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Things to do in Santa Maria

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“One of the most famous sandy beaches of Paros, with beach bars, restaurants and water sports facilities”
  • 5 locals recommend
“Another very popular beach that is well-known for its wind surfing, water skiing and scuba diving facilities. Santa Maria is located about 10 minutes drive east of Naoussa and is surrounded by beach bars, tavernas and restaurants which gives it a more cosmopolitan feel and has been a favourite of Scandinavian families for decades.”
  • 3 locals recommend
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“Santa Maria is located near Naoussa, in Plastira Bay and is a long coastline divided in two soft, golden sandy beaches which offer a beautiful view on the island of Naxos and the crystal emerald waters. The first is commonly known as Santa Maria Big (Megali). They both face onto Aliki Bay. The second is about a kilometer beyond the first and is on the right side of the road. It is a nice bay with good views, usually called Santa Maria Small (Mikri). The snorkeling here is recommended and there is also a diving school. The first Santa Maria Beach offers an even more beautiful view of Naxos island. The beach is long with some loungers and in in the middle you will find the diving and windsurfing centre. The water is perfect and clear and the sun drenched sand whiter than you will find on other parts of the island. It is fully organized, with sun beds, umbrellas and water sports facilities for windsurfing, scuba diving, paddle boats, etc. A campsite is located behind the beaches and makes it really crowded during the pick season of July and August. The beach of Santa Maria in Paros can be reached by local bus or any other private means of transortation.”
  • 13 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“An organised beach with fine sand and a dozen of beach bars and other activities to choose from, it's usually packed with young people and lined with a constellation of smaller beaches you can discover on foot or by car.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Very popular sandy beach, close to Naoussa. There is also a beach bar that often hosts parties!”
  • 1 local recommends