Greece is a country known for its rich history, stunning landscapes, and vibrant culture, and within this tapestry of wonders lies Paros, a hidden gem waiting to be discovered by intrepid travelers. In 2024, seize the opportunity to immerse yourself in the heart of this captivating island, unlocking its secrets with the guidance of Georgia Zavalieri, the Manager of MINOIS Hotel. With her insider knowledge, Zavalieri graciously shares her top five tips for an unforgettable and fully-immersive Paros adventure.
Explore the Unique Villages
Paros is adorned with charming villages, each offering a distinctive cultural experience tailored to diverse interests. Escape the crowds and discover the tranquility of Lageri Beach, a secluded haven cherished by locals for its serene atmosphere and crystal-clear waters—a perfect spot for a relaxing beach day. For a deeper connection to the island’s history, Zavalieri recommends the serene village of Kostos. If you have an appreciation for unique architecture, Marpissa is a must-visit. The Church of Agios Antonios in Marpissa showcases stunning frescoes, providing a glimpse into the island’s rich religious art.
Immerse Yourself in the Culture
As a Hotel Manager deeply invested in curating Paros experiences, Zavalieri encourages visitors to immerse themselves in the island’s culture. Embark on a journey to artisanal pottery studios in Lefkes, Kostos, or Drios for a hands-on pottery experience. Explore traditional techniques while creating your own masterpiece—a tangible connection to the island’s artistic heritage. Additionally, guided tours at family-run vineyards offer insights into local grape varieties and winemaking traditions, providing a truly authentic encounter with Paros.
Savor the Local Cuisine
No visit to Paros is complete without indulging in the island’s delectable cuisine. Zavalieri introduces travelers to “Gouna,” a traditional dish born out of the locals’ need to preserve fresh fish during sea voyages. Sun-dried or sun-baked for hours, the fish is then grilled over charcoal, creating a mouthwatering appetizer. Another culinary gem is “Marathopita,” a savory pie highlighting the region’s signature ingredient, fennel. Layers of thin pastry filled with fennel fronds, onions, cheese, and herbs offer a delightful blend of earthy and herbal flavors—a culinary must-try on the island.
Attend Traditional Celebrations
Immerse yourself in Paros’ vibrant cultural tapestry by participating in traditional celebrations recommended by Zavalieri. Witness the “Agios Georgios” horse race in Lefkes each April, honoring Saint George. Join the “Klidonas” festival in Prodromos each June, celebrating the ancient tradition of writing wishes on paper and burning them for good luck. Experience the lively “Panigiri” celebrations in Kostos during the summer, filled with music, dancing, and feasts. “Routes in Marpissa” offer an immersive cultural experience emphasizing local architecture, folklore, arts, and music.
Relaxation at MINOIS Hotel
For the ultimate relaxation, Zavalieri’s top pick is MINOIS Hotel, nestled amidst the enchanting allure of the Aegean Sea. The property invites travelers to unwind at the Aura Spa for a Mediterranean-inspired treatment and indulge in the seaside restaurant Olvo by Michelin-starred chef Alexander Tsiotinis. Enjoy refreshing cocktails and unique bites from the Josper oven, all against the backdrop of the peaceful sounds of the sea – a perfect way to conclude your Paros adventure.
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