Paros is the third largest island in cyclades, is dominated by its picturesque villages, beautiful beaches and the Greek island atmosphere. Although the island attracts thousands of visitors each summer, due to its size, is never becoming overcrowded. Paros has been inhabited since very ancient times and was famous for the quality of its marbles.
It is an ideal island for those seeking the cosmopolitan bustle as well as the Greek atmosphere, the simple life of the fishing villages.
Paros is a fabulous island. It contains in a way everything you expect to experience during island hopping; small, idyllic towns crammed with white houses with their traditional blue window-shutters and doors, white churches with blue domes, great beaches, good restaurants and culture.
Naoussa is the most picturesque fishing village and harbour in Cyclades and it can be your starting point to explore Paros.
Par´ikia (or Paros), the island's capital and port, stands on the site of an ancient city. There is a picturesque and ruinous Venetian casde, and the courtyards of the houses of the town - all of them painted white - are full of pots of basil and hung with jasmine and honeysuckle. A broad paved avenue leads to the church of Ekatondapiliani or Katapoliani, one of the most important Byzantine monuments in the whole of Greece and a place that figures largely in legend. It is dedicated to the Dormition of Our Lady, and on her feast day (15 August) there is a great celebration on the sea-front with fireworks and songs of the sea.
Other interesting local events take place on the island during the summer.
Paros is an ideal destination for those in search of cosmopolitan bustle and for lovers of solitude alike. It has a full range of tourist amenities.
Today, Paros is a popular place for holidays and offers the services and facilities, which are required for the modern day tourist. The capital of the island is Parikia, on the western coast, a cosmopolitan Cycladic town. The second largest town is Naoussa, a popular fishing area and one of the most beautiful harbours in the Aegean. Paros also has many beautiful and lively villages, the larger ones being: Lefkes, Marmara, Prodromos, Kostos, Marpissa, Pisso Livadi, Drios, Angeria and Aliki.