What you should know before hiring a car in Paros
|Paros city centre|
|Paros National Airport (PAS): 8 km from city centre|
Where to rent a car in Paros?
The Greek island of Paros is located in the Aegean Sea and is served by Paros National Airport, which operates flights to and from mainland Greece. The island is known for its beautiful beaches and villages, and offers a relaxed pace of life to visitors. Traveling around Paros is best done by rental car due to the island's small size and the ability to travel without the restrictions of timetables; a public bus network is also available. The island's capital is Parikia, where the island's major bus station can be found. For those wishing to travel around Paros by car, there are plenty of car rental companies to choose from. These include Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty.
What are the driving rules in Paros?
When driving in Paros, visitors will need to abide by Greek road rules. These include driving on the right; only using a cell phone when in hands free mode; and not exceeding the legal blood alcohol limit of 0.025% when driving. Speed limits in Paros are usually 50km/h in urban areas and 110km/h on open, rural roads. However, watch out for road signs indicating the speed limit while driving.
When it comes to parking in Paros, visitors will find parking spaces upon entry to towns and villages, largely on the outskirts. In the summer months, when the island sees a large number of visitors, cars are often prohibited from entering the town centers – so be sure to park up before heading into town.
Road trips in Paros
Get a taste of island life and travel around Paros at your own pace by renting a car to explore this beautiful Greek island.
The village of Parikia is the capital of Paros and can be found on the island's north-western coast. Spend some time wandering the village's cobblestone streets, discovering attractions such as the Ágii Anárgyri monastery, the Panagia Ekatontapiliani church and the Paros Archaeological Museum. Then, it's time to drive out of Parikia and head off to explore the nearby sights. The popular beach of Kolympḗthres is just under seven miles away and makes for the perfect place to relax and catch some sun; the short drive makes it a brilliant option for a day trip by rental car from Parikia.
The charming fishing village of Naoussa can be found on the north-eastern coast of Paros, and boasts a traditional feel. With beautiful churches and white and blue houses to see while walking through the village's cobbled streets, Naoussa is popular for its authentic feel. Visit the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, before driving your rental car out of the village to one of the nearby beaches. These include Kolympḗthres Beach, Monastiri, and Agios Ioannis.
A Road Trip around Paros
Thanks to its small size, visitors can easily explore the whole island of Paros by rental car! Being your trip in Parikia, where you can rent a car from Parikia National Airport. From here, head inland to the village of Lefkes, once the capital of the island, before continuing on to Marpissa, a village known for its traditional charm. Drive up the eastern coast, stopping at beaches including Kolympḗthres along the way, before returning to Parikia to end your road trip around Paros.