ACCOMMODATION ON PAROS
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Finding the best choice of accommodation on the island of Paros is quite easy really if you have thought about and decided on what kind of accommodation you are looking for, then here we are to help you make your final choice. Your final decision will have to depend on your economic situation and your personal needs. If you want a fully equipped, luxury villa, an A’ B’ or C’ class hotel, an all-inclusive apartment, a pension, a private room, a house share, camping on Paros or even a youth hostel on Paros then you are looking in the right place. We can help you!
If you are island hopping have not been able to book accommodation in advance then people usually appear at the ports of the islands holding signs in their hands, offering cheap accommodation. Our advice is, that if you can avoid these people, then do so! Sometimes the deal that they will offer you stands but usually the rooms that they offer are low quality and although they may seem cheap at the time if you search you will find better quality at similar prices.
To make your search easier, please keep in mind that from the 20th July to the 20th August, it is peak season on Paros, that means that prices are at their highest and availability is not so easy.
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Paros is a very beautiful, small island, located on the western side of the Cyclades, very close to the islands of Naxos, Mykonos, Santorini and Ios – in addition to being the middle of the complex of the Cyclades when traveling from Piraeus. It is just 197 square kilometers in size and has a population of around 13.000 citizens. An international airport was constructed and opened on Paros in the summer of the year 2016, however, many people still prefer to travel to Paros by ferry-boat.
This beautiful, popular island has so much to offer its visitors and you should be certain that your holidays on Paros island will remain unforgettable. Along with beautiful, sandy beaches and crystal clear, blue waters, the island also has a lot of archaeological and interesting sites, museums, and quiet areas for loners.
If you would like to visit the wonderful island of Paros, you may reserve your accommodation through this website and get a special discount and all of the new offers. If you have fallen crazy in love with the island of Paros and you wish to stay, then perhaps you should look at some of the real estate on Paros. If you need any extra information or if you have unanswered questions about Paros, then please contact us here email@example.com or +30 69 34 620 501 (Whatsapp also!) or viber: +30 6909463436
HISA Art school on Paros: Here, you can find various kinds of art courses, photography courses, painting courses, and many more courses relative to art on the island of Paros at the popular HISA art school. Please click here for the HISA art school website.
The Aegean Center for Fine Arts: The Aegean Center of Fine Arts was founded and established on the island of Paros, over 40 years ago and still continues its tradition in offering small-group intensive study in arts. Study abroad programs are available for university students in Autumn & spring. The Aegean art center is housed in a restored Neoclassical building in the heart of the Old Town of Parikia, this building also operates as an art gallery in the summer.
Tao’s Center: A Retreat and Meditation Center that is dedicated to the practice of awareness, self-development and well being: daily activities that include (yoga, meditation, tai-chi etc), massages, workshops and a long-stay program. The Tao’s Center also runs an original Bar-Restaurant, with the very best of the Asian Cuisine, and a lounge Cafe, with free internet access, live music events and an outstanding sea view.
The Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros, Ai Yiannis Detis: (Monastiri club) Paros Parko otherwise known as the Monastiri club is an 800.000 m² (200 acres) protected peninsula that offers a great natural and historical interest, it also offers various environmental & cultural activities such as a long choice of interesting hiking trails, an open-air theater and a cinema, various beaches, many historical sites (a 100-year old lighthouse, a medieval monastery), a museum, a beach bar/restaurant and a water skiing school.
Each summer, Paros Parko runs an Arts Festival with various concerts and shows. The restaurant area is also available for hosting social events.
Sea Kayak Paros: The Sea Kayak Club on Clubs offers guided sea kayaking for day & multi-day trips on the islands of Paros & Antiparos and the Cyclades islands, in Greece. You can explore sea caves, secluded beaches and the impressive geology of the islands with a sea kayak, it is the best way to discover the natural beauty of the coastline. Tel: +30 6977 206541 Naoussa, Main Road
Stretch Pilates: The Stretch Pilates studio on Paros island offers Pilates classes either on the mat or the classic Pilates apparatus. It is the only fully equipped Pilates studio on the island of Paros and it follows the classical Pilates system. Furthermore, you can try out beauty therapies, such as aromatherapy, treat yourself to a massage such the deep tissue massage or hot stone massage and finally you can have some waxing done under the hands of our professional therapists. Tel: +30 22840 55189 main roads in Naoussa
Naoussa Sailing Team: The Naoussa Sailing Team is well-known for its award-winning athletes, this sailing school offers private and group lessons for children and for adults in Optimists, Laser, Toper Omega and Skiff boats (29 Euros for children & 49 Euros for adults). Custom-made courses are available. Tel: +30 6974 717978 located in the area of Kolybithres in Naoussa.
Kokou Horse Riding Center: Kokou riding center has been operating since the year 1990, offering experienced horse riding lessons for children & for adults and organized horseback tours in the countryside of Paros for experts & for beginners. Kokou horse riding center is recommended by major travel guides. Transportation to and from the riding center is available.
Telephone: +30 22840 51818 and +30 6944 174998 the riding center is located in the area of Ambelas on Paros island.
Thanassis Farm: Horse riding activities and lessons for children and for adults – lessons and tour – trail rides. Thanasis farm also offers horse training, sales, trades and boarding facilities. Families are more than welcome to visit Thanassis’ place and to get close and pet the animals (cows, sheep etc.) and experience farm life in a small village by the sea. +30 22840 53403+30 6998 413813 Ambelas
Cycladic Diving: Enjoy the wonderful, underwater world in the most relaxing way! Guided diving and snorkeling in small groups with high professional standards and respect for the environment. Introductory experiences for beginners and all PADI courses in many different languages. This is a well-trained center especially for the special PADI diving courses for children (8 – 15 years old).
Telephone: +30 22840 91008 +30 6975 923156 location: Aliki, beachfront street
One-day sailing trips: Daily trips to the southern islands of Naxos and Koufonisia on the traditional wooden boat (otherwise known as Kaiki) “Ayios Georgios” for adults and children. You can spend the whole day in the sea with frequent stops for swimming & snorkeling in places that can only be reached by boat – there is ouzo & meze on board. The boat is also available (upon request) for private trips with custom-made routes.
Telephone: +30 6972 714951 Location: Piso Livadi, Marina
Paros Hikes: The Paros Hikes group offers guided walking and hiking tours on a weekly basis. The target of the group is to offer a genuine experience of Paros & Antiparos’ unspoiled nature and the environment. Paros hikes operate in small groups, emphasizing its attention to small detail and safety. Tailor-made walks are also available.
Telephone: +30 6972 288821
Paros Tennis Association: Tennis lessons and courses are given for children & adults, by the more than enthusiastic Paros Tennis Association run by Aris Ioakimidis. Professional training is available and offered for beginners & more accomplished athletes. The Tennis Association also organize open tennis championships throughout the year.
Telephone number: +30 22840 24280 Location: Ayia Irini in Paroikia
Paros Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
The Paros Animal Welfare Society has been active on Paros Island since the year 1995 and became an official body in the year 1999. It remains one of the only organizations involved with the welfare of animals in human care. PAWS targets are to re-home unwanted dogs and help neighborhoods manage their stray cat communities by sterilizing the stray cats. The Society also monitors and reports any animal abuse and recommends good practices and gives advice. Telephone number: +30 6975 060927
Alkyoni – Aegean Wildlife Hospital: A non-profit organization which treats and rehabilitates wild, rare birds and mammals. The Alkyoni is also active in protecting natural wildlife habitats and in encouraging the protection of the fauna and nature. Alkyoni – Aegean Wildlife Hospital is also a member of the European Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. The center is always in need of volunteers all year round and also offers accommodation. Please contact Marios on one of the following numbers for more information. Telephone: +30 22840 22931 and +30 6944 741616
The Greek dance group of Naoussa: The Greek Folk Dance Group of Naoussa on Paros island aims to preserve and transmit the local musical tradition. The Dance Group offers year-long and short-term Greek dancing lessons for children and adults of all nationalities. Tel: +30 22840 52971
Nautical Club: Sailing courses and individual lessons are offered for the optimist, laser, and omega, all year round. The sailing lessons are for kids and adults and all levels of experience. Why not have some fun during your holidays and also learn how to sail. The Nautical – Sailing Club is located on the beautiful beach of Livadia in Parikia on Paros, on the private premises of the Paros Nautical Club which is home to many well-known athletes. Telephone: +30 22840 21800
Aegean Sea Quest: We offer one-day private sea excursions around Paros, Antiparos and other nearby islands, activity trips for fishing, diving, snorkeling, kite surfing and private beach parties on faraway secluded beaches. The Aegean Sea Quest is based on Paros, and also offers sea transfers, motorboat & sailing boat rentals. We always offer excellent service with a big smile. Telephone: +30 6936 873625
Cycladic Diving: Enjoy the underwater world in a relaxing way! Guided dives and snorkeling in small groups with high professional standards and respect for the environment. Introductory experiences and all PADI courses in many languages. Well-trained center for the special PADI diving courses for children (8-15 years old).
Tel: +30 22840 91008 +30 6975 923156
Greek language lessons on Paros
Why not try to speak Greek, while living or just visiting Greece? Lessons are given to beginners, to medium speakers, and to advanced speakers. Conversation lessons, grammar lesson, reading and writing lessons are given by an experienced, professional teacher at very reasonable prices. Online pdf. books and exercises are given free of charge and lessons are also given via skype and messenger.
Contact Katerina on +30 22840 24879 and +30 6934620501
Let’s take a look at the most beautiful and most perfect beaches on Paros island where you can enjoy swimming and sun bathing. In every corner of Paros are sunbathing clean, sandy beaches that are either cosmopolitan and noisy or quiet and isolated with beautiful deep turquoise waters will be waiting for you to admire their beauty and to relax.
To the North of the main town of Paros, Paroikia, towards the popular beach of Krios, you will find the Livadia beach, a long, clean, organized beach with beach bars, the sailing club and cafes close by. Livadia beach is the most popular beach in Paroikia. The Greek word “Livadia” means prairy so this beach was named after the many tall trees that offer their shade to the beach.
Beach in front of hotel ARGO: Price for 2 sun beds + umbrella: 7 EUR
Beach in front of sailing school: 2 sun beds + umbrella: 5 EUR
Beach in front of ONAR Cafe (orange sun beds) : free of charge!
Beach in front of Tango Mar : free of charge!
As you continue either by car or by foot towards the north, leaving Livadia beach behind you, at a distance of about 2 kilometers away from Paroikia, you will find the popular Krios beach, Martselo beach, and the Kaminia beach. These three beaches are all parts of one large single beach and have been extended up to the northern part of Paroikia bay, up until the Ayios Fokas cape. Upon these three clean, sandy beaches, you will find many deck chairs, sea chairs and umbrellas to rent as well as many beach bars and cafes. You should admire and enjoy the special colors of the sandy waters and abundant play in the sea in Kaminia beach.
(The prices for 2 sun beds and an umbrella at the Paradiso Club which is located upon the long beach of Krios is 8 Euros)
NOTE: The aforementioned beaches are sandy, clean beaches, crystal clear and shallow water, perfect for children; the beaches can be reached to by a small boat that leaves the port of Paroikia (in front of the windmill). The departure times are: every half an hour from 10.00 a.m. to 19.00. The prices for the boat tickets are: One way-ticket 2 Euros, return-ticket: 4 Euros, children up to 10 years of age are free of charge.
Leaving Livadia beach and heading towards the south of the town of Paroikia and at a distance of 2,5 kilometers away, you will find both Delfini beach as well as the famous Parosporos beach. These two beaches are organized and are two of the young people’s favorites; the loud music from the beach bars and restaurants stimulate people who like to combine swimming with entertainment.
If you continue further on towards the south, you will find the atmospheric Ayia Irini beach, where the many palm trees give an exotic sense along the beach.
NOTE: After swimming and sunbathing, you should not miss the taste of the many mezedes (tapas) that the local taverns and restaurants have on their menus.
Leaving the beaches of Ayia Irini behind you, you will reach the kite-surfing resort settlement of Pounda. There you can enjoy swimming in the consecutive beautiful but small beaches while admiring the view of the island of Antiparos and you will also have the opportunity to enjoy sea sports and in particular kitesurfing and windsurfing which are two of the island’s favorite water sports.
Once you have been everywhere and done and seen it all in the greater area of the town of Paroikia, you should then explore the magnificent beaches that are spread out around the area of Naoussa on Paros. Around Naoussa, you will discover many coasts that are extremely beautiful with deep, dark blue waters.
You must not miss a dip in the water of large Piperi and small Piperi beaches, as well as Ayioi Anargiroi beaches, before you begin your main tour. Piperi is located inside Naoussa and Ayioi Anargiroi are located 200 meters to the east of the city. Both of these beaches are ideal choices for those who are not using a vehicle other than a bicycle on their vacations and that desire to be close to the beach, the minute they wake up.
Both of the Piperi beaches are located within the village of Naoussa and the beach of Ayioi Anargiroi is located just 200 meters to the east of the city. Each of these beaches are ideal choices for those who do not wish to use a vehicle, other than a bicycle on their holidays and also to those who desire to be close to the beach, from the minute they wake up.
On the western side of the bay of Naoussa, you should visit the famous and popular Kolybithres beach. Even though this beach is a great attraction to both Greeks and foreigners, it has still not lost anything from it’s natural beauty. You will definetly be impressed by the many rocks that are all around the beach, rocks which have been carved into strange shapes by the strong waves and you can try to find out what the different shapes that the sea has given to them, remind you of. On Kolybithres beach, there are many umbrellas and sunbeds for rent as well as a watersports, water ski and wake board school. Very close to Kolybithres, you will be able to find restaurants, hotels and cafes.
As you carry on towards the north of Naoussa, leaving Kolybithres beach behind, you will come accross the famous and popular Monastery beach. This beach will almost always be full of people and is one of the most popular beaches on the island of Paros.
East of Naoussa and in approx. 1,5 kilometers distance, there is the gorgeous Langeri beach. This beach is one of the secret diamonds on the island, as there is no suitable signing to drive the visitors up to there. As you go to Santa Maria, leaving Naoussa behind, you will need to turn left into a small dirty road. For your convenience the best thing to do is to ask a local for information. As soon as you arrive at the beach you will be impressed from the thin sand and the sand hills.
As you go east you will see Santa Maria beach, which has particularly developed during the last couple of years. Santa Maria is an extended golden sandy beach where you will have the opportunity to learn windsurfing, do many sea sports and diving. Relax in the music sound of the beach bars and enjoy the beautiful view of Naxos.
In the northeast part of the island, in 5 kilometers distance from Naoussa, you can swim in the picturesque Ambelas beach. The small sandy beach, well protected from the wind, will give you nice moment of relaxation and tranquility while the blue green waters will take you in to exotic places. If you are looking for more tranquility and isolation you can swim to the beautiful Damouli in very close distance from Ambelas.
On the east of the island and in close distance from Marmara, you will find Molos beach, another sandy beach that is offered for relaxation. There are taverns and lodgings around the beach. After Molos, the wild beauty and plenty of argil in Kalogeros beach are waiting for you well hidden. Before you arrive to Molos you will find the extended sandy beaches of Tsoukalia and Glyfades.
As you continue your tour to the east side of the island and in close distance from Marpissa you will see Piso Livadi beach and Logaras beach. In both beaches you can taste fish mezedes near the sea and relax in the beautiful beach. The tourism sector is particularly developed in these areas with many taverns, cafe and lodgings around the sea.
Next stop, the famous Pounda Beach. Sea sports, bungee jumping and many other happenings, loud music, plenty of drinks and people and many young people constitute the setting in the most bustling beach of Paros.
As you go south you will find Tserdakia beach or else Nea Chryssi Akti beach, one of the most ideal beaches of the Mediterranean for windsurfing! The extended beach is very well-organized and will give you the opportunity to learn the secrets of wind-surfing by taking lessons with experienced sea sports teachers.
In close distance you will find Chryssi Akti beach (GOLDEN BEACH), the biggest and one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. Sea sports play a primary role there with windsurfing to be again the king of the sports while there is also a scuba diving school. The beach has a top level infrastructure as you will find restaurants, beach bars and of course modern hotels and lodgings.
Next stop of your tour is Dryos and its close beaches. The thin pebble, the dark blue waters and the carved rocks in the end of the beach are typical of Dryos beach. According to the tradition the rocks were shelter for the ships of the sea men during ancient times. Enjoy your swimming away from the crowded places and eat mezedes (tapas) in the taverns that are exactly above the beach.
Before the beach of Dryos you will find Boudari beach, a small bay with golden sand, blue green waters and green trees that grow near the sea.
NOTE: Boudari beach is only for few people , for those who look for quiet and ”virgin” beaches.
If you pass by Drios beach, you will find Pyrgaki beach, which is another quiet, sandy beach ideal for relaxed family moments.
As you go towards the south to Angeria, turn left once you see the sign to Lolantonis. After a very short drive upon a well-laid dirt road, you will come across another small paradise. Relax a little under the natural shadow of the deep green trees which rise where the road ends, before you dive in the blue-green waters of the small beach. This beach has recently become an organized beach.
After Lolandonis beach you will find Glyfa beach, which is another clean and beautiful sandy isolated beach. Glyfa beach is a little bit difficult to find, but if you watch out for the small signs upon the main road, you should be ok!
Perhaps the most interesting part of the tour in the southern coasts of the island is Farangas beach, a well protected from the wind beach with white sand and deep blue waters. Despite the fact that it is a very well-organized beach, it keeps its company-like style away from the movement and the noise of the settlements. The only beach bar is particularly atmospheric and ideal for all those who want private comfort at the beach. On Farangas beach you can rent an umbrella and sunchairs for 3 Euros. There are also some nice restaurants and coffee shops upon the beach.
As you continue coastwise and leaving Farangas behind, you will reach the beautiful and family-like beaches of Aliki. In Piso Aliki (the back side of Aliki), which is located before the eastern entrance to the village, you will find a long sandy beach with blue waters, marram grass and a few taverns. As soon as you arrive into the village of Aliki, go to the main beach of the settlement, where you will be able to swim in clean and well protected from the winds waters. You must also taste the fresh fish in the coastal taverns of the village.
Upon the beach of Aliki there is a playground, football pitch and a basket ball court for your children.
PANAYIA EKATONTAPYLIANI: The large, famous church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani is one of the finest and most impressive religious complexes in the whole of the Aegean and the third most important early Christian monument according to its size, after the Saint Dimitrios and the Achiropoito in Thessaloniki. The complex consists of a large central church of the Virgin Mary, the main Baptistery, the small Chapel of Saint Nikolas that exists from the early Christian period, the chapel of Saint Theodosia (since 1619), the small chapel of Ayios Dimitrios (1666) and the cells (17th century) that assist the aforementioned temples.
The church has always been known by two names, each name is equally correct from a historical and linguistic perspective. Panayia Katapoliani, the name first appeared in the year 1562 in response to the Dukes of the Archipelagos and this name was associated with the position of the church, which was built towards the ancient city (Katapola), and which was certified from the discovery of the ancient gymansiou beneath the floor of the church. The other name, Panayia Ekatontapyliani, was first mentioned in the year 1586, in a letter from the Patriarch of Constantinople.
THE FRANKISH CASTLE: The amazing Frankish Castle is another one of the most interesting monuments on Paros island. It is located upon the hill of Ayios Konstantinos in the main town of Paroikia, you can see it if you walk along the beach road, on the right side of the port.
The Frankish Castle was built in the 1200s by the Venetians who had occupied the island of Paros in those years and had made Paros Island a part of the Duchy of Naxos Island (See the history of Paros). Many scholars have said that the castle must have been built from the vestiges of an assortment of ancient sanctuaries that were found scattered here and there upon the island of Paros. The Frankish castle stands out for its beautiful architecture and its intricate stonework, as well as the (hundred footer) Hekatompedon that has been engraved into its walls. The elongated tower of the wonderful castle integrates all the elements of a 4th century globular edifice, built during the Frankish era. You can find the Frankish castle at the highest point of the town of Parikia and guarantees an amazing view from its surrounding areas.
THE ANCIENT POTTERY WORKSHOP IN PAROIKIA: An extensive establishment of a pottery workshop that is dated back to the 3rd century B.C. The pottery workshop has two cisterns, some auxiliary rooms, two spacious kilns (diameter 2meters) and four much smaller ones, in the construction of which, Archaic pithoi with impressive decoration were used for:
a) a Geometric grave
b) a wall of a large Archaic building were uncovered in the deeper strata.
The excavation started in the year 1986 upon private land and was extended in the area of the street in the year 1990. This monument is now preserved in the basement of a modern building in the area known as the old market street of Paroikia.
THE ANCIENT CEMETERY: The Ancient Cemetery can be found about 300 meters to the left of the main port of Paros and is spread out over a large area. According to most archaeologists and scholars, the ancient cemetery used to be functional from the 8th century BC up until the 2nd century AD. The cemetery includes a variety of different graves of various types and that derive from different archaic eras. The largest attraction of the cemetery is the mass grave that dates back to the Geometric Period and is the only one of its kind in the whole of the region of the Aegean Sea.
THE ANCIENT WALL IN PAROIKIA: Exactly next to the Frankish Castle, in the main town of Paroikia, you should not miss seeing the ancient wall and you will admire the architecture. It is really fascinating.
THE SANCTUARY OF ASKLIPIOS: The German archaeologist, O. Rubensohn excavated two other sanctuaries in the southern area of Paroikia, positioned above the area known as Ayia Anna. The one dedicated to the physician god Asklepios today, built in the 4th century B.C. close to a spring as water was necessary for the God’s ceremonies.
This sanctuary is known as The Sanctuary of Asklipios, the ancient Greek God of medicine and the second one is the remains of the temple of Pythios Apollo ( See Greek mythology ). Of the sanctuary of Asklepios, unfortunately only the foundations still exist and also, from the temple of Pythios Apollon, unfortunately very little remains, the remainings of the temple were probably destroyed in 202/201 B.C.
THE DELION SANCTUARY: On the top of the hill on the northern side, above the main town of Paroikia, is the Delion Sanctuary that dominates the harbor and faces the island of Delos. The temple was the place of worship of the god Apollo of Delios. The original structure of the temple was built in the 9th – 8th century BC. Later on, in the 5th century BC, a new temple dedicated to the Goddess Artemis was also built close to the original structure. ( See Greek mythology )
THE CHURCH OF AYIOS CONSTANTINOS: The Church of Ayios Constantinos is located just 200 meters away from the main port of Parikia and is famous for its splendid architecture, it’s gilded, wood carved screen and unique Post-Byzantine icons. When the Samina express ship sank on September 26th, 2000 at 10:00 leaving 79 dead people behind, the bodies were placed outside the church of Ayios Constantinos before their burial.
THE MONASTERY OF LOGGOVARDAS: The Monastery of Loggovardas was established in 1638 by the monk Paleologos. It is an impressive monastery, with splendid agiographies and icons and it includes an excellent library. It is located in the hills above the road that leads to Aliki. Monks still live in this monastery. Women are not allowed to enter the monastery but only to admire its beauty from the outside.
THE THREE POST-BYZANTINE CHURCHES: At close proximity to Parikia, on the road towards Naoussa, are the Three Churches (Tris Ekklisies). It is a complex of Post-Byzantine churches that were built in the 17th century, with marble stones from ancient temples. The three churches were built on top of a Paleo-Christian Basilica that dated back to the 6th century.
THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL MUSEUM ON PAROS: The archeological museum was founded in 1960, when a large room was built next to the main High School in Paroikia, to house the antiquities which were until then kept in the cells of the Katapoliani monastery. A second room was built at the end of the years 1960’s and further extension work of the museum began only recently, in the year 1995.
The museum contains the following collections:
– Room A: Archaic and Classical sculpture.
– Room B: Pottery, sculpture and small finds dating from the Neolithic to the Roman period.
– Atrium: Sculptures, Architectural parts, urns, and a mosaic floor dating from the Roman period.
THE BUTTERFLY VALLEY (PETALOUDES): A short distance (about 8 kilometers), towards the south of Parikia (the village of Aliki), is the Butterfly Valley, or as the Greeks say The Petaloudes. In the summer months, from the month of May up to August, the trees in the lush green valley are covered by clouds of Jersey Tiger moths.
The trees look like they are dancing and the fragrance, which attracts the butterflies (well, moths really), is lovely. It is a relaxing and a peaceful nature park, brilliant for a relaxing day out.
Organized tours can be arranged from Naoussa or Paroikia, or you can take the bus or get there on your own. The entrance fee to the butterfly valley is 3 Euros and you will be asked to keep your children quiet as to not scare the butterflies away. There is a quaint little coffee shop inside the valley, where you can have a refreshment or coffee.
THE VENETIAN CASTLE IN NAOUSSA: The Venetian Castle can be found at the northern edge of the small picturesque fishing port of Naoussa. It was built in the 15th century by the Venetian Dynasty Sommaripa. Today, it is half-sunken beneath the surface of the sea. The port of Naoussa was once a safe haven for the pirates that pillaged the island.
THE ANCIENT MARBLE QUARRY IN MARATHI: Marathi, is a small village located in the center of Paros Island, 5 km’s from the main town of Paroikia, on the road towards Lefkes. the small village has a very special legacy; its ancient marble quarry dating back to the 3rd millennia BC.
From this marble quarry, ancient sculpted masterpieces were created, such as the statues of the Aphrodite of Milo, the Maidens of the Acropolis, the Niki of Delos and the Hermes of Praxiteles, as well as the Sifnian Treasure and the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, the Temple of Zeus in Olympia and Temple of Apollo in Delos. In the quarry, visitors can see the corridors, the stoas and various inscriptions.
Just outside the marble quarries, you will find the remains of buildings from the year 1881. In the marble quarries, you will see different words scratched upon the walls, they count back to the year 1790 when visitors scratched their name and the date there.
You can get the bus up to Marathi from Paroikia, just tell the bus driver that you wish to see the ancient marble quarries and he will take you up to the entrance. You will need to walk a good ten minutes upon a country side road until you come to the quarries but it will be worth while!
KEFALOS HILL IN MARPISSA: Kefalos Hill is located in the traditional small village of Marpissa. Upon the hill are the remains of a 15th century castle, which was built during Venetian Rule and was destroyed by the pirate Barbarosas. On the top of the hill is the Monastery of Ayios Antonios. Built in the 17th century, it contains a gilded, wood carved screen and many valuable icons. If you journey up the hill, you will also be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view that will not be easy to forget..
THE ANCIENT SHIPYARD IN DRIOS: Drios is a village that lies next to Golden beach on Paros. It is a nice quiet village with its unique history and tradition. It has a nice beach (a bit rocky) beyond the road that is full of restaurants and coffee bars. You must walk down a few steps to approach the beach. At the end of the beach you can easily see the wide and big stones with large lines in between which are the ruins of an ancient shipyard. Drios is definitely worth a visit. Just walk around the beach and see the abandoned Drionisi. Most of the many beautiful beaches after Drios village, are not easily accessible as the roads are not good but if you enjoy walking on unsteady grounds then these beaches are quiet and peaceful.
THE MYCENAEAN ACROPOLIS IN KOLYMBITHRES: The Mycenaean Acropolis, located in Koukounaries, above Kolybithres Beach, was constructed in the 13th century BC. After the Acropolis was destroyed by an earthquake, the remains were identified when the remains of a palace were unearthed in 1975 by archaeologist Dimitris Skilardis. A Geometric settlement was built on the same spot in the 10th century BC and became a significant city till the Archaic Period.
Visitors who make the effort to reach the site are awarded a superb view.
THE CHURCH OF AYIA TRIADA IN LEFKES: Lefkes is a village in the middle of the island of Paros of excellent beauty.
Many years ago, Lefkes was the capital of Paros. The village is built on the lower parts of the highest hill on the island, with a wonderful view of the sea and the country side.
It’s an absolutely traditional Cycladic village, all the houses are white-washed houses, narrow, paved streets and traditional Cycladic vaults which intensely show the authentic Cycladic architecture.
In Lefkes there are many numerous small churches and country – churches of the 15th and 16th century and monasteries of historical interest.
Of great importance in Lefkes is the cathedral of the village, Ayia Triada, which was constructed in 1830 after the liberation of the island from the Ottomans. It has a monumental entrance gate and the bell towers, which were constructed in 1895 are quite original and of a particular architectural style. This church has been made of ‘Iychnitis’ the famous Parian marble that the ancient sculpture were also made from. The cathedral contains a number of valuable icons, splendid hagiographies and a icon screen, a pulpit and a bishop’s throne, all of which are made of the same Parian marble. The bell towers are the masterpieces of ecclesiastical architecture.
It is a definite site worth visiting when on Paros. You make take the bus from Paroikia to Lefkes.
THE MONASTERY OF AYIOS IOANNIS KAPAROS LEFKES: The Monastery of Ayios Ioannis Karparos, most well-known for its dream-like setting, is situated among vineyards and a variety of fruit trees (orange, cherry, lemon, peach, pear, apple and walnut trees). It is located approximately 2,5 kilometers from Lefkes village
The locals celebrate the religious feast of Ayios Ioannis Kaparos on the 23rd of June, in a really traditional way. A local religious feast also takes place on the 29th of August in honor of Aghios Ioannis (St. John’ name day) Several high level interesting cultural events are organized by the local Cultural Association “Yria”, the peak of them being the Music, Theater and Dance Festival. It should be mentioned here that the Cultural Association bears the name the village had in the 15th century when it was constructed.
THE CHAPEL OF AYIOS GEORGIOS THALASSITIS IN LOGARAS: The Chapel of Ayios Georgios Thalassitits was built in the 13th century AD. Several lovely hagiographies can still been seen here. According to lore, pirates used to store their treasures in the church, in an underground vault. This chapel is the oldest chapel on the island of Paros. Logaras is located upon a hill close to Piso Livadi. There are regular buses during the summer season that will take you from the main town of Paroikia to Piso Livadi.
The Folklore Museum of Cycladic art (Scorpios): Cyclades Folklorist, Benetos Skiadas, was born in 1943 in Aliki, Paros. He was raised with a privation in a large family. This fact forced him to work for a living from an early age. At the age of eleven, he was already working with his uncle that owned a fishing boat. The need of surviving did not give him a chance to further his education but he was born a man with gifts of observation, conception and creative power and has created many miniatures of ships and important buildings that stand out in the Cyclades islands.
Archaeological museum on Paros: The great Archaeological museum of Paros is located next to the main high school, at the rear side of the Church of a Hundred Doors (Panayia Ekatontapyliani). The museum presents exhibitions from the pre historical and Roman periods that have been kept in this museum since 1960 and are significant samples of the civilization that then flourished in the Cycladic islands. Entering the yard of the museum you will see architectural parts from various buildings of the ancient town, tombs, desiccation statues and a mosaic floor with the labors of Hercules of the ancient Greek Gymnasium. In the room on your right, you will find sculptures of the Archaic and Classical periods, such as the wonderful statute of the mythical monster Gorgon and the unique statue of Nike that is considered to be one of the most significant works of the ancient Greek sculpture and especially of Paros. In the small room nearby, you will see the finds from the recent excavations in the small island of Despotiko, located on the south-west tip of Antiparos, where the sanctuary of Apollo came to light. At the end of the archway you will see the huge statue of Artemis from the Delium sanctuary. To your right you will find the room with the significant pottery finds from Prehistoric times (4th millennium B.C.), as well as glass, copper etc. finds from the Roman times (3rd-4th centuries B.C.). You can also have a look at some sculptures from the Archaic (6th century B.C.), the classical (6th century B.C.) and the Roman Ages (2nd-3rd centuries B.C.).
The Archeological museum of Paros is open every morning from 8.30 – 15.00. The entrance fee is 2 Euros and the telephone number for the museum is +22840 21231
Ekatontopyliani Byzantine Museum: The Byzantine museum is housed in the ground floor cells of the southern wing of the Church Of a Hundred Door’s (Panayia Ekatontapyliani) complex. The collection of the museum, which includes ecclesiastical relics that existed for centuries in the Ekatontapyliani but also in other churches on the island of Paros, was concentrated in the late of the 20th century A.D. In the Byzantine Museum, you will see posts of Byzantine icons (mainly works of the Cretan school), ecclesiastical wooden sculptures (such as the wooden epitaph of the church, 17th century A.D.), canonicals, as well as silver works. The entrance to most parts of the museum is free. Telephone number: +30 22840 21243
Historical Folklore Museum – Othon Kaparis collection: The Historical Folklore Museum – Othon Kaparis collection is located in the central square of Naousa and houses the personal collection of Othon Kaparis, a wealthy doctor from Paros who managed to concentrate whatever he thought important for the history and culture of this place with the purpose to establish this museum. In the museum you will see objects from the agricultural and nautical life of the island, findings from the Mycenaean Acropolis in Koukounaries, ancient coins, maps, books, parchments and a photographic archive that shows to younger people how Naousa used to be in 1950. The museum is located next to the children’s playground in Naousa, right next door to the doctor’s office. Telephone number +30 2284 0 52284
Ecclesiastical School of Naoussa: Here you will find a collection of post-Byzantine art works that is contributed by icons, crosses, wooden domes, copper engraving, ecclesiastical brass ware as well as part of a hagiography of great historical importance from a Byzantine church near to Naousa, in the united cells of the old monastery of Ayios Athanassios in the entrance of Naousa. The works of the collection are exhibited in the Ecclesiastical school since 1997.
The Byzantine museum of Naoussa: This museum is located at the large church of Ayios Nikolaos in Naoussa and displays Byzantine and post-Byzantine art such as Byzantine icons, vessels and engravings but also some Roman and Frankish sculptures. Telephone number: +30 22840 52040
The Folkloric Art museum and the museum of the Aegean Folk culture of Lefkes: The Folk Museum of the village was created thanks to the efforts of the ”Yria cultural center that is based in picturesque Lefkes. There you will see objects of everyday and professional use that mainly reflect the agricultural occupation of the people of the island of Paros.
The Marpissa Folk museum: In the center of the small mountainous village called Marpissa on Paros, you can find a very small, interesting museum. The museum is called The Byzantine Art Gallery of Marpissa. It is located just behind the main church of the village, (the church of the Transfiguration of the Christ) Metamorphosis in the Greek language, this is the main church of the village, and the museum is a walking distance away from to the central square of Marpissa. It is built similar to the architecture of a traditional Cycladic church, (walls painted in white, a large wooden door, narrow windows) there is a large marble statue of an ancient archbishop just next to the main entrance.
The Byzantine Art Gallery of Marpissa shows mostly religious exhibits from the Byzantine and the Post-Byzantine times in Greece. You will see holy icons from the 15th and 16th century which most have been previously exposed in several churches in the village, and an old epitaph from the Monastery of Ayios Antonios in the Kastro. The museum is usually open in the mornings from Monday to Friday.
The Naoussa Folk collection: Here you will find traditional Cycladic costumes, objects of every day use, traditional furniture and old photos of the island that will take you back in time in the house of the Roussos family in Naoussa, which is maintained as a museum.
The sculpture museum in Marpissa: The sculpture museum on Paros is located in the small village of Marpissa and is dedicated to the local artist, Nikos Perantinos. This museum also organizes sculpture courses in summer.
Nikos Perantinos was the son of Leonardos Perandinos, he was born in Athens in the year 1910. In 1928 he studied at the National Academy of Arts, in the sculpture studio of Thomas Thomopoulos. He graduated with a degree in sculpture and a golden award. He then continued his studies in scholarship in Paris. In 1941 he got appointed as a permanent sculptor for the Archaeological museum, where he fur filled important work in restoring ancient sculptures. His work is outstanding. He is the teacher of simplicity and classical form and he got plenty of awards. Finally the Athens academy, on the 23rd of March 1991 bestowed him with the ” Aristio” of Arts in the sculpture sector. After his death (20th July 1991) the foundation of the Sculpture museum ” Nikolaos Perandinos” in Marpissa Paros was published in the governmental newspaper. The museum has 192 sculptures, metals and signs.
THE CAVE IN ANTIPAROS: The famous cave of Antiparos is situated on the south – eastern side of the island on the hill Ayios Ioannis, at the height of 177 meters above sea level.
The inhabitants of Antiparos have known about the cave for many centuries, but the inside of the cave remained undiscovered until 1973, when the French ambassador to Constantinople, Marquis de Nouadel who was a lover of antiquity, visited the island. He entered the cave by climbing down ropes and was amazed to find nature’s wonderful creation. Marquis de Nouadel and his escorts lit up the inside of the cave with large candles, oil lamps and dry firewood. As it was the day before Christmas, he decided immediately to perform a mass on the top of a stalagmite, which looked like an altar. When the ceremony was over, they carved a Latin inscription on the stalagmite. This inscription can still be seen today. If we translate it into English, it means «Here Christ himself celebrated the day of his birth in the middle of the night in the year 1973». The cave was visited by the first king and queen of Greece, Othonas and Amalia on the 27th September 1840. However the earliest visitor to the cave is believed to have been Archilochos, a lyrical poet from Paros, who lived from 728 – 650 B.C.
The arched entrance to the cave is 20 meters wide and about 8 meters high. The enormous stalagmite which is in the entrance to the cave is the oldest in the whole of Europe and is estimated to be 45 million years old. On descending the 411 steps towards the heart of the cave, which is more than a hundred meters deep, visitors experience a mixture of feelings, such as awe, wonder and emotions which they have not felt before. The area of the cave is about 5600 square meters and the temperature in the winter is about 15 degrees centigrade and the humidity about 65%. The cave was formed of corrosion of the limestone. In the beginning the entrance was formed and then the antechamber and later, with the accumulation and pressure of large amounts of water, the lower part of the cave was opened up. The water which remained inside the caves formed channels and fissures in the earth’s surface. After the water drained out of the cave, the decoration of the cave began in the shape of stalagmites which were formed by a slow dripping from the roof of the cave. It has been estimated that to create one centimeter of a stalagmite, it takes 80 to 120 years.
The old way to visit the cave was by boat from the harbor of Antiparos to the beach below the cave and then by foot or on a donkey 200m elevation to the cave. The boat ride is really pleasant, but the ascend to the cave in the hot summer sun was pretty tiring, especially on a donkey. So in 1996 a new road to the cave was opened and it is now possible to reach the cave by car or coach.
The cave was renovated in 1995, the steps that used to be quite dangerous are now steady and safe, there are now iron poles that you can hold on to when climbing down the stairs, and the cave is lit up with electricity. There is a shady place to sit and take a break when you enter or exit the cave and the entrance fee is 5 Euros.
There is a public bus which will regularly stop at the cave. Also there are buses by tour operators from Antiparos to the cave.
PAROIKIA: Paroikia is the capital city of Paros and the main passenger and cargo port of the island. Its name derives from the first Byzantine years when today’s jewel of the island the church called the Panayia Ekatontapyliani was a shelter for the residents who gradually settled down in the old city.
You will sense an initial of the blue-white of Paroikia and you will be eager to explore it from the very first moment that you see Paros, before the ship manages to dock at the port. Whitewashed houses with blue windows are stretched from the edge of the hill to the sea. Paved cobbled streets snake through one another and lead either to the sea, or to Panayia Ekatontapyliani, or the 13th century A.D. Venetian castle, in the region of Castro in the southwest of the city and maintains its strictly traditional and picturesque atmosphere in the face of modernization.
The road that connects the traditional settlement with the modern noisy area is called Lochagou Fokianou Street which starts from the Castro and will lead you to the heart of the city’s market. Walk, go shopping and enjoy traditional tastes in the cafes of the hospitable people of Paros.
You should visit Panayia Ekatontapyliani that rises in the center of the city and is one of the most significant monuments of Greece. The stroll around the Panayia Ekatontapyliani harbors many surprises such as the Archaeological Museum, the Monastery of the Franks, Manto Mavrogenous house and the imposing neoclassical mansions.
You should also visit the Monastery of Ayioi Anargiroi that almost hangs from the top of the hill where the city of Paroikia is stretched and enjoy from up there the magnificent view of Paroikia.
In Paroikia you will find many banks, supermarkets, travel agencies, a health center and pharmacies. As far as the accommodation and your entertainment are concerned, there are lodgings and restaurants for every taste and available budget and fulfill all visitors’ requirements.
NAOUSSA: For many, Naoussa has the most beautiful and picturesque small port of the Aegean Sea. For others its the heart of the islands nightlife. Some others though are satisfied with the simple charm of a walk through its narrow paved streets. The only thing for certain is that all kinds of people have a reason to visit Naoussa again and again. You will probably feel the same as, no matter how many days you will stay on the island, they will not be enough to enjoy the picture of the windless small port that is full of colours from the dozens of fishing boats and the hundreds of tourists who stroll it daily until they end up into one of the old fishermen;s storehouses that today are bars and ouzo taverns.
A peculiar characteristic of Naoussa is that, besides the fact that it is a busy tourist resort, it has not lost its traditional character. The modern and boisterous present of the settlement doesn’t alter its past at all. The Venetian Castle that rises in the port’s entrance will travel you to a past time while, at the same time, some people on the opposite side will be having fun in the wild rhythms of today. A walk through the inner part of Naoussa into the narrow whitewashed streets will unveil its authentic Cycladic identity and will give you the chance for shopping as its shops are characterized for their good taste.
It is also worth visiting Ayios Athanasios in the west entrance of the village where the Relics Collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Art of Naoussa is housed and also where the two Folk Museums and the Monastery of Loggovarda, just outside of Naoussa to the road to Paroikia are.
In Naoussa, which is located ten kilometers away from Paroikia, and in the north part of the island of Paros, you will find many banks, pharmacies, travel agencies and car rental offices and of course plenty of lodgings which will make your stay in the region unforgettable.
AMBELAS: Ambelas is a small fishing village with a small harbor located 3 kilometers away from Naoussa. There are many beautiful hotels and deluxe villas in this region.
MARATHI: Marathi is only 7km from the capital and 4km from Kostos. It has around 250 residents and is located in the center of Paros and 7 kilometers away from the main town of Paroikia. Discover ancient marble quarries, mines and the statue of the Nymph at the entrance of one of the many caves. They have been saved for 3000 years, 5km out from Paroikia on the road to Lefkes. Parian marbles are still a point of research and international wonder. You should also see the monastery of Ayios Mina and the convent of the Panayia Theofanou.
KOSTOS: Kostos is located in the center of the island approximately 8 kilometers southeast of Paroikia. It is the smallest village of Paros and is located at the road that connects Paroikia with Lefkes. the settlement is built at 180 meters altitude and the region has not been alternated by tourism. In the entrance of the village you will enjoy the comforting shade of the high pines of the square and you will drink your coffee or refreshment in one of the traditional cafes that are around the square, along with the simple and hospitable people of the village. You should visit the church of Ayios Panteleimonas with its magnificent wooden dome and walk in the white picturesque streets which will lead you to the house (southeast of Ayios Panteleimonas) where Athanassios Parios, the great pre-Greek Revolution teacher was born.
LEFKES: As you go southeast leaving Kostos behind you will find the beautiful Lefkes at 250 meters altitude. Lefkes was founded in the 16th century A.D. probably from refugees who abandoned Crete and the Peloponnesian. The untouchable natural beauty of the village in combination with the Cycladic architecture which will definitely steal your heart, especially if you are looking for the good holiday’s triptych: quality-relaxation-tranquility. Your magical wandering in Lefkes is, in one way coercive, as the moment you arrive in the village you have no other choice but to leave your car in the parking area. As you walk in the narrow streets, you will admire the tiny houses with the whitewashed yards and the colorful flowers, you will walk through the picturesque Cycladic arches and stop to rest in the famous traditional cafe in the village’s square. you should also taste the delicious traditional dishes in the picturesque taverns and browse the ceramic art in the local workshops that operate there.
In Lefkes you will find numerous churches of the 15th and 16th centuries A.D. with the church of Ayia Triada of the marble temple and the valuable Byzantine icons being the most important of all. The cultural activities are plenty in the village during the summer and especially in August due to the efforts of the ”Yria” cultural centre which organizes music festivals and theatric plays every year.
For those who love trekking you should not miss the Byzantine path that connects Lefkes with Prodromos. The Byzantine path was built approximately 1.000 years ago with marble stones and will guide you to a magnificent natural landscape with olive groves and myrtles.
PRODROMOS: At a distance of 5 kilometers from Lefkes you will find the picturesque Prodromos with the white houses and the beautiful churches. It owes its name to the parish church of Ayios Ioannis Prodromos (17th century A.D.), while during the Medieval Times it was known as Dragoulas or Tragoulas. A walk through the whitewashed streets is enough for you to enjoy the hospitality of Paros in the traditional cafes and the taverns of the village.
MARMARA: Close to Prodromos, you will find the small village Marmara which owes its name to the marbles (marmara) that were used for the decoration of mansions and churches of the village. Admire the architecture of the Aegean as you walk through the narrow whitewashed streets. it is worth making a stop at the significant churches of the village (Koimisi of Theotokos with the wooden dome and the tomb of the 17th century A.D., Aghios Savvas with its astonishing campanile of 1606 etc.). In Marmara you will find a regional infirmary, a dental clinic, traditional cafes, taverns and a few lodgings. The plain of Marmara, a rural region full of gardens which are fenced by reeds, stretches to the sea and down to the beach of Molos.
MARPISSA: As you go southeast leaving Marmara behind you will find Marpissa, 17 kilometres away from Paroikia. Marpissa is amphitheatric ally built over a hill at 40 meters altitude and was founded during the 15th century A.D. Marpissa still preserves something of its Medieval character today. At the same time it totally complies with the Cycladic laws that all settlements on the island have: white houses, white washed yards with flowers, picturesque windmills, churches all placed in such a way that will definitely charm you. You should visit the churches of the 16th century A.D. (Ayios Dimitrios, Mesoporitissa, Evangelistria) and the Folk Museum. You should not miss to ascend to the top of Kefalos hill east of Marpissa. There you will enjoy the magnificent view of eastern Paros and the narrow Paros-Naxos sea channel and you should visit the monastery of Aghios Antonios of the 16th century A.D. In the settlement you will find taverns and cafes, lodgings, a regional infirmary, supermarket and pharmacy.
PISO LIVADI: Piso Livadi is a beautiful coastal settlement 4 kilometers away from Marpissa and is recommended for family excursions as it has a very good tourism infrastructure (hotels, lodgings, fish taverns, cafes, bars). Walk along the picturesque port where many fish boats are moored, swim into the clean, sandy sea and enjoy m Greek mezedes with ouzo while sitting on the beach. It also serves as the port to the lesser Cycladic islands south of Naxos.
DRYOS: As you leave Piso Livadi behind and after you pass through the beaches of Logaras, Pounda beach, Tserdakia (Nea Chrissi Akti) and Chrisi akti, you will reach Dryos, a green coastal village with running waters that is 25 kilometers away from Paroikia. Despite the fact that the village has tourism infrastructure, it has kept its traditional Cycladic color and it is a wise choice for those who wish to avoid cosmopolitan holidays. The beach of Dryos with its thin pebbles is ideal for you to enjoy swimming and avoid big crowds. The carved rocks at the end of the beach, where the people used to protect their boats from the sea’s tempests during ancient times according to tradition, are typical of the place. In Dryos you will find hotels and lodgings, taverns, a supermarket, travel agencies and car rental services.
ALIKI: Further south to the south-westerly tip of the island , you’ll find Aliki, another coastal settlement which is ideal for relaxed family vacations. Aliki is built very close to the magnificent sandy beach where you may eat delicious food in one of its traditional taverns. There you will also find a few bars to enjoy your drink once the sun begins to set. Apart from lodging in the village you will also find a pharmacy store and a supermarket while the kindergarten, football fields, basket ball and volley courts will definitely be key spots for your children in order for them to have a pleasant time. Don’t miss out on visiting the ”Scorpios” Cycladic Folk Museum of the self-taught artist Benetos Skiadas.
ANGERIA: As you continue the road from Aliki you will find Angeria on your left. Angeria is 12 kilometers away from Paroikia and keeps its traditional character to the up most. If you love trekking follow the two trekking routes, the first one leads to the monastery of Ayioi Theodoroi, which is located in an ideal spot with a view to the endless blue of the Aegean and the second route leads to the monastery of Ayios Yiannis Spiliotis.
POUNDA: Pounda is located 8 kilometers south of Paroikia and is a coastal resort settlement. Ferry boats depart regularly to Antiparos from the picturesque small port of Pounda. Pounda is only one nautical mile away from Antiparos so you can enjoy the view of the whole of the North-eastern coast of Antiparos from the beautiful beach located in Pounda or from one of the traditional restaurants or taverns. In Pounda you will find all the modern tourist comforts (taverns, hotels, cafe, mini markets) while modern scuba diving schools and surf clubs operate at its beaches.
6. The history and mythology of Paros
The island of Paros became a inhabited island since the Early Cycladic period (3200-2700 B.C). This has been proved by the ancient settlement that was found on the small islet of Saliangos, (a small rock about 100 meters long and 50 meters wide), located about 500 meters away from the port of Antiparos. The level of the sea during the Neolithic Age has been estimated to have been around 6 meters lower than its level today; this means that Saliangos was then just a low peninsula of the isthmus that used to join Paros to Antiparos.
The first traces of the settlement of Saliagos were discovered by curator Nicolaos Zafiropoulos in the year 1961 and were first brought to light in 1964 during excavations directed by British archaeologists John Evans and Colin Renfrew covers all the area of the island. The settlement consisted of stone, square and rectangular houses that were surrounded by a wall. The inhabitants of the settlement made arrow points and various other obsidian (volcanic glass) implements. From the amount of obsidian implements found, the conclusion was made that Saliangos used to trade its obsidian implements with other islands.
It has also been proved that Saliangos’ inhabitants used to also be engaged with fishing, farming, and growing crops, in pottery making and in basket weaving. Other impressive handiwork that were found in Saliangos, such as spoons made out of shells, pots, statuettes and bones are now exhibited in the Museum of Paros.
The first settlers are said to have come to Paros from Minoan Crete and according to Mythology the first king of Paros, king Alkaios built a city where the capital city of Paros Parikia is today located and named his city Minoa. Minoa was ideal for it had a strategic position in the middle of the Cyclades islands and also had fertile plains.
At the turn of the millennium, the Arcadians led by Parios occupied the island and gave it the name of their leader. The Arcadians were followed by Ionians and during their time Paros flourished as it became a maritime power and created a colony on the island of Thasos, which was rich in metal deposits. Paros was famous during these times for its high quality marble found at the Marble Quarries, located in Marathi. This fine marble was used to create masterpieces existing until our days such as the Venus of Milos in Louvre, the statue of Hermes Praxiteles at Olympia, the Temple of Apollo on Delos and many more. The marble business helped to make the island of Paros rich and crops and animal farming thrived.
In the year 1100 B.C, the Ionians arrived to take over the island of Paros, after a first defeat, they managed to win the Minoans, destroyed their civilization and become rulers of the island. Traces of the former civilization can be found in the Mycenaean Acropolis that is located near Kolybithres beach in Naoussa.
During the Persian war, Paros took the Persians side and was defeated by the Athenians. In 338 B.C Paros became a part of the Macedonian Empire and then it was occupied by Mithridates and the Roman Empire and later the Byzantine Empire. During this period Christianity came to the island and many churches and monasteries were built with the most famous the church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani. In 1207 Paros was occupied by the Venetians and was part of the Duchy of Naxos. In 1537 Paros was conquered by the Ottoman Empire which remained until the Greek War of Independence in 1821. For the first time in 1839 Paros became part with the rest of Cyclades islands of the New Greek state.
Apart from the economy, culture also flourished the island and many temples were built, including a temple to the goddess of Greek mythology Athena and an Askelepieion. Many notable people were born in Paros like the lyric poet Archilochus (680-645BC) who was the first to use in his poem personal elements rather than heroic elements and who is considered on an equal footing with Homer. The sculptor and the architect Scopas (395-350BC), Scopas worked with Praxiteles, he sculpted parts of the Mausoleum of Halicarnassus. the sculptor Thrasymedes (4th century BC) who set up in the temple of Asclepius at Epidaurus a seated statue of that deity made of ivory and gold, which was evidently a copy of the Zeus of Pheidias and the heroin of Greek War of Independence Manto Mavrogenous who had financed and fought in the war came to Paros and stayed until her death. Her house is a historical monument today.
In 338 B.C, the island became under the rule of Philip of Makedonia and became part of the Macedonian empire. After the death of Alexander the Great, Paros came under the control of the Ptolemies, Alexander’s successors.
Some of the great discoveries from this era was the ancient pottery workshop in Tholos, with its fascinating works of arts and the ancient cemetery of Parikia.
Then the island passes under the rule of Mithridates and of the Romans
After the fall of the Roman Empire, Paros became part of the Byzantine Empire and its inhabitants converted to Christianity, explaining why numerous churches, chapels and monasteries were built during those times. Among those, the most famous is the church of Ekatontapyliani, located in Parikia.
Considered as the most important Byzantine monument of Greece, this church is believed to have been built according to the orders of Saint Helena, Constantine the Greats mother.
Between 1207 and 1389, Paros became part of the duchy of the Aegean, ruled by the Venetian Marco Sanudo.
The Turkish rule succeeded the Venetians and stayed for many years, until the Greek revolution of 1821. After the independence, the island of Paros, like all the other Cyclades, became part of the new Greek state.
Paros participated in the Greek Revolution and was a safe haven for many refugees. It gained its independence in 1821 and was incorporated into the New Greek State. German Occupation took its toll on the island, forcing many inhabitants to seek their fortunes elsewhere. From the middle of the 20th century, Paros has greatly developed its tourism activities and infrastructure. Today, it is one of the most frequented holiday destinations in Greece, welcoming thousands of visitors from across the globe every year.
The History of Paros is discovered by looking around the island of Paros.
By searching the stone walls and the fields, it is possible to distinguish stones that the first residents of the island used thousands of years ago, during the Paleolithic Age. They were probably living in caves in small groups. They certainly used the cave of Demonon in Ayios Georgios hill in Lagada of Aspro chorio, the cave of Antiparos but also many natural shelters.
Archeologists discovered the ruins of a village of Neolithic Age in Saliagos. This is the time between 4.300-3.900 B.C. There were probably other villages in other spots many hundreds of years ago. Ruins of Neolithic Age villages are constantly being discovered in the Cyclades, especially in Mykonos, Ios and Kythnos. These residents of the old times were probably making their living mainly by fishing, hunting and farming which has already started its great adventure. Saliagos, is a small uninhabited island opposite Antiparos, is the spot with the oldest history of Paros. you can find some artifacts of that time in the museum.
The island is full of tombs of the Cycladic times, approximately from 3.200 B.C. to 2.000 B.C. The Cycladic figurines that were left on the tombs decorate many museums of the Cyclades. Ruins of villages (settlements) of that time were found on other islands. In Paros were small villages in Kastro of Parikia, in Dryos (Pyrgaki), in Glyfa, in Aliki (Avyssos) and near Kolibythres of Naoussa where tombs of that time were discovered. Perhaps something impressive will be discovered in the future.
The Minoan times (2.000-1.500 B.C.) haven’t left their mark in Paros as they have in Santorini. The settlement in the Kastro of Parikia is from 2.400-2.100 B.C. and was habituate during the peak of the Minoan Civilization. The Minoan people didn’t settle down on the island but were passing merchant. We can witness a combination of Minoan and Cycladic civilization in Milos, Kea and Santorini.
A Mycenaean palace was found in Koukounaries of Naoussa. It was a fortress and was habituated during that time in the late of the 13th century B.C.
We don’t know many things about the following years. The iron and writing discovery became a revolution that created new conditions everywhere. Dorieis move to Peloponnese while Phoenicians dominate in the Mediterranean and in the Aegean.
Many tribes’ movements are witnessed in the Aegean. Paros is habituated by Arcadians who are intermixed with Ionians, who came later on the island. We are now in Homer times. Paros is developing into a nautical center and Archilochos is born (8th century B.C.). Ruins of that time can be found in the archaic cemetery where probably Archilochos’ father was buried but also in Despotiko.
Many of the monuments that are found mainly in the place of Parikia are of those times. The place where the temple of Dimitra was built, a famous center in the Cyclades and in all the Aegean, is still unknown. The temple of Ypatos Dias, the temple of Aphrodite, Delion, the temple of Asklipeio and Pythios Apollo are on the hills, but the place of the ancient city’s theatre has not yet been found.
Later on (146 B.C.), Paros is under the Roman occupation and constitutes a Roman province along with other islands, in the Central and in the South of Greece. There are many Roman findings on the island of Paros and in all the Cyclades. The city-states stop to exist as the great imperial power which is based in Rome makes its appearance. Of course, the Macedonian times also contributed to this. Even if we don’t have significant proof, Milos, Paros, Sifnos and Thera are at their peak. Delos continues to be the religious center and is transformed into a commercial harbor of the entire Aegean.
The Byzantine times (4th-13th A.D. centuries) is represented by the Ekatontapyliani but also from Treis Ekklisies. Even during this period there is no city-state but a central power in Constantinople. The islands continue their lives but at the same time they become nautical bases along with other activities.
Next are Venetian times (Franks dominance 13th-16th centuries A.D.) which are represented by the Kastro of Parikia, of Naoussa, of Kefalos in Marpissa and the one of Antiparos. It is worth noting down that the conquerors bring with them people that speak other languages. It is the time when the old monuments became important and are collected by the rulers who send many of them to the European markets.
The Turkish period has not left many monuments as we didn’t have Turks on the island but only military people and public servants who collected taxes occasionally. It is the time when new villages are created. (Lefkes, Kostos, Marmara). After the formation of the New Greek state, Paros follows the same course as the other islands. Liberation motivates the psychism of the people in the islands who are occupied with agriculture and sea activities.
A great insular civilization is developed that reached at its end with the immigration of 1950 and beyond. After 1970 we witness a fall of the old insular civilization, the coming of new commercialization principles and huge destruction on the island’s environment with the tourism development. The island today faces the danger to lose its identity, to become a place of entertainment for the Athenians who visit the island for three days and to lose all its natural beauties. What is important today is a careful development that will show respect to a civilization of centuries and to the character of the island.
GREEK MYTHOLOGY AND PAROS
Parrhasius was a son of Lycaon ( See Greek mythology ) after whom Parrhasia (an area in Arcadia) was believed to have been named after. Many say that he was a son of Zeus, and had two children Arcas and Parus; the island of Paros was named after Parrhasius’ son Parus.
It is stated in Greek mythology that Neptune wanted to punish the Cyclades nymphs for making her angry, she transformed the nymphs into islands and these islands kept their names of the Cyclades.
Different myths say that the name of the group of islands rooted from the Greek word kiklos (which means circle), as the islands are scattered around the sacred island of Delos or because the winds that blow strongly in this region forced the boats to spin out of control.
Mythical fables are attributed to the formation of each island, while legends reflect their turbulent history. Due to the location of the Cyclades between the continents of Greece, Asia and Africa, they were a trading link throughout their history and spread the development of culture to the surrounding regions.
PAREIA was the Naiad Nymph of the springs, wells or fountains in the main town of the island of Paros in the Greek Aegean Sea.
She was loved by King Minos of Crete and bore him four sons.
PARENTS: Perhaps the daughter of a mainland RIVER-GOD
EURYMEDON, NEPHALION, KHRYSES, PHILOLAUS (by Minos) (Apollodorus 3.7)
PAREIA (Pareia). Pareia is the name of a nymph by whom Minos became the father of Eurymedon, Nephalion, Chryses and Philolaus. (Apollod. iii. 1. § 2.)
Source: Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology.
“With a Nymphe named Pareia he [Minos] had Eurymedon, Nephalion, Khryses, and Philolaus.” – Apollodorus, the Library 3.7
“[Herakles] touching on the island of Paros, where lived the sons of Minos, by name Eurymedon, Khryses, Nephalion, and Philolaus. Now it happened that two men from the ship went ashore, where they were murdered by the sons of Minos. In outrage Herakles promptly slew the sons [of Minos].” – Apollodorus, the Library 2.99
THE SANCTUARY OF ASKLIPIOS
Towards the second windmill in Paroikia upon a hill known as Aghia Anna hill, is the Sanctuary of the ancient God of medicine, Asklipios. The sanctuary was built in the 4th century BC, around a spring. Remains of the Temple of Pythios Apollo also exist in the area.
THE DELION SANCTUARY
Above the main town of Paroikia, upon a hill (towards Parosporos), is the Delion Sanctuary. The temple was the place of worship of the god Apollo of Delios. The original structure was built in the 9th – 8th century BC. Later on, in the 5th century BC, a new temple dedicated to Artemis was also built close to the original structure.
There are regular bus services on Paros that can take you to every village, beach and settlement, but the timetables do not suit everybody’s needs. If you would like to rent a car, a scooter, an ATV or a buggy, we are here to help you!
Here are some useful agencies for renting vehicles on Paros
ATHINA rent a car: website or contact numbers: +30 22840 23738 and +69 73770574
USEFUL TELEPHONE NUMBERS ON PAROS ISLAND
Citizen service center in Paroikia (KEP): +30 22 84 0 24912
Citizen service center in Naoussa (KEP): +30 22 84 0 51691
Police station in Paroikia: +30 22840 23333 / +30 2284 100
Police station in Naoussa: +30 22840 51202
Ambulance service on Paros: +30 22840 22500
Fire Brigade on Paros: +30 22840 51999 / +30 22840 52199
Port police – Coast guard: +30 22840 21240
Port authorities – Piraeus: +30 210 417 2657
Tourist Police on Paros: +30 22840 21673
Health center Paroikia: +30 22843 60000
Medical Center (private) Paroikia: +30 22840 24410
Medical Center (private) Naoussa: +30 22840 52304
Health center volunteer team: +30 693796 43 83
Lifeguards, Sea rescue team: +30 6944 38 53 07
Drug prevention center Theseus: +30 22840 24745
Psychologists and psychiatrists on Paros (EPAPSI): +30 22840 22011
Post-office Paroikia, Paros: +30 22840 21236
Post-office Naoussa, Paros: +30 22840 51495
Post-office Marpissa, Paros: +30 22840 41951
Post-office Antiparos: +30 22840 61223
Doctor’s office Marpissa: +30 22840 43065
Doctor’s office Aliki: +30 22840 91277
Doctor’s office Lefkes: +30 22840 23730
Olympic Air: +30 22840 91257
Telephone company (faults): +30 121 / +30 22840 28106
Electricity Company (faults): +30 22840 21241
Water Company (faults): +30 22840 25300 / +30 22840 21222
Taxi station on Paros: +30 22840 21500
Flight information: +30 22840 91256
Bus stations on Paros
Bus station in Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 21395
Bus station in Naoussa: +30 22 84 0 52865
Municipality of Paros
Municipality of Paros main telephone center: +30 22 84 3 60100 – 5
Protocol office on Paros: +30 22 84 3 60106
Protocol office: 1452
Protocol: +30 22 84 3 60107
Registral general office: +30 22 84 3 60108 – 9 / +30 22 84 3 60113
Secretary municpal council: +30 22 84 3 60110
Registry office: +30 22 84 3 60111
Head of financial services: +30 22 84 3 60112
Staff office: +30 22 84 3 60114 – 5
Mayor’s office: +30 22 84 3 60129
Mayor of Paros: +30 22 84 3 60130
Deputy mayor: +30 22 84 3 60131 – 3
Chairman: +30 22 84 3 60134
Law advisor: +30 2284360136
Economical services: +30 22 84 3 60116 – 125
Technical services: +30 22 84 3 60140 – 150 / +30 22 84 3 60178
Tourism committee: +30 22 84 3 60170
Hall council: +30 22 84 3 60171
District police: +30 22 84 3 60155 / +30 22 84 3 60157
Union of Agricultural Cooperatives presence of Paros
Secretary: +30 22 84 0 22179
Manager: +30 22 84 0 22212
Olive oil press: +30 22 84 0 22183
Winery: +30 22 84 0 22235
Pharamcies on Paros
Antigoni Vigla – Gravari (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 21282 / +30 22 84 0 91447
Irini Kontou (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 22223
Aggelos Patelis (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 23992
Panagiotis Satlanis (Marpissa): +30 22 84 0 41810
Georgia Sifnaiou (Aliki): +30 22 84 0 91560
Cristallia Spanou (Naoussa): +30 22 84 0 51023
Thanasis Sipsas (Naoussa): +30 22 84 0 51550
Spiros Tsibidas (Antiparos): +30 22 84 0 61111
Fragkouli – Skiada (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 21388
Nikos Frangkoulis (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 21449 / fax +30 22 84 0 21294
Private doctors on Paros
Maria Alaxandrou (Psychotherapist): +30 69 36 76 50 88
Giannis Alsamail (oculist): +30 22 84 0 28450 / +30 69 46 49 04 33
Nikos Apostolopoulos (Pathologist): +30 22 84 0 21075 / +30 69 77 00 45 05
Mihalis Gialozoglou (oculist): +30 22 84 0 24690
Manolis Gratzias (microbiologist): +30 22 84 0 24700 / +30 69 36 51 56 52
Christina Daferera (General doctor): +30 22 84 0 21672
Manolis Dafereras (General doctor): +30 22 84 0 21450
Roge Heaumon (Pathologist): +30 22 84 0 22000 / +30 22 84 0 21000
Panagiotis Kebabis (orthopedic): +30 22 84 3 00393 / +30 69 42 99 51 21
Kostas Livanidis (kardiologist): +30 22 84 0 24410 / +30 69 72 57 79 41
Olga Moulaki (psychologist): +30 22 84 0 24704
Georgia Plessia (dermatologist): +30 22840 21114 / +30 69 73 66 22 29
Giannis Ragousis (Kardiologist): +30 22 84 0 24702 / +30 69 77 64 42 22
Stella Rousou (children’s doctor, Pediatrician): +30 22 84 0 28419 / +30 69 77 32 15 07
Anna Tsatsopoulou (radiologist): +30 22 84 0 24410
Giannis Tsigonias (surgeon): +30 22 84 0 24410
Evdokia Triantafillou (general doctor Antiparos): +30 22 84 0 61728
Private Dentists on Paros
Maria Daferera (Paroikia): +30 22840 21672
Dimitra Drakou (Naoussa): +30 22840 53002 / +30 69 44 60 16 81
Maria Zimpirakaki (Naoussa): +30 22840 52800
Nikolaos Kritikos (Naoussa): +30 22840 51022
Nikos Lianopoulos (Naoussa): +30 22840 21900 / +30 69 74 78 79 98
Theodoros Malatestas (Paroikia): +30 22840 21604
Eleni Moraitaki (Paroikia): +30 22840 22030 / +30 69 32 42 21 60
Baser Dadaki (Paroikia): +30 22840 25242 / +30 69 77 42 06 23
Startis Pavlakis (Paroikia): +30 22840 22430
Betty Somboni (Marmara): +30 22840 41047
Evdokimia Triantafillou (Antiparos): +30 22840 61728
Giannis Leventakis (Antiparos): +30 22840 61176 / +30 69 48 06 09 11
Kimon Euaggelou: +30 6947150166
Banks on Paros
Agricultural bank in Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 22400 / +30 22 843 21225
National bank in Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 21663
National bank in Naoussa: +30 22 84 0 51438
Commercial bank in Antiparos: +30 22 84 0 61691
Peiraios bank in Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 21059
Alpha bank Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 24810
Alpha bank in Naoussa: +30 22 84 0 53242
Eurobank in Paroikia: +30 22 84 0 23523 fax +30 22 843 24668
Lawyers on Paros
Konstantina Karachaliou: +30 22840 23321 / mobile: +30 6982290651
Giannis Andreopoulos (Paroikia, English / Greek / German language): +30 22840 24765
Theodora Dimitriou (Paroikia): land line: +30 22840 25097 / mobile: +30 69 82 99 96 46
Tasos Theoharidis (Paroikia): +30 22840 21393 / +30 6945234070
Katerina Theoharidou (Paroikia): +30 22840 22371
Eleni Karadima (Naoussa): +30 22840 53090
Aspasia Kebabi (Paroikia): +30 22840 21001
Athanasia Keskinidi (Paroikia): +30 22840 25070
Georgia Melaniti (Paroikia): +30 22840 24987
Costas Balikos (Paroikia): +30 22840 23850 / mobile phone: +30 6948115811
Despoina Peridou (Naoussa): +30 22840 53090 / mobile phone: +30 6972848619
Fotis Toumasis (Paroikia): +30 22840 21970 / fax +30 22840 22316
Costas Fiflis (Paroikia): +30 22840 23804 / +30 22840 51028 / +30 22840 52560
Dimitra Koutourousiou (Neos Dromos, Paroikia Paros): mobile: +30 6970339787 / fax: +30 22840 22575
Notary offices on Paros
Dialekti Argouzi (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 21255
Amalia Kalakona (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 22792 / fax +30 22 84 0 28232
Eleftheria Iordani (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 25050/ fax +30 22 84 0 25250
Angeliki Prifti (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 23127
Evridiki Tsasi (Paroikia): +30 22 84 0 23585
Vets on Paros
Giorgos Kagkanis (Naoussa): +30 22840 51398
Antonis Lamprou (Paroikia): +30 22840 23301 / +30 6946362188
Nikos Tsigonias (Marpissa): +30 22840 41497
Alkyon wild bird hospital: +30 22840 22931
Agricultural Vets: +30 22 84 0 21228 / +30 22 84 0 41497 / 51398
Vets surgery: +30 6946362188
Paros animal welfare society (PAWS): +30 22840 28291 / fax: +30 22 84 0 28119
Museums on Paros
Archeological museum of Paros: +30 2284 0 21231
Archeological area Despotiko Antiparos: +30 2284 0 61570
Byzantine museum of Paros: +30 2284 0 21243
Byzantine – religious museum Marpissa: +30 22840 41831
Historical – Logographical museum of Naoussa: +30 2284 0 91010
Laographic museum Naoussa: +30 22840 53453
Laographic museum Scorpios (Aliki): +30 22840 91129
Museum of fine sculptors: +30 22840 41217 / +30 22840 23851
Culture and political museum Aegean: +30 22840 41605
Byzantine collection Naoussa: +30 22840 52040
Holy temples and monasteries on Paros
Main church Paroikia Paros: +30 22840 24401
Saint George Angkeria: +30 22 84 0 91027
Zodohou Pigi Aspro Chorio: +30 22 84 0 43000
Aghioi Apostoloi Kamares: +30 22 84 0 21202
Aghios Pantelimon Kostos: +30 22 84 0 29019 / +30 22 84 0 52934
Aghia Triada Lefkes: +30 22 84 0 41045
Koimisi Theotokou Naoussa: +30 22840 43413 / +30 22 84 0 41831
Pantanassa Naoussa: +30 22 84 0 53148
Taxiarhis Paroikia: +30 2131 0 24282
Zodohou Pigi Paroikia: +30 2284 0 21203
Zodohou Pigi office Paroikia: +30 2284 0 21243 / +30 2284 0 24807
Timios Prodromos: +30 2284 0 42463
Aghios Ioannis Theologos Dryos: +30 2284 0 41248
Loggovardas Monastery: +30 2284 0 22476