Parikia, the port
It is the capital of the island, and also a commercial and trasporting port.
Narrow streets, ancient monuments, small churches and a archealogical museum and also Paroikia offers all the facilities for a traveler.
There is a windmill in the centre of the waterfront and it is the trademark of the town.
Naousa is the second town in population in Paros.
The old villages is nice, with is cyclades houses and this little port full of fisherman boats...there are some nice traditional cafe with the wood chairs and tables on the little pier: it's seems to be in the famouse film Zorba the Greek, with Anthony Quinn.
There are narrow road to discover with bouganvilles on the walls, little corner and a lot of restaurants, taverns and caffè....there is also a more modern a touristic aprt of Noussa, the main road is full of table and chairs of the disco pub, lounge cafè, internet point, icecream shops and a lot of souvenir shop.
The beaches near Noussa are nice, lageri, Monastiri have their caracthere, with flat rocks or sandy beaches...but they are too crowded in july and august.
Noussa is full of accomodation for all money...but for me is to much touristic.
Nice for a day not for a long stay.
We found Paros to be a pleasant and fairly authentic Greek island. Jane and I spent 5 days there before hopping on to other Cyclades, and 5 days was just about right.
The guide books tend to slate the capital of Parikia - but we liked it a lot for its vitality compared to the rest of the island, and a couple of good cafes and restaraunts.
Jane and I hired a car and once I got accustomed to the Greeks freestyle driving methods, we had a great time exploring the island.
May is a good time to visit as its green, uncrowded and is just about swimmable with all the beaches uncluttered.