The closest beach to La Celestina lies a short walk of 800 metres from the apartments. The beach is long and wide, the sand deep and golden, and the water crystal clear. As the prevailing winds blow on shore and the sea bed slopes gently, it’s a perfect beach for families as there’s no chance of the little ones being away. Nearby are shops and cafes for refreshments.
This is not a beach as such, rather a series of small sandy coves separated by strange and very beautiful wind and wave sculpted rock formations. Kolymbithres enjoys shallow crystal clear water and so is perfect for children, although it can be extremely busy here in July and August.. Sunbeds and umbrellas are available and the area is served by a number of busy tavernas. The area is worth a visit for the view across the bay to Naoussa alone and is accessible by road or the small boat that leaves every half an hour or so from the port in Naoussa.
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This stretch of seafront is also known as Monastiri, due to the small monastery of the same name that sits on the rocks just to the right of what is possibly the most beautiful beach on Paros. In recent years it has become part of the Enviromental and Cultural Park of Paros, an area put aside for the preservation of the natural splendour of the island. The beach itself is a wide stretch of golden sand set in a magical bay, sheltered from the winds by high rocky hills. This is a perfect beach for children as the sea is very shallow for 40 or 50 metres from the shore. A canteen to the left of the beach provides refreshments, sunbeds and umbrellas and in the summer months plays host to cultural events. On the other side of the bay watersports are available. Monastiri is accessible by small ferry from Naoussa or by road. For more information about The Park and events held there, visit www.parospark.org
The main beach is known as Santa Maria Surfing Camping Beach. This is a long wide expanse of golden sand and despite being one of the most popular beaches on the island due to its’ size, it never seems to get too crowded, even during the summer months. Here you can find any and everything, campsite, bars, tavernas, watersports and even a swimming pool. The beach is serviced by bus from both Naoussa and Parikia. Also, a few kilometres further up the road are two smaller beautiful sandy beaches, rather confusingly also known as Santa Maria. These beaches while quieter than the Surfing Camping beach also enjoy a full range of amenties from sunbeds and umbrellas to a dive school and snack bar.
As close to a ‘secret’ beach as you will find in these pages, Laggeri is located on the other side of the promontory from Santa Maria and looks out over the sea towards Naoussa. This is a long crescent of white sand backed by the only sand dunes on the island . It’s popular with nudists, but not exclusively so. Be warned however, this is probably not the best option for a family day out. Laggeri is totally undeveloped so go prepared with food and drinks etc. Laggeri is accessible by car or bus to Santa Maria and then a 10 minute or so walk. It’s probably a good idea to ask for directions from a local.
Ambelas beach is a small sandy beach at the end of the road running through the coastal village of the same name, around 5km east of Naoussa.
It’s well protected from the northerly meltemi winds and usually uncrowded, despite the crystal clear water.
There are no sunbeds or umbrellas but refreshments are available from a number of traditional tavernas and fish restaurants just back from the beach.