Also called Paros Town or Hora, Parikia is the capital of Paros Greece and has about 3,000 inhabitants. Parikia was built on the same site where the ancient city and capital used to stand. This little town is the commercial and cultural centre of Paros as well as the main harbour of the island, serving many other islands. For the numerous connections Paros offers, thousands of visitors visit Parikia during summer just to catch a connection for another island.
Paros is the third largest archipelago between the islands of the Cyclades Islands and is known for the extraction of marble. Paros has thrived due to their all and did not need to attract tourists, just as largely as his neighbors. From classic marble here has been used as raw material by the best sculptors and architects, so that Paros has become a source of raw material for the whole of Greece. Paros marble was made in the 2nd century BC, the statue of Venus de Milo, the winged goddess of victory or staying on the island of Samothraki.
The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naoussa is located in a huge bay in the northern part of Paros, 10 kilometres east from the capital, Parikia. Naoussa is considered to be one of the prettiest villages in the Cyclades and, despite the tourism development, this lovely village has manage to keep its authenticity, its traditional character and its charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses and its tiny whitewashed churches and chapels, surrounded by labyrinth-like narrow, stone paved streets.
The beach of Chrissi Akti (Golden Coast) is a huge sandy beach with blue waters and a view of the island of Drionissi, a small island to the south-east of Paros. It is an organized beach, with many water sport schools, restaurants and rooms to let. The visitors who do not love windsurfing, should avoid coming to this beach when it is windy, however the beach is ideal for those who long for the wind in order to cleave the waves with their windsurfing board! Chrissi Akti (the Golden Coast) has been awarded the European Union's blue flag.
Parasporos is located south of Parikia, the capital of Paros, next to a campsite, which is the reason why it is often very crowded. It is a large beach with emerald waters and golden sand. A couple of beach bars are available on the beach and organise a few parties during summer time, with dancing and drinking all night long. Parasporos Beach is reachable by local bus that stops nearby the beach or by private car for a good asphalted road leads to it. The beach is well sign posted from the town. If you take the first turning you can park above the beach, otherwise there is a second turning with a car park on the same level.
The small fishing port of Piso Livadi is located a couple of km south of Marpissa and 19 km south-east of Parikia. Piso Livadi used to be a calm little village but it has been transformed and intensely developed in order to attract tourists. This important holiday resort has many restaurants and cafes located on the waterfront and a few rentals; it is famous for its fine Greek cuisine. From this little port, daily trips for Naxos, Ios, Santorini and Amorgos are organized regularly. South of Piso Livadi one can found many superb beaches as the Golden Beach, considered as one of the best spots in the Mediterranean for slalom windsurfing. The big religious festivity of this little resort is the celebration of the Ascension Day, during which many happenings are organized and sea food and wine are served to the participants.
Aliki is beautiful coastal village with a picturesque port, located 13km south of Parikia. This is one of the places that has known a huge tourist arrival during the past few years. Most of the tourists seek the peacefulness and the warmness that Aliki offers. Even during the high season where the tourist number is highly increased, the village keeps its traditional character. The locals stand out for their kindness and open heart. Aliki takes great care of the food lovers, as a result you will be greatly satisfied from the traditional taverns and the restaurants whose owners grow their own products in order to offer you the best dishes. The village is mostly recommended for family holidays due to its clear sandy beach and the fish taverns. During the summer months, the beaches around Aliki are favorite places for windsurfers. There are also many small coves ideal for total privacy and relaxation. It is worth mentioning that a Cycladic folklore museum can be visited in the suburbs of Aliki. This museum hosts handmade exhibits and miniatures of ships or important monuments, depicting the interesting tradition of Cyclades islands.
The small beach of Agia Irini is located a few kilometres south of Parikia and is boarded with beautiful palm trees, giving to the place a tropical atmosphere. A lovely church of the same name stands right on the beachfront. This is a dreamy site but it can get crowded sometimes for it is really small. Just behind the beach is a very relaxing campsite, almost non-organized, full of palm trees and olive trees and has a very good tavern serving a big variety of Greek traditional food. Agia Irini beach is located far away from the asphalted road and has to be reached from a footpath.
Ambelas is a small yet lovely fishing village located 12,5 km far from Paros town and 5km from Naoussa. It has a small sandy beach where all the fishing boats come to. Mostly famous for the fishing port and the delicious fish taverns, Ambelas is a nice alternative if you don't want to stay in the busy town of Naoussa. The water is crystal clear and safe for the children. It is not an organized beach but it is a nice place for those who prefer the tranquil locations. The sea front taverns and the traditional restaurants offer some of the greatest fish food on Paros. In Ambelas, there are many hotels and apartments to stay.
Krios is a lovely beach situated very close to the centre of Parikia, just 2km away. It is a long sandy beach with crystalline waters that are surrounded by a bay and are well protected from strong summer winds. The beach is well-organized with umbrellas and sundecks and has small taverns that serve food and drinks. Krios has a great view of the town of Parikia and the surrounding landscape. The access is very easy by public transport and you will also find a large parking area, next to the beach. In close distance, there are other beautiful beaches and also many hotels and rooms to rent can be found in the region.
Santa Maria is located near Naoussa, in Plastira Bay and is a long coastline divided in two soft, golden sandy beaches which offer a beautiful view on the island of Naxos and the crystal emerald waters. The first is commonly known as Santa Maria Camping due to the nearby site. They both face onto Aliki Bay. The second is about a kilometer beyond the first and is on the right side of the road. It is a nice bay with good views.
The village of Drios is located 25 kilometers southeast of capital Parikia on Paros Island. It is a small picturesque fishing village and in recent decades has turned its attention to tourism. The picturesque harbor is home to many fishing boats, as well as several restaurants and cafes.
Drios is a small fishing village located on the east coast of Paros and surrounded by various nice sandy villages. This is another smal fishing village of the island. There is a row of restaurants (specializing in fish of course) and below them is the picturesque harbour. Looking out from the village you can see the uninhabited island of Drios.
One of the loveliest villages of Paros, Lefkes is situated in the central part of Paros, 11 km south east of Parikia. Lefkes has 500 inhabitants and is built at an altitude of 300 metres above the sea level, on a verdant hill covered with olive trees and pine trees and offers a breathtaking view of Naxos Island. This beautiful village used to be the capital of Paros during the Middle Ages and is full of little traditional whitewashed houses, mixed with Venetian architecture, wonderful churches dating from the 15th century, whitewashed windmills and beautiful dovecotes. The charm and the beauty of Lefkes are still untouched by mass tourism, which help it maintain its authenticity. The Church of Agia Triada (Holy Trinity) is the village's main church. This is a beautiful Byzantine church made of fine white marble, glimmering under the sun. Rare and valuable Byzantine icons are housed in this church and are very worth-seeing. In Lefkes are also the Folk Art Museum which exhibits various local tools and clothing and the Museum of Aegean Folk Culture. From this marvelous village, the Byzantine Road, a paved footpath dating from the Byzantine period, leads to the village of Prodromos and ends up to the sea.
The beach of Kolimbithres is one of the most famous beaches of Paros and is located in the huge bay of Naoussa, or Plastira Bay. This beach is particularly impressive because of the huge blocks of granite boarding it, sculpted into strange smooth shapes by the sea and the wind over the centuries. Small sandy coves are lining one after another, constituting the beach of Kolimbithres (whose name means swimming pools), and allowed, sometimes, to some lucky ones to have their own private tiny bay. Sun beds and umbrellas can be hired in some of the beaches and some water sports facilities are even available. A few beach bars and taverns can be found along the road leading to the beach. Kolimbithres can be reached from the asphalted road (by local bus or private transportation) or by small fishing boats (caiques) which leave regularly from the port of Naoussa.