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Paros is a Greek island, part of the Cyclades group of islands and located in the central Aegean Sea. It's just 8 kilometres west of Naxos and a popular tourist destinations in summer. Roughly 13,000 people live on a surfact of about 65 square kilometres.
Paros, like most of the region, has a great Mediterranean climate with warm, dry and sunny summers and mild but wet winters. Summer lasts from June to September with mostly daytime temperatures between 26 and 30 degrees Celsius and well above 20 degrees at night. Winters from December to February are mostly around 15 degrees Celsius during the day and about 10 degrees at night. Most rain falls in this period, especially in December and January.
There are around six boats daily to Piraeus (five hours) and Naxos (one hour), and three daily to Ios (2½ hours) and Santorini (three to four hours). There are daily services to Mykonos (1¾ hours), Syros (1½ hours), Tinos (2½ hours) and Amorgos (three to 4½ hours). Six weekly go to Koufonisia (4½ hours); three weekly go to Sikinos (three to four hours) and Anafi (six hours), and four weekly go to Astypalea in the Dodecanese (six hours).
There are three ferries weekly to Folegandros (5¾ hours). There are two ferries weekly to Serifos (2½ hours), Sifnos (two hours), Milos (six hours), Kimolos (seven hours), Schinousa (2¼ hours) and Donousa (two to four hours).
There is one boat weekly to Thessaloniki (15 to 16 hours), Crete (seven to eight hours), Skiathos (10 hours), Rhodes (12 to 15 hours) and Kalymnos (8¾ hours).
Check the Greek Travel Pages for an impression about companies, schedules and prices, as the choice is very wide. Or check the Greek Ferries website or another one about Ferries between islands in Greece.
There are also more expenive fast boats and catamarans:
There are three services daily to Piraeus (2½ hours) and one a day to Rafina (2½ hours). There are also at least two daily to Naxos (30 minutes), Tinos (1¼ hours), Syros (45 minutes), Mykonos (one hour), Ios (1½ hours), Santorini (2¼ hours) and Amorgos (1½ to two hours). There is also one service daily to Heraklion on Crete (four hours), and to Folegandros (three hours and 50 minutes).
|Ampeli Studios||Paros island||Apartment||94|
|Apartments Diamando||Paros Parikia||Apartment||-|
|Camping Naoussa||Naoussa Paros||Campsite||70|
|Dilion Hotel||Parikia 84400 Parikia||Hotel||85|
|Elisabeth Pension||Parikia Paros Island||Guesthouse||-|
|Hotel Corali||Piso Livadi||Hotel||91|
|Hotel Festos||Opposite Ekatontapiliani Church||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Frangiscos Inn||Paros Island Livadia Parikia||Hotel||79|
|Hotel Paros||Parikia, Kyklades||Hotel||89|
|Joseph Apartments Parikia||Parikia||Apartment||-|
|Joseph Studios||Naoussa Paros Evrou 4 Keratsini Piraeus||Apartment||-|
|Malamas Apartments||Parikia Paros 844 00||Apartment||-|
|Pension Dimitris||Parikia Paros||Hotel||-|
|LA Selini||Paroikia Paros||Apartment||90|
|Surfing Beach||Santa Maria Naousa||Campsite||75|
|Villa Galini||Vounali 1150 Naoussa||Guesthouse||95|
|Young Inn Naoussa||P.O.Box 41 Paros||Hostel||77|
|Koula Camping||Paroikia Paros||Campsite||77|
|Boudari Hotel, Bungalows and Studios||Golden Beach Drios||Apartment||-|
|Captain Dounas Apartment Studios||Naousa||Apartment||-|
|Rafaella Studios 2||Livadia Beach||Apartment||-|
|Panorama Hotel Paros||Vagia Parikia||HOTEL||-|
|New Aegli Hotel||Askeli||Hotel||-|
|Manessi Hotel||Poros Poros Town||Hotel||-|
|Ragousis Apartaments||Paroikia Paros Livadia Road 84400||APARTMENT||-|
|Siroco's Rooms and Studios||Parikia Paros||APARTMENT||-|
|Diplos Studios||Parikia, Paros island||APARTMENT||-|
|Marisa Rooms||Livadia Parikia||GUESTHOUSE||92|
|Joseph Apartments||Evrou 4 Keratsini Piraues||Apartment||-|
|Free Sun Rooms and Apartments||Cicladi Logaras||APARTMENT||85|
|Anna Platanou||84 400 Parikia||HOTEL||-|
|Alkyon Hotel||Livadia, Parikia, 84400 Paros||HOTEL||-|
|Young Inn Parikia||P.O.Box 23065 Paros||HOSTEL||86|
|Aphrodite Hotel||Paros Aliki||HOTEL||-|
|Niki's Pension||Zoodocho Pigi Parikia||HOTEL||-|
|Jimmy's Hostel||Parikia Paros||HOSTEL||89|
|Kontaratos Studios & Apartments||Paroikia, Paros Cyclades Greece||APARTMENT||85|
|Paros Butterfly Villas||Petaloudes Butterfly Valley||APARTMENT||-|
|Holidays in Paros||Aliki||APARTMENT||-|
|Panos Studios||Main Street||Apartment||-|
|Minois Village - Parasporos||Parasporos||HOTEL||-|
|Grozos Rooms||Paroikia Leibadia||HOTEL||-|
|Down Under Budget Rooms & Studios||Kormo||Apartment||-|
|Villa Melina||Piso Livadi||APARTMENT||86|
|Galinos Hotel||Paroikia Cyclades||HOTEL||-|
Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.
See also: International Telephone Calls
The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.
Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.
Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.
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