Kostos Paros: Kostos is a nice village located 7 km from Parikia, the capital of the island and accessible on the way from Parikia to Lefkes. Built at an altitude of 160 meters, the first house of the village was constructed in the Venetian times. Today, it has a population of about 235 permanent residents and most of them are involved in farming.
This small village is the birthplace of a notable writer and philosopher, Athanasios Parios, who developed a great writing activity and worked as a teacher in different parts of Greece, during the Greek revolution. Today, his home is open to the public and at the entrance of the village there is a monument dedicated to him as a symbol of gratitude on behalf of the islanders.
Kostos has Cycladic architecture with whitewashed houses and beautiful churches, while it marks out for its pure beauty and natural surrounding, totally unaffected from tourism. The people are friendly and hospitable. Trees in the square offer enough shade to drink a coffee in a traditional cafeteria. Despite its size, Kostos is a village with noticeable feasts during summer months, such as the feast of Agia Marina on July 17th and Agios Panteleimonas on June 27th.
Within a distance of 3 km, there is Marathi, a village known for the marble quarries that are found closeby. There are very few accommodation and tourist facilities in Kostos, as the village is totally unaffected from tourism.