Paros is the third biggest island in Cyclades complex, after Naxos and Andros, and in recent years has been turned into a modern tourist centre. Beautifully formed mountains surround the island which terrain is mostly flat with endless vineyards. Two natural bays (Parikia at the west and Naoussa at the north) dominate the lacy coasts and the smooth gulfs of the island.
Paros is inhabited since Neolithic Age and was one of the Cycladic civilization’s centres. Paros famous marble was the main material for the sculpture.
Parikia or Paros, the port and capital of the island, is built at the spot of the ancient city among the ruins of a Venetian castle. The white painted houses are filled with basil, jasmines and honeysuckle. A big paved road leads to the church of Katapoliani or Ekatontapiliani one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece, related to many legends. Inside the church stands the holy icon of Virgin Mary an artwork of Loukas the Evangelist. The church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God and on August 15 takes place a big celebration with fireworks and songs of the sea.
Naoussa, one of the most beautiful villages of Paros, with the white painted houses, narrow paved alleys, arches and chapels, the beautiful beaches and the interesting exposition of folklore art, attracts a great number of visitors every year.
Marpissa is a picturesque big village with the Venetian castle and the beautiful churches.
Some of the best beaches are Livadia, Krios, Aghios Fokas (Parikia), Limnes, Kolimpithres (Naousa), Aghioi Anargyroi, Alyki, Santa Maria, Ampelas, Piso Livadi and Dryos (east side).
Paros, the brightest island of Cyclades complex stands at a distance of 90 nautical miles from the port of Piraeus. Its extent is 196,3 sq. km. and its shores’ length is 168 km.
The majority of its shores are steep and rocky with beautiful sandy beaches in between.