Paros, Greece

Paros sits at the hub of the central group of Greek islands known as the Cyclades. It lies just west of Naxos in the Aegean Sea, separated by a 5 mile wide channel.

Without a large airport Paros caters for the independent tourist and, with good ferry connections, is a firm favourite with campers and backpackers. A good selection of fine beaches, a good tourist infrastructure, a central location and excellent ferry connections makes Paros an ideal base for a Greek island holiday.

Paros’ municipality includes many smaller islands that are uninhabited, and it is the third largest island in the Cyclades group. Paros is, today, a very popular tourist destination, due to the beautiful rolling hills, vineyards, and the serenity of its beaches. Paros’ largest beach is Chrissi Akti, or Golden Beach. It lies on the east coast facing toward Naxos. Because of a constant strong wind, Golden Beach is famed for its wonderful windsurfing.

Parikia is the capital of Paros, and holds many beautiful sights, such as the ruins of a Venetian castle, built on a rock beside the sea, and the Church of Ekatondapiliani, which is one of Greece’s most important Byzantine monuments. In Parikia, you will find traditional Cycladic styles houses, whitewashed with blue doors, window frames, and shutters.

Naoussa is a beautiful village and features whitewashed houses and tiny chapels, as well as beautiful beaches. Marpissa is a larger village where you will find an another ancient Venetian castle. Paros is also well known for its fine white marble, used for china and fine marbles all over the world.