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PAROS


This description provides information of ancient sites, seaside resorts, churches, monasteries, landscapes and small towns and villages. Additional details can be found in various books printed on Greece, such as the 'Blue Guide to Greece.' The names of places conform to the accented Greek pronounciation which would be the one a traveller would face upon a potential visit.

For a general map of the Kyklades, click here!(55K).

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Paros is one of the nicest islands in the Kyklades group. It has an area of 195 square km, and is crowned by Peak of Prophet Elia (771meters).

The island is famous for its marble, which was used in many ancient sculptures including the Venus of Milo (now in the Louvre, Paris), the Nikea of Samonthraki (also at Louvre) and many others. Paros is a beautiful island, containing both nice, lush valleys and gorges, making hiking a wonderful pastime in both summer and winter.

The island has three main inhabited areas, Parikia (the main town also called Hora), Naousa and Lefkes. In Hora, we find the wonderful church of Ekantotapiliani (having 100 doors), which dates from the 4th century and which was built by Saint Helene, on her way to Konstantinople (Istanbul).

The island became part of liberated Greece in 1830, together with most of the Kykl▀des islands. Today Paros is one of the most sought after destinations in Greece, and ranks third in visitors right after Mykonos and Ios.


HORA/PAROS
This is the main port of entry and the main town on the island. The town has a population of about 3000 inhabitants, but during the summer, it goes up exponentially with all the tourists. The town is painted in whitewash and look like Mykonos (minus the windmills, naturally). Above the town we find the castle which was built in 1260 by Venetians.

Apart from the Ekatontapilian_ church (see above), we also find ruins of the asclepion, a cave containing a chapel dedicated to Saint John and nearby, the valley of the butterflies.


NAOUSA
This small town has been overun with accomodation to serve the thousands of tourists who descend upon it. Situated in a very large bay, north facing, it, gets usually hit by the North Meltemi wind, which makes for rather unpleasant vacations. In fair weather however, it is a great place to stay. The village is very nice and fresh fish can be gotten here.



LEFKES
Beautiful village built in an amfitheatrical style, up the main mountain with wonderful vistas all around. The town hall is especially nice being built with Parian Marble.


Parikia(Hora)
Iria, 0284/ 24154
Aegeon, 0284/ 22153
Apollon, 0284/ 22364
Eri, 0284/ 23360
Polos, 0284/ 22173
Xenia, 0284/ 21394
Akrotiri, 0284/ 22261
Alkyon, 0284/ 21506
Anessis, 0284/ 22453
Anna, 0284/ 22324
Argo, 0284/21367
Cyclades, 0284/ 22048
Irene, 0284/ 21476
Paros, 0284/ 21319
Paros Bay, 0284/ 21140
Stella, 0284/ 21502
Vaya, 0284/ 21068
Zannet, 0284/ 22063
Louiza, 0284/ 21480

Naousa
Astir, 0284/ 51976
Orion, 0284/ 51959
Arkoulis, 0284/ 52462
Swiss Home, 0284/ 51633
Villa Adonis, 0284/ 51462
Nireas, 0284/ 51249

Lefkes
Pantheon, 0284/ 41646



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