As soon as our ferry turned into Parikiá the main port of Paros island we were enchanted, the white washed Cycladean cubic houses, and the blue domed churches against the back drop of the blue sky and sea was everything you would expect from an Aegean island.
Parikia itself has a lot to offer, wonder round the labyrinthine little streets of the old town lined with bougainvillea, you will find shops and bars and the remains of a Frankish castle. Also worth visiting is The Church (Our Lady) of 100 Doors (Panagia Ekatontapyliani in Greek), one of the oldest and most significant early-Christian monuments in Greece.
The second largest resort on the island is the old picturesque Venetian port of Náoussa the little harbour has many traditional fishing boats and is surrounded by restaurants all lit up in the evening it although it can be busy it offers a romantic place to eat. In its winding little streets you will find shops and bars.
In antiquity Parian marble was considered among the finest in the ancient world and was used to sculpt the Venus De Milos. Marble was last mined during the 19th century for Napoleon’s tomb; you can still see the quarries near the village of Maráthi.
Heritage and Culture
It has some very beautiful villages in the interior, especially Lefkes. It was the capital of the island in the middle ages, it has a mix of architecture both traditional and Venetian. There is an outstanding Byzantine church, where you can walk the ancient Byzantine Road, a paved footpath which leads to the village of Prodromos and ends up at the sea.
Paros island holiday is suitable for groups of travellers, solo travellers, young and young at heart, couples and families.
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