Cardboard & Sun 2018: Paros, Greece Accommodation & activities

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In Paros, our home for the duration of the trip will be Alea Apartments, where you can experience the genuine Greek hospitality of the Varrias family, and specifically of the two boardgamer brothers that manage it.

We will spend 12 nights in Paros: The nights of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, and 13 July 2018.


There are 14 different apartments and studios in 3 different floors, each accommodating 2 to 4 guests. All rooms contain a bathroom & shower; a kitchenette, cookware and a refrigerator; TV; and air conditioning.

The rooms on the upper floor have a large balcony, whereas the ground floor rooms open to a lovely yard, where most of the boardgaming will take place.

Contrary to previous years, rooms will be assigned by BoardGameTravel.com. It is most likely that the upper-floor rooms (with a balcony and a nice view) will go first, so don’t delay your booking.

Most rooms are suitable for sharing. Of course you can book an entire room for yourself, or inform us of your wish to be matched with compatible boardgamers. Most of the rooms have a door that separates one sleeping area from another. As in previous years, we will also be keeping a waitlist.



Floor plans:

Floor Room # Capacity Beds
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1st 101 4 1 double, 2 singles
102 4 1 double, 2 singles
103 2 2 singles
104 2 2 singles
105* 2 1 double*
2nd 201 4 1 double, 2 singles
202 3 1 double, 1 single
203 4 1 double, 2 singles
204 4 1 double, 2 singles
3rd 301 4 1 double, 2 singles
302 4 1 double, 2 singles
303 3 1 double, 1 single
304 2 1 double
305 3 1 double, 1 single

* Note that in 2018, room 105 will be smaller. Although it might be bigger than expected, we set the maximum capacity at 2, to avoid any potential problems with capacity.



The entirety of the Alea Apartments board game collection will be available for use by the participants, including taking them to the rooms or elsewhere for playing. There are two main common courtyards with large tables, and a smaller area next to the game library. You may also take the rules to the beach to study them!

In addition, we will all be having a welcome dinner together at a local restaurant, on the first day of the trip, for each period. It is not compulsory to attend, but it is included in the price.

The Varrias family can also arrange for a tour of the ancient marble quarries and the Byzantine Ekatontapiliani church. This is subject to demand, and the exact timing will be determined when we are in Paros. Depending on their schedule, the Varrias brothers may join us in trips to beaches less frequented by tourists, the ones that locals prefer.



If you were to come to Athens, two overnight stays would be arranged:

  • – 1 July 2018, before taking the ship to Paros the next day, and
  • – 14 July 2018 (1st period) because arrival back in Athens is late on that day, and departing flights can be booked to leave on the next day or later.

The Athens accommodation is provided at the Delice apartment hotel in central Athens. The Delice is within easy reach of the historical sights and the lively city atmosphere that a modern Greek city can provide. It is also 5 minutes away from a metro station that can take us to our choice of board game caf├ęs.

Please note that a stay in Athens is not included in the participation fee this year, as flights to Paros are now more readily available. We recommend that you fly directly to the island from Athens airport, and skip the extra expense of Athens hotel stays and transportation. For more, please see the Costs page.


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