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Paros: White pebble in an azure sea

Paros: White pebble in an azure sea

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Paros: The Cycladic island that is as white as its famous marble

In the heart of the Cyclades, lies beautiful Paros, with its distinctive Aegean air, an island that offers value and an is always an excellent proposition for authentic Cycladic holidays. It is no coincidence that Paros is among the top island destinations in Europe since many leading travel magazines chose it among many other places. Golden sandy beaches with blue-green waters, picturesque coves and fertile plains around the mountain complex of Agioi Pantes, in the center of the island, complete the geographical identity of the island.

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Interesting archaeological sites, Byzantine and medieval monuments, old monasteries, remarkable churches and picturesque chapels coexist harmoniously with traditional settlements and seaside resorts. If you add to these the excellent tourist infrastructure, the wonderful combination of the white of the houses with the blue of the sea, all create the ideal conditions for unforgettable holidays.

Access to the island and its main port in Parikia is through daily routes from both Piraeus and Rafina, while there is also a connection with other islands of the Cyclades. Access to the island can also be by air, with flights from Eleftherios Venizelos Airport in Athens, while in the summer months it is connected with direct flights to other international airports.

Strolling through the city, at every step one comes across cafes, taverns and restaurants serving delicious dishes from local, Greek and international cuisine, while in the streets around the Castle (old market) and on the beach road there are shops of all kinds.

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The sunset douses Parikia in hues of unique beauty. As soon as the colors of the evening fade, the night life of the city begins. The dozens of bars, cafes, venues with live music, clubs are full of life and the fun doesn’t end until the early morning hours.

From Parikia but also in the wider area one finds wonderful beaches with easy access (Livadia, Krios, Marcello, Kaminia, Souvlia, Parasporos, Agia Irini). Of course, in Parikia and a short distance from the port, is the sacred jewel of Paros, the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani. One of the most important early Christian monuments of Greece. The biggest celebration of the island is the feast of the Virgin Mary on August 15, when the religious celebration is accompanied by a large folk festival.

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Other monuments include the Frankish Castle which is located near several churches, one of them is Agios Konstantinos, and the Archaeological Museum of Paros which exhibits Neolithic findings. Finally, the Ancient Cemetery of Parikia, which contains graves from ancient times, and the ancient Asklepiion health sanctuary located on the grounds of Agia Anna are also of interest.

Naoussa, the most famous fishing village

Just 10km from Parikia is the settlement of Naoussa, one of the best fishing villages in Greece.

It is an important tourist center during the summer season, as its picturesque port is flooded with people every day. The interior of Naoussa is shaped by narrow streets, whitewashed according to the traditional Cycladic style. Its continuous connection with the rest of the island, either by taxi or bus routes, gives the visitor great access to transportation.

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