Paros Architecture

Paros is popular worldwide for its Cycladic architecture as it is characterized by the traditional whitewashed houses with the blue windows and flowered yards. The traditional villages of Naoussa, Lefkes, Marpissa, and Parikia are characteristic examples of Aegean settlements that attract many visitors for their amazing construction and quiet locations. There the beautiful work of the local craftsmen is still featured in many houses, fountains, and monasteries who managed to restore and take great care of their houses. The whole island is divided into small quarters with narrow alleys, built close to the castle, houses stuck to one another and strong walls built like a fortress to protect the island from the pirates' invasions.

In many villages, the architecture of Paros is quite exceptional and original. The Parian marble appears during the 15th century and today we can see many architectural marvels built with Parian marble. Apart from the elegant mansions and the whitewashed houses, there is another type of houses that exists in the countryside of Paros island, the farmhouses that consist mainly of storage areas for the daily agricultural products.

Apart from the typical folklore architecture, the island offers a mixture of Byzantine, Archaic and Frankish Castle that stand in the highest point of Paros should not be missed as well as other sites that witness the island's rich history. A long walk in the narrow labyrinth paths and archways will lead you to the countless small churches and white traditional windmills, the trademark of Paros from where you get an amazing view to the sea. Paros austere character, aesthetics and charm make the perfect destination full of interesting places to visit, natural shapes and colors.

Visitors can enjoy their stay in many of the traditional hotels that have respected the traditional Cycladic architecture.

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