Do I need my own means of transportation?

No, Margarita's is just a few minutes' walk to the center of town, the port and the nearest beach. In case you do have your own vehicle, a municipal parking area is located a few meters away.

Are pets allowed?

Yes.

Do you accept credit cards?

Yes.

How do you come to Paros? Are there boat connections to other islands?

In the summer, there are plenty of boat connections between Athens and Paros, either from the main port of Piraeus or from the port of Rafina (which is closer to the airport) and a few connections from the port of Lavrio.

Also, there are boat connections to other islands: Daily connections to Antiparos, Naxos, Syros, Santorini, Myconos and Amorgos, and frequent connections to Donousa, Koufonissi, Schinousa, Heraklia, Crete, Milos, Kimolos, Folegandros, Sikinos, Ios, Astypalea, Serifos, Anafi, Kea, Kithnos.

• Not all connections are on daily basis, so it is advisable that you check the boat schedules when organizing your trip.

• For July and August travelers, it is necessary that you book your boat tickets well in advance, especially those between Athens and Paros and between Crete and Paros.

• For boat itineraries and ticket sales visit: http://www.openseas.gr

For connections between Paros and Antiparos, call: +30 22840 61485.
There are plenty of ferries that go to Antiparos all day long throughout the year, so no need to book ahead for this destination.

What is a Greek coffee (and how do I drink it)?

Similar to Turkish Coffee, it is drunk hot and sweetened with sugar to taste. Don't attempt to consume the grounds of the coffee itself which sink to the bottom of the cup.

What is a frappe coffee?

A Frappe is an iced nescafe. It can be drunk with or without milk and sugar. Recently the Frappe's upstart cousin, the Freddo, has become popular. This can be either Cappucinno or Espresso, (with or without frothed fresh milk), and served over ice.

How much do I tip in cafes & restaurants in Paros?

If you are happy with the service you have recieved, in coffee shops, restaurants and bars it's usual to leave a tip of around 10%. Sometimes on a menu you may find a note saying that service at 13% is included. It's not, at least not in the generally accepted sense. This is a throwback to the 80's when service staff were supposed to receive, (but rarely did), this amount as their pay. Even then not a tip as such.

Why shouldn't I throw toilet paper in the bin?

Because the drainage pipes are so small they will block – especially in the old town.

Can I go into a church wearing shorts or a mini?

The short answer is no. The long answer is considerably less polite.

What is the best time to visit Paros?

Paros offers it's visitors different things at different times of the year. Summer is obviously hot, sunny and more crowded than the colder winter months. The nightlife on the island is at it's peak during July and August with clubs , bars and restaurants often full to bursting. In May, June and September, the weather is good but the island considerably quieter, the beaches less crowded and prices lower.

From October to April, things slow down and a more traditional way of life can be experienced. At Christmas and during the build up to Easter (and Easter itself), there are numerous celebrations, especially during the 'Apokries' or Carnival period which marks the start of Lent, 40 days before Easter.

What about bicycles on Paros?

Bicycles are easily available to rent, (or even buy if you are planning on a long stay), and are a perfect way to get around whether you're planning on just nipping to the shops or discovering those hidden corners of the island. The hills on Paros are (mostly) not too steep and the road network is good. It's not at all unusual to see cyclists both in and out of the towns and villages. As anywhere, be careful of other traffic and make sure to obey all relevant regulations.

Tel. +30 22840 23023, Fax +30 22840 22640
84400 Parikia Paros, Greece