What to do in Paros island in Greece ?

What to do in Paros island in Greece ? Paros is one of the best islands in the Cyclades I have visited. Top 5 things to do in Paros are the following according to me.

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Well, to tell you the truth, I visited Paros island just once, actually 10 years ago, with my husband in September but I admit that it is an island that has much to show. I saw many thins but I would hold 5 places to visit in Paros in Greece.

1st day.  Beach of Kolybithres and the old port of Naoussa. After our visit to the Kastelli (part of the Venetian castle of the Naoussa, photo above on the right), in the morning, we took a small boat to go to Kolybithres in order to go bathing (15 minutes voyage). It’s the most beautiful beach of Paros, in my opinion. The landscape was unusual and beautiful (photo below). Then, we returned to the picturesque harbour of Paros in Naoussa. It is the 2nd largest village of Paros and it’s my favorite place in Paros. The narrow streets with white and blue painted buildings are surprisingly beautiful. I loved looking at the charming small boats in the port. I enjoyed my iced coffee, in the late afternoon, admiring sunset and then I sat to the table o a small quiet restaurant with small candles on. The atmosphere was magical because wasn’t too crowded. After eating, we went for a walk around the streets having a look at a few nice artistic shops.

 

2nd day. Parikia, capital of the island and the main port of Paros. It is clear that it is a big village, typical of the Cyclades group of islands. As it is in Naoussa, you see narrow cobbled alleys, old little white churches and these cubic houses. Parikia is very touristic with its cafes and restaurants by the sea. Not delighted at all to be among tourists mass, therefore I visited it in the early morning until early afternoon. I visited the center of the little town with its pretty streets, then the Venetian castle overlooking Parikia (constructed in the 17th century), the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (in greek language, Church of the Virgin with the 100 doors), a magnificent church built by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian in the 6th cent. and finally the Paros Archaeological Museum and the Byzantine Paros Museum. In the history, Paros was a very large port serving the Cycaldes islands and other more distant islands. I went back in the town of Parikia the day of my departure from the island to enjoy the stunning sunset over the city with its mills. I was enthralled by so much grace in front of me.

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Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani

3rd day :  The mountainous village of Lefkes. It is the main village in the island, 10 km from Parikia. It is located approximately at 200 m high. I wanted to visit this village to see Church of the Holy Trinity mainly constructed in marble (built from 1830, after the Greeks threw off Ottoman’s yoke) and its flour mills. And I discovered a beautiful village with so charming narrow streets.

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4th day : The butterflies valley.  I thought that the Valley of the butterflies was only existing in greek island of Rhodes but it’s not the case. 7 kms south of Parikia, on the main road along the sea, we took the car and on our road, we could see nothing else but beaches, chapels, olive groves, scrub and vineyards, and, all of a sudden, you discovered a small green oasis full of « butterflies » (actually full of night butterflies Jersey Tiger Moths but nevertheless very impressive and colorful). A good natural park well organized in the freshness I needed. The entrance is 2 Euros.

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A few dozen meters from the Butterfly Park, we went to see Christou Dasous monastery in the woods of Paros. A majestic recent convent of women with the name St Agios Arsenios, patron of Paros. His grave lies in the Church.

5th day : Lighthouse at the North Cape of the island of Paros is the marking entrance in the bay of Naoussa. On this promontory, 60 m high above sea level, we discovered a square building 10 meters high with a large lighthouse. We took the entry-exit north of the Bay of Parikia direction Cape of Korakas. I felt totally free at this moment.

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Is my top 5 of seeing sights in Paros right ? What have you seen in this beautiful island ?

 

 

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