Really interesting when you see it in the pictures, but when I got there I got a little disappointed. It is not that bad, but I guess it was not what I expected. First thing is that it is so crowded and the waters are very shallow, so you almost swim (as much as you can do that of course) in other people's sun screen! The unique thing though about this place is that the rocks around the beach and in the water are so nicely curved and sculptured that some of them look like bath tubs. That is almost the meaning of the word "Kolybithres" after all. The rocks are not dangerous there, a bit slippery maybe at some places cause they are very smooth.
Pounda Beach is probably the most popular. It is almost always very crowded but quite organized with deck chairs and a fancy beach bar. Loud music playing all day long. Most of the times during the high season you can find people drunk or not dancing around and on the bar. Most people call it the coolest place on the island ... but I guess it depends on ones tastes.
There are crowded beaches and less popular ones. Personaly I am fond of quiet beaches, like Dryos. Lovely clean beach that is not crowded even during August. There are some nice tavernas around there where you can eat delicious sea food.
Not crowded as Mykonos, here u can have the coolest night walks between the narrow roads of Parikia, sit below a huge tree and order a gin...its just perfect. And maybe have the luck to be invited by a local to go to a raggie party in Antiparos (the small sister island)...the rest I leave to your imagination
The small harbour resort full of sugar cube houses, fishing boats and marble flagstones.
Its pretty, photogenic - and in July and August very crowded (so they tell me - we were there in May when it was very quiet).
Loads of greek food restauraunts, a few good bars (including one run by Sue and Alan an English couple who have set up home in Paros) and your typical tourist shops.
Tucked up in the hills in the middle of the island is Lefkes - easy to get to by bus or rented wheels. Best in the early morning or evening when the heat and the crowds are off-peak.
Just go for a wander up, down and around the winding alleys - not too touristy and plenty of relaxed atmosphere.
If you have got a car or moped and are feeling adventurous - turn left when you leave the car park and work your way up the mountain to the monastery - amazing views and a very fresh wind!!!
Paros has a lot of great beaches. We really don't like spending our vacation on the beach but it is nice to take a day now and then to relax and have fun. We visited the Kolymvythres beach located west of Naoussa. It is a beautiful beach and seperated into coves by cool rock formation. Even though the beach is popular we got a hold of our "private" bay there.
The kalderimi is lined with old marble and takes you down through the rural countryside of eastern Paros for 3-4 km. Naxos is clearly visible across the narrow sea strait. We walked the ancient road alone on this day.
Medieval times in the Cyclades meant feudalism Venetian-style. After Byzantine feudal authority collapsed wtih the Crusader sack of Constantinople, early in the 1200's, most of the Cyclades were split up among Venetians, who ruled for 300 years when the Turks took nominal control. Venetian legacy is everpresent around Paros, as in much of the rest of the Cyclades. Roman Catholic missions constantly tried to convince the Orthodox natives of the error of their ways - for the most part, unsuccessfully. Here, at Lefkes, a beautiful Roman Catholic church reminds us of an earlier Paroian chapter.
It is a charming town to simply wander about in, admiring the whitewashed Cycladic houses, adorned with gorgeous flowers. Streets twist and turn, leading to the big Catholic church. Naxos is far off across the waters to the east. Silence holds fast in the afternoon heat.
One of Paros' prettier towns in the interior is Lefkes. Taking the bus up from Paroika, you pass the ancient marble quarries at Marathi. They have long been abandoned, having last been used to provide stone for Napoleon's Tomb. Lefkes was Paros' medieval capital, set up high off of the coast to avoid the many pirate attacks that laid waste to the seaboard areas of the island.
The main port of Paros, Paroika is the chief town and bus hub for the island. It is a pleasant little, flat, Cycladic town. A main street winds through the town center lined with shops. On the west side of town, near a park of pine trees, is the Ekatontapylani - the church of a hundred doors. The church dates back to the 6th century, though there have been many revisions since then.
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It always called my attention the devotion of these country to their religion, all over the country.
When I entered this church, a large group of visitors (greeks I supposed) were depositing their wishes and petitions in this little box.
You could see how they made their best effort to cramp as much words as possible in the tiny little paper.
This is an impresive Byzantine monument.
Notice anything different? It's the only church in Parikia that is not white.
This is more than a simple church, many legends surround this place. It was started by St. Helen, the mother of Constantine, while on a pilgrimage to find the path to the True Cross. As is the greek custom when in trouble at sea, she vowed to build a church on this spot.
Another legend surrounds the gates, or doorways. Ekatontapylani was made up of three interlocking buildings, with 99 doors and windows. According to legend, when the 100th door is found, Constantinople (Istanbul) will return to the Greeks.