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Paros in Greece

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Paros is located in the centre of the Cyclades, north of Santorini and west of Naxos. The island has more than 13,700 permanent inhabitants, making it the third most populated island in the Cyclades. The surface area is 197 km2, the third largest island in the Cyclades. The two main villages are Parikia (4,300 inhabitants) and Naoussa (2,500 inhabitants). The two nearest neighbouring islands are Antiparos and Naxos.


Cozy Naoussa on Paros in the Cyclades is one of the finest villages in the Greek archipelago.

Cozy Naoussa is one of my favorite villages in Greece.


The highest mountain is Aghioi Pantes, 771 metres above sea level. The main occupations are tourism, agriculture, fishing and wine production. Paros has since ancient times been known for its wine, today there is one large winery called Moraitis, located in Naoussa. It is possible to buy a wine called Naoussa Boutari in Sweden, but it is not produced on Paros, but on the Greek mainland (Macedonia).


Piso Livadi on Paros in Greece is a picturesque village with several nice beaches, good hotels and restaurants.

Piso Livadi is one of several nice villages and beaches on Paros.


Paros was, together with Ios and Santorini, a playground for the youth that was island hopping in the 1980s. It is here where it all began. Paros was also my first acquaintance with the Greek islands. I fell head over heels. When I looked out over Paros' port town Parikia from the ferry deck, I was lost in admiration. That something could be so beautiful? It was my first island hopping, we entered the ferry at Piraeus and the first stop was Paros. I had certainly been to Greece before, Corfu and Rhodes on package holidays, but this was something totally different.


Tavernas and restaurants along the harbor promenade in Parikia on Paros.

The port promenade in Parikia.

When the ferry was nearing the port I stood on the top deck with steady look, I began to see the first small white houses that came into sight in the distance, finally the retina was covered by the dollhouses which I later learned was called Parikia. For the first time in my life I found myself in the picture of Greece as I for so long had longed for. I was not disappointed, Paros became my paradise and I returned year after year. Today, I do not visit Paros as often, but the feeling I had then, when the ferry was put into the harbour, are still there. And I still think that Paros is one of the most complete islands in the Cyclades.


On the island of Paros there are several genuine villages, one of which is the mountain village of Lefkes.

The picturesque mountain village of Lefkes is not to be missed.


Paros' greatest gift to us tourists are the many beaches, many of them are at least as good as on the neighbouring island of Naxos. And some of the villages belongs to the most attractive villages in the Cyclades, I am thinking of the mountain village of Lefkes and the fishing village of Naoussa. Surely Naoussa has developed a lot over the last ten years, tourism dominates, but Naoussa still offers a lot of charm and a cosier port than the one in Naoussa one has to search long for. Paros also has a hiking-friendly countryside.


Kolymbithres near Naoussa on Paros is one of the best sandy beaches in the Cyclades.

Kolymbithres near Naoussa is one of my favorite beaches in the Cyclades.


The island's sometimes exuberant nightlife is widely known among younger island hoppers, but Paros is still a long way after the big party islands of Ios and Mykonos. The nightlife is mainly concentrated in Parikia where there are discos and bars opening late and closing early. In Parikia there are also some jazz clubs and places that play Greek music.


Golden beach is one of many fine sandy beaches on the east coast of Paros.

Golden beach is one of the beaches on the east coast.


It is far calmer in Naoussa, but also here you can dance through the night and drink cocktails in bars. Regarding to the second pleasure, to go out and eat, Paros offers a plethora of restaurants, tavernas, pizzerias, ouzeries, snack bars and gyros places. When you get tired of the Greek food, you can console yourself by Mexican or Asian food. The range are, in other words, wide.


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Paros is also something of a small paradise for shopping enthusiasts, mainly along Market Street in Parikia and in Naoussa's narrow and pedestrian alleys where jeweller's shops and trendy clothing stores lying closely together. You will also find many leather shops, artisans, art galleries and a few music stores where you can buy Greek music. Local products such as spices, honey and capers are available everywhere. But the souvenir shops dominates and the selection is exactly the same no matter where you are in Greece.

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It is possible to travel to Paros on a package holiday from many countries, check with a travel agency in your country. If you are travelling independently it is easiest to fly to Santorini because of the excellent boat connections to Paros. Another option is to go by air to Athens and continue by ferry from Athens' port at Piraeus.

The island is blessed with many attractive villages. The capital, and the island's port, is called Parikia and is very pleasant. The island's most beautiful village is Naoussa and it is one of my favourite villages in all of Greece. Other cosy villages are Lefkes, Aliki and Piso Livadi.

Paros has plenty of nice sandy beaches and it is a shame that not more people know about it. Kolymbithres opposite Naoussa is in my opinion the island's best beach. Other nice beaches are Monastiri, Golden Beach, Santa Maria, Pounda, Ambelas, Logaras, Livadia and Krios.


Tavernas, restaurants, hotels and sandy beaches in Aliki on Paros in the Cyclades.

Aliki is a charming little fishing village near Paros airport.


Sights do not seems to be Paros' cup of tea, but there are some things you should see. The Cultural Park of Paros, The Valley of Butterflies, The marble quarries in Marathi and the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Parikia are the main attractions.

Paros, just like Naxos, offers a nice range of hotels and pensions. In other words, it is difficult to choose. It is even difficult to choose where on the island you should be staying. Personally I almost always stays in Naoussa, but I have also stayed in Parikia several times. If you want to stay where it is a little quieter, choose Aliki or Piso Livadi, or why not the mountain village of Lefkes.


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