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Catch the last rays of sun with an autumn visit at the Yria Pavilions & Villas in Paros

October 1, 2018

Granted, with its paradisiacal beaches, whitewashed villages and vibrant nightlife, Paros is archetypal of the glorious Greek summer. Yet it is equally alluring throughout the four seasons. For those who don’t like the heat, nor the crowds; autumn is in fact a fantastic time to visit. Nature with its sepia hues and blooming wild flora paints a postcard perfect picture- and one that you’ve most likely not seen nor imagined, at that! The weather is still mild, allowing for long walks, cycling and riding- even swimming for the bravehearted!- while the annual grape harvest is followed up by days of zestful local celebrations-in which you’re most cordially invited to partake.

 

So before the chilly European fall officially sets in the city, why don’t you catch the last rays of sun, and recharge your batteries with a last minute visit at the Yria Pavilions & Villas in Paros?

 

Located at the heart of the beautiful Parasporos bay, amongst an oasis of vineyards, trees and wildlife, Yria offers luxurious accommodation for different party sizes and compositions in its collection of Pavilions and Villas in Paros. Βlending Cycladic chic with the latest amenities and a vast array of tailor made services, Yria’s options are vast and varied to cater for individual preferences and needs: Yet, from the superior, romantic double rooms, elegant junior suites, two storey family maisonettes, luxurious executive suites, and beautifully appointed suites with their own private infinity pool, to the spacious home away from home, residence suite, or the expansive, gorgeous Yria Ktima, Yria’s Pavilions and Villas in Paros, have one thing in common: They are designed with the discerning traveller in mind, to offer the utmost in indulgent living.

 

Incredible autumn holidays at Yria’s Pavilions and Villas in Paros

And indulge you certainly will, should you visit Paros in the fall. At the Yria Pavilions and Villas in Paros we have amassed a team of local experts who’ll provide you with invaluable insider’s tips on how to make the most out of your fall visit. One idea is to discover- and bask in- the island’s stunning beauty by walking along age old routes that will travel you through time. Options include the Byzantine Lefkes -Prodromos trail or the cobblestone path from Marpissa to the Venetian town of Kéfalos and Ágios Antónios Monastery.

 

For a somewhat different, equally steeped in long lived tradition, distinctly Dionysian experience, don’t miss the seasonal festivities in honor of the strong local (more than 40 proof!) “souma”. Celebrations taking place throughout the island involve copious amounts of the fiery (yet smooth tasting) spirit, coupled with delectable local delicacies such as Parian mushrooms or pork. It all begins after the annual grape harvest in mid October, continues throughout November; and culminates in the feast of Agios Georgios Methistis when the new wine of the year is uncorked for the first time. Parians have a zest for life; you’ll discover. Which is as invigorating as it is catching. Get immersed into the effervescent festivities; and you’ll remember it forever.

 

This is though merely a sample of the autumn delights that await in this blessed island. Base yourselves at Yria’s Pavilions or Villas in Paros; bask in their glorious hospitality and enjoy the time of your lives!

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Greece’s most astonishing island: Yria Hotel & Suites in Paros gives you the lowdown

July 26, 2018

Tranquil or cosmopolitan beaches in technicolor blue and gold; whitewashed picturesque villages; romantic sunsets; glamorous lounge bars and vibrant clubs; traditional tavernas and elegant contemporary restaurants; ancient monuments, monasteries and churches; age old legends, culture and mystique; luxury resorts and suites in Paros; designer shops filled with all kinds of treasures. Our island indeed has it all.

 
Right in the middle of the Aegean, endowed with a distinct natural beauty and ultra positive vibes, Paros is no wonder rapidly growing in popularity; capturing the hearts and imaginations of people from all corners of the planet.

 

If you are about to holiday at this amazing island-and at the Yria Hotel & Suites in Paros– read on for some insiders tips and facts. And then use them to make the most out of your visit-and why not impress your friends, spouse or hot date!

 

The first signs of life in Paros date from 4000 BC. It was then called Minoa and inhabited by Cretans. Some 3000 years later the Arcadians arrived and renamed the island after their leader, Parios. Nowadays, another Parios- Yiannis- who of course hails from his namesake island- is one of the most prominent Greek artists, aka “the love singer”, with an impressive career that spans over five decades. In fact you are bound to come across-and enjoy- his characteristically amorous recordings whilst on holidays!

 

Paros, with its trademark strong winds, is a world class windsurfers destination. In fact for several years now the Professional Windsurfing Association has been organizing the world cup at Golden Beach and New Golden Beach, which are located about half hour’s drive from  Yria Hotel & Suites in Paros, Parasporos.

 

Paros is also a sailing enthusiasts’  heaven, as it boasts an incredible coastline with several virgin bays and quiet beaches with crystal clear, turquoise waters. Moreover its position at the heart of the Cyclades complex makes it an ideal base for exploring around. You don’t even need to be an accomplished seaman to enjoy this one of a kind experience;  in fact there are professional skippers who organize sailing tours to the nearby islands.

 

Until the previous century, inhabitants used an intricate network of dirt roads and trails to commute between villages. These are now well preserved trekking paths, which will give you the opportunity to uncover another, secret-wildly beautiful and untouched- side of Paros.  For an “alternative” but equally enchanting day, try the routes from Lefkes to Archilochos and Marpissa; from the monastery of Agioi Anargyroi to Lefkes; Naoussa Monastiri to the lighthouse; Drios to Piso Livadi; or from Koukounaries to Naoussa.

 

As all islanders, Parians, mythological ascendants of God Dionysus, that they are; loved to drink and dance since time immemorial. Traditional feasts were the highlight of the social calendar and the glue of the community. Good thing is that these primordial fiestas are still going strong up to today. Make sure not to miss out the Fish Festival in Alyki on August 6; for fresh fish, plenty of local wine and the native alcoholic drink suma. On August 15, the most important celebration of the Greek orthodox calendar takes place in the majestic church of Panayia Ekatotapyliany in Parikia. Following the religious formalities and the brass-band parading of the icon, there is a no-expense-spared fireworks display over the bay.  On the 23rd which marks the Virgin’s ascendancy to heaven, Naoussa in its turn hosts another fireworks show: Albeit more modest but perhaps more atmospheric, as it is coupled with the torch-lit fishing fleet promenade; celebrating the repulsion of the notorious pirate Barbarossa in 1537. Should you find yourselves at our island on August 29, the panegyri at Ayios Ioannis of Lefkes combines merrymaking, devout spirituality and the most astonishing Aegean vistas.

 

Amongst the island’s most coveted jewels is the Butterflies Valley, less than 6 km from Yria Hotel & Suites in Paros: A paradise- like biotope with cypresses, plane-trees, oleanders, carob trees and orchards; amidst which tiger moths set up housekeeping in July and August. Go there to experience tranquility and peace; and to get away from the tourist hordes of the high season.

 

The above is but a small sample of the delights that await you at our island. In fact we could go on and on about its traits, attributes, hallmarks or hidden treasures. After all at Yria Hotel & Suites in Paros we aim to spoil you rotten; with our opulent accommodation options, and through our wealth of personalised services and tailor made tips and advice. Stay tuned for more!

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Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros island joins forces with Naoussa’s premier restaurant, Mario’s

June 1, 2018

Great food is amongst the most essential holiday delights: Boasting a distinctly epicurean philosophy, at Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros island, we take matters of the palate very seriously. That is why our gastronomic offerings are one of the major fortes of our hotel; indeed renowned throughout Paros island; and a reason to visit Yria whether you’re a resident or not. But it’s not in our mentality to just rest on our laurels.

 
In our quest to excel -and actually make a difference- this season we have inaugurated a collaboration with Paros island finest:  Mario’s, serving a Greek-Mediterranean cuisine that seamlessly blends the finest locally sourced ingredients with contemporary cooking  techniques, modern presentation and a touch of the unexpected; is no wonder the premier restaurant in Naoussa’s scenic fish port.

 

This season through our novel-and exciting- culinary cooperation, Mario’s signature creations may be sampled -and savored- amidst the idyllic setting of Yria’s sea view Nefeli restaurant.

 

What’s more, for utmost privacy -or for an unforgettable romantic experience- our dishes may be enjoyed at the comfort of your luxury Room, Maisonette, or Suite with room service; or even in your private villa rental.

 
Yet, though markedly important, gastronomy is not the only good reason for which to select Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros island.

 

Yria Island Boutique Hotel & Spa in Paros island: A little slice of heaven on earth

 

Located at the heart of the beautiful Parasporos bay, amongst an oasis of vineyards, trees and wildlife, Yria, is inspired by the postcard-pretty archetypal island settlements. Blending Cycladic chic with the latest amenities and a vast array of tailor made services, it has justly become the hotel of choice amongst Paros island connoisseurs.

 

To suit different party sizes and individual preferences, Yria offers a wide variety of lodging types: from the superior, romantic double rooms, elegant junior suites, two storey family maisonettes, luxurious executive suites, beautifully appointed suites with their own private infinity pool, to the spacious home away from home, residence suite, or the expansive, gorgeous Yria Ktima white stone, private pool Villa. Yet though addressing diverse demands and needs, all accomodation options are designed to offer the utmost in indulgent living.

 

After all, this is what Yria boutique hotel & spa is all about: Making sure your every desire and whim is satisfied; while spoiling you rotten in the process! From total relaxation at the open air spa and the exotic pool; to the delightful concoctions of the Selini pool bar; or the culinary gems deriving from Mario’s and Nefeli’s restaurants association, Yria undertakes to elevate your holidays to unprecedented heights. We cordially invite you to come and get a taste of paradise on earth!

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Easter mystique in Paros island

March 28, 2018

Diachronically a magnet to the world’s adventurers and bon vivants, cosmopolitan Paros island, is at its most alluring at Easter, when ageless mystique and time honored customs blend with springtime’s abundant beauty.
The devoutness of the Holy Week culminates on Good Friday, across the churches and monasteries of Paros island. The deposition of Christ is celebrated with Byzantine splendor at Panagia Ekantotapiliani, Paroikia’s trademark church with the hundred doors; while the service at St. George in Lagkada is equally impressive. On the same day, at noon, the inhabitants of Prodromos village will treat you to a traditional revithada (chickpea soup);  in remembrance to their dead.
Later on there is an amazing-albeit relatively new- custom taking place in Marpissa which originated Pre- War, some 100 years ago. This event attracts its lion share of visitors who flock into the village’s narrow lanes to admire a series of tableaux vivants, representing the Life and Passions of Christ. These are silent and still theatrical performances by local children and youth, reenacting scenes from the Resurrection of Lazarus, the Last Supper, Prayers at Mount Olive and the Ascent to Cavalry, among others; to narrate the journey of Jesus to the Cross and Redemption. The Epitaph’s already solemn atmosphere is even more dramatically charged and this is why this reenactment has become world famous. Similar representations are also staged in the villages of Marmara, Prodromos, Lefkes and Aspro Chorio.
The following day, Holy Saturday, brings about a change of mood, as festivities explode throughout the island of Paros, at the stroke of midnight when local priests announce that “Christ has risen” . Fireworks light up the sky, bells ring and everybody starts to kiss each other in affirmation of the miracle. In Naoussa and Paroikia, locals and visitors, after eating the customary mageiritsa, the delectable soup of lamb and greens, that marks the end of the Lent, assemble in the bars and clubs to celebrate until the early morning hours. On Easter Sunday, the smell of roasted lamb permeates the air, and is complemented by abundant merrymaking, cheering and drinking. Naoussa’s quaint fishing port,  resembles a large party where everybody is invited, while in Marpissa, love is celebrated with the revival of the antique custom of Kounia. Festivities continue well into Easter Monday, with festivals in several churches with traditional performances and copious amounts of drinking and dancing.
Indeed Easter in Paros island preserves its diversity and uniqueness; its many ancient facets and flavors.It is a spiritual, devout, as much as bacchanalian kind of experience; to be forever cherished and remembered. How would you like to partake in it all?

 

Happy Easter from Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

We know we will at Yria boutique hotel and spa, at the heart of the beautiful Parasporos bay! We wish you a Happy Easter and we hope to see you all, again soon at our resort ‘s opening in May. Stay tuned, as we have a host of amazing surprises in store for the coming season!

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