Paros geographically belongs to the Cycladic group of islands situated in the center of the Aegean Sea. Paros is located between the islands of Naxos and Sifnos. Its length from north to south is 13 miles, its width across the center is 10 miles, and its total land surface area is 165 sq. km.
Paros is rich in marble, which played a pivotal role in local history. The marble of Paros was famous during ancient times and was exported to other countries around the region. Marble export brought tremendous wealth to the island. Ancient sculptors used to create statues with it, and it was considered the finest marble for temple construction.
The total population of Paros today is about 12,000 people. The main port and island's capital is Parikia, located on the west coast, while Naoussa, the second most renowned village, lies on the northern side. The tallest peak of Paros is Prophet Elias, which rises 770 m above sea level.
Numerous villages in the region are scattered along the mountain slopes, the valleys, or the coastline. Some of them serve as tourist resorts, while other areas have maintained their original character. A wildlife hospital for the protection and rehabilitation of wild birds and animals has been established on the island's northern side.
The geography of Paros is similar to the other islands of the Cyclades. Its soil is fertile, with vines growing all over the island. The wines of Paros are pretty famous from ancient times for their excellent aromatic flavor. Many locals produce and trade the wine of Paros all over Greece and abroad. In addition to tourism, the locals' vocations include fishing, agriculture, and cattle breeding.
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