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.
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
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.
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.)
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 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.
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.
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.
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
A beautiful long sandy beach, relatively quite, away
from the road. It can be reached easiest by motorboat from Naousa.
A peaceful small beach with clear water and fine sand, nice for the ones that
prefer quiet and lonely places.
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
Situated in a colourful garden, it offers Greek specialties, like "soutzoukakia" and grilled chicken.
Tavern - "ouzeri" offering seafood dishes and ouzo appetizers.
Christos: Mediterranean cuisine and meticulous service in
a pleasant garden with classical background music.
Greek and Italian creations in a pretty courtyard.
Tsahpinis: The best fish tavern in the little port.
Typical and simple tavern with exceptional local
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