Ref: GR50, Paros, Cyclades Islands, Greece, £700 to £2880 pw
Paros Garden Villa Nine is one of a collection of nine delightful and charming Cycladic-style holiday beach villas, each individually designed and styled and full of character. They enjoy a lovely waterfront setting on a large and unspoilt peninsula, each with fabulous views across the sea on the Greek island of Paros.
Living area with 2 single sofabeds, kitchen, 1 bathroom and wc, 1 shower room with wc, 1 double bedroom, 1 twin bedroom
Cot (on request, payable locally), highchair (on request, payable locally), no telephone, WiFi, air conditioning (approx. 10€ per day, payable locally), open fireplace, central heating (payable locally), barbecue
Bed linen, bathroom towels, and beach towels are provided, and are changed once per week for bookings of more than one week. Cleaning is included once per week. Cooking services can be arranged at extra cost. There is no washing machine at the property but clients are welcome to give their laundry which will be done free of charge.
Boat Hire for up to 5 persons can be arranged: in July and August for approximately 80 € per day, and at other times for approximately 65 € per day. Car hire is essential and can be arranged. Services are payable locally.
Prices quoted are subject to change.
The villas are all very private and separated by large spaces and mature, verdant garden grounds in a spectacular setting. All the villas have spacious terraces with comfortable garden furniture which are carefully designed and placed to ensure fabulous views to the sea, most of the villas facing southwest onto wide open spaces and lovely sunsets. There is a small beach a few yards from the houses and a jetty for swimming. Paros Garden Villa Nine is the only villa with a pool; it is solar-heated so the temperate cannot be guaranteed.
The villas are simply but pleasantly furnished in the classic style of the Cyclades and adorned with artworks and pieces designed by local artisans. The accommodation at Paros Garden Villa Nine is on one level, with an open-plan living/dining/kitchen area, a double bedroom, a twin bedroom, a bathroom with wc and a shower room with wc.
The other villas sleep between four and six persons.
Changeover day: Flexible
Private estate access 90m
These delightful beach villas are set within the lovely unspoilt rural area of Agia Irini, only about 3km from the delightful small harbour town of Parikia, with a very attractive waterfront, tavernas, beautiful church, and local shops.
The villas are just 3 km from large, sandy popular Parasporos Beach and its beach activities and tavernas and also just over 3 km from well-known Souvlia Beach, a lovely sandy swimming beach along a sheltered bay boasting two well-known beach bars/restaurants, Magaya and Delphini.
The beautiful bay of Agia Irini is within a ten-minute walk of the house, with its excellent taverna and lovely beach, and the whole area is very peaceful and ‘off the beaten track’. There is delightful swimming as well as wonderful windsurfing immediately in front of the villas in the channel between Paros and Antiparos, with other beaches all along the coast. The nearest shops are only 1km away, and more shops in Parikia. There is a riding stable in Naoussa, 17km away.
Considered one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades in the Aegean, Paros has been known for centuries for its fine quality white marble, which was used by several of the famous Attic sculptors including Praxiteles. Today the island’s abandoned quarries and mines abound. Paros was a prosperous Ionian colony for most of the 1st millenium BC, then fell under control of the usual succession of regional rulers: the Ptolemys of Egypt, the Roman Empire, the Byzantine Empire, then became a duchy under the rule of Venice until it was conquered by the Ottomans. The Greek war of Independence put a stop to all that in 1821, at least until the Balkan Wars of the next century.
Parikia, the capital of Paros, is a nice starting point; it is a small but lively town of typical Cycladian whitewashed houses with blue woodwork trim, set in narrow winding streets, supposedly “designed” as defences against the various marauding invaders over the centuries. Nowadays it has lots to offer; it is popular with the local international set, with lots of shops and nightlife, but there is a treasure trove of historical and cultural gems to be discovered as well. In the main square, Panagia Ekatonapillani, otherwise known as the “Church of One Hundred Doors”, is perhaps the most famous Byzantine church in all of Greece, and was supposedly founded by Flavia Iulia Helena, also known as St Helen, the mother of Constantine the Great, on her way to the Holy Land to bring back the True Cross. There is a fine archeological museum, and ruins of various temples, and at the top of the village the ruins of a 13th century castle (kastro) built from the marble of the ancient ruined Acropolis.
Naoussa, in the north of Paros, is a lively beach town considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades. Built around a ruined Venetian castle, Naoussa has a pleasant harbour and marina lined with enjoyable restaurants and bars. The Church of St Nikolaus at the top of the village houses a Byzantine museum with some fine 13th century icons. An annual town fête on 23 August re-enacts a pirates’ raid on the town in a burst of fireworks, dancing, and festivities.
Lefkes is a picturesque inland mountain village, its typical Cycladic whitewashed houses set in a sea of olive and pine groves, with beautiful views. The Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) has some rare Byzantine icons. Marpissa is another authentically-preserved hilltop Cycladic village built amphitheatre-style, with a number of the windmills typical of Paros, and nearby the Agios Antonios monastery is built around the ruins of a Venetian castle on top of Kefalos hill. Piso Livadi is a pleasant little fishing port, now with restaurants, bars, and hotels, and boat trips to other islands.
Paros has a huge variety of beaches in all sizes and shapes. Some can be very crowded, with all the usual seaside attractions or distractions, but quiet, nearly-private sandy coves can be found if you want to avoid it all. In the north of the island the vast nearly-enclosed bay of Naoussa offers several very attractive beaches. Kolymbithres is one of the most famous beaches on Paros, known for its striking granite formations, and can be reached either by road or by the small boats that will take you from Naoussa. Monastiri nearby is also a fine sandy beach, but it gets crowded; it is also popular with the yachting set, and there are seaside beach bars and restaurants, sun lounger and umbrella hire, and water sports. Santa Maria Beach on Naoussa Bay is a long series of sandy beaches, with firmly-established seaside amenities; although very pleasant, look elsewhere for “unspoilt”. Golden Beach, 700m of fine golden sand, is located on the southeast coast of Paros, and is famous for its ideal windsurfing conditions; it hosts the annual Windsurfing World Cup! The main beach at Parikia is Livadia Beach, actually a procession of several very different beaches. The most crowded beach on the island, if that is what you are looking for, is Pounda, with the entire range of seaside attractions, eateries, and activities, most of them rather loud. For a quieter day beside the seaside, look for Drios, Molos, Piso Livadi, or Agia Irini: beautiful golden sand, crystal clear water, and often a little taverna with the freshest seafood, feta and olives, and a chilled Ouzo waiting for you.
There is an internal airport on Paros, so it is possible to fly to Athens and then take a short flight over to the island. However, it is sometimes difficult to get tickets, especially in high season. We recommend that our clients fly to Athens and then a taxi or bus to the port of Piraeus. There is a high speed hydrofoil to Paros, which is a lovely scenic trip and takes about 2.5 hours. The ferry docks just in front of the windmill which is a good meeting point.
"The Villa was lovely. There were no tricks or hidden surprises awaiting us. The villa was immaculate, the service was top notch, the pool was beautiful and the owner, Kostas, was such a delight to meet. He came and offered helpful suggestions and was welcoming and friendly. I would rent this property again from you and him and have already passed on your name to several people who are thinking of holidaying in Greece. We are already talking about going back to the same place in the near future, as this was such a positive experience. We have travelled a great deal over our lifetimes, and this was one of the best experiences we have had in a long long while."
"It was a great holiday on Paros and we really enjoyed our time in the house and on the island. We toured most of Paros and Antiparos and went for one day to Santorini and on the return leg we passed by Mykonos just for one day. Anyway Paros was great and great handling by Kostas of the facilities. We are looking forward to more visits to the Greek Islands. In fact we loved the island so much we would consider settling there sometime in the near future when I am close to retiring!"
"The holiday was great, villa great and beyond expectations and service fantastic."
"What we didn’t realise was the villas were detached (and so far apart from one another) and so close to the water. The photographs didn’t convey that. The main bedrooms patio door view to the sea was fantastic to wake up to."
Please note that the comments given above were taken from letters and holiday questionnaires from our clients over the years. We cannot acccept responsibility for any misleading information but the comments are given by us in good faith.
We have not always been able to obtain written comments from clients so the number of comments does not necessarily reflect the quality or the popularity of the villa.
These are delightful small seaside cottages with lovely vistas overlooking the Aegean, and within a few steps of the beach. Simply but comfortably furnished, and nicely decorated.