Sports and Activities in Paros
The island of Paros has a huge range of sporting and fun
activities for everyone – from young to old. Like many of the
Greek islands, the beautiful Aegean coastline, its marine life
and its multitude of underwater caves and shipwrecks makes it
ideal for snorkelling and scuba diving.
Paros is also a popular choice for water sports like
windsurfing, kite boarding, paragliding and water skiing and
there is a good selection of facilities and schools available
for beginners and experienced alike. The conditions are perfect
and the World Windsurfing Cup is held on Paros, at New Golden
Beach, every August.
The island also has an abundance of wonderful beaches, isolated
bays and tiny deserted islands which are wonderful for visiting
by sailing boat. There is an excellent sailing club in Parikia
where you can learn how to navigate a dinghy as well as many
places where you can rent dinghies and sailing boats.
Around the island you will also find companies which offer daily
cruises to neighbouring islands or around the coast of Paros,
some of them incorporating diving experiences and fishing trips.
On the coastline, close to Kolymbithres there is an exciting
water amusement park with fantastic waterslides that will keep
children and adults entertained for hours as will the Go-Kart
track in Parikia.
At the Pounta Beach Club resort, on the east side of the island,
you will find beach volleyball facilities and an exciting bungee
jump. If your interest is to be active whilst experiencing the
wonderful natural beauty the countryside of Paros has to offer,
there are walking and tracking trails, mountain bike rentals and
a very good horse riding centre. You really are spoilt for
choice in Paros and will find it difficult to do everything you
want to do in a two week holiday!
Waterpark: Aqua Paros.
This exciting water park is part of the hotel Porto Paros complex
and is located on the road to Monastery beach past Kolymbrithres.
Using sea water as opposed to chlorinated, it has 13 water
slides, with slides for swimmers hurling you into the sea and
the non-swimmers’ slides ending in a separate, shallow pool of
seawater. In addition to the slides, Aqua Paros has a ‘black
hole’ ride and river ride with inflatable rings to carry you
round. The setting is delightful, providing sun beds and
umbrellas, refreshments and plenty of cool, lush vegetation. It
is clean and well maintained with plenty of lifeguards to ensure
user’s safety. Aqua Paros provides transport to bring people to
and from the park and the price of this is included in the
entrance fee. Tickets for the park and the bus can be bought any
of the travel agents around the island but you must book a day
in advance. If you are bringing your children to enjoy the water
but your intention is to enjoy the park and the sun reduced
price tickets are available. The Aqua Paros Waterpark provides
unique entertainment for all age groups. The Porto Paros hotel
also has several tennis courts and conventional swimming pools.
Beach Volley, Bungee Jumping: Pounda Beach Resort: Not to be
confused with Pounta beach close to Perikia, the Pounda Beach
resort can be found on the eastern side of the island and is a
large holiday club which is very lively and popular with young
people who want to party all day and night. It is a beach
complex on two levels that incorporate bars, cafes, restaurants,
shops and swimming pools. In the summer it offers beach parties,
beach volleyball and bungee jumping on its fine sandy
Go Karting: Located at Elatas, just inland a little from Perikia,
you will find the exciting Go Kart track of Paros. Safety
helmets are provided and the facility is well supervised at all
times. Suitable for children ( minimum age 3 years) and adults.
Small children have their own specially designed court.
Refreshments are available for spectators.