Paros, renowned throughout history for its Parian marble, has long been considered one of the most breathtaking Cyclades islands of the Greek Aegean Sea. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. The island of Paros is situated in the heart of the Cyclades. Oftentimes Paros is skipped over on cruises in favor of the larger Greek islands, but with its stunning natural beauty, the island of Paros is not to be missed. Thousands of savvy tourists visit the island annually, making it one of the most exciting tourist destinations in the world.
According to discoveries made during archaeological excavations, Paros has been inhabited since approximately 3,200 BC. Paros has since evolved over the centuries into a commercial and administrative center, as well as a crossroad for many different civilizations. The island has met with times of financial glory as well as times of financial decline. This rich history is displayed in the remains of historic monuments as well as in museums that house fascinating archaeological findings. The deep faith of the island's residents is expressed in the huge Byzantine churches and monasteries that boast intricate architecture.
During the summertime in Paros the sun is continuously shining with its enveloping warmth and the sand on the beaches sparkle in its bright glow. Located just south of Athens amongst several other Greek islands, the moderate sized island of Paros is a vacation paradise.
Paros is home to only 2 towns, but the island boasts numerous villages. The largest city, Parikia, is at the heart of the island of Paros. Parikia is the island's port city as well as its only commercial hub. Parikia is a superb location for the enjoyment of several activities. Many tourists, as well as locals, enjoy the pastime of people watching along the front of the harbor. Others enjoy watching the ferries arrive midday, or enjoying the evening sunset.
One extremely popular destination for tourists on the island of Paros is the beautiful region of Naousa which is located just north of Parikia. Naousa boasts a charming port with several colorful fishing boats. The city is an up-scale haven for tourists and is centered around the picturesque fishing harbor. It is an ideal location for a relaxing holiday next to the sea. The stunning beaches of Santa Maria and Kolimbithres in the Naousa region are among the more popular beaches on the island of Paros. The cool and refreshing crystal blue water of the Aegean is the ideal escape from the heat during the summer months. Other beaches on the island, including Pounda, are great places to enjoy an array of water sports such as kite surfing and wind surfing. In recent years Paros has become more and more developed, allowing vacationers to enjoy many fun filled sports. The island even hosts the annual Windsurfing World Championship.
Paros boasts a large assortment of charming villages. A wonderful selection of accommodations can be found on the island. It is a well organized tourist center, offering its visitors a wonderful array of luxury hotels, villas, apartments, maisonettes and studios. The island of Paros also offers a fantastic choice of taverns and restaurants where you can sample an assortment of traditional local cuisine. Paros has gained international fame among travel destinations because of its natural beauty and tourist infrastructure. Every visitor will have the opportunity to fill their camera with unique and stunning photographs. The magnificent atmosphere is overwhelming as you walk along the narrow pebbled paths that encompass the island.
A visit to Paros quickly becomes unforgettable due to the island's sandy white beaches, crystal clear waters and quaint traditional villages with their cubic whitewashed houses and paved, narrow alleys that contrast with the many beautiful chapels and exciting nightlife. There are many enjoyable activities available to keep tourists entertained and busy while on vacation. Some of these activities include horse-back riding, yoga, cooking classes, painting classes, cycling and hiking. There is also a seemingly never ending assortment of historical monuments, art galleries and wineries to peruse while visiting the beautiful Greek island of Paros.
It has been said of Paros that not many people find their way to the island, but of those people who do, no one want to ever leave it.