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Villages of Paros

Parikia

Parikia is the capital of Paros and the only passenger and cargo port of the island. Its name keeps from the first Byzantine years when the today''s jewel of the island, Panagia Ekatontapyliani was a shelter for the residents who gradually settled down in the Old City.
You will take a first taste of the bluewhite of Parikia and you will be eager to go around it from the very first moment you will see Paros, before the ship manages to dock at the port. Whitewashed houses with blue windows are stretched from the edge of the hill to the sea. Paved cobbled streets “mix up” with one another and lead either to the sea, or to Panagia Ekatontapyliani, or the Venetian Castle of the 13th century A.D. The region of Kastro is in the southwest of the city and keeps its strictly traditional and picturesque atmosphere away from modernization.
The road that connects the traditional settlement with the modern noisy area is Lochagou Fokianou street which starts from Kastro and will lead you to the heart of the city''s market. Walk, go shopping and enjoy traditional tastes in the cafes of the hospitable people of Paros.
You should visit Panagia Ekatontapyliani that rises in the centre of the city and is one of the most significant monuments of Greece. The stroll around Ekatontapyliani keeps many surprises such as the Archaeological Museum, the Monastery of the Franks, Manto Mavrogenous house and the imposing neoclassical mansions.
You should also visit the Monastery of Aghiïi Anargiroi that almost hangs in the top of the hill where the city is stretched and enjoy the magnificent view of Parikia.
In Parikia you will find many banks, a super market, travel agencies, health centre and pharmacies. As far as the accommodation and your entertainment are concerned, there are lodgings and restaurants for every taste and available budget and fulfil all visitors'' demands.

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Naoussa

For many it''s the most beautiful and picturesque small port of the Aegean Sea. For others it''s the heart of the island''s nightlife. Some others though are satisfied with the simple charm of a walk through its narrow paved streets. The only thing for certain is that all people have a reason to visit Naoussa again and again. You should probably feel the same as, no matter how many days you will stay on the island, they will not be enough to enjoy the picture of the windless small port that is full of colours from the dozens of fishing boats and the thousands of tourists who stroll it daily until they end up into one of the old storehouses of the fishermen that today are bars and ouzo taverns.
A peculiar characteristic of Naoussa is that, besides the fact that it is a busy tourist resort, it has not lost its traditional character. The modern and noisy present of the settlement doesn''t alter its past at all. The Venetian Castle of the 14th century A.D. that rises in the port''s entrance will travel you to a past time while, at the same time, some on the opposite side will be having fun in the wild rhythms of today.
A walk through the inner part of Naoussa into the narrow whitewashed streets will unveil you its authentic Cycladic identity and will give you the chance for shopping as its shops are characterized for their good taste.
It is worth visiting Aghios Athanassios in the west entrance of the village where the Relics Collection of Byzantine and After Byzantine Art of Naoussa is housed and also where the two Folk Museums and the Monastery of Logovarda, just outside of Naoussa to the road to Parikia, are.
In Naoussa, which is 10 kilometres away from Parikia and is located in the north part of the island, you will find many banks, pharmacies, travel agencies and car rental offices and of course plenty of lodgings which will make your stay in the region unforgettable.

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Kostos

Kostos is located in the mainland of the island approximately 8 kilometres southeast of Parikia. It is the smallest village of Paros and is located at the road that connects Parikia with Lefkes. The settlement is built at 180 meters altitude and the region has not been altered by tourism. In the entrance of the village you will enjoy the shadow of the high pines of the square and you will drink your coffee in one of the traditional cafes that are around the square, along with the simple and hospitable people of the village. You should visit the church of Aghios Panteleimonas with its magnificent wooden temple and walk in the white picturesque streets which will lead you to the house (southeast of Aghios Panteleimonas) where Athanassios Parios a great Greek nation''s teacher of the pre Greek Revolution period was born.
 

Lefkes

As you go southeast leaving Kostos behind you will find the beautiful Lefkes at 250 meters altitude. Lefkes were founded in the 16th century A.D. probably from refugees who abandoned Crete and Peloponnese. The unmatchable natural beauty of the village in combination with the Cycladic architecture will definitely steal your heart, especially if you are looking for the good holidays triptych: quality - relaxation - tranquility.
Your magical wandering in Lefkes is in one way coercive as the moment you arrive in the village you have no other choice but to leave your car in the parking area. As you walk in the narrow streets you will admire the tiny houses with the whitewashed yards and the colourful flowers, you will walk through the picturesque Cycladic arches and you will stop to rest in the famous traditional café in the village''s square. You should also taste the delicious traditional dishes in the picturesque taverns and meet the ceramic art in the local workshops that operate there.
In Lefkes you will find numerous churches of the 15th and 16th centuries A.D. with the church of Aghia Triada of the marble temple and the valuable Byzantine icons to be the most important of all.
The cultural activities are plenty in the village during the summer and especially in August due to the efforts of the cultural centre “Yria” which organizes music festivals and theatrical plays every year.
For those who love trekking you should not miss the Byzantine path that connects Lefkes with Prodromos. The Byzantine path was built approximately 1.000 years ago with marble stones and will guide you to a magnificent natural landscape with olive groves and myrtles.

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Prodromos

In 5 kilometers distance from Lefkes you will find the picturesque Prodromos with the white houses and the beautiful churches. It owes its name to the parish church of Aghios Ioannis Prodromos (17th century A.D.) while during the Medieval Times it was known as Dragoulas or Tragoulas. A walk to the whitewashed streets is enough for you to enjoy the hospitality of Paros in the traditional cafes and the taverns of the village.
 

Marmara

In very close distance from Prodromos you will find Marmara which owes its name to the marbles (marmara) that were used for the decoration of mansions and churches of the village. Admire the architecture of the Aegean Sea as you walk through the narrow whitewashed streets.
It is worth making a stop in each of the significant churches of the village (Koimisi of Theotokos with the wooden temple and the tomb of the 17th century A.D., Aghios Savvas with its astonishing campanile of 1606 e.t.c.). In Marmara you will find a regional infirmary, a dental clinic, traditional cafes, taverns and few lodgings. The plain of Marmara, a rural region full of gardens which are fenced with reeds, is stretched to the sea and all down to the beach of Molos.
 

Marpissa

As you go southeast leaving Marmara behind you will find Marpissa, 17 kilometres away from Parikia.
Marpissa is amphitheatrically built over a hill at 40 meters altitude and was founded during the 15th century A.D. Marpissa still preserves something of its Medieval Times atmosphere today. At the same time it totally follows the Cycladic laws that all settlements on the island have: white houses, whitewashed yards with flowers, picturesque windmills, churches, all placed in such a way that will definitely charm you. You should visit the churches of the 16th century A.D. (Aghios Dimitrios, Mesosporitissa, Evangelistria) and the Folk Museum. You should not miss to ascend to the top of Kefalos hill east of Marpissa. There you will enjoy the magnificent view of eastern Paros and the Paros - Naxos narrow sea pass and you should visit the monastery of Aghios Antonios of the 16th century A.D. In the settlement you will find taverns and cafes, lodgings, regional infirmary, super market and pharmacy.
 

Pisso Livadi

Pisso Livadi is a beautiful coastal settlement 4 kilometers away from Marpissa and is recommended for family vacations as it has very good tourism infrastructure (hotels, lodgings, fish taverns, cafes, bars). Walk along the picturesque port where many fish boats are moored, swim in the clean sandy beach and enjoy mezedes with ouzo at the beach.

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Dryos

As you leave Pisso Livadi behind and after you pass through the beaches of Logaras, Pounda, Tserdakia (Nea Chryssi Akti) and Chryssi Akti, you will reach Dryos, a green coastal village with running waters that is 25 kilometers away from Parikia. Despite the fact that the village has tourism infrastructure, it has kept its traditional Cycladic color and is a wise choice for those who wish to avoid cosmopolitan holidays.
The beach of Dryos with its thin pebble is ideal for you to enjoy swimming and to avoid crowds. The carved rocks in the end of the beach, where the people used to protect their boats from the wilderness of the sea during the ancient times according to the tradition, are typical of the place. In Dryos you will find hotels and lodgings, taverns, a super market, travel agencies and rent-a-car services.
 

Pounda (of Antiparos)

Pounda is located 8 kilometers south of Parikia and is a coastal resort settlement. Ferry boats depart daily to Antiparos from its picturesque small port. Pounda is only one nautical mile away from Antiparos so you can enjoy the view of the whole north coast of Antiparos from its beautiful beaches. In Pounda you will find all the modern tourist comforts (taverns, hotels, café, mini markets) while modern scuba diving schools and surf clubs operate at its beaches.
 

Alyki

As you go south leaving Pounda behind you will find Alyki, another coastal settlement which is ideal for relaxed family vacations. Alyki is built very close to the magnificent sandy beach where you may eat delicious food in one of its traditional taverns.
There you will find few bars to enjoy your drink once the sun begins to set. Apart from lodgings in the village you will also find a pharmacy store and a super market while the kinder garden and the soccer fields, basketball and volleyball courts will definitely be key spots for having your children a pleasant time. Don't miss to visit the Cycladic Folk Museum “Skorpios” of the self-educated artist Benetos Skiadas.

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Agaeria

As you continue the road from Alyki you will find Agaeria on your left. Agaeria is 12 kilometres away from Parikia and keeps its traditional character to the utmost.
If you love trekking follow the two trekking routes one to the monastery of Aghioi Theodoroi, which is located in an ideal spot with view to the endless blue of the Aegean and one to the monastery of Aghios Yiannis Spiliotis.