Paros is one of the lesser-known isles with no shortage of beaches, whitewashed hillside towns, and hidden swimming caves to discover and explore.
Condé Nast Traveller writer Timothy O’Grady published an article on Paros in the April 2021 issue of the magazine.
“Paros is egg-shaped, its tip inclined slightly eastwards, the central highpoint of Profitis Ilias falling as gently as an unfolding skirt in all directions to the sea. It hasn’t got the defining grandeur of Santorini’s caldera, the otherworldly mineral displays of Milos or the reverberating vision of the apocalypse delivered to St John in a cave on Patmos. It has instead, in pleasing form, the main elements that have long drawn visitors to the Greek islands- cubist villages, long beaches and coves, wandering goats, old monasteries, a mixture of hospitality, informal ease and wildness,” he wrote.
“Anyone visiting will at some point stop in Naoussa- all the best restaurants are here or nearby- and despite the crowds it still feels delicate and compelling and sometimes glamourous.”
Amongst the hotels mentioned in the article, Parīlio, a 33-
Parilio (parelion): A bright, sunlike optical illusion, often on a luminous ring or halo,
caused by sunlight passing through ice crystals in the upper atmosphere.
The luxury hotel features 33 suites, offering views over the sun-dappled courtyard, pool, or the surrounding brooding hillside.
Exposed concrete, terracotta flooring, and local marble are complemented by a subdued colour palette of white, gray, ochre, ivory, and sienna to create peaceful spaces that embody the slowed rhythms of Paros living.
Not to mention the outdoor pool and terrace dominates the hotel’s grounds and are perfectly placed for an evening aperitif.
Meanwhile, the hotel’s restaurant and patio, “Mr. E.”, and chef Alexandros Tsiotinis offer dishes based of the island’s gastronomy legacy.