Renowned for their stunning seascapes, whitewashed architecture, historical monuments and unique way of life deeply rooted in more than 7.000 years of tradition, the Cyclades are the poster child for the “endless Greek summer”. Surrounded by legends and myths, this complex of islands no wonder beckons all kinds of travellers from the four corners of the globe: Foodies and bonvivants, adventurers, sports enthusiasts, art lovers, history buffs and everything in between.
Smack in the heart of the Aegean, often dubbed the pearl of the Cyclades, the island of Paros boasts not only abundant natural beauty but also an alluring diversity that beckons the explorer in you: Archetypal blue and gold beaches, cosmopolitan towns, buzzing nightlife and a thriving water sports scene on the one hand. And on the other, a host of impossibly quaint settlements where time seems to stand still and where ancient customs remain embedded in modern everyday life. On the outskirts of the main road leading east from bustling Paroikia, these medieval villages have largely escaped the tourist development that has reshaped the rest of Paros. Postcard pretty, they look (and sometimes feel!) like they did in the 15th-century. When they were originally built as castles out of the fear of the pirates at the time plaguing the Mediterranean.
Nowadays Paros is a coveted destination blending paradisiacal beaches, quaint whitewashed villages and scenic fishing ports; welcoming, affable locals, amazing food and drink; a host of fascinating customs and traditions; viby beach bars, world-class water sports and a bustling nightlife scene. But then again this, the third-largest island of the Cyclades, has been an important commercial, trade and cultural centre since time immemorial. Smack in the heart of the Aegean, thanks to its strategic position on the sea routes between mainland Greece and Asia Minor, Paros has been flourishing since the earliest stages of antiquity and there is still ample, tangible evidence of this ancient acme. At the Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa, we are certainly fascinated, and that’s not to mention proud, of our island and its manifold achievements across the aeons. If you’re interested in learning more about the place you are planning to visit, let us take you on a journey through the long and turbulent, albeit enthralling, history of Paros.