off during your stay, so if you find that you do not have hot water then please check the electricity panel first.

 

Dishwasher

Most villas will have a dishwasher. Please rinse plates before putting them inside. Some areas of Greece (such as Porto Heli) have a very high salt level in the water so dishwashers do not work very well and you may find that glasses and cutlery are smeared.

 

Umbrellas

Greece can be very windy so we would be very appreciative if you could close any sun umbrellas at the villa when windy to avoid them breaking or flying away.

 

Animals

All villas are situated in the countryside so if screen doors or shutters have been fitted please use them so that unwanted animals don’t get inside the house. The villas are all thoroughly cleaned before arrival but it is still possible that you may see the odd spider, mice, rat, scorpion, cockroach, snake or lizard inside. If you do and think it is a problem, please let us know so that we can deal with it straightaway. Wasps – it is impossible to know in advance whether wasps are going to be prevalent in a particular location or not. If you do find that wasps are a nuisance, burning Greek coffee on a plate seems to keep them away.

 

Siesta Time

For villas that are situated within villages and towns, the siesta hours are 14:30hrs – 17:30hrs. During this time, please try to make as little noise as possible.

 

Shop & Bank Opening Hours

Large chain supermarkets (such as AB, Galaxias, Carrefour) are open Monday to Saturday from around 08:30hrs – 20:45hrs. Closed on Sundays.
Most other shops are open as follows:
Monday: 08:03hrs – 13:30hrs
Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri: 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs
Saturdays and Sundays: On most islands, shops are open 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs & 17:30hrs – 20:30hrs. However, in traditional places frequented mainly by Greeks you will find that shops will be open on Saturdays until 13:30hrs and closed on Sundays.
Banks vary but are generally open from 08:30hrs – 13:30hrs. Some banks stay open for an hour or two longer.
Bakeries and mini-markets tend to be open every day.

 

Taxis and Porters

Taxis, porters and car hire are not included in the price of your villa. Please settle up directly with your driver, porter or car hire representative. When departing from your villa, if you require a taxi or porter, please ring or email us 24-48hrs in advance to arrange.
If you pre-book a taxi and do not notify us to cancel it, we will deduct this from your security deposit. Please note that we need to receive the cancellation in writing 24 hrs at least before the time you have booked the taxi. For airport transfers, we need at least 1 month’s notice in July/August and at least 2 weeks notice in all other months so that your booking can be replaced.

 

Security

Greece is still generally a very safe country. However, when you are not at your villa please close windows and lock the doors. 

Garbage

Please dispose of your garbage regularly because the high temperatures can attract vermin if left for too long. Unfortunately, very few areas of Greece have recycling so please put your rubbish in the nearest municipal bins (usually green). On Hydra, there are also lots of cats so please don’t leave rubbish bags outside.

 

Breakages

It is very rare for us to deduct money from a security deposit and we do not deduct money for the odd glass, cup or plate that might get broken. However, if you do happen to break or damage something please let us know.

 

Departure Time

At the end of your holiday, please vacate your villa by 10:00hrs unless we have agreed a later time with you. If the housekeeper is not there when you leave, please leave keys on dining table.

 

Transport to greece

Three good websites for flights from the UK are

www.travelsupermarket.com  
www.flightcomparison.co.uk  
www.charterflights.co.uk
Easyjet also fly into Athens from various European airports: 
www.easyjet.com

For non-UK flights, a good website is 
www.edreams.com

Please contact one of the PGV team for advice about where to book flights.

There are four ways to get to Paros:
Fly to Paros Airport from Athens.
Fly to Athens, use public transport/taxi to Rafina and take the ferry to Paros.
Fly to Athens, use public transport/taxi to Pireaus and take the ferry to Paros.
Arrive in Paros by ferry from one of many ports in Greece.
 

Transport in greece

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi Prices from Athens Airport to Pireaus:

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi (up to 4 passengers)

€55

Luxury Car (4 - 8 passengers)

€110

Luxury Mini-Van (up to 14 passengers)

€165

Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 21 passengers)

€195

 

 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

Athens Airport has a station, you can see it in the map below. The blue and red walking routes converge at the station. The blue walking route leads from arrival point B and the red from arrival point A. You can buy rail tickets in the airport station. You can buy rail tickets in the airport station.
 

Two different rail services run from Athens Airport to Piraeus. The first is the Athens Metro, the second is the Proastiakos ‘Suburban’ railway. We have marked the Metro route in green and the Proastiakos route in Yellow.
The Metro is the one you would need

The Metro is available between 06:30 in the morning till 23:30 in the evening. It leaves from Athens Airport metro station every 30 minutes. You need to change at Monastiraki

Departure times:

06:33, 07:03, 07:33, 08:03, 08:33, 09:03, 09:33, 10:03, 10:33, 11:03,
11:33, 12:03, 12:33, 13:03, 13:33, 14:03, 14:33, 15:03, 15:33, 16:03,
16:33, 17:03, 17:33, 18:03, 18:33, 19:03, 19:33, 20:03, 20:33, 21:03, 21:33, 22:03, 22:33, 23:03, 23:33

The trip from Athens Airport to Monastiraki takes 40 minutes. From Monastiraki to Pireaus port it is another 30 mins.
There are different types of tickets

Ticket for one person (one - way): 10 Euro
Ticket for one person (with return): 14 Euro
Ticket for 2 persons (one - way only): 18 Euro
Ticket for 3 persons (one - way only): 24 Euro
Reduced ticket (students age 25-, age 6 -18, age 65+): 20 Euro
Children up to 6 years old: Free

Once you arrive in Piraeus you will need to walk the green route below from the station to the ferry ticket office, purchase your ticket (unless previously ordered) and then walk the red route below to the ferry terminal - please see map below.

 

 

Athens Airport to Piraeus Port

There is an airport bus to Pireaus (X96). It leaves from outside the Airport Arrivals Hall (between doors 4-5) and terminates at Pireaus Port. It runs every 20 mins during the day and every 40 mins at night, and takes about 1 hour. Euro 6.00 per adult.

 

Ferry from Piraeus Port to Paros

For information on ferries, please see below:

High speed ferries from Pireaus to Paros take approx. 4 hours.

/travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

 

Hire a car on Paros

The majority of our villas on Paros require car hire. Guests travelling from outside the EU need an international driving licence and their normal domestic driving licence in order to rent a car.

Paros Car Hire Rates 2020 per day

Group

Car Type

1/4 – 30/5

&

6/9 – 30/10

1/6 – 30/6

1/7 – 5/9

B

Fiat Panda, Kia Picanto

€25

€30

€55

C

Nissan Micra / Hyundai i10      Auto

€40

€45

€60

D

VW Golf / Ford Focus / Nissan Note

 

€40

€45

€70

F1

Opel Vivara 9 Seater

€90

€120

€140

J

Suzuki Jimny Jeep

€50

€60

€90

 

 

Taxi Transfers from Paros Port to Villa

For villa bookings where guests are arriving separately, Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of the Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver, please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203. Please see taxi prices below.

2020 Taxi prices from Paros Port
  

LOCATION

Taxi (3 seats)

Minibus (5 seats)

Minibus (12 seats)

 

Ambelas

 

€60

€90

€130

Drios

 

€60

€90

€130

Parikia

 

€45

€65

€110

Piso Livadi

 

€60

€90

€130

Pounda

€50

€80

€120

 

 

 

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

We would advise clients not to rent a car in Athens in order to take it to Paros since the cost of the car ferry is expensive and there are many foot passenger- only services.
The drive from Athens Airport to the port of Rafina is approx. 30 mins.
Pretty Greek Villas can pre-book a taxi transfer on your behalf. Taxis are payable at the same time as the balance for your villa. The taxi driver will wait for you in the Arrivals Hall of Athens Airport holding a sign with your name on it. If you cannot find the taxi driver please call our emergency number 0030 211 780 3203.

2020 Taxi Prices from Athens Airport to Rafina:

 

 

Type of Taxi

Price

Athens Taxi (up to 3 passengers)

€48

Luxury Car (4 - 8 passengers)

€95

Luxury Mini-Van (up to 14 passengers)

€145

Luxury Mini-Bus (up to 21 passengers)

€160

 

 

Athens Airport to Rafina Port

Taking the bus from Athens Airport to Rafina is straightforward.

The terminal for the KTEL Attikis buses is outside the arrivals hall opposite the Sofitel Hotel.

Tickets cost € 5.00 and the trip takes about 30 mins.
KTEL Attikis telephone number: 0030 210 88 08 000
Rafina Bus terminal telephone number: 0030 22940 23440
Website: www.ktelattikis.gr
 

 

Ferry from Rafina Port to Paros

Ferry information can be found on the following websites:
travel.viva.gr/en/ferries

High speed ferries from Rafina to Paros take approx. 3 hours.