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The island of Paros is high on the list of popular holiday options in the Greek islands and in recent years, the island has witnessed a great development in tourism. A steady stream of visitors come to the island every summer to enjoy their Paros vacation. This Cycladic island is famous for the beautiful beaches, the charming coastal villages, and the intense nightlife. Paros' tourism also offers a lot of interesting sites, including Byzantine churches, monasteries, and ancient monuments.
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Among things to see during your Paros vacation, Parikia, the island capital, is worth taking a stroll around. A typical Cycladic town with whitewashed two-storied 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 whose walls 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 the park of Parikia and it 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, where colorful fishing boats are moored, pretty bays, tranquil beaches, ruins of Venetian castles, fascinating Byzantine churches, ancient windmills and waterfront taverns, the villages are places of outstanding natural beauty and are certainly worth a visit on your vacations.
Paros' vacations satisfy all kinds of holidaymakers, either looking for an active nightlife or wanting 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 water sports 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 they provide some measure of privacy during your holidays. For those who want to spend only beach vacations in Paros, there are plenty of hotels and resorts right on the beautiful coasts of the island.