Located in the heart of the Cyclades, Paros island is the third-largest island of the complex. Third in popularity after Mykonos and Santorini, Paros is considered one of the most beautiful islands of Greece with very exquisite beaches and interesting architecture. Easily accessible by ferry or plane from Athens and from other islands, Paros is preferred by both families and young people.
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A typical Cycladic island, the architecture of Paros distinguishes for the whitewashed houses, the narrow streets, the flowered balconies and the picturesque churches all around the countryside. The coastline of Paros varies with rocky and sandy spots, but the water is always clean and crystal. Your favorite times in Paros will be swimming in the beaches and walking around the picturesque villages.
Parikia is the capital and main harbor of the island, where most facilities can be found. On the northern side of Paros is Naoussa, a picturesque harbor town with Venetian architecture and a romantic atmosphere. The small fishing port of Naoussa gets very lively at night as it is lined up with lounge bars, cafeterias, and delicious fish taverns. Another village worth visiting in Lefkes, the old capital of the island, located just in the center of Paros.
The most popular beaches of Paros are found on the southeastern side. There, the youth will enjoy themselves in the busy beach of Pounda with the all-day beach bars, the families will relax in the many sandy beaches of that region, while windsurfers will head to the Golden Beach and the New Golden Beach, two very popular beaches for wind sports. In fact, the Windsurfing World Cup takes place every year on the Golden Beach and the Kiteboarding World Cup is held on Pounta beach (in front of Antiparos island).
Apart from summer vacations, Paros gives great chances to experience other hobbies, such as trekking, horse riding, and even yoga.
As this island is located in the center of Cyclades, holidays on Paros can be easily combined to holidays on another Greek island, and certainly a visit to Antiparos, a small island popular among campers.