Naoussa is a small fishing village, complete with fishing boats, trawlers, and an old lighthouse on one end of the harbour. The main street bordering the harbour is lined up with restaurants, tavernas, bistros and small pubs.
One should be there towards sunset as the setting sun creates an aura of golden ripples everywhere you look. And with the setting of the sun, all these beautiful cafeteries and tavernas come into life bordering the jetty.
There are also shops and vendors for common items, tit bits and snacks, gift items and small grocery items nearby.
This is the best place to finsih your Paros travel with an exquisite Greek seafood dinner.
This was a truly greek signposted attraction, the sign pointed down a road you come to a fork in the road and yes there is no further sign. Eventually through great perseverance and some cooler weather we found it , realised we had passed it 2 or 3 times but then you would not expect it to be in the basement of a modern building! However it was worth a look.
This is a 16th century church and also a byzantine museum which exhibits some marvellous icons, relics and carvings from the byzantine and turkish periods. Inside the church it is truly beautiful, I do not believe in taking pictures inside places of holy stature so you have to believe me that it is fantastic. In size and state of preservation it is one of the most famous christian monuments and dates back to 280 AD. Legend is that 99 doors have been counted and when the 100 is found it will be a sign that Constantinople will once more be Greek.
Not far up the hill from parikea is the marble quarry. The marble from the quarry is so translucense lots of famous temples including Delphi and Olympia were made from it. They have spent so much time laying a marble path which is marvelous. When you get to the end of the road there is an entrance to the quarry , however we gave it a miss as it looked a bit unsafe. There is however nice views in the area and I got a few nice pics.
Do not go to paros without taking the trip across to anti paros. A ten minute boat trip 7 euros each way with a car! The cave is probably the most spectacular sight you will see in a long time. It is like a film set but it is for real. We could only take pictures outside the cave but if you visit an internet sight then you can see and read about the cave in more detail. Fascinating!
This delightful village is definately worth a visit. The small harbour is the epitamy of greek fishing boat pictures. The tavernas and kafeneons are so traditional and I suspect have been designed to stay that way. The small winding streets are great for browsing and window shopping. But if you like a bargain go to parikea.
Parian Marble was using in the creation of
- the parian chronicle (263 BC)
- the winged victory (220 BC)
- venus de milo (130 BC)
- napolean's tomb (1840)
The ancient parian marble quary is an interesting place to visit and has some old stone ruins including a tower and a few smaller stone buildings. In addition there is a mine which can be explored using a flashlight. I didn't have a flash light and was on my own so I didn't explore it. I was unable to find any additional information on the mine searching the internet but would love to hear how big it is and if there is anything to see inside it.
Paros has an old byzantine path leading from Lefkes to Prodromas. Ask the locals to tell you where it starts :) Its a pleasant walk but wear good shoes as its a little rocky in parts. In Summer bring water with you.
The Cycladic towns and villages are well known for their charm. Its amazing how easy it is to get lost in a tiny village, but of course that was the reason for the design when centuries ago the inhabitants lived in fear of pirates!
Everywhere you go on the Cyclades you'll see the iconic blue domes. Sometimes it sees that there are more churchs than inhabitants and some of the churchs are located in such inaccessable places you'd wonder how they were ever built. Every farm seems to have its own sturdy tiny church.
This famous and ancient church will be on your itinerary as its in the main town on the Island. What I found fascinating was the structure of the church and the baptistry as they date back to a time when many of the inhabitants of the island would have been converted as adults (such structures are not seen in Greek orthodox churchs as it is no longer a church that very actively seeks converts). If you close your eyes this helps transport you back to the later days of the Roman Empire when Greece was slowly being converted away from its classical beliefs and into Christianity.
Didn't actually count the doors but pretty sure there weren't a hundred, which is probably just as well ;)
Antiparos island is separated from Paros Island by a narrow channel 1.5 kilometers more o less. One of the island’s attractions is the impressive caves of Stalactites on the hill of Agios Ioannis, on the south of the island. Dont miss.
You can reach the island from Pounda (10 kilometers S. from Parikia) where departs a small ferry each hour or by caique in high season.
At more o less 20 kilometers S.E. from the capital Parikia there is a wonderful place, The Golden beach. The site is very calm and normally there are not crowds jumping around you or covering your face with sand.
The place is quiet and you can enjoy windsurfing or sailing renting the equipment in there. The sand is very nice and the waters are like crystal. At few meters of the seaside there are bars and a restaurants offering typical greek foods and a cold beer. Thats enough, you dont need more tho get an unforgettable memory of The Golden Beach.
A simple Refreshing wak along the Jetty and Harbour .. with all the beautiful white sail boats , colourful shops and the windmill at the centre ...
Relaxing and Refreshing
Lefkes village is a must see, everywhere is is so picturesque and pretty, also very traditional. the people are also very proud and seem happy to put up with the constant stream of visitors.