Paros will enchant you at first sight! All-white houses, picturesque alleys, hospitable people, traditional settlements and countless golden sandy beaches... these and many more characterize Paros, the fourth largest island of the Cyclades!
In any case, if you read and follow to the letter or even partially the travel guide of Paros - of travelstyle.gr, you will NEVER regret your trip to this beautiful island.
Its capital is Parikia on the west coast 12km ffrom paros airport, while the second largest town, Naoussa, is one of the most picturesque fishing villages in the Aegean, which has evolved from a fishermen's settlement to a cosmopolitan resort!
Paros manages to combine, in its own unique way, the past with the present, peace and vitality, the blue of the sea and the white of its houses.
You can go to the island by boat from the ports of Piraeus and Rafina to the ports of Parikia or Naoussa. Paros also has an airport, in the area of Voutakos Aggeria, 9 km west of Parikia, so you can also reach Paros by plane from the airport "Eleftherios Venizelos".
We have prepared the best travel guide for Paros, with sightseeing, beaches, villages, hotels, activities, shopping and food!
If you dream of a holiday that can combine all of the above, then Paros is the island for you! Let yourself be lured into a jumble of enchanting images, aromas and flavours and experience it with all your senses! First of all, once you arrive on the island there are 4 check in's you must do!
The history of the island has its roots in the Stone and Bronze Age (5th millennium BC). During the period of Venetian rule, and more specifically in 1207, it was incorporated into the Duchy of the Aegean and its inhabitants became serfs.
At the same time, the island was subjected to pirate raids and looting and Naoussa became a base for pirates. At that time, the castle of Parikia was built on the island. Later, the island was occupied by the famous pirate Barbarossa and in 1560 it was conquered by the Turks.
In more recent history, Paros was an active site in the Greek revolution of 1821, and was severely tested during the German occupation, resulting in many Parisians being forced to relocate to Piraeus and later abroad.
At the end of the 1960s, tourism began to play a decisive role in the development of the island's economy and, by extension, in all its sectors.
The capital of the island, Parikia, the centre of all commercial activity, is built on the site of the ancient town, on the edge of the hill of the Monastery of Agioi Anargyroi, with its trademark mill and its picturesque white alleys, which combine the island's intense past with its lively present.
Its name is said to derive from the Byzantine era and more specifically from the 'paroikoi' of the church of Ekatontapyliani. Here is the famous passenger and commercial port of the island, as well as its huge beach (Yannis Pariou Street) with its centuries-old palm trees.
In its traditional alleys and in its main promenade, all day proposals in food and entertainment that satisfy every taste are gathered, while with a walk you will have the opportunity to enjoy the Cycladic beauty and the hospitality of its inhabitants.
In Parikia you will also see the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, one of the most important early Christian monuments in Greece and the largest in size. Another characteristic sight is the Castle, built on the hill above the harbour.
In addition, in the wider area of the old town and around the castle there are about 40 churches worth visiting. Do not miss to walk along the main street of the Agora (Lochagou Fokianou Street), which is full of buildings of typical Cycladic architecture.
As for Parikia, 83 years ago it was a small port with a few boats; today it is a TOP tourist destination!!!!
Naoussa - The cosmopolitan fishing village
In the north of the island, built in the second largest bay, the charming fishing village of Naoussa has one of the most picturesque and cosmopolitan harbours of the Aegean, where all kinds of boats and yachts, from fishing boats to luxury yachts, are moored! With its trademark popular bridge, a well-known meeting point for locals and visitors, and the Venetian Castle on the beach, this is where the heart of the island beats!
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