PAROS - WHITE AS MARBLE
Paros is one of the largest islands of the Cyclades west of Naxos and east of Antiparos. The capital of the island is Parikia and follows Naoussa, the cosmopolitan fishing village, one of the most beautiful ports in the Aegean. Marpissa is built amphitheatrically on a hill and a short distance from the sea with picturesque windmills, beautiful 16th century houses and churches of the same era. In the square of Agios Nikolaos is the Folklore Museum, while near the village there are several monasteries. Piso Livadi is a beautiful fishing village with a beautiful settlement of Drios, running waters and many beaches. The village of Marmara got its name from the marbles that adorned its mansions and temples while the jewel of the village is the Holy Temple of Panagia Marmariani, a sample of Aegean architecture.
Lefkes is a beautiful green, mountainous village, built amphitheatrically in the center of Paros that retains its pure Cycladic color. Aliki, a quiet fishing village, attracts those looking for a peaceful and relaxing holiday as it has one of the most beautiful beaches protected by meltemia. The jewel of Paros is the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, one of the most important early Christian monuments in Greece. It was built in the 4th century and is the largest sacred shrine, after Mount Athos. "Paria lithos" is the marble with which famous sculptures such as Aphrodite of Milos, Hermes of Praxitelos and the Victory of Samothrace have been made.
The Archaeological Museum of Paros exhibits Neolithic finds from the prehistoric settlement on the island of Saliago, such as the marble figurine of the "Fat Lady", magnificent clay vessels and the statue of Victory. In the Castle built by the Duke of Naxos Markos Sanoudos in the 13th century there are small churches and many of them integrated into the walls. Asklipio is the southern coastal road that leads to the hill of Agia Anna, where a place of worship of the god of Medicine Asklipiou was discovered in the 4th BC. century. Near Parikia, in the valley of the Psychopians, is the Valley of the Butterflies. The Sanctuary of Delios Apollo, located on a hill, includes besides the altar,a temple of Artemis and a small space for banquets.
Paros has countless beaches, organized and not, that can satisfy all visitors. Chrysi Akti is the largest and most beautiful of the beaches of Paros, famous for its blond sandy beach and its ideal for wind surf currents. Monastiri beach owes its name to the monastery of Agios Ioannis Detis, which dominates the white hill. In Livadia there are two continuous sandy beaches that are one of the busiest beaches on the island, mainly due to their proximity to the port and the capital. At Pounta Beach Club the entertainment on the southeast side of Paros gives a unique atmosphere to the island. The cosmopolitan, noisy, beach club Punta is built amphitheatrically with a dreamy view of the Aegean.
Paros is one of the fertile islands of the Cyclades that produces wine, known since antiquity, oil, cereals and fruits. The pastelaria, but also the traditional sugar baklavades are the famous desserts of the island. Sugar baklava is a dessert with a tradition that they used to make for festive tables. Parian cheeses, anthotyro, touloumisio, ladotyri and xinomyzythra are some of the dairy products with a unique taste. The local dishes of the island are the kalfa with garlic, the baked chickpeas, the artichokes with beans, the rice with sweet zucchini and the string beans with garlic, etc .. kakavia, the salad, which is a salad with skate, are special dishes. Tomato meatballs, baked chickpeas, string beans and zucchini peas.