I’d purchased my ticket the night before for the 9:30am ferry to Paros, so I woke early and had a light breakfast before packing the last of my things and heading to reception to check out. I felt much better than yesterday but still a bit weak from the lack of real food for nearly two days, so decided to ask the hotel to call a taxi to take me to the ferry port. It only cost €10 and was well worth it to avoid dragging my case through the sand again! Before long I was on board the ferry and waving a fond farewell to Naxos – it’s a really lovely island (despite my limited exploration) and I’d like to go back one day to see more of it.
I arrived on Paros at 10:15, quickly disembarked with my luggage and started a brisk walk around the harbour to my next accommodation for two nights: Hotel Livadia. I was short on time as I’d arranged to meet my friends as close to 11am as possible so we could get the bus to Pounda. Luckily although my room wasn’t ready yet, the owner offered me the room key so I could store my luggage and get changed ready to do some sightseeing and hopefully swim/sunbathe too!
I arrived back at the bus stop just in time, bought my ticket from the office and boarded the same bus as my friends. It took about 25 minutes to get to Pounta where we then paid to get the short ferry ride over to Antiparos – blink and you’ll miss it!
Waiting for the Antiparos ferry at Pounta. The bay here is very pretty and popular with kite surfers.
Once we got off the ferry we weren’t really sure on the best way to explore the island, but noticed a bus was waiting and for €6 each we could visit the Antiparos Cave as well as Soros beach. The cave was quite exciting – very deep so LOTS of steps to get down to the bottom, a little scary at times although it’s fairly well lit and there is a handrail all the way.
The cave at Antiparos is worth visiting – it’s huge!
The beach was nice too, but quite busy and the drinks at the beach bar were very expensive – even more so than Mykonos! €3.50 for a Coke, €5.50 for a beer and €12 for a cocktail (which needless to say none of us had). In spite of the expensive drinks it was a fun afternoon and we all enjoyed lazing on the beach and swimming in the sea to cool off. We then walked back to where the bus had dropped us off and waited for it to return, taking us back to the small ferry port. As we’d skipped lunch, we walked into the town and I had my first ever Gyros in Greece! Not sure if it was down to my hunger level, but it was really good!
After the short ferry ride back to Paros and bus journey to the capital, I walked back around the harbour to my hotel, had a shower and brief rest before strolling back around the harbour again – this time armed with my camera to take some photos. As we’d had such a late lunch and my appetite was still on the mend, I skipped dinner entirely and just bought some bottled water from a nearby supermarket, then went back to my room for an early night.
Paros bay at night.