Paros, the second largest island of the Cyclades is known by many as the jewel of the Aegean.With a gentle and undramatic landscape Paros has a little of everything one expects from a Greek island: countless old villages, monasteries, fishing harbours, nice beaches and varied nightlife.
Paros is blessed with some of the best beaches in the Aegean. Long stretches of golden sand, smaller beaches or hidden coves, Some developed, with sunbeds, umbrellas and a waiter to cater to your every need and others just left as nature intended. Whether you are planning to spend the afternoon beneath the shade of a tamarisk tree relaxing, dancing the afternoon away under the blazing summer sun or doing something a little more strenuous like kite, or windsurfing, Paros has a beach for you.
There is a large number of attractive villages in the traditional Cycladic style. Their glowing white houses along labyrinth like streets, decorated with arches and pretty balconies, will make you wonder around and get lost, discovering one postcard theme after another.
Paros also has an incredible amount of picturesque churches, chapels and monasteries and you stumble across historical remains wherever you go, some of them of great significance in Greek History.
Parikia, the capital of Paros, has maintained its picturesque style. Parikia’s harbor, decorated with white houses, is typical of the Cycladic architecture.
The traveller is always amazed by the beauty of this town. Parikia is an ideal, modern venue any time of day or night, with its shops, bars, restaurants and tavernas.
But there are parts in it that take you on a journey back in the past of Paros. In the oldest part of the town there is a 13th century Venetian castle, as well as a number of byzantine churches, that have preserved the colour of the island in their architecture and style.
On the other side of the island one can find another city centre, Naoussa, not as big but still as beautiful. Naoussa has preserved the feeling of the pristine fishing village it truly is, beautifully mingling with the elegant atmosphere of the modern venue that it has become, with its tavernas and ouzeris, its bars and its clubs, the most famous in the Aegean.
But Naoussa’s biggest advantage is that its bay is the home to two of the most beautiful beaches of the island, Kolimbithres and Monastiri, attracting people from all over Paros for their natural beauty.
Paros Island has a lot to offer its visitors! Whether you prefer a quiet, peaceful holiday enjoying the beautiful nature and traditional Greek atmosphere, an active or educational one, or you would just like to party, you’ll definitely find what you are looking for!