Located at the heart of the Cyclades, Paros (along with adjacent Antiparos) is one of the best-loved islands in Greece.
If Mykonos is considered to be the party island of the Cyclades and Santorini as the romantic one, Paro’s image seems still indefinite and all to be explored. Somehow Paros with its white houses and churches with blue rooftops has managed to preserve some integrity and local spirit.
Meet the villages and beaches:
Parikía (Parikiá), the capital of Páros, is a beautiful Cycladic village with whitewashed cubic houses and impressive neoclassical mansions. A well preserved 13th-century Venetian castle stands proudly on a hill at the of the village offering an amazing view of Parikía. In the capital, you can also admire an important ecclesiastical monument, the 6th-century church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani, also called Katapoliani. The name “Ekatontapylianí” means the church with 100 gates (“Ekató Pýles” in Greek), one of which is a secret one! Don’t miss the chance to visit the baptistery (4th century AD), one of the best-preserved baptisteries in the Orthodox East, and the Byzantine Museum.
Old Town and Port of Naoussa is a must visit as you have not really seen Paros if you haven’t walked the alleys which lead to its picturesque port. A trademark of the islands’ identity and local architecture, these little, narrow passages may be peaceful and quiet during the mornings, but as soon as the night comes they team with people and life.
If you are looking for a day off the beach and the sun, Lefkes is a perfect option. Situated in a breath taken valley, Lefkes had been the first capital of Paros which was built by immigrants from Crete and locals who were looking for protection against pirate attacks. On the way to Lefkes visit, Marathi Marble Quarry where the famous Paros’ marble comes from many Greek masterpieces such as the Venus from Milos have been sculpted in this finest marble variety.
Piso Livadi is a nice little town with a fishing port on the south-east of the Island, with some of Paros’ most important beaches (e.g. “Golden Beach”, “Pounda Beach”) and the small and similar villages Logaras & Drios nearby. Piso Livadi is an important holiday resort approx. 25 km away from Parikia, with access to daily trip boats heading for Naxos, Delos, Mykonos, Santorini, and Amorgos.
Sun-drenched beaches, like Chrissi Akti, Santa Maria, and Punta attract sun-loving visitors who want to enjoy their favorite water sports. Every year Chrissi Akti is the venue of the Windsurfing World Championship. Don’t miss the chance to visit Alyki beach as you can explore the ruins of an ancient town or Kolymbithres beach with its unusual natural landscape with impressive white rock formations.
Today, Paros is a popular holiday destination with considerable development and infrastructure and combines the ideal island for young people, romantic couples and families.
It is associated with all major ports of Athens, the rest of the Cycladic islands and also has an air connection with Athens and other airports.