Located near Mykonos and Naxos, Paros is known to be right in the heart of the Cyclades groups of islands in Greece. Famous for its tourism industry, Paros was historically known for its fine quality marbles. Today there are quite a few abandoned marble quarries. Shaped like a fat pear, Paros is around 165 square kilometres. It has many beaches and lots of opportunities to enjoy water sports. Archaeological and historic sites abound in Paros, making it a must-visit island.
The cultural and commercial center of Paros, Parikia is also its capital and main harbour. Like most capital cities on the Greek islands, Parikia, too, is built amphitheatrically around the harbour. All buildings around the town are typically Greek with whitewashed cubic houses and coloured doors. You can take a car for hire in Paros and drive around Parikia’s lovely residential areas. Also worth visiting is the monastery of the Jesus of the Woods, which stands atop a hill offering a gorgeous view of the town.
Just about ten kilometres from the capital in the eastern direction, Naoussa is a beautiful fishing town. Its port is lined with friendly taverns and cafes serving the best seafood on the island. You can rent a car in Paros and head to Naoussa for a nice weekend full of sightseeing and great food. One of the most interesting places here is the Agios Antonios. This church is built in the traditional style and is believed to protect all fishermen. For wine lovers, Naoussa has an interesting wine museum that is worth a visit.
Situated close to Parikia, Marathi (Akrotiri) is a wonderful village that was once known for its exquisite marble quarries. So famous was the marble from Marathi that is was used to make sculptures like the Aphrodite of Milos, the temples of Delos Island, and a lot more. Now the old quarries are historical sites, and you can get a car for rent in Paros to visit them. These quarries date back to the third millennium B.C and have underground corridors as well. There are some 19th century constructions around which are also worth visiting.
Paros has excellent beaches with enough tourist infrastructure to make you comfortable. Golden Beach is one of the most popular ones here. The nightlife is crackling with good restaurants and great food. So if you are looking for a great island vacation, then arrange for a rental car and come to Paros for one of the greatest experiences of your life.