Paros Greece is one more Greece’s preferred outing for a weekend break or a relaxing vacation.
It showcases itself as the epicenter of a traditional Greek island, with fishing villages, Cycladic architecture and impressive churches scattered over the land. Thanks to Paros Greece sandy beaches, attractive nightlife and clear waters; it is one of the touristy islands. Moreover the island is famous for sports related to wind and sea, like kite-surfing and wind-surfing.
Lots of tourists world wide set it as a “must-go” destination due to these water sports.
Paros is the third largest of a whole series of islands that form the Cyclades, a cluster of craggy rocks that rise their heads up from the Aegean Sea, a hundred miles from Athens.
It is a three-hour ferry ride from Athens. Over the last three decades, Paros has become one of the most popular tourist destinations of the Cyclades thanks to the richness it offers in the things to do in Paros Greece.
Whatever you do, it is a must to visit and eat local delicacies and drink ouzo at Barbarossa.
Arriving in the Island of Paros
Coming to Paros by sea, on ferry from Athens or other islands, you first step on the small Parikia port. The ferry stops just in front of a windmill, which is a famous Paros Greece landmark.
Things to Do in Paros Greece
Naoussa is a picturesque fishing town with a vibrant nightlife.
It is the second-most important village in Paros. Taverns and small eateries surround the port area and are typically busy. If you are a party person and night owl, there are plenty of bars and nightclubs that stay open till dawn. The festival celebrating the victory over the Turkish pirate Barbarossa occurs on every August 23. The celebration is characterized by more than 100 boats.
The Marathi Marble Quarries
The quarries have long been abandoned, but in the Roman times they were a rich source of marble mined by over 150,000 slaves.
The Marathi quarries were known for their fine white Parian marble, acclaimed by ancient sculptors for its soft consistency and translucency. This place is not a visit for everyone, but cave speleologists will appreciate exploring the deep caverns opened by miners.
The island’s main port and the capital of Paros. Parikia has conventional Greek architecture, as well as several beaches and churches. It is a popular destination during summer as many visitors first land here from nearby islands. Parikia is also the cultural and commercial center of the island.
Besides the numerous taverns, clubs and other fun to explore places, you must visit the Church with the 100 Gates. Amazing place. See below.
Pounda beach is close to the port of Parikia and is popular thanks to the beach bars and its beautiful, natural environment, not to mention the Kite and Windsurfing action taking place.
Pounda is a great jumping off point when travelling as ferries often leave from Pounda to the neighboring island of Antiparos.
One of the most popular beaches on the island, the Golden Beach has warm, clear waters with powdery soft sand, making it a favorite for sunbathers.
Because the winds there are great for windsurfing, every year is occasioned with an international windsurfing competition.
But these are not the only beaches that will dazzle you with their beauty. Check these too:
Frankish Castle now sits in partial ruins but still remains an attract piece to pay a visit. Frankish Castle was built in the 1200s by Venetians using materials from ancient Temple of Demeter. You can identify this from the castle’s structure.
It is located in the old town of Parikia and at the highest point of the town, which enables visitors to have a magnificent view of the surrounding area.
What do you think? Isn’t Paros another great place for vacations in Greece?