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Paros is a major island of the Cyclades group.
Paros is the second largest island of the Cyclades. It has an area of 186 square kilometres and a coastline 120 kilometres long. The island has the advantage of being located centrally in the Cyclades near Naxos, Ios, Sifnos and Syros. Most of the ferries to Naxos and Santorini make a stop first at Paros.
Paros is considered as one of the most beautiful islands of the Cyclades. It is characterized by the many beaches and also the charming villages: Parikia (the main town), Naoussa, Lefkes, Marpissa and other. Naoussa is a old fishing village turned into a cosmopolitan top holiday destination. The village is characterized by its Venetian port and its many fish restaurants. The architecture of the area is also incredible.
Paros is also know for its excellent wind conditions for the practice of windsurfing and kite surfing.
In Paros most of the population can speak English except the older generation. In many bars, pubs, restaurants and shops there is somebody who speaks English, Italian, or German.
Ferries and Highspeed catamaran services run daily from Piraeus.
The ferry landing is haunted by dozens of room-hawkers, and is manic. If you arrive during a high wind and/or at night, it can all be a bit overwhelming. Know where you're going, and book ahead.
Visit Greek Travel Pages and search through all ferry schedules to/from Paros and the rest of the Greek islands.
Within the resorts walking is the best method of transport. Bus services operate between the towns, but for total freedom hire a car. Car hire is readily available in all towns and is reletively cheap.
If you need to cash a traveller's cheque in Paros, bear in mind that most of the banks on the island charge a commission for doing so (even the National Bank of Greece), which is not the case everywhere in trhe country. Expect to have about 8% in commissions deducted from your funds. Better yet, cash your cheques for free in Athens first.
Don't miss the church of Panagia Ekatantapilianiin Parikia (very close to the harbour)a 17century monument. The old town of Parikia is considered to be the biggest in the cyclades island.You will find alleys untouched from the touristic wave that reduces the beauty of these settlements. Lefkes village is in the middle of the island with many nice tavernas,and beautifull alleys.
A fantastic place to take the kids is Aqua Park. Boats leave hourly from Naoussa and takes approximately 15 minutes.
Visit as many beaches as you can, don't stay in one every day.Every beach has a different feeling.Try Farangas,Parasporos,Krios,Kato yalos,Agia Irini,Logaras is very nice for families.
In Parikia's sea front you will find many nice tavernas with excellent food,exacly behind in the old town wander along the narrow streets with the many kind of shops,and the unique cycladic atmospfere.
The Jazz Bar on Market St in Parikia serves a great Martini!
A popular place to watch the famous sunsets is the windmill bar by Pandrossas Hotel.
One favourite bar to watch the world go by is Pebbles jazz bar on the south harbour promenade.
Resalto bar A very nice bar in the port of Drios ,plays the best rock music in Paros.
Rafaella Studios - Clean simple apartments close to beachs are Parikia but still quite. Very nice owners
Anna Platanou is a friendly family run accommodation offering Rooms,Hotel,Apartments in parikia close to the beach with sea view.Very nice and helpful owners.
Alpha Studios  - traditional cycladic studios located in the picturesque village of Naoussa in Paros island
Ragoussis House  - traditional cycladic rooms, studios and apartments located on a small hill between the Logaras beach and Pounda Beash near the small fishing-village of Piso Livadi. The Athens-based family are very helpful, and are doing guest-pickups both at the port and the airport.
The main night life destination is the quaint town of Parikia where you can enjoy a meal by the sea.