Paros, Greece, is a picturesque island in the middle of the Aegean Sea, which photos are all in glossy magazines and advertising brochures. It is an excellent place for beach lovers and lovers of beautiful nature.
Externally, Paros does not differ much from the rest of the Cyclades islands. Here you will see minimalistic and snow-white buildings in the old town, a small port, and an abundance of bright colors in the yards.
The island is home to the port town of Parikia, which connects Paros with the mainland of Greece. There are a lot of cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and nightclubs. The historic part of the city is clean, cozy, and full of flowering trees. Most of the buildings are white and have windows the color of the sea wave.
The church of Ekatondapiliani is the main historical attraction of Parikia. The church was built in the VI century and is characterized by its unusual appearance.
This landmark of Paros, Greece, has been destroyed several times, so not all the exhibits have survived. You have to visit the museum section of the temple, where ancient icons and relics of saints are. Previously, only women could climb up here, but now every tourist can see the beauty of the temple from a height.
The village of Lefkas has situated 10 km from Parikia and can be reached here by bus or cab. It is considered one of the most beautiful villages in the country, as it sits on a high green hill and has a beautiful view over the neighboring islands. The main attraction of Lefkes is the Orthodox church — the Church of the Holy Trinity (Agia Triada).
The Old Port of Naoussa
Naoussa is the second-largest city in Paros and is known for its marble deposits and exciting architecture. It is a classic Greek waterfront with snow-white houses, vegetation, and numerous yachts moored off the shore.
Paros is located in the middle of the Aegean Sea, so beaches (about 40) are located all around the island. They are characterized by cleanliness, the presence of small rocks, and fine sand.
Paros has 300 hotels and villas. The following resorts are popular among travelers: Parasporos, Logaras, Naoussa, Parikia. Here you will find the best villas in Paros. The latter are most popular because they are port towns and tourists prefer to stay there right away to avoid wasting time traveling to neighboring resorts.
There are many things to find out about the island like:
- There are precisely 100 doors in the church of Ekatondapiliani, which is located in Parikia.
- Almost 50% of the population of Paros island is engaged in fishing, so all restaurants serve only fresh fish.
- Dish with fish in Paros
- One of the most mysterious sights of Paros is the cave in Antiparos, which people could not get into for many centuries.
- According to legend, it was in Paros where the Venerable Theoktista lived. She spent her entire life in seclusion, and the only food they consumed was sunflower seeds.
- Since 90% of tourists come in summer, life on Paros almost comes to a standstill in winter — most museums and galleries close down, and some bars stop working.
In conclusion, there is an unusual tradition in Greece connected with the island — all local students in their first year of study should necessarily rest together in Paros.