Paros lies at the center of the Aegean Sea, 100 miles southeast of Athens. Among the islands of the Cyclades, it is increasingly the preferred second-home destination of Greek tastemakers and some of the country’s wealthiest families. Paros had its own stint of notoriety in the late 1950s when Truman Capote came to Greece to rest after he’d finished his novella “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Capote loved the sun, sea and simplicity of Paros and extolled the primal happiness he found on the island in letters to his friends.
Sixty years later, Paros is in the spotlight again, thanks to the opening of several quietly luxurious hotels. And a new generation of designers, crafts people, chefs and entrepreneurs are also giving the island an indigenous sophistication, since they prize local traditions and regional produce in their work. Paros is more accessible than many of the other Cycladic islands. There are regular 40-minute flights from Athens, as well as numerous ferries from Piraeus (the port of Athens), which take around four hours.