The island of Paros is high on the list of popular holiday options in the Greek islands. The island has witnessed a great development in tourism, hosting up-to-date establishments and hotels across it. A steady stream of visitors comes to the island every summer to spend their vacation. The Cycladic island is famous for its beautiful beaches, charming coastal villages and lively nightlife. Paros also offers a lot of interesting sites, including Byzantine churches, monasteries, and ancient monuments.
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Among the things to see and do during your Paros vacation, Parikia, the island capital, is worth taking a stroll around. A typical Cycladic town with whitewashed houses lining paved streets with archways, Parikia is the main harbor of the island. The highest point of Parikia is Kastro, the old Venetian neighborhood with walls that have been constructed with parts of ancient temples. The town has an interesting museum that houses various relics from different periods of Greek history. One of the earliest Christian churches in Greece, the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, is located in Parikia and is believed to have been built by Saint Helen in 300 AD.
Naoussa, Piso Livadi, Marpissa, Lefkes, and Aliki are some of the most picturesque villages to visit on your Paros vacation. With charming ports hosting moored fishing boats, pretty bays, tranquil beaches, ruins of Venetian castles, fascinating Byzantine churches, ancient windmills and waterfront taverns, those villages are places of outstanding natural beauty and are certainly worth a visit on your vacations.
Paros can satisfy all kinds of holidaymakers, whether you are looking for vivid nightlife or want to unwind in a peaceful location. For those who love water sports, Paros offers the best options for sporting adventures. The island is blessed with unique weather and wind conditions, and infrastructure has been significantly developed to cater to a large number of tourists who are drawn to the island year after year to enjoy the great beaches and the highly organized watersport facilities. In fact, the island offers such perfect sailing conditions that it hosts the P.W.A. (Professional Windsurfers Association) World Cup every year. The event is held in early August on New Golden Beach.
Accommodation options are plenty for an enjoyable Paros vacation. Most of the hotels are located in the two main towns of the island - Parikia and Naoussa. Besides common hotels and rooms to rent, fully-furnished houses are also available for guests and provide some measure of privacy during your holidays. For those who want to spend only beach vacations in Paros, there are several hotels and resorts right on the beautiful coasts of the island.