Paros, is located 6 nautical miles from Naxos and 23 nautical miles from Syros. Its surface measures 195 km2. The name “ Paros ” comes from Paros, the son of Parassios of Arcadia who was settled in the island with some other colonists.
Paros is a mountainous island, and its highest peaks are Profitis Ilias (750m.) and Marpissa or Strouboula (730m). It has an elliptical shape with two big natural ports, Naoussa and Parikia. The landscape is serene with aquatic resources, flora, agriculture, important monuments and picturesque white villages bathed in the Aegean light.
The island has some quarries of the most famous white marble in the world, the marble of Paros or else “Lychnitis”. This marble is almost transparent. It has been used to build the most important monuments of the Classical period, like “Hermes of Praxitelis”, the “Niki of Samothraki” and the frontage of Delphi . The quarries of the “marble of “Paros” are situated between Parikia, Agios Minas and Naoussa.
Paros was also the motherland for many enlightened people like the great poet Archilohos, who was considered to be as important as a poet as Homer, and the sculptors Scopas, Aristion and Agoracritos.
It is an ideal place for vacations because it combines simplicity, serenity and seclusion with a rich cultural life, excellent tourist facilities and a cosmopolitan ambiance.
Parikia, the capital and the main port of the island constitute the financial and tourist center of the island. Its worth to visit one of the most important Byzantine monuments which is connected with the Greek saints Helen and Saint Kontantine. There is also the interesting Venetian castle, the Asclepieon, the Pythion, the Delion with the temple of Artemis and the sanctuary of Apollo, the archaeological museum, the cave of Archilohos and the valley with the butterflies.
The picturesque fishermen's port of Naoussa surrounding the northern coast of the island and was in habitant by the ancient years because of its geographic location. Today was in habitat by almost 2.500 people and is the centre of nightlife of Paros. It is built between of the rocky area of Kolymbithres and the sandy beach of Laggeri, two of the most beautiful beaches of Naoussa.
Few of the sights you can visit are the Acropolis of koukounaries, the Venetian castle of 1 4 century , the Byzantine and post-Byzantine museum, the church of Mother Mary, the church of Agios Nikolaos and the monastery of Logovarda.
The area is also well known for the beautiful beaches that has offer. Kolymbithres, Agioi Anargyri, Monastiri, Laggeri, Ambelas and Santa Maria are some of those. There, you can either relax and enjoy the sun and the beautiful sea, or enjoy yourself by windsurfing, water skiing or diving into the bright, blue water.
The traditional village of Kostos impresses every visitor with its narrow roads and a square with bright green pine clad.
Lefkes is a mountainous village with bright green and an important folklore museum.
Archilohos consists of two villages Marmara and Prodromos. Marmara is named after the marbles which are scattered through the village. It's worth to visit the old mansion of Saint Savvas and the beautiful beaches of Molos , Kalogeros , Tsocalia and Glyfades. Prodromos is the small village with the most impressive entrance of all the Parian villages. In order to enter the village, the visitor has to pass under an arch-shaped roof which unites the two small churches of St. Spyridon and Saint Nickolaos.
Agairia whose name comes from dry-stone walls that embrace the
cultivated areas. There is the folklore museum of “SKORPIOS”.
At a distance of 17kms from Parikia you arrive to Marpissa or Tsimbidos, the largest village of the area. Built on a hill with its traditional pure white houses and many old churches.
Less than one kilometer away is located Pisso Levidi, a picturesque settlement with a spotless sandy beach with trees where you can taste fresh fish. Pisso Levidi is linked by boat to Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini and other islands.
Nearby, the beach of Logaras with a blue flag is ideal for swimming and water sports. A little further lays Pounta, another famous sandy beach.
Southern come two of the best beaches of Mediterranean sea, Nea Chrisi Akti (Tserdakia) where the annual world cup of windsurfing take place and the long sandy beach of Chrisi Akti which has two windsurfing clubs and is especially suitable for learning to surf, as well as for top-class sailing.
USEFUL INFORMATION How to get there By plane: There are regular flights from Eleftherios Venizelos airport to Paros. Duration of flight: 30minutes approximately. By Ferry: There are daily itineraries from Piraeus port and Rafina to Paros. By high speed boat: There are also departures of High Speed ferries. Connection with other islands Paros is connected with: the most of Cyclades islands, Ikaria, Fourni, Samos, Dodecanese Islands, Heraklio ( Crete ), Thessaloniki, Karystos, Marmari, Nea Stira and Chalkida.
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS
(Calling code for Greece 0030)
Paros Municipality 22840 21222
Prefect's office 22840 24750
Paros Police Station 22840 23333
Paros Fireplace 22840 25199
Paros First Aid 22840 22500
Paros Port Authority 22840 21240
Voluntary Salving Group 22840 21208
Paros Taxi Station 22840 21500
Paros Airport 22840 91257
Parikia Bus Station 22840 21395
Naoussa Bus Station 22840 52865
Parikia Post Office 22840 51495
Piso Livadi Post Office 22840 41951
Road Assistance 22840 24168
EXPRESS SERVICE 22840 53361
Naoussa Taxi Station 22840 53490
Archaeological Museum 22840 21231
Olympic Airways 22840 21900
Tourist Police 22840 21673
Agricultural Bank 22840 21223
Commercial Bank 22840 21764
National Bank 22840 21298
Alpha Bank 22840 24810
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