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Parikia Church of Ekatontapyliani Archaeological Museum Naousa Lefkes Beaches Where to eat Antiparos How to get there

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Paros Island Greece Paros
The island of Paros is one of the largest island of the Cyclades. It consists mainly of large valleys and is mountainous only in its central part. It has developed into an important center of tourism in the recent years. Due to its size Paros satisfies any visitors needs, whether looking for relaxing or adventure holidays. Paros has many beautiful sandy beaches, others long and wide and others hidden and small. It is also known for its numerous churches, chapels and monasteries. The most important of these is the Church of Ekatontapyliani, one of the main Byzantine monuments in Greece. The three major centers are: Parikia, the capital and one of the main harbours of the Cyclades. It is situated on the western side of the island and built upon an ancient city. Naousa, one of the prettiest villages, situated in the north side, with whitewashed houses, narrow paved alleys and small chapels and Lefkes a delightful peaceful mountain village built like an amphitheatre in a small valley. From Paros You can also take a trip to the nearby Antiparos and visit its astonishing caves and beautiful beaches.

Parikia
The capital of the island and its main port, with intense tourist activity mainly concentrated along the waterfront. It has all the characteristics of Cycladic architecture with arches, medieval vaulted passageways, and snow white little houses full of pots of basil. You will find both interesting sites to visit such as the 13th century Venetian Castle, the ancient cemetery and church of Ekatontapyliani, as well as intense nightlife, beautiful beaches, numerous restaurants and shops.

Church of Ekatontapyliani - Paros Island Greece Church of Ekatontapyliani
A major Byzantine monument, dedicated to the Dormition of Our Lady and on her feast day. On the 15th of August its name day (a public holiday) is celebrated with a lot of festivities. Tradition and history state that the church began life in the reign of Constantine the Great (280-337AD. It consists of three parts and its name derives from the one hundred doors of which only 99 doors have been counted.

Archaeological Museum
Neolithic findings form the excavations from the islet of Saliangos, an island in the narrow channel between Paros and Antiparos, (4,000 BC) and Bronze Age idols, along with pieces from the Classical and Hellenistic period. You can see the portion of the Parian Chronicle, which relates the most significant events in Athenian history from 1.582 BC to the year 264 BC, the statue of Wingless Victory and the relief depicting the wedding of the poet Archilochos (6th c. BC.)

Naousa - Paros Island Greece Naousa
It is a fishing village at the north of the island approximately 10km away form Parikia. It is one of the most beautiful fishing ports in Greece and defined as the most cosmopolitan village on the island, which attracts many visitors during summer season. Most of the social life of Paros is concentrated here, with lots of cosy bars, restaurants and shops. Take a walk around the town's lanes; see the churches of Agios Ioannis Theologos and Kimissi tis Theotokou and finally have a meal at one of the island's good fish tavern. Naousa is certainly a place you should visit.

Lefkes
Lefkes is a peaceful mountain village, in the middle of the island and just 12 km away from Parikia. It has a traditional atmosphere of a magical Greek village. Explore the picturesque paved alleys between the attractive white house, chapels and shady squares with old-style cafes. Many churches are scattered in its area, one more beautiful than the other. The church of Agia Triada located at the eastern part of the village was built in 1830 and it is truly a jewel made of marble. Lefkes is connected to the villages of Prodromos and Marmara by an old Byzantine paved path, which is a very pleasant walk.

Kolymbithres Beach - Paros Island Greece Beaches
Kolymbithres:
One of the island most famous beaches. Due to impressive rock formations the beach is divided into a series of little beaches. Kolymbithres is crowded especially at high summer seasons but is worth seeing at least once the place. The beach has a few Beach Bars and taverns spread out along the road as well as Water ski facilities.

Pounta:
A small sandy beach with umbrellas, a few trees and crystal water. A meeting place for people who like to combine good swimming with loud music from the biggest beach bar in the Cyclades.

Monastiri:
It is a sandy beach enclosed by rocks on both sides with turquoise waters overlooked by a tavern & music bar. It attracts a lot of people due to the numerous events (concerts, organized beach parties etc) that are going on in the summer.

Langeri:
A beautiful long sandy beach, relatively quite, away from the road. It can be reached easiest by motorboat from Naousa.

Farangas:
A peaceful small beach with clear water and fine sand, nice for the ones that prefer quiet and lonely places.

Santa Maria: Long coastline, crowded, organized beach, with water sports facilities plus diving school and two fish taverns. Although generally a crowded beach, it doesn't matter due to its size.

Golden Beach (Chrysi Akti):
Ideal for Wind Surfers. A long, sandy organized beach with clear turquoise water and water sport facilities. This is where the international windsurfing championship takes place every year.

Where to eat
Parikia:
Apollon:
Situated in a colourful garden, it offers Greek specialties, like "soutzoukakia" and grilled chicken.
Porfira:
Tavern - "ouzeri" offering seafood dishes and ouzo appetizers.

Naousa:
Christos: Mediterranean cuisine and meticulous service in a pleasant garden with classical background music.
Pervolaria: Original Greek and Italian creations in a pretty courtyard.
Tsahpinis: The best fish tavern in the little port.

Lefkes:
Klarinos:
Typical and simple tavern with exceptional local meat.

ANTIPAROS
During the summer there are frequent departures of ferries from Parikia and Pounta, which will take you to Antiparos in less than ten minutes. Antiparos is a small and quiet island with beautiful beaches, able to offer both quiet and vivid life according to your wishes. There are several bars, taverns, "ouzeri" and cafes to satisfy any of your needs. Don't miss to visit the famous cavern of the island.

How to get there

  • By air: from Eleutherios Venizelos airport in Athens
  • By ferry: from the port of Pireaus and Rafina

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