As summer gradually yields to the mellower days of early autumn, the enchanting Greek island of Paros takes on a unique charm that beckons travelers seeking a quieter, more authentic escape.
Autumn is a hidden gem in the Mediterranean calendar, offering a perfect blend of warm weather, reduced crowds, and a myriad of delightful experiences waiting to be uncovered.
In this article, we’ll delve into the enchanting world of Paros from September – October, highlighting the island’s mesmerizing beauty, cultural treasures, and places to visit. From sun-soaked beaches to ancient villages steeped in history, Paros in Autumn promises an idyllic escape for those in search of a relaxed and immersive island adventure. Join us as we explore the many wonders that await you on this Greek gem.
The monastery of Panagia Ekatontapyliani
During summer, it is quite difficult to visit the church, as it gets too crowded. In autumn, the place is quieter and you can experience the devoutness it offers.
It is one of the best preserved early Christian monuments in Greece, whose construction began in the 4th century AD, and today it is a complex of early Christian, Byzantine, and post-Byzantine elements. It is one of the most famous churches in the Cyclades and is worth visiting in the morning or the afternoon.
The Frankish castle
When the weather is not too hot, we recommend you go to the Frankish castle (Frangokastello in Greek), which is located in Parikia and was built in 1260 AD by the Venetians. It is worth walking through its narrow streets and touring this picturesque district that has parts of ancient houses. The view from the top of the hill is breathtaking.
A walk to Frangokastello can also be combined with a walk to Parikia, the capital of the island and one of the most picturesque towns of the Cyclades. Tavernas on the waterfront, cafes, and local shops with souvenirs are ideal for a nice promenade.
Naoussa and the Venetian Castle
Naoussa is the most picturesque place not only in Paros but probably in the Cyclades! We recommend you take a morning walk around and see all the small alleys of the settlement while shopping in the wonderful shops. You can easily do this in Autumn when the sun is not dangerous.
The Venetian castle of Naoussa is located on the sea, a few meters from the waterfront. It dates back to the 15th century and was built in an attempt by the island to protect itself from the Ottomans and the pirates who were sailing the Mediterranean Sea at the time.
Kolympithres and Piperi beaches
These are two of the most famous beaches of Paros and we recommend them for your holidays in Autumn because they are beautiful and uncrowded. Of course, it’s worth swimming in all the wonderful beaches of Paros, but in these two there is natural shade under the tamarisk trees.
In the tourist season, it is impossible to find a free spot of shade, but in Autumn it is very likely to enjoy the golden beach and crystal-clear waters, relaxing in a quiet spot. To get there you need a vehicle. In general, the island is quite big so one tip before visiting is to rent a car at Paros port if you are visiting by ship or in the Paros airport.
In autumn it is very romantic to take leisurely walks in the alleys and if you want to go somewhere far away from tourism, then the village of Lefkes is a must!
Lefkes is located on the mainland of the island, in a mountainous area. You can walk along the narrow streets, admire the old, whitewashed houses, the bougainvilleas hanging from the balconies of the houses, and enjoy the wonderful view of Naxos.
Usually, the village is suitable to visit early in the morning or the evening because it is very hot, but with a little luck in September, the temperature will be more pleasant.
Don’t forget to visit the Suma Festival
Feast of suma (local tsipouro). Local sausages and steaks, octopus, and fresh squid will be cooked around the fire of the rakokazan.
Parians try the new souma and taste the local food. With the accompaniment of island music, they feast, sing, and dance. This process is a first-class opportunity for a small festival.
In the gentle embrace of September – October, Paros reveals its most alluring facets to travelers, offering a serene and captivating escape far from the bustle of peak summer months. From its pristine beaches and crystalline waters to the rich tapestry of its cultural heritage, this Cycladic gem leaves an indelible impression on the hearts of those fortunate enough to explore it during this magical season.
As we draw our journey through Paros to a close, it’s evident that this island offers a truly harmonious blend of relaxation, exploration, and immersion in Greek island life. Whether you seek solace on tranquil beaches, adventure in charming villages, or a taste of authentic Mediterranean cuisine, Paros in September delivers in abundance.
So, as you plan your next holiday, consider the allure of Paros during September. It’s a time when the island gracefully transitions into a quieter, more contemplative phase, inviting you to savor every moment and create memories that will linger long after you’ve left its shores. Embrace the enchantment of Paros in September, and let this Greek island cast its timeless spell upon your soul.