Paros - a must see in the Cyclades
If someone had one day to spend in Paros, I would tell them to spend it in Naoussa.
The beaches, the shopping, the fishing boats all around are parts of what made it my favorite island in the Cyclades Paros was gorgeous... Not as touristy as Santorini, but the Naoussa area was beautiful and full of things too do!
Great seafood, and lots of restaurants off the water... Beautiful beaches (rent a scooter and head up to Monestierri Beach, and then one day over to Santa Maria - they are both fantastic
No need to stay in a hotel with a pool, riding the scooter around to the different beaches provided the best site seeing of all. (We stayed at Kanales, with a gorgeous pool, that we did not go in once! Next time we are staying at Leonardo Apartments)
As you enter the main tourist area in Naoussa, there is a shop called Tantanhc - owned by a Paros native who prides himself on carrying home decor and (tasteful) souveniers from all over Greece - hand-blown glass, religious items, I picked up 6 handpainted jewelry boxes as well as a lantern! Plus, the owner will ship anywhere so you do not have to worry about dragging your breakables around with you!
Also, in the main area we went to a restaurant called Romantica, where we ordered a platter of the most incredible lamb chops (pidakia) that I have ever had
We went to a seafood place one night, about 15 minutes from the main area, call Christiana's (not sure of exact spelling!) where the father fishes and the son runs the restaurant where they serve up barbouni, scorpina, lobster, and a host of traditional Greek dishes!