Welcome to Paros and Antiparos.
Paros and Antiparos are geographically in the centre of Cyclades at a distance of 94 miles from Piraeus, reached in 3 to 4,5 hours by the ships that connect the island.The first impression is that ‘development’ has not changed the islands, mainly because the local inhabitants continue with traditional work in fishing and agriculture.Enjoy our beautiful beaches, swim in the crystal clear waters, and discover our islands’ beauty.The main town of Paros island is Parikia which possesses one of the most significant old Christian monuments of Greece, the ‘Panagia Ekatontapiliani’. Built by Aghia Eleni in 326 A.D., it has been used as a church ever since. Also very interesting to see is its very old and very well preserved baptistery. Other attractions include the Venetian Castle, the Catholic Monastery and the Archeological Museum with its unique findings.
The vineyards around Parikia produce Mandilaria and Monemvasia as well grapes to eat, while the local markets are supplied daily with fresh fish by the local fishermen. Marathi is where you’ll find the ancient marble quarries. The rare white Parian marble was used for the making of masterpieces such as Hermes of Praxiteles, the ‘Venus de Milo’ and many others you will find in museums around the world. To the north 11km away you will find Naoussa, a small fishing village built around its Venetian port and castle. Other places worth visiting are the Logovarda Monastery (which allows visits only by men), the folklore collection of Othon Caparis, and the collection of traditional dresses of the folk dance group. The Naoussa area is well known not only for its fishermen but also for olives and honey, and its more vibrant night life. There are many beautiful beaches in this area, each with a different character.
To the south, Angeria and Alyki are suitable for quieter vacations. The sea is crystal clear, and there are many fish taverns from which to choose. The beaches of Piso Alyki and Farangas are well protected from the wind, even when the ‘Meltemi’ blows. Nearby is the Scorpios Museum, which contains miniatures of boats, caiques, and villages in fine detail. On the east coast is found both Golden Beach, world-famous for its windsurfing, and Logaras, which is a European ‘Blue Flag’ beach. Not far to the north is Piso Livadi, with its picturesque port, many fish taverns, and bars where you can relax and enjoy a drink and some music. The village of Lefkes, in the hills, retains the traditional character of the Cycladic islands, and remains an important area for the production of olive oil and honey. From Lefkes, visitors can take the old ‘Byzantine Road’ which leads down to Prodromos. Nearby is the picturesque village of Marpissa where there is a sculpture museum owned by M. Perantinos. Again there are many nearby beaches to choose from… Molos, Kefalos, and Kalogeros, where the clay is a noted and unique skin treatment.
Leave a little time during your visit to explore the nearby island of Antiparos, only a ten minute boat trip away. It contains also many treasures. This island also provides many traditional products… wine, grapes, meat, and the local spirit, souma, as well as a plentiful supply of fresh meat. Start with a walk through the village to the Venetian Castle, which is very well preserved. Follow on to the beach of Sifnaiko Yialo, where uninterrupted views of spectacular sunsets can be enjoyed. No one should leave Antiparos without a visit to its world famous cave, situated inside a hill a little to the south. While visiting our islands, you should take the opportunity to sample some of the traditional local dishes, such as chick peas from the oven, “aliada” (a local garlic dip), gouna (a sun dried fish), snails in red sauce, and of course the fine range of local cheeses, honey, and wines.