The beach of Monastiri is set on a small peninsula in the north part of Paros
island, in the large gulf of Naoussa
and opposite the picturesque village. The area around Monastiri is barren and not populated, and its name comes from the Monastery of Agios Ioannis (St. John) on a rock just next to the beach.
Despite the isolate location, this beach is easily accessible by car and less than 8 km from Naoussa. The road leading to Monastiri passed by the more famous Kolympithres
beach, and in the summer boat taxis to both of them are available from the harbor of Naoussa. Monastiri is on the territory of Paros Park - environmental and cultural park which protects the nature of the peninsula and maintains the hiking trails in the area. There is also a small open-air theater where events and festival are sometimes held.
In the summer Monastiri beach is organized by a beach taverna and provides sunbeds and parasol. It is entirely sandy and shallow around the shore, surrounded by cliffs and overlooking Naoussa in the distance. Since the beach is accessible both by car and by boat taxi, it gets crowded in high season but if you take the walking path along the coast, you can find a few more secluded coves and flat rocks to use for sunbathing.