Kolimbithres in April
Spring on Paros was early this year with plentiful flowers blooming by the field full.  Now Easter Week is well underway kicking off the tourist season.  Of course the weather is mostly warm and sunny (61F/17C) except for a few showers today and tomorrow.

Unless you are already on Paros or on the way there it is too late to enjoy the authentic Greek experiences of Easter for this year.  So I would like to whet your appetite for next year.  Easter in Greece is like no other country. It is the major holiday of the year. While based on the religious calendar it is centered around food and drink.  Read my 2014 article on Opinions Post.

If you want more, here is our account from 2006.  Or search this blog for several other posts on the holiday and the season.  If you would like a personalized package of accommodation, event guide and lamb barbecue with a local Greek family, contact me.

P.S.  I have often preached that it is a crime against humanity to visit Greece without seeing the Parthenon.  For those who have not yet made the trip here is unique interactive helicopter tour:  http://greece.greekreporter.com/2013/11/18/the-parthenon-like-you-ve-never-seen-it-before/

For those who would like to know more about all the major antiquity sites of ancient Greece tour my web site www.Visit-Ancient-Greece.com

Cheers

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Paros has long been a popular place for weddings.  This May Day will see that popularity multiply fifty fold.  The island is hosting a group wedding for 50 couples from China. The ceremony will be followed by traditional Greek food, music and dance.  I wonder which Chinese traditions will be observed.

More about Paros Weddings:
  Parosporos Beach Wedding  --  A British couple make it casual:  photos and video
  Aliki Wedding Venue --  Photos of a large wedding in a small village
  Another Greek Wedding
  Greek Island Weddings and Films  --  Good for business!

Photo Credit:  gtp

Another year, another January:  Now is the time to plan your summer vacation/holiday while the best choices are available.


But how do you chose the best accommodation for yourself, your partner, your family, your group? Here are a few tips and guidelines.



First a few definitions.  These are from Greece but apply many places, I believe. 
     Room:  standard hotel size.  I don't recommend for more than two nights stay.
     Studio:  room with kitchenette --  with emphasis on the ette, as in itty bitty.  Usually very minimally equipped; the advantage is having a refrigerator for cold drinks.  However, if you want to cook a meal ask your host for the correct utensils; they can usually round them up from other units.
     Apartment:  studio with separate bedroom -- not necessary more spacious.  Some apartments will have a small kitchen.
     Villa:  Apartment with more rooms --  may be part of complex or free standing.  Should have full kitchen.  Many people ask for a villa close to town centre but this is rare as economics dictate smaller spaces when close in.

By the way ignore descriptions that say the like of  "500 meters to the beach".  Landlords nearly always lie; as it was explained to me:  "No one would come if we said it was farther away."  Also consider the cost of transport when comparing locations.  A nice apartment within an easy walk of public transportation may be more relaxing than a villa that requires driving everywhere.

The main advantage of hiring a villa is that for families and groups you get more space and lower cost per person.  A large, well furnished house for six persons will nearly always cost less than a full service hotel per week.  Of course, it depends upon your travel style whether you want or need the maid service and front desk that a hotel provides.

One of the many changes that the internet has brought to travel planning is the ability to browse and see photos of the millions of choices available.  A good place to start is our collection of private villa rentals on Paros.  We also provide low cost rooms and studios right on the beach in Aliki and Parikia.

For any other place in the world one of the better internet sites is VillaRenters.

Finally feel free to email us with any specific questions about Greece accommodations.
Cheers.


Wow, thanks to a Corfu Tweeter I discovered some very cheap flights to Greece for the 2014 season.  I was going to write about now is the time to book your private villa for a full selection of weeks.  More importantly NOW is the time to book your flights!  The number of flights and seats is quite limited as you will see by days in the same week being 4 times the cost.

These flights are on the Norwegian Airlines site.  I saw Gatwick to Santorini in June for £78 and in July £88, included taxes and fees.  I searched three other of the big discount web sites and did not find Norwegian listed.  Check out your city and destinations.  Paros is an easy ferry trip from Athens, Mykonos and Santorini and not too bad from Crete.

Oh Yes, browse our economical villas for a full choice of dates.

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25 Oct 2013:  More Great News:  The Greece government has cooperated with the ferry companies to allow early publishing of the summer 2014 ferry routes and schedules.  So now you can coordinate flights, ferries and accommodation without delay.  Hurrah!
Details at my favourite ferry site GTP

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Busy week day in September, Ag. Georgios, Antiparos
Based upon my conversations with several Paros merchants in September I can say Paros tourism has turned the corner and on its way back up.  Nearly everyone had a better season in 2013.  All we need for 2014 are no major events to scare people away.

That said, the evidence seems to be that the Brits and the Irish visitors were down this year. Americans are so few they don't register on the meter but are certainly appreciated by the islanders.  I am encouraged by anything that shows Greece and the Greek islands in a good light to my fellow English speakers.  So was pleased to hear about a concert tour that is designed to show the positive side of Greek culture.

More than a music show it will highlight poetry, video and paintings and feature some of the top names in contemporary music from Greece.  Titled "The Other Side of Greece" it is one night only in London on 30 October.  The performance is subsidized by the Greek National Tourism Organisation so tickets are only £10 for standing and £15 for seating.  So if you are near London (or know anyone who will be) consider turning out for a night of celebrating the infectious Greek spirit.


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