Paros Island, Greece

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    Paros Island, Greece

    Paros is one of the largest islands of the Cyclades with approx. 120 km coastline, situated about halfway between Athens and Santorini.

    Already in ancient history Paros was famous for its semi-transparent marble, which is still quarried today. Parikia, the capital, is one of the main harbours of the Cyclades with frequent connections to almost all other islands. The island lies within approx. 2,5 hours (with a high-speed boat) or 5 hours (normal ferry) distance from Piraeus.

    Paros Island has a lot to offer its visitors! Whether you prefer a quiet, peaceful holiday enjoying the beautiful nature and traditional Greek atmosphere, an active or educational one, or you would just like to party, you'll definitely find what you are looking for! The infrastructure is very good, the main road around the island being about 72 km long and well sign-posted, which makes it ideal to go discovering the island by yourselves!

    Paros has many beautiful sandy beaches for all tastes. Some are hidden, tiny little bays, enclosed by extraordinarily "sculptured" rocks ("Kolimbithres"), others are long and wide. The typical countryside with its gentle, terraced hills and magnificent rock formations, endless vineyards, olive groves and fruit trees is overwhelming. In the spring, the island is completely green, with flowers growing everywhere!

    There is a large number of attractive villages in the traditional Cycladic style. Their glowing white houses along labyrinth like streets, decorated with arches, pretty balconies, Greek pottery, bright flowers and fragrant herbs will make you wander around and get lost, discovering one postcard theme after the other. Paros also has an incredible amount of picturesque churches, chapels and monasteries, likewise windmills, and you stumble across historical remains wherever you go, some of them of great significance in Greek

    There are plenty of tasteful little shops offering Greek souvenirs, jewellery and other beautiful things, but not too many of them. As they are evenly spread out between grocery stores, little super markets, bakeries etc., you can experience every day Greek life and atmosphere at the same time. There are no "ghettos" or multi-story hotels destroying the its beauty and original character. Nor have the hospitality and friendliness of the local people diminished through rapid growth of tourism during the past years. You will still have those remarkable little experiences like Greeks inviting you into their homes for a coffee and telling you the most interesting stories...!

    Sightseeing Paros

    The most important sights:

    Church of Ekatontapliani ("Our Lady of a Hundred Doors") in Parikia just 200 m from the port
    The most imposing church in the Cyclades and one of the most important in Greece, approx. 1.600 years old. On the 15th of August its nameday (a public holiday) is celebrated with a lot of festivities. Actually they are three churches in one, and legends rank about the fact that only 99 doors have been counted.

    Archaeological Museum in Parikia, just behind the Church of Ekatontapliani
    A fragment of the 3rd-century Parian Chronicle is the most important exhibit - next to many other interesting findings.

    Ancient Cemetery
    in Parikia, approx. 400 m from the port heading left
    of approx. 700 BC

    Venetian "Kastro"
    in the old quarter and at the highest point of Parikia
    from the 13th century

    Ancient Wall
    just beneath the Kastro (Parikia)

    Marble Quarries at "Marathi" on the way to Lefkes
    Abandoned but interesting to visit. This is where the marble came from in the ancient times that was considered the world's best.

    Venetian Castle
    in the little harbour of Naoussa.

    Churches in Naoussa
    Several important churches of ~ 15th century in Naoussa, including Catholic Church.

    Agias Trias Cathedral
    in Lefkes.

    Museum of Popular Civilisation
    in Lefkes.

    An amphitheatre
    in Lefkes, plus an interesting library.

    Butterfly Valley approx. 8 km south of Parikia
    A little green oasis full of "butterflies" (actually moths, but nevertheless impressive & colourful). Only open a few hours as it is on private ground. You can take a donkey ride to get there from the main road.

    Folkloric Museum
    close to the airport nearby Aliki.

    Cave of Antiparos
    with stalactites and stalagmites, very steep and impressive, up on the mountain of Antiparos. Takes a ride by bus or car/motorbike or donkey. Careful on hot days as the busses can let you wait and there are no toilets nearby (although you can buy beverages there)!

    behind Monastiri Beach (Naoussa)
    nice for people who like to walk!

    Monasteries (main)
    - Monastery of Longovardas (1638), forbidden for women

    - Monastery of Christ Dasous with the tomb of St. Arsenios

    - Monastery of St. Mary Thapsanon from 1935, built on ruins of 17th century monastery

    - Monastery of St. Antonios

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