Paros Or Naxos – How To Choose Between The Two

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Paros Or Naxos – How To Choose Between The Two

When deciding which Greek island to visit, you’re seriously spoiled for choice. Most people choose to go to the big islands, such as Rhodes, Santorini, Crete, or Mykonos. These are all great options, but they’re also extremely touristic, very busy, and as a result, more expensive.

If you want to enjoy all the touristic fun you can have this summer, but you don’t want to go to the main islands, there are two options you should think about – Paros or Naxos.

These are both close-by islands (40 minutes apart) that aren’t too far away from both Mykonos and Santorini. They can be reached by ferries from either island pretty easily. But, which should you visit? You could go to both, but what if you really wanted to just base yourself in one spot for a week or two?

Let’s compare Paros and Naxos, so you can work out which is best for you.


From those two brief descriptions, you can see a significant difference between the two. The islands are only 10km apart from one another, but the vibe is different. So, when choosing between the two, it depends upon what you want to enjoy.

Naxos Island Guide - A beautiful beach with turquoise water on the coast of Naxos Island
Naxos Island

Naxos is ideal for chilled-out beach time, enjoying romantic meals or chilled-out evenings, and shopping for souvenirs at local craft markets. The scenery is truly magnificent, and there is lots of nature to explore and ruins and old churches. You can also try outdoor sports, such as hiking, waterskiing, windsurfing, or sailing.

Paros is also suitable for beach time, and the food is fantastic. You can also go hiking, windsurfing, waterskiing, and sailing on Paros, but the difference is that it’s more about nightlife and shopping, compared to Naxos.

You could say that Naxos is ideal for families, while Paros is ideal for couples and groups. But, both Naxos and Paros are incredible for summer fun, regardless of which you choose. The only major difference, other than what we’ve mentioned, is that the beaches on Paros tend to be a little smaller, and some are a little rougher around the edges compared to Naxos.

Can You Just Visit Both?

Yes, you can!

Cyclades Island Hopping - Paros Island
Paros Island, Greece

Choosing between Naxos and Paros is quite challenging because they’re similar but have a couple of significant differences between them. If both call out to you, and that’s entirely possible, then you can visit both during the space of one holiday.

The islands are very close to one another, have the same weather patterns, and have direct ferry connections to the main islands around them and each other. You can also fly to both Naxos and Paros from Athens via domestic flight. However, Paros does have more flights than Naxos.

You will find ferries between Naxos and Paros very regularly between the summer months, usually around 8 per day. They start at around 9.30 am and run until around 10.30 pm, although check schedules ahead of time as they can change. Ferry tickets can be brought online or at the port.

So, Naxos or Paros?

Both islands are fantastic choices, and you’ll have a great time regardless of which one you opt for. However, you could also side-step the decision altogether and just visit both!


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Comments (2)

  1. Hello, such great information!

    Which beach on Naxos is that first photo from? It looks really small and secluded and beautiful.

    Thank you 🙂

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