Paros

  • Paro IT
  • Berre TR

Island in South Aegean

Attractions, Sights & Things to Do on Paros

Port of Parikia, Paros

Natural bay hosting an organized marina & the main island port, that serves ferry routes to Greek mainland, many islands, & Antiparos in summer.

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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.

↓ S
< 1km
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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.

↘ SE
< 1km

Archaeological Museum of Paros

Small but interesting museum that was founded in 1960 and a hosts Paros and Antiparos excavation findings and aims to depict the history of the area.

↘ SE
< 1km
An underground gallery of the Ancient Marble Quarries of Paros.
photo: Vositeo

Ancient Marble Quarries, Paros

Underground quarries of the famous Parian Marble which were functioning since the third millennium BC. They are visitable even though unexploited.

→ E
≈ 6.4km

Butterflies Valley of Paros

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

↓ S
≈ 7km
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.

↘ SE
≈ 8.8km

Port of Pounta, Paros

With ferries that depart every 30 minutes, it serves the connection between Paros & Antiparos during the whole year through a 10-minute trip.

↙ SW
≈ 9.7km

Paros National Airport

Small with limited infrastructure with a year-round connection to Athens, while some more domestic & international flights are added in summer.

↓ S
≈ 10.8km

Antiparos

Small island located at the center of the Cyclades island complex that is less than one nautical mile (1,9 km) away from Paros island.

↙ SW
≈ 10.9km

Port of Naousa, Paros

Picturesque port with fishing boats & a marina for tourist boats. Passenger ships offer day-trips to Tinos, Mykonos, & Dilos during summer.

↗ NE
≈ 12.4km

Naousa Paros

Typical Cycladic village famous for its nightlife that is the second-largest settlement on the island and is located north of Parikia.

↗ NE
≈ 12.5km
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.

↗ NE
≈ 13.2km
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.

→ E
≈ 25km

Questions & Answers about Paros

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.
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.