10 Things We Loved About Naousa Paros in Greece

Naousa Greece

Naousa is a small town in Paros Greece located in the northeastern corner of the island. From the minute you enter this little enclave, you’ll be impressed with how the fishing boats and fancy yachts gel together with the bright colors of the Aegean Sea. The one-time fishing community of Naousa Paros has transformed into a tourist destination for its architecture and fine restaurants. However, we found that it’s yet to lose its local luster. Here are 10 things we loved about Naousa in Paros Greece!

How to Get to Naousa Greece

Most travelers will be arriving into the bustling port town of Parikia before heading to Naousa Paros. On our last visit, we took the quick ferry ride from Naxos Island which you can read about here.

After getting off the boat, you’ll want to take a right and head towards the bus station. The station is a short walk and on the sea side of the street.

It may be a bit tough reading the bus schedule if you’re not familiar with it. There was no one in the booth to help during the off-season, and the machine to buy tickets was equally as confusing!

Just remember that you can almost always buy tickets on the actual bus from the driver in Greece. If your bus isn’t there yet, take a seat and grab food or coffee at one of the restaurants across the street.

The bus ride was only about 15 minutes from Parikia to Naousa. From the bus stop, it’s only a 5 minutes walk into Naousa town.

Just walk towards the water and it’s almost impossible to get lost! You can also take a taxi to Naousa, but it’ll cost you between €15-20 euros. 

The other option would be to rent a car and drive to Naousa in Paros Greece yourself. Here’s a quick guide with pros and cons to renting a car in Paros. 

It’s easy to rent one from the airport if you’re flying in, or from the capital of Parikia in the port area. You can even include Naousa as a stop in a one day road trip around the island!

Naousa on Paros Island

Where To Stay In Naousa Paros

Luxury – Saint Andrea Resort Hotel – Located just outside the main town of Naousa, Saint Andrea Hotel has a pool and private beach area for you to enjoy. Amazing luxury-style resort with all the amenities you’d expect on a Greek island.

Fun Vacation Yades Suites – Apartments & Spa – Set right on the hill right above Naousa, the rooms at Yades Suites are equipped with balconies and incredible views of the ocean. If you’re looking to spice up your visit you can even book a room with a Jacuzzi inside!

Budget Travel Villa Galini – Our home in Naousa Paros! Just a short walk from town and on the hill overlooking the village. This is one of the cheapest options near the port, but still a great quality stay.

10 Things We Loved About Naousa Paros 

1. Colorful Cafes & Bars

The first thing you’ll notice when you get to the main town of Naousa is the cute and colorful cafes everywhere you look.

Grab a glass of Greek wine with a side of olives, and watch as the boats pull into the harbor.

Whether you’re walking through the back streets, or just sitting in the main port you’ll fall in love with this part of Naousa Paros! 

Two of our favorite Naousa restaurants to grab drinks at are Methystra Bar & Monkey’s Cocktail Bar.

Naousa Greece Paros Island

Naousa Greece Cafes

2. Local Seafood in Naousa Paros

Another thing that will immediately catch your eye is all the octopuses. They actually hang these wild looking sea creatures out right in front of many of the Naousa restaurants!

We’re not sure how appealing this is even for the most avid seafood fans, but this unique feature of town certainly draws you in. Other popular seafood options include mussels, shrimp, and a variety of fresh fish.

Naousa Restaurants

Naousa Seafood

3. Crystal Clear Water

We couldn’t believe how stunningly clear the water was in Naousa. While the sparkling Aegean Sea is known for its clear blue color, the water seemed especially see through in this little island town.

Maybe it’s the way it gleams off the pearly white buildings, or possibly its enhanced by the Greek sun shining so brightly above. Whatever the case, it makes you want to dive right in! 

Head to the Piperi Town Beach for an afternoon dip. Also, be sure to check out more of our favorite beaches on Paros here.

Naousa Beach

4. Amazing History of Naousa Paros

Like everywhere in Greece there’s no shortage of history, and that’s especially true in Naousa Paros! The Venetian Fortress is the best example of that, as it’s sitting beautifully right on the edge of the port.

Originally constructed in the 15th century, it was once a watchtower for enemies… Including pirate attacks! While there’s no longer the threat of pirates to Paros Island, the fortress gives you an eye into what life must of been like 500 years ago.

Naousa Fortress

Naousa Fort

5. Scenic Churches 

The Greek islands are filled with churches ranging from tiny monasteries to massive places of worship in the mountains. They’re often the most incredible buildings in every town, and that’s also true of Naousa Greece!

If you walk up the hill to the top of the village you can visit the gorgeous Church of Assumption of the Virgin. During our visit they were having a beautiful baptism ceremony at one of the chapels in town, and it seemed to bring all of Naousa out to celebrate.

Even though it is very touristy, this was a perfect example of the local charm that this town still holds. We highly recommend making a visit to the mountain village of Lefkes as well if you have time. 

Naousa Church

6. Winding Back Streets

When you’re not busy having fun in the historic harbor area, exploring the streets has to be done!

One of our favorite things to do was walk through the back streets of town, window shop, dip in and out of cafes and bakeries, and mingle with the friendly Naousa Paros locals.

You’d be surprised how many great restaurants you can find by just getting lost on the outskirts of town.

Naousa Paros Island

7. Spectacular Sunset in Naousa Greece

After an amazing day in Naousa Greece, there’s no better way to end it than by watching the magical sunset. We couldn’t believe the orange and pink colors that emerged as the sun set over the port and rocky mountains. As far as sunsets go, it’d be hard to find a better one! 

Naousa Greece Sunset

Naousa Greece Sunset

8. Naousa Paros Sweets and Treats 

Did you really think we were done eating?? One of the most important staples of Greek food is its delicious pastries, and we had some of the best desserts ever right here in Naousa!

For over 100 years the famous Ragoussis Bakery has been churning out some of the best treats in all of the Cyclades. The baklava we ate here was hands down the best we’ve ever had.

Ragoussis also has cafeteria-style dining with cheap and delicious food options compared to the rest of the Naousa restaurants in town. That means you can order traditional Greek dishes like Pastitsio and Moussaka for just  €5-6 euros!

Ragoussis Bakery Paros Island

Ragoussis Bakery Dinner

9. Beautiful Naousa Boats

Another distinct feature of this pretty little Greek island town is its stunning boats and ships. Naousa Paros has everything from small white fishing boats in the main harbor to massive yachts on the far side of the port.

We loved walking out on the rocks past the Venetian Fortress and watching the ships sail into town. You can even book book a full-day sailing cruise if you’re looking to get out on the water. For more fun activities, check out the 14 best things to do in Paros on your first visit.

Naousa Harbor

Greece Island Boats

10. Day Trips From Naousa Paros Greece

If you can’t bring yourself to leave Naousa old town, we wouldn’t blame you! However, there are so many more beautiful towns to discover on Paros.

The best way to see the island is to rent a car. We always use this website to find the best deals and compare rates between companies.

Just a quick drive away from Naousa is the gorgeous little beach town of Aliki. We also loved hitting Kalogeros Beach for a natural clay treatment! You can even take a ferry to the neighboring island of Antiparos for a day trip or overnight stay.

Have any questions about this article or want to share tips from your own visit to Naousa in Paros Greece? We’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

Safe Travels,
Brigitte & Jake

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2 Comments

  1. Jo Ann Almeida
    December 17, 2022 / 8:18 pm

    Can you recommend restaurants in Paros?

    • Brigitte & Jake
      December 18, 2022 / 9:54 am

      ah there’s so many amazing places to eat! One of our favorite in Naousa is Ragoussis Bakery if you make it there (-:

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