Everything about the Island of Paros.
Paros is situated in the centre of the Cyclades; it has 120km of coastline and numerous attractive natural bays. Among its gently rolling hills and its hinterland, white washed villages, small settlements and family farm houses are scattered: Paros today is home to 15000 permanent inhabitants, as well as many “summer-time residents” andthousands of loyally returning visitors.
Additionally, Paros features a full range of all kinds of shops, various types of cafes, restaurants to taste greek specialities, and to finish the night with music, bars and dancing venues. For the athletic types; facilities and sports clubs exists all around Paros, various kinds of schools for Kite Surf, Diving, Windsurfing, Snorkelling, Tennis clubs... Or if you prefer spend time in many art galleries, artists in residence facilities and more.
Monasteries and Churches
All around Paros & Antiparos, up to the most remote regions, you can see small white chapels. There are also numerous monasteries, large multi-level constructions surrounded by protective walls with an interior courtyard –a sophisticated architectural style that emerged due to the fear of pirate attacks. The churches of Paros are built in a noticeable variety of styles: small or large, with domes, some connected, some with plain roof cross, others with artistic bell towers. Each one is linked to a historical fact, a myth, a miracle maker... Each one unique.
Parikia Archaeological Sites:
- Ancient Cemetery, 8th cent. BC. Mass grave-site unique in the Aegean, opposite the marina.
- Venetian Castle, 13th cent. AD. In the centre of the traditional settlement.
- Water Fountains, surrounded by ornate marble engravings. Donated by the Mado Marrogenous' family, there are several throughout the main streets of Parikia.
- Asclepios, 4th cent. BC. Temple of worship in honour of Asclepios, the god of medicine, in the countryside on the road to Aliki.
- Old Workshop at Tholo, archaeological workshop from the archaic era, near the peripheral road.
- Sacred Temple of Delio, 5th cent. BC.
- Temple in honor of God Apollo, at Krios.
- Marathi Ancient Marble Quarry, on the road Parikia-Lefkes. Here, the famous Parian marble was mined. Unique in its transparency and purity, the Parian marble has been used in sculpture masterpieces by ancient artists, such as: Fidias, Skopas, Praxitelis and others. The famous Venus de Milo is also made up Parian Marble.
- The Road Parikia-Naoussa, is scattered with monuments of the Roman and Byzantine periods.
- Archaeological Museum of Parikia, behind the church of Ekatontapiliani. Exhibits of 6000 years old artifacts, like: 'The Fat Woman of Saliangos', Cycladic idols, statues (Niki 5th BC, Gorgon 6th BC, Parian Chronicles - marble inscriptions of the 3rd BC, and more).
- Byzantine Museum, at Ekatontapiliani Church. Exhibits rare icons and priceless artifacts. Art Galeries :
- Apothiki Gallery, in the old city near to the Venetian Castro; organizes modern art events with the participation of international artists, often with global reputation.
- Holland Tunnell Monasteries and churches :
- Ekatontapyliani or Katopoliani( the church of 100 doors), 4th cent. BC. The landmark of Paros. It is one of the most significant Early-Christian monuments in Greece. On the southern side there is the marble baptismal font, the oldest and best preserved of its kind in all of the eastern Orthodox countries. There are various myths connected with this church. It celebrates its patron, the Virgin Mary, on the 15th of August with the most spectacular festivities of the year.
- Monastery Agia Anargiri, on a nearby hill overlooking Parikia with spectacular sunset views.
- Monastery Agios Arsenios, Butterfly Valley.
- Monastery Logovarda, (men visitors only).
- Monastery Thapsana, ( women visitors only).
- Situated on the Hill of Kefalos, in Agio Antonio area, east of Marpissa, don’t forget to visit the Ruins of the Venetian Castle, 15th cent AD.
Monasteries and Churches:
- Monastery Agios Antonis, on top of Kefalos Hill. It can also be reached by an uphill path; the view
from its courtyard is rewarding.
- Monastery Agios Pantokratoras
- Old Church of Metamorphosis: 14th cent. BC. Next to the windmills.
Museums and Art Galeries:
- Folklore Museum, in the centre of the village. Traditional objects of local residents.
- Perantinos Museums, with 192 statues of this famous marble sculptor.
- Byzantine Art Gallery with princeless icons.
- Pontoporos Galery, near to the Venetian port, hosts exhibitions of modern art.
- Byzantine & post Byzantines icons, inside the church of Agios Athanassios
- Folklore Collection « Othona Kapari », near the central square: old books and artifacts.
- Folklore Collection by the Music & Dance Group of Naoussa, 200m from the central square.Old Times :
- Koukounaries: 12th cent. BC. Mycenaean Palace (Acropolis), 50,000m2 in size, at Kolimbithres. Significant pieces taken from here are on display at the Paros Archaeological Museum.
- Plastiras: cemetery of the First Cycladic era, with characteristic idols, at Kolimbithres.
- Village fortified, , on the island of Economou, at Lageri bay
- Vénitien Castle « Kasteli »: 15th cent. AD. Protects the harbor of Naoussa from the north, work of the Sommaripa dynasty.
Monasteries and Churches:
- Monastery Agios Andreas: 1648 AD Next to the center of the village.
- Monastery Agios Ioannis Theologos: 16th cent AD
- Monastery Agios Ioannis Detis, at cape Korakas.
- Church of Virgin Mary « Koimiseos »
- Church of Virgin Mary « Pantanassas »
A Drios, you will see Trenches in the rocks, created by the Parians, to pull out and protect the ship on the
shore of Drios.
Monasteries and Churches:
- Monastery Agios Georgos Lagadas: 1664 : located among unspoilt countryside.
Church of Agios Ioannis Theologos
- Church of Agios George Thalassitis
- Church of Agios Nicolas-Analipsi
Lefkes Monasteries and Churches:
- Church of the Holly Trinity, Ornamented with a precious icon screen, carved columns and other features all made out of fine Parian marble. The church is connected with some interesting local myths.
- Monastery Agios Ioannis Kaparos
- Yria Folklore Museum, with hand-made textiles and other everyday objects of Parian life.
- Museums of Aegean Folklore with old furniture, tools and other important exhibits
Kostos: Small Typical village
- Monastery Agios Minas, Marathi
- Church of Saint Panteleimonas
Churches and Monasteries:
- Monastery Agii Theodoroi, next to Ageria.
- Monastery Agios Ioannis Spiliotis, at Tripiti - Church of Agios Georgios, Ageria.
Museums and Art Galeries :
- Scorpios Museums of Cycladic Folklore, where one can see miniatures of ships and of characteristics Cycladic buildings.
- Anemomilos (Windmill) Gallery, with art exhibits and handicraft events.
Somes beaches: Faragas, Piso Aliki, Agios Nikolaos, Makria Miti.