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What we missed in 2020 and anticipate to do in 2021

January 26, 2021
sunset sea paros looking into 2021

Welcome 2021


3..2..1…Boom! Fireworks out of the window, champagne bottles popping and wishes for a happy new year all over the place! It was at that exact moment that it hit us; it was a new year’s eve like no other, exactly like 2020 was a year like no other before. This year’s first moments were not about the usual ambitious resolutions, but about all those things that we deadly missed in 2020 and anticipate to have back in 2021. Things that we might have taken for granted and this weird year made us appreciate, things that seemed to be small, but proved to be big, and some that we had to lose in order to realise how deeply they define our life and whole existence.

We can think of hundreds of things someone could have missed from the time before the outbreak of covid-19 pandemic in 2020 and anticipate to have back in 2021, but we picked our own top 3.


  1. Hugs

In a world that distances have shrunk, technology offers us hundreds of new ways to connect and everything is about “social”, statistics show that people are more disconnected and lonelier than ever before. Human touch and specially hugs have proved to be of great importance for people’s wellbeing; they unconsciously make us feel loved and included, they reduce stress levels and they have a significant positive impact on mood and self-esteem. In these very challenging times of isolation, we dream of the day that we will be able to tightly hug our loved ones again.



  1. Travelling

Running to catch the connecting flight, using sign language to ask for directions from a passing-by local, the “butterflies in the stomach” feeling before checking-in a new hotel room, the first walk in an unknown city, the struggle to fit everything in one suitcase, the fight for the window seat at the plane, walking around a museum, the smells and the flavours of a local cuisine, even that weird mixed emotion of disappointment and comfort when coming back home. We could write pages and pages about the travel-related excitements we have missed. For some of us travelling is about relaxing in a luxury 5 star boutique hotel in a greek island, for others hiking the Andes; no matter what, we all share the same anticipation to start packing our suitcases again.



  1. Carefreeness

In a time that grocery shopping has become a high risk activity, going out for drinks with a group of friends is like a memory from the past, throwing a party is illegal, being introduced to new people brings the awkward debate between a handshake versus an elbow bump, mask is the new fashion trend and a hand sanitizer super essential, we look forward to carefree moments that crowded places will not scare us and our smiles will not be hidden behind masks.


2020 was not a year to remember, but not one to forget either. A year that kept us apart from our people but brought the whole universe together and closer than ever, in ways we could not even imagine before. A year of a complete reevaluation.


We welcome 2021 with very mixed feelings; mindful for the people we lost, deeply grateful for all we have, and hopeful for a healing, lucky, exciting year ahead.


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Paros Wines: A concise guide by the Yria Paros Luxury Hotel & Spa

October 2, 2020

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Reasons to visit Paros are countless really: Gorgeous beaches, cosmopolitan vibes, whitewashed villages, exciting water sports, important archaeological sites… Also factor in the temptations of the palate for a truly well-rounded experience. Unmistakably Paros wines and food constitute great tourist lures: Delectability element aside, they are also a fantastic way to explore Paros’ history and traditions. With September being harvest month since time immemorial and activity in Parian wineries in full bloom; this Yria Boutique Hotel & Spa blog post aims to pay homage to our island’s time-honoured legacy of viticulture. Here’s all you need to know about Paros Wines, before embarking on your journey to the Parian vineyard.

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Landmarks of Paros: Panagia Ekatontapiliani

September 1, 2020
Panagia Ekatontapiliani

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.

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The quaint villages of the island of Paros

July 30, 2020

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.

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History of Paros

June 29, 2020

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.

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Legends and Myths of the Cyclades

June 1, 2020

A cluster of shiny little pearls scattered around the Aegean. The stomping grounds of gods and heroes; homes of mythical kings and queens; lairs of terrible monsters and beasts. Inhabited since the early bronze age, the Cycladic islands are steeped in captivating folktales and fables. Legends and myths of the Cyclades are plenteous and prolific;  attempting to account for the islands’ unique morphology and geography and their, more often than not, turbulent history and evolution. But perhaps most importantly legends and myths of the Cyclades also aim to shed light to the behaviours and traits of the islanders (and humankind overall) without filters, judgement or inhibitions.

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The delights of spring in Paros

May 6, 2020

Azure sunny skies over verdant landscapes dotted with multi-coloured wildflowers, their scents permeating the air: You probably wouldn’t expect such imagery from a typically dry and barren Cycladic island, yet this is Paros at this particular time of year. Resplendent with its cool little towns coated in white, quaint fishing harbours lined up with taverna tables, blue-domed churches, blonde-sandy beaches and vibrant bars and cafés.

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Stay safe, keep dreaming of Easter in Paros

March 30, 2020

We live in perilous times. Some would say dystopian even. But in times of crisis, the only real antidote is optimism. A happy thought, a brave smile, an impromptu peal of laughter can be just what the doctor ordered. And what can be more uplifting than thinking about your prospective holidays? Which, let’s be pragmatic, they are bound to come, sooner or later.

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Magical Christmas in Paros

December 20, 2019

An interplay between cerulean and laden, grey skies. Rough wavy seas. Quaint whitewashed villages without a tourist in sight. A calm, esoteric vibe, so very different from the frenzied, sprightly summer ambiance. Though you’ve probably never associated it with Christmas, Paros’ spectacular winter scenery offers a captivating, albeit somewhat unconventional, backdrop for celebrating the sparkling season.

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