Paros Greece and Activities
It is easy to become confused about the character of the Cycladic island of Paros Greece.
Because it has more ferry traffic than any other island - due to being between Athens and the well known islands of Mykonos and Santorini
— everyone who visits the area has been to Paros. Yet each beholder
sees a different aspect. The superficial don’t get past the rock &
rolling beach clubs or the harbour drive full of restaurants and bars.
Some, especially those with young families, pass through to the adjacent isle of Antiparos
which is well known for its quiet, laid back, small scale village
lifestyle. It is also a favourite spot for Scandinavians who like the
nude beaches found there.
For the adventure seekers who wish to stay on Paros we recommend taking the first day to circle the island—non-stop it can be done in less than hour, but that is not the way to sample its joys.
are far too many sandy beaches to enumerate so the visitor has too look
a few over and decide if he wants a small cove all to himself , a wider
stretch with a small taverna and a few other people or the big Golden
Beach with hotels, cafes, windsurfers, waterskiing, etc.
that is not a necessary decision because a little further around the
island at Santa Maria you can find all three types in close proximity.
Paros has two towns and numerous villages. Parikia is the port city and commercial hub; Naoussa the up-scale tourist haven around a picturesque fishing harbour.
Livadi is the archetypical Mediterranean village while it is said about
Aliki at the undeveloped south end of the island, “Not many people find
their way here, but those who do, don’t want to leave.” Perhaps we
should also visit some antiquities as well. That is easy as you can’t
go anywhere without stumbling over or running into ruins from either
ancient Greece or the Venetian period about 1,500 AD.
of the best views is from a partially rebuilt Mycenaean site from about
1,500 BC. Behind the main supermarket in Parikia is an excavated
ancient pottery factory. Our major Orthodox church, Ekatontapyliani,
has plexiglas floor inserts so you can see the ancient temple over
which it is built.
the activity holiday we have horse-riding, yoga clinics, painting and
cooking courses, bicycling, hill walking, etc. Of course there is every
water sport that you can imagine. Ever heard of kite boarding? Paros is
the Greece capital for that sport. Scuba diving, snorkeling and sailing
short description of Paros has not included the vast array of art
galleries, wineries and the like. We have also selfishly not mentioned
our favourite spots, but if you come visit us, we will share our pieces
of paradise with you.
Michael & Karin Shepherd are an American-Irish expatriate
couple who share their Greek island experience by offering lodging and
information including maps and photos. They provide content and links
for Paros, the Cyclades, Greece and the world of living abroad at Paros Paradise.
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