Sightsee in Parikia, eat and drink in Naoussa.
Paros, the land of marbles, has been steadily rising in its popularity among travelers. Deciding where to stay, eat, and sightsee might be a little confusing. Know that there are eleven villages on the island, though chances are you won’t be visiting all of them. So we’ve narrowed it down to five, but keep in mind that you’ll most likely stay around the first two on the list.
Reputation: The prettiest.
The 411: Naoussa isn’t the capital but it’s relatively the busiest. Beautiful shops, street after street, will keep your shopping bags and curious eyes occupied. Meanwhile, adorable cafes and hidden gem restaurants are abundant in this area. Naoussa is situated in the northern part of Paros, it’s also the most beautiful with whitewashed tiny houses, churches, and chapels lining up on stone paved alleys. You’ll see vibrant fishing boats along the port, you can also find some lively bars here.
Don’t miss: Numerous churches, including: Church of the Assumption of the Virgin at the very top of Naoussa. Church of Agios Nikolaos (Saint Nicholas) where you can also check out the Byzantine Museum inside. There’s a festival on August 23 every year that marks the nine days after the Assumption of the Virgin, with lots of fireworks, drinking, and dancing in Naoussa.
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Reputation: The capital.
The 411: This is where the main port in Paros is located, and it’s the cultural and historical center of the island. If you’re arriving in Paros on a ferry, then you’ll be welcomed by a whitewashed windmill, it’s also the signature landmark of Paros. There are lots of cafes, restaurants, and shops along the waterfront. As well as transportation options, including: car rental, taxi lines, and buses.
Don’t miss: Kastro Castle, which as built during the 13th century on the highest point of Parikia. Several churches around Kastro are must-see’s: Panagia Septemvriani (The Virgin of September), the Church of Agia Eleni (Saint Helen) and Byzantine church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of the Hundred Gates) – it’s one of the most significant Byzantine monuments remaining in Greece. If you love museums, don’t miss Archaeological Museum of Paros. Other interesting landmarks are: ruins of Asclepieion, the Temple of Aphrodite, the Temple of Eileithyia (Truth), and the Temple of Zeus Ypatos.
Reputation: The hidden gem.
The 411: Still undiscovered by tourists, Lefkes is a charming area in Paros embellished with pine and olive trees. What’s so cool from here is that you’ll see Naxos island, and some architecture is Venetian-influenced.
Don’t miss: Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) – Lefkes’ main church made from white marble that shines in the sun. Check out Museum of Aegean Folk Culture or Folk Art Museum which displays local clothing.
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Reputation: The resort with ultra-friendly locals.
The 411: During high season, Aliki welcomes loads of tourists after tourists who love the tranquil vibe here. Despite the high volume of travelers in Aliki, the village still provides a sense of traditional locality. You’ll find many Greek tavernas here, preparing delicious dishes. With this combination, Aliki is perfect for families and windsurfers who adore the beaches.
Don’t miss: Cycladic Folklore Museum.
Reputation: The authentic.
The 411: Just like most Cycladic villages, Marpissa also encompasses whitewashed cubic houses and churches. This village has yet to offer lodging options, indicating that it has yet to be pounded by tourists. This is where you can lay out in various beaches!
Don’t miss: Monastery of Agios Antonios (Monastery of Saint Antoine).
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