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To take these photos on the roofs of the monastery of Agios Ioannis in Paros I had to overcome my phobia for heights but it was worth it. The view over the beautiful bay and the beach of Monastiri is priceless. Today I’ll tell you how to get there and above all I’ll tell you how our vacation is going!
The monastery of Agios Ioannis in Paros is located in the north of the island and from its roof you can admire one of the most beautiful views of the Cyclades. Here is also the beach of Monastiri, or rather there are two beaches: one on the left, equipped, very expensive and generally crowded and one on the right, not equipped and much more beautiful!
We, with the children, opted for the equipped part, spending 30 euros per umbrella and receiving uncomfortable beds in exchange and a lot of hostility from the managers.
In fact, if you read the reviews on Tripadvisor, you will find so many negative reviews that I feel I can share.
Agios Ioannis in Paros, a monastery with an outstanding view
Rather than taking the usual photos on the beach, I preferred to overcome my fear of heights and climb to the roof of this enchanting monastery.
The view over the bay is truly amazing and from the monastery you can see almost the whole island!
The monastery of Agios Ioannis in Paros is located in a strategic position: the religious men knew a lot.
There was an issue: I am afraid of heights so it took all the patience of the Husband to get me on!
What is Monastiri beach like?
As I told you, there are two beaches, we opted (wrongly) for the equipped one which is even bigger. The sunbeds were so uncomfortable that we preferred spending time in the water. And, as I said before, the tavern managers (who are the same as the establishment) are as nice as pebbles in the shoes.
When we went up to the monastery of Agios Ioannis we made ourselves against the other beach but by now it was too late.
The smaller beach is not equipped but has an infinitely more beautiful sea! Besides, I like lying on the sand.
The only reason why we opted for the one with umbrellas and sunbeds is related to our tan, practically absent. There was really no need to toast!
And do you prefer equipped beaches or “wild” ones?
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