Naoussa, Paros, is one of the most famous villages of Cyclades complex. It’s located on the northeastern coast of Paros, in the Gulf of Naoussa. Naoussa of Paros is the second largest village of the island after the capital Parikia, which lies 11 km away. Despite the tourist development of the village, Naoussa has retained its traditional “attitude”. The classic Cycladic architecture of houses, hotels and in general almost all buildings of the village, have made Naoussa the ornament not only of Paros but also of Cyclades. The center of Naoussa is the port of the village. That is the spot where you will find many cafes, which during the evening hours become bars, and fish restaurants, which in the past had the important role of fishermen’s warehouses, where you can try seafood and fish which are caught the same day during morning hours. The port itself, with large number of sailing boats and fishing boats, is very picturesque and it will definitely be one of the summer memories. By following the paving of the port to the east, you will reach a square where the most famous bars of Naoussa are located, which serve fantastic cocktails and open in the afternoon. Also, you can find evening club on the main road leading to Marpissa. When visiting Naoussa of Paros, you should not miss the night tour in the narrow streets of the village. There you will find “hidden” shops that sell jewelry, traditional, and not only, clothing, delicacies and cozy bars and restaurants. Naoussa is located in a very convenient spot for visitors. From the port of the village there are regular “ferry” services by traditional fishing boats specially modify to transport people, every 30 minutes, depending on the destination, to the beautiful beaches located in the bay of Naoussa, such as Kolymbithres, Monastiri, Laggeri and the Aqua Park. Other well known beaches near Naoussa are Santa Maria, Piperi, Xifara, Agioi Anargyri and the beach of Ambelas.For these places, as for many other in eastern Paros, there are local buses available for transportation. The first signs of inhabitation of Naoussa, appear during Byzantine period. Then the village was protected by a wall which begins at a small castle, which survives to this day and is one of the attractions of Naoussa. At the highest point of the village, the church Panagia Pantanassa dominates along with other churches built in Byzantine period and accompanies attractions for those interested in religious tourism. In Naoussa you will also find the Folklore Museum of Naoussa and Naoussa Folklore Collection, where you will have the opportunity to admire the traditional costumes and generally take a trip back in time and experience the daily life of Paros past, and Cycladic cemetery.It is also noteworthy that in the Gulf of Naoussa, near the beach of Kolymbithres, in Koukounaries area, there is the Mycenaean Acropolis, built in 1200 BC.Surely Naoussa in Paros will be one of the most beautiful seaside villages you have visited.
Parikia in Paros is the capital of the island. The main port of Paros is located in Parikia and your first contact with the island will be “welcome” from the well-known “Portes” (doors), the islets located just outside the Gulf of Parikia. The characteristic spot of the port of Parikia is the windmill, which you will see ahead just past the guardrail. Inside the windmill, there is tourism office where you can get various brochures regarding Paros.Parikia and the surrounding area has been inhabited for thousands of years. In place of modern Parikia, formerly the ancient city was located. At Vinci area, lays the ancient cemetery, which was used from the 8th century BC till 2nd century AD and it is the proof of the existence of organized society at that time. In Paros Archaeological Museum you will see other findings from several eras, such as Neolithic, Archaic Cycladic etc. of Paros island, as well as findings from archaeological site of Despotiko (a big in size islet south of Antiparos). Also on the hill of Agia Anna there are two more archaeological finds. The Asklepieion and the temple of the Pythian Apollo. The Asklepieion is the temple dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine, who was worshiped all over Greece. From the ancient world of Parikia and Paros, a place of worship of the god Apollo couldn’t be omitted. Therefore, three kilometers north of Parikia on a hill, there is a temple dedicated to Apollo of Delos, which is facing Delos (an ancient city build on an islet opposite to Mykonos). There was also a temple of the god sister Artemis and ancient cemetery. In Parikia there are ruins of Venetian castle, which was built in the 13th century by the Duke of Naxos, Sanudos. The wall of the castle is one of the most popular attractions of Paros because of its construction. Marbles and pieces of ancient temple’s columns of Paros were used to build the wall. The Castle is situated amphitheatrically on a hill. Perhaps the best known of all the attractions of Paros, is the church Ekatontapiliani. It is the largest and one of the most important early Christian monuments in Greece. Ekatontapiliani was built in the 4th century and the church name derives, according to tradition, of the 100 gates or doors, of which 99 are visible and the last one will be revealed by opening a secret door in Agia Sophia in Istanbul. In the same area, there is the Byzantine Museum of Paros, where visitors can admire exhibitions of icons, wood carvings and other objects and relics of Paros. Ekatontapiliani is located in central Parikia, near the port.There are many beaches near Parikia which cover all the requirements of Paros visitors. The nearest beach, which lies along the coastline of the capital of Paros, is called Livadia. It is a long sandy beach, with umbrellas and sunbeds, many restaurants and cafes. Within the Bay of Parikia and opposite to the town, there are other beaches such as Krios and Marcello, both sandy and very well organized, which are considered as some of the best in Paros. If you are looking for something more quiet and secluded, in the northern part of the bay, there is the beach of Agios Fokas. There are two ways to get to the beaches of the northern part of the Gulf of Parikia. By car, travelling around the gulf or, by boat from the port of Paros, which is more fun, even during summer northerly winds. Southwest of the capital of Paros, 3 km away, there are is another famous beach, Parasporos. This one also consists of sand, it’s organized with umbrellas and sun beds but it is considered as quiet and suitable for children. Less popular but closer to Parikia, is the small Delfini beach, with its triangle shape. In Parikia, there are many cafes. The most famous are located west of the port on the coastal road. From there you will be able to admire a beautiful sunset, while enjoying cocktails. In capital of Paros, you will also find many taverns and restaurants. There you will taste delicious dishes, both seafood and meat.You can also discover the alleys of Parikia, which are filled with small shops, from which you can buy gifts of any kind for your loved ones, and hidden cafes and small taverns. If you like to enjoy the sunset while walking, we suggest you head west on the hill where a picturesque windmill is located.There are many hotels, apartments and rooms to let in Parikia. You can choose from cheap apartments and family hotels, to luxury suites that meet the expectations of most demanding guests.From Parikia, if you don’t have your own means of transportation, you’ll have access to most parts of Paros, using local buses.
Lefkes in Paros is according to many, the most beautiful village on the island and it shouldn’t be missing from your itinerary, you must visit it. Lefkes was the first capital of Paros. It is the highest village of the island, built at an altitude of 250 meters. The first inhabitants of the village chose this location to settle, because of the constant pirates threat. Some of them were refugees from Crete. Lefkes is visited every year by thousands of tourists. But, not only tourists come here to enjoy their stroll in nature, local residents of Paros also love this place. The village is built literally in the heart of Paros nature. Within walking distance from Lefkes, there is no other settlement and the peace and tranquility prevailing in the village, will be the first thing you notice when you get there.The center of the village is Ramos. On this main street you will find tourist shops from which you can buy souvenirs for your loved ones, a few taverns where you can enjoy delicious dishes cooked according to traditional recipes both of the village and Paros island, overlooking the sea and the nearby island of Naxos as the village is built amphitheatric. There are also traditional cafes. On the Ramnos street are located the most of Lefkes attractions. Among the neoclassical buildings that will accompany you on your walk, you will find the House of Literature. From Ramnos, you can lose yourself in the narrow alleys of the village and that is something you should definitely do. The houses of residents in Lefkes are painted white, which is the main color and it’s often accompanied by another. In the yards and on the windows of the houses, you will see colorful flowers that complement the “magic” of the village. In the alleys you will also find many small churches. The main square in Lefkes is also remarkable attraction. It is a place where you can relax in one of the traditional cafes and take pictures of the Monument of Heroes.The most famous landmark and symbol of Lefkes is the temple of the Agia Triada. Built on a hill in 1835, with its characteristic entrance and the impressive front with two bell towers, the church of Agia Triada, has been declared as a protected monument. It’s worth knowing that it was built by local craftsmen who used the well known marble of Paros. Other known churches of the village are the monastery of Agios Ioannis, the church of Agia Kyriaki and the church of Panagia Ypapanti.In Lefkes, every year, people organize one of the most famous festivals in Paros, known as the Feast of Karavolas, at the end of August. This is an event that symbolizes the “summer farewell”. The Festival lasts till the first morning hours and the main dishes served are karavolas, a large local snails, accompanied by chickpeas, garlic and other appetizers. Of course, there are also large quantities of local wine.Lefkes village is located in central Paros, within 11 kilometers from Parikia, the island’s capital and 11 km from Naoussa.
Aliki in Paros is another coastal fishing village of the island, with its own peculiarity and beauty. Like most of the villages in Paros built by the sea, Aliki has retained the atmosphere of the traditional settlement, despite the fact that it is a popular summer destination, especially for those who seek peaceful holidays with their families. The hotels and other accommodations meet the needs of Aliki visitors, basketball courts, tennis and football field add more entertainment options and seaside cafes in the harbor provide the necessary coolness. Aliki is located on the southern coast of Paros, near the airport. It is 13 km away from the capital Parikia and 23 km from Naoussa. It is not necessary to stay in Aliki to enjoy the things it has to offer. The village is visited by people from all over Paros, both tourists and locals, as Aliki’s taverns are well known for their quality fish and seafood that fishermen bring every day to the small port. Aliki gets the main attention on August 6 when the festival of Christ is organized and on September 14, during the festival of the Cross. The beach that is located in the heart of Aliki, with the golden sand and crystal clear shallow water, which rarely have waves, is suitable for children. The secluded beach of Piso Aliki, located southeast of the village, which you can reach on foot, attracts local inhabitants of the surrounding area, as well as the visitors of Paros. Just two kilometers east of Aliki, lies the famous beach of Faragas.The houses of this coastal settlement have maintained the traditional Cycladic architecture. Unlike other villages of Paros, in Aliki, you won’t find narrow alleys as the houses have courtyards with flowers and other plants. Also in the village, there is the Museum of Cycladic Folklore “M. Skiada “.
Piso Livadi is one of the most beautiful seaside villages of Paros. Piso Livadi has managed to maintain a balance between a traditional village of Paros on the one hand and a known destination for tourists from the other, who wish their vacation on the island be characterized by tranquility near the sea, overlooking Naxos. The architecture of the village is as you can imagine, white houses with blue windows and warm local inhabitants.In Piso Livadi you will find rooms to let and studios, which offer view of the small and picturesque port located in the village. The taverns and restaurants in Piso Livadi are well known for their excellent fresh seafood and fish dishes. The tourist shops are few but meet the needs of the village visitors. From Piso Livadi port, depart regularly small boats to Naxos and some of Small Cyclades.In Piso Livadi harbor there is a beach which consists of sand with natural shade from trees that almost reach the sea. A few hundred meters south of the village, you will find the beach of Logaras, which you can reach on foot and Punta Beach, located just south of Logaras. North of the village there are the beaches of Molos and Kalogeros.If you decide to stay in this beautiful village, you can also visit the nearby and also beautiful villages such as Marpissa, Prodromos, Marmara and Lefkes.Piso Livadi is located 17 km away from Parikia, the capital of Paros and 12 km from Naoussa.
Marpissa is another traditional village of Paros, built in the same valley with the villages of Marmara and Prodromos, in the eastern part of the island. It is located 11 km away from Naoussa and 16 km away from Parikia. Marpissa with its cobbled alleys and hidden churches, maintains the tradition and culture of a Cycladic village. Although Marpissa is not affected by the tourist development of Paros, you will find some rooms to let in the village. Staying in this beautiful place is synonymous with the ultimate relaxation and in privacy. Close to Marpissa there are some famous beaches of Paros like Molos, Kalogeros, Logaras and Punda. Also, just 1.5 km away from Marpissa there is Pisso Livadi, a beautiful seaside village with restaurants and taverns which have the tradition of serving delicious dishes of fresh fish and seafood. If you decide to visit Marpissa, you can explore the Museum of Sculpture Perantinos, take pictures next to the windmills in the main square and visit the Church of the Metamorfosis which was built during the Byzantine period.Also, the mountain that looks like cone, which you will see from Marpissa, is called Kefalos and on top of it stands the Monastery of Agios Antonios, which you can visit and admire the magnificent view of both the eastern coast of Paros, as well as the west coast of Naxos. There is a path that starts from the village and goes all the way to the top, but we recommend you use a vehicle.It is worth visiting the village on Friday during the Easter, because on that day there is a well known festival.If time is not pressuring you, you can make a stop in Marpissa to cool off, turning your return from one of the beaches of eastern Paros.
Drios in Paros is located on the southeastern coast of the island, 23 km away from Parikia and 17 km from Naoussa. This seaside village has several small hotels and rooms to let, taverns that are supplied with fresh fish and seafood on a daily basis, as well as small beaches. The main beach of Drios, consists of sand and crystal clear water and it’s located next to the small port of the village. Along the coastline you will find other small unorganized beaches which mainly consist of pebbles.Just 2 km northeast of Dryos, there is the famous beach of Chrissi Akti (Golden Coast or Golden Beach), which every summer attracts thousands of windsurfing and kitesurfing lovers. On the other side of the village, 2.5 km away, there is Lolandonis beach.Drios doesn’t have the traditional narrow alleys that you usually see in Paros villages. Many of the houses are surrounded by gardens with olive and citrus trees. This area of the island also has archaeological interest. In Drios there was an ancient port. Also near the village there is the Cave of Demons.
Ampelas in Paros is a small fishing village on the northeastern coast of the island. It’s located 4 km away from Naoussa and 13 km from Parikia, the capital of Paros. Ampelas is a great solution if you like to experience calm and relaxing vacation in one of the few and family run rooms to let in a traditional seaside village. The fish taverns in Ampelas that serve fresh seafood and fish, are supplied daily by the fishermen that are based in the small port of the settlement.The beach of Ampelas is a clean sandy beach, which is not organized and is well protected from the north winds and rarely has waves. Therefore it is suitable for children.Ampelas is also close to some of the famous beaches of Paros such as Santa Maria, Lageri and Molos.
Marmara in Paros is located in the eastern part of the island. This charming village has been built in a large valley along with two other villages, Marpissa and Prodromos. Marmara took their name ( Marmara = Marbles) from the marble found in the area, which was used for the construction of churches and houses of the village in the past. The architecture of the Marmara is typically Cycladic. White houses with blue windows and doors, many of these are mansions, beautiful churches such as the Theotokos Kimisis and the Pera Panagia which lies east of the village and its the main attraction of Marmara.The village is within walking distance, only 2 km, away from Molos, a large in length and sandy beach, located in a large bay, which has not been affected by tourism development of Paros. Also, to the south of Molos beach, is the Kalogeros beach, where sand is considered as a natural spa for skin care. To get to Kalogeros, use the path that starts near the small port of Molos.Marmara is located 11 km away from Naoussa and 15 km away from Parikia, the capital of Paros.
Prodromos is a beautiful and picturesque village located in Paros inland, near the village of Marmara. Prodromos took its name from the Church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos. Before the church was built, the village was called Dragoulas. At Prodromos you will have the opportunity to admire the traditional Cycladic architecture, white houses with blue windows, adorned with colorful flowers, small churches and traditional cafes. The paved narrow alleys between the houses supplement suitable landscape for a lovely walk and lots of photos. Prodromos is visited by locals from all over Paros at June 21, when a big festival is organized in the village. This charming village is located 15 kilometers away from Parikia, the capital of Paros, and 10 km away from Naoussa.
Kostos is a small and remote village in Paros mainland. The Kostos has not been affected at all by tourism development which is evident in many parts of the island. For this reason it has retained a traditional atmosphere, both the place, as well as the local inhabitants. Built on a hillside, among the green mountains of Paros, Kostos is a quiet place, and it welcomes you with a unique welcoming sign at the entrance, where you can make a stop to enjoy a coffee and live for a few moments everyday life and the tranquility of residents of the village. In the picturesque main square of Kostos, you will see pine trees, which grow from the paved ground, two small churches and a monument dedicated to Athanasius of Parios, philosopher and writer who taught people in all over Greece. The house of Athanasios of Parios is preserved until today and is one of the attractions of Kostos. The other attractions of the village are the churches of Agia Marina, Anastasis and the Church of Agios Panteleimon, which is also the patron of the village. Also, west of Kostos there are the ancient marble quarries. During the summer, Kostos village organize three festivals, the first is dedicated to Athanasius of Parios on June 24, the second on July 17 and the third on 27 July dedicated to Agios Panteleimonas. Kostos is located 8 km from Parikia, the capital of Paros and 8 km away from Naoussa.
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