Vacations in Paros (Cyclades - Greece)
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Information On Paros
Paros is part of Cyclades and it is almost at the center of the island complex, a bit west of Naxos. Paros is a relatively large island, as it is the third largest in Cyclades after Naxos and Andros.
The capital of Paros is Parikia which strangely is not called Chora like it happens in most Greek islands. The last few years the settlement of Naousa has had a lot of tourist development, threatening to overthrow Parikia, being built around a scenic harbor.
Paros is a vivid island favored by young people due to the watersports (windsurfing world championships are held every year on Paros) and the vibrant nightlife. Paros is also suitable for quiet family vacations as it is not a small island, thus having several peaceful villages and beaches for those who want to avoid the crowds.
Paros is known from the ancient times thanks to the famous Parian marble, the so-called lyhniti, a white type of marble of excellent quality (it has a transparency of 3,5 mm) from which many masterpieces of the Ancient Greece have been made, like the Hermes of Praxiteles and the Venus de Milo.
If you happen to be on Paros the first Sundy of July head to Naousa where the annual Fisherman Festival is held. There you will enjoy a traditional feast with a lot of dancing, local wine and fried fresh fish.
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Beaches Of Paros
The majority of the beaches is found at the north and east Paros which include the most popular and beautiful beaches of the island. The beaches of Chrysi Akti and Nea Chrysi Akti are famous for their watersports, especially for windsurfing.
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Travel To Paros
Paros is 5 hours away from the port of Piraeus by ferry, but you can get there in almost 3 hours with the high-speed ferry which is more expensive. If you prefer speed and comfort you can reach Paros by plane, as the flight from Athens takes no more than half an hour. There are frequent schedules both for planes and for ferries.
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Transportation On Paros (Car Rentals)
Paros offers good public transportation as buses are often and they take you to the most popular beaches. The road network of Paros is great with no sudden turns as it is the case in most Greek islands. On Paros there are a lot of taxi while there is also a radio-taxi call service.
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Accommodation On Paros (Hotels, Apartments, Guesthouses, Rooms to let)
Paros has a lot of hotels and rooms to let for every taste, the majority of which are found in the villages of Parikia and Naousa. There is also some accommodation in other places like Marpissa, Piso Livadi, Chrysi Akti and Nea Chrysi Akti. If you have to choose between Parikia and Naousa pick the latter, but make sure you stay away from their centers if you want to stay clear of all the fuss. In Santa Maria there is an organized camping for more economic vacations.
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Food & Drink On Paros
On Paros you will find delicious traditional dishes like Gouna (sun-dried fish), chick peas cooked in the oven, fresh fish and sea food, kakavia (fish soup) and finally snails stifado (cooked with onions) for the most daring ones which will make you drool.
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What To Buy On Paros
On Paros you can buy local products like fresh honey, exceptional cheese (like touloumotyri and xinomyzithra), famous wine which is plenty on the island and Souma, a high alcoholic drink like tsipouro. From desserts you can get myzithropitakia (mini cheese pie with myzithra cheese), skaltsounia (sweet bites with flour, walnut and raisins) and diples (honey and walnut folds).
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Attractions On Paros
A rich exhibition of remarkable findings, most of which are made of the famous lyhnitis marble, displayed in 3 rooms and in the museum's outside yard.
The collection of this museum is the personal collection of doctor Kaparis, with historical and folklore exhibits.
The collection is housed in the house of Rousos family in Naousa and it is consists mainly of traditional costumes of Paros.
An unusual museum with miniature copies of important architectural monuments of Cyclades.
Its collection consists of works from various churches found all over Paros, created in local workshops.
A new museum in Marpissa with the purpose of recreating the traditional house of Paros from the past centuries.
A small museum housed in the Lefkes Village Hotel in Lefkes village, with traditional items from Paros and other islands.
One of the most important attractions of Paros and one of the most remarkable Christian monuments of Greece.
A scenic mountainous village of Paros of the 16th century, with the white marble and the lime dominating.
A beautiful traditional settlement built amphitheatrically with bright-white houses, narrow scenic alleys and old churches.
The Butterfly Valley is an area with running water and rich vegetation where the Panaxia Quadripunctaria butterfly finds shelter.
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Alternative Islands To Paros
Paros is not what you are looking for? Then one of the following nearby islands might interest you:
Antiparos (3 klm from Paros)
Naxos (5 klm from Paros)
Ios (22 klm from Paros)
Iraklia (26 klm from Paros)
Schinoussa (26 klm from Paros)
Mykonos (28 klm from Paros)
Sikinos (29 klm from Paros)
Sifnos (30 klm from Paros)
Koufonisia (32 klm from Paros)
Syros (34 klm from Paros)
Donoussa (43 klm from Paros)
Folegandros (44 klm from Paros)
Kimolos (48 klm from Paros)
Amorgos (50 klm from Paros)
Serifos (52 klm from Paros)
Santorini (57 klm from Paros)
Tinos (61 klm from Paros)
Andros (62 klm from Paros)
Milos (64 klm from Paros)
Kythnos (66 klm from Paros)
Anafi (82 klm from Paros)
Kea (Tzia) (87 klm from Paros)
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Islands Connected To Paros
There is a ferry from Paros to the following islands:
Amorgos (direct connection to Paros)
Antiparos (direct connection to Paros)
Astypalaia (direct connection to Paros)
Donoussa (direct connection to Paros)
Ios (direct connection to Paros)
Iraklia (direct connection to Paros)
Koufonisia (direct connection to Paros)
Kythnos (direct connection to Paros)
Mykonos (direct connection to Paros)
Naxos (direct connection to Paros)
Santorini (direct connection to Paros)
Schinoussa (direct connection to Paros)
Syros (direct connection to Paros)
Tinos (direct connection to Paros)
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