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Unrivalled natural beauty, beaches with crystal clear waters, unrivalled Byzantine footpaths connecting traditional villages and breathtaking landscapes make Páros, located at the heart of the Cyclades, one of the best loved holiday destinations in Greece.
Paros is the ferry hub of the eastern Cyclades and meets the challenge with a friendly, welcoming face. Ferries approach from the west across a huge bay above which the island’s gently rolling hills rise smoothly to the high point of Mt. Profitis Ilias.
White marble made Paros prosperous from the Early Cycladic period onwards – most famously, the Venus de Milo was carved from Parian marble, as was Napoleon’s tomb.
The mining galleries along with remains of 19th century industrial buildings are still preserved and can be visited

Paros-churchParikía (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 centre 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. The Parikía Byzantine Museum is housed on the ground floor of the church. Its exhibits include icons, wood-carved iconostases and other heirlooms from various monasteries and churches on the island.

The Archaeological Museum displays exhibits from the island’s monuments (such as the Sanctuary of Asklipios and Pythios Apollonas, Delion etc.), including part of the “Parian Chronicle”, a chronological table of the 3rd century BC with references to important events and personalities of antiquity.

villages

  • Wander through beautiful traditional villages like Náoussa, a colourful village, where the ruins of a Venetian fortress stand at the entrance to its small harbour. Léfkes is located at the highest point of Páros and enjoys stunning views of the island. The village is set up in the mountains and is surrounded by a rich green landscape. It has very well preserved Cycladic and neoclassical buildings, beautiful squares and narrow marble alleys. The Museum of Aegean Folk Culture at Léfkes offers a tour of the culture of the Archipelago; discover the Aegean world through its exhibits, which include pieces related to the architecture, traditional trades and geology of the islands.
  • Márpissa, founded in the 15th century, is a traditional village with a distinctive medieval character. It is located on a hill, a few kilometres away from the famous beaches of Loyarás and Písso Livádi. You can also visit the impressive Monastery of Ayios Antonios (17th century) on the hill of Kéfalos, where the ruins of a 15th century Venetian castle stand, and enjoy a wonderful view of the sea. Petaloúdes is an area of stunning beauty near the village of Psychopiana. The habitat is rich in vegetation and running water, with tall plane trees, laurels, wild olive trees, and carob trees covered in ivy that play host to the butterfly species Panaxia quadripunstaria.
paros_Agios Ioannis beach

paros_Agios Ioannis beach

 beaches

  • Sun-drenched beaches, like Chrissí Aktí, Santa Maria and Poúnda, welcome sun-loving visitors who want to enjoy the crystal clear sea, the sun or even their favourite water sports! Every year Chrissí Aktí is the venue for the Windsurfing World Championship. On the sea bed at Alykí beach, to the southwest, you can explore the ruins of an ancient town!
  • Don’t miss the opportunity to live experience an exhilarating touring all around the coast of the island by canoe or kayak! Enjoy the unusual natural landscape with impressive white rock formations on Kolymbíthres beach. The beach of Kalóyeros, surrounded by red and green clay rocks offers a really effective spa for free! Cover your body with clay and let it dry in the sun; after a while rinse yourself in the sea and your body will feel softer than ever!

Discover the island’s stunning beauty by hiking! Walk along “strátes”, the trails created by farmers to help them cross the island and transport their goods. It’s like stepping back into history. Here are two itineraries you might like to try:

  • The Byzantine Léfkes-Pródromos trail, paved with marble paving stones most of the way, takes an hour to walk. It starts from the verdant village of Léfkes and crosses slopes with cultivated terraces and a small Byzantine bridge. The final destination is to the beautiful village of Pródromos with its impressive maze-like alleys.
  • Starting from the village of Márpissa, with its Byzantine churches, 17th century houses and quaint windmills, walk towards Kéfalos Hill and Áyios Antónios Monastery. Going uphill along the cobblestone path, you will come across the ruins of the Venetian town of Kéfalos and the Castle. At the top, enjoy the view over the eastern part of the island and visit the Monastery of Áyios Antónios with its gold-leaf wood-carved iconostasis.
  • Alternatively, you can discover the island on horseback! There are two horse-riding centres, one by the sea, at Ambelás, and one at Ystérni. Ride around the coast, along the sandy beaches or take a detour inland – a great way to see for yourself some of the most beautiful spots on the island!

Religious festivals are the perfect occasion for many types of festivities! If you find yourself in such an event, don’t forget to taste the sweet smelling wines produced in the island’s vineyards.

Paros is in fact one of the oldest Mediterranean wine-making areas, with its own protected designation of origin wines! Another perfect occasion to visit the island is during the celebrations on August 15th, when cultural events are organised around the church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani. Easter celebrations are quite impressive, especially in the villages of Márpissa, Mármara and Pródromos. In autumn the locals pay tribute to their “rakidia” a locally made spirit and celebrations culminate in the Feast of Ayios Georgios Methistis, when the new wine made that year is uncorked for the very first time.

Useful information

  • Getting there

Paros is connected by ferry to Piraeus, Rafína, Lávrio and the rest of the Cyclades. You can reach Paros by aeroplane from the airports of Athens and Thessaloniki.

  • Useful phone numbers:

Port of Paros: +30 22840 21240

Port of Pireaus: +30 210 4226000-4, 210 4593140, 210 4593150

Port of Rafína: +30 22940 22300

Airport of Paros: +30 22840 91257

  • Local transport

You can use local buses or taxis or rent a car or a motorbike to get around the island while small boats can transfer you to the most remote beaches.

Local buses (KTEL): +30 22840 21395

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Parikia: +30 22840 21500
Náoussa: +30 22840 53490
Márpissa: +30 22840 41209 / 41386
Pródromos: +30 22840 41427 / 41576

Extra tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the small islet of Antíparos, lying southwest of Paros, which can easily be reached from Poúnda or Parikiá by boat. The Hora (Main Town) of Antíparos is built around a 15th century Venetian castle. The stone paved streets, the whitewashed alleys, the houses decorated with thriving pink and purple bougainvilleas and the central square in the shade of eucalyptus trees create an enchanting atmosphere. On Áyios Ioannis Hill lies the cave of Antíparos, distinctive for its marvellous stalagmite and stalactite formations whereas sun-kissed beaches will offer you unforgettable moments of serenity.

Cruise to Delos and Mykonos

Visitors can benefit from a must-see day trip to the famous islands of Delos and Mykonos. The sacred island of Delos, the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis, is one of the most important archaeological sites in all of Greece. There are many things to admire while in Delos; the ancient ruins, the famous landmarks such as the temple of Apollo, the platform of the Stoivadeion and Delos Synagogue.

From the quiescent island of Delos travellers will continue to the cosmopolitan island of Mykonos, the epitome of chic and trendy. While in Mykonos visitors can walk around the narrow pebble-paved streets and admire the whitewashed Cycladic cubic houses and the famous windmills of Mykonos, visit the famous little Venice of the Aegean and the stunning beaches and enjoy the vivacious legendary nightlife. Sophisticated brands and boutiques can be found around the port as well as delectable gourmet dining restaurants throughout the island.

Cruise to Santorini island

Travellers can take a cruise to the enchanting island of Santorini, sloping downward from the volcanic cliffs to the Aegean Sea. While in Santorini visitors can enjoy the dramatic landscape, visit the bustling capital of Fira and the scenic villages of Oia and Imerovilgi, as well as the unparalleled beaches of Santorini with the gold, red or white sand. Within the maze-like alleys and stone-built houses of Santorini guests can taste some of the fine Santorinian wine at one of the fine restaurants or bars and catch a glimpse of the world-famous breathtaking sunset.

Windsurfing

For travelers who enjoy windsurf, kite surf and other water sports, Paros Island is one of the most ideal windsurfing destinations in all of Greece. The island’s unique weather conditions have made it one the most popular windsurfing destinations in the world, where visitors can enjoy windsurf, kite surf and all kinds of water sports at the Golden Beach of Paros Island in Greece or any other beach of their choice.

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