The Venetian Fortress of Naoussa in Paros Greece, Cyclades: The Venetian Fort of Naoussa is located in the old port and it is the most characteristic spot of this lovely town. Originally constructed in the 15th century by the Venetians, the fortress was used as a watchtower for pirate and enemy attacks and as a front line in times of war. Its location was very convenient for surveilling the Aegean Sea and due to its architecture, it was very difficult for enemy ships to approach the close port where commercial ships used to moor.
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Today only part of this fort survives a half-submerged watchtower that is connected to the mainland with a short path. Originally there was a second watchtower that no longer survives. These towers had a large iron gate that made commercial transactions easier. Just opposite the fort of Naoussa, there are today lovely bars and fish taverns. In the past, on the location of these bars, there were Venetian storehouses. After the Venetians, the fort was conquered by Russians and finally by Ottomans.
Paros Island is part of the Cyclades and stands up with the perfect mix between traditional architecture and the cosmopolitan atmosphere. Definitely an island that has to be discovered! Take our water taxi from Naxos early in the morning and head to the Naousa port, where your independent journey will begin. Enjoy the picturesque port, take a walk on the seafront alley and admire the moored fishermen`s boats. You can also stop at one restaurant and try some fresh fish dishes before going to explore the rest of the island.
A local bus can take you to Parikia, the capital of the island, where you can visit some important sightseeing like the Archaeological Museum, the old market street or the Church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani – an important symbol of Greek Orthodoxy. Go for a walk on the typical narrow streets with whitewashed buildings and take advantage of every beautiful corner for creating stunning photography. You can also rent a car and visit some places that are not accessible by public transportation or you can take a water taxi and go to see the beaches on the other side of the bay. Go for a swim, relax and return in time to take your water taxi back to Naxos.
The Venetian Castle is located in the village of Naoussa.
Private transfers: We recommend using an online pre-booked Paros transfer service, which provides transfer by taxi, minibus or private VIP car and arranging a pickup directly from the port, airport or your hotel. Alternatively, there’s the option of arranging a pickup by a local driver directly at the following numbers: 0030 694 4540 556, 0030 694 4668 331, 0030 699 9450 800 or book your taxi online.
Car rental: Τhere’s the option of renting a car in Paros with as little as 14 euros per day and pick it up directly from the airport, port or your hotel. Using a car rental allows visitors to discover the Byzantine Museum and many other places of interest in Paros at their own pace.
Public transfers: The central bus station of the island is located at the main port of Paros (Parikia). There are several buses from Parikia to Naoussa during the day. Consider that time schedules might change according to the season. Check the official timetables here. Tip: Since buses don’t always stop in every scheduled stop of their itinerary, our advice to visitors is to inform the driver about their final destination, so that he makes a stop there.