Paros

Island in South Aegean
Also called:
  • Paro IT
  • Berre TR
Why visit Paros?
  • Combining a cosmopolitan aspect & nightlife with the natural scenery's tranquillity.
  • Local cuisine & raw materials compose the definition of the Mediterranean diet.
  • Authentic Cycladic island experience offered generously by land & inhabitants.

Attractions, sights & Things to Do on Paros

Starting Point: Parikia Town, Paros

Typical narrow street in the main settlement of Parikia the capital of Paros.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Parikia Town, Paros

Island capital as well as administrative and commercial center. The first picturesque and traditional image for those reaching the main port.

Church Panagia Ekatontapiliani

Impressive and well-preserved early Christian monument dating from the 4th AD and according to the legend was built by Constantine the Great.

Archaeological Museum of Paros

Small but interesting museum founded in 1960 hosts Paros and Antiparos excavation findings and aims to depict the historical island image.

An underground gallery of the Ancient Marble Quarries of Paros.
photo: Vositeo

Ancient Marble Quarries, Paros

Underground mines of the famous Parian Marble which were functioning since approximately 3000 BC. They are visitable even though unexploited.

Butterflies Valley of Paros

Park with dense vegetation named "Petaloudes" that each August hosts thousands of Butterflies composing a unique monument of natural beauty.

The main street in the old part of the village of Lefkes on the island of Paros.
photo: Zde / CC BY-SA 4.0

Lefkes Paros

Built 300 meters over the sea level and being 11 km away from Parikia is untouched from mass tourism, while it was the first capital of Paros.

Naousa Paros

A typical Cycladic village famous for its nightlife, it is the second-largest village on the island located 10 kilometers north of Parikia.

Signs on the hiking trails at the rocky landscape of «Paros Park».
photo: Paros Park

«Paros Park» Environmental & Cultural Park

Alternative recreation area founded in 2009 including hiking trails, cinema, theater and others.

A photo showing a part of the main settlement of Naxos (Chora) taken from the hill of the Portara monument.
photo: TimOve / CC BY 2.0

Naxos

The largest island of the Cycladic complex where the fertile soil & the rich surrounding sea make it self-sufficient and interesting to explore.

Questions & Answers About Paros

What is Paros, Greece?

The Greek island of Paros is one of the most representative islands of the Cyclades complex. It combines its long history with beautiful nature and rich tradition. Since the 60s' Paros became one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, thanks to its natural wealth, its beautiful beaches, its nightlife, and quality infrastructure. It attracts thousands of visitors every summer, who can reach the island either by ferry from Piraeus or by plane since the island has its own airport.

What was the role of Paros, Greece during history?

Its geographical position, right in the center of the Aegean sea, promoted Paros as the crossroad of the ancient sea routes connecting the islands to mainland Greece, Asia Minor, and the surrounding Mediterranean. The first island settlements dated from the Pro-Cycladic Era. And throughout history, Paros played an important role as a commercial and military base, as an exceptional marble quarry, and as a fishing center. It was ruled by the Athenians, the Persians, Macedonians, and Romans successively. Then it became a part of the Byzantine Empire until 1207 when it was conquered by the Venetians. Furthermore, it experienced many raids from Ottoman pirates. In 1821 Paros took an active part in the Greek revolution and then became part of the first Greek state.