Paros is one of the most popular luxury destinations in Greece. Paros is an glistening white marble of an island with many golden beaches with cerulean waters. There is perfect windsurfing, kitesurfing and sailing weather on some of the best beaches like Golden Beach and New Golden Beach. You can also take a day trip to the tiny island of Antiparos for secluded pristine beaches and a laid back atmosphere. However, Paros is also characterised by its sleepy Parian villages with their gleaming white washed houses and cobalt blue domed churches: Parikia the main city, Naoussa an old fishing village with an incredible castle that has become a cosmopolitan luxury travel destination complete with fantastic fish restaurants and a beautiful Venetian port. Then there is Ekatontapiliani with its legendary church, and Paroikia, where the young and beautiful flock to café bars. Then there is also Piso Livadi, Lefkes, and Marpissa, to name but a few of the glorious places to discover on this Greek gem. Explore them on Byzantine paths that connect the villages, and see the awe-inspiring landscape as you pass by.
The charming white houses of Paros.
Paros is an area that contains the villages of Naoussa and Parikia. This stylish resort area also has incredible luxury villas to rent, so that you can stay right in the heart of the action, or pick a remote villa in the mountain villages around Paros for a tranquil vacation away from it all. The beautiful white marble that the town is made from can also be seen in the Venus de Milo and Napoleon’s tomb. In Parikia you can see the amazing Byzantine “church of 100 doors”, Panagia Ekatontapillani, and the ruins of a medieval marble castle built from the ruins of an ancient temple by the sea. It is also home to some of the best beaches, such as Parasporos, Kolymbithres and Santa Maria. Santa Maria is a long stretch of coastline that is split into two beaches, which both have incredible views of the island of Naxos and the emerald waters of the Aegean Sea. There is incredible snorkelling here and you can learn to dive at the dive school.
View of Paros from the water.
Naoussa is built around a little idyllic port with bright fishing boats and a Venetian castle. There are amazing churches to see here, such as the Church of Agios Nikolaos which is home to a great museum containing 13th century icons, and the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin, which is the epicenter of a festival that takes place here every August 23rd. Naoussa is also the perfect base to explore the local less crowded beaches. There is a beach to suit every type of traveller such as Agioi Anargyroi, Kolymbithres Beach, Monastiri and Agios Ioannis. You can use caiques, little boats from the port or footpaths to reach these placid and tranquil beaches. They are off the beaten track and not over-run with tourists.
The beautiful historic marina.
Paros has a whole varied selection of restaurants to cater to your every whim. In Parikia the restaurants are located on the right hand side of the port, in the direction of Argo Beach and then on to Krios. There are also casual places to eat like ice cream parlors in Mando Square and also in the Old Town. One of the most authentic places to eat in the city is Hibiscus, the oldest restaurant in Paros, or try the real Galaktobouriko from the Stelakis Café, which is the oldest café in Parikia. In heart of the old town is Levantis restaurant, which has been pleasuring taste buds for many years with its traditional Mediterranean cuisine, served in a beautiful aromatic garden. It is the perfect place to go for a romantic evening. Some of the best restaurants in Paros are located in the picturesque village of Dryos. This tiny fishing village on the East Coast is home to a row of incredible seafood restaurants that are not to be missed. For a classic fresh seafood tavern try To Kyma. For authentic greek meals prepared by an expert go to Restaurant Anna, where everything is prepared using the freshest ingredients. Try the Mousaka, it is a warm plateful of Mediterranean flavor.
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