Looking for a typical Greek view and spirit is not as simple as it may seem. In fact, Greek style differs from one island group to another; even on a single island you may see diverse forms of what one can consider as typical Greek style. However, if your image of Greece corresponds to white-and-blue villages with sandy beaches, then Paros would be like a fairy-tale to you. The white-colored walls and rocks will give you the impression that you are staying at the cleanest place on earth and the traditional windmills will make all your worries get lost in the wind.
Speaking of which, the strong and steady wind makes it possible to stay active despite the burning sun. Of course swimming, windsurfing, kite surfing, and scuba diving are also good ways to do this, yet thanks to the windy weather even if you are not a great fan of water you can stay safe in the sun.
On Paros, the harmony between touristic accommodations and the traditional houses is almost impressive. Yet, it is not the only harmoniously coexisting mixture. The neoclassical buildings, 16th century villages, and marble-paved Byzantine roads seem to match perfectly the typical whitewashed Cycladic architecture. Wandering around the island makes you aspire to this harmony. Once you have reached it, the island will give you a peaceful time and make you feel like a part of it.
Beyond that spiritual aspect, Paros is also an amazing place of encounter with Greek history and tradition. One cannot deny that the lovely marinas, lively villages and quiet monasteries are unique and fascinating. The time spent on Paros is time well spent.
Naoussa Old Port – party for your life
This traditional village with a colorful marina and the ruins of a Venetian fortress standing at the entrance will totally enchant you. Today it represents an important nightlife center where music and laughs echo in the harbor. It may sound strange, yet in the old times this lovely port-town used to be a pirate’s den where only the dangerous outlaws would hang out. Thankfully these days are over so you can have fun with no risk put on your life.
This long golden sandy beach famous for its ideal wind conditions extends for 700 meters. If you are a fan of windsurfing or kite surfing The Paros Golden Beach (Chrissi Akti) might be a perfect place for you. In fact, every August the Professional Windsurfing World Cup is organized here and attracts many windsurfing celebrities. Although it is not the only one, for Paros has been organizing international tournaments for years now. If you are lucky you may by chance assist to one.
For those who haven’t experienced sea sports yet, the wind- and kite-surfing centers are open to anyone wanting to take a lesson. Other interesting activity is scuba diving, giving you the opportunity to explore the ruins of an ancient town lost on the seabed at Alyki beach.
Panagia Ekatondapiliani – the Church with the Hundred Doors
Located close to the port of the capital of the island (Parikia) the Monastery of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is one of the best-preserved Paleo-Christian monuments in Greece and many different stories are related to it. Starting with the legend of its construction in the 4th century AD or the one concerning its name. If it is not for the beauty of it, it is worth seeing for its mysteries.
Kolymbithres – the artistic ways of Mother Nature
The rock formations of the Paros’ island are very unique due to its climate. Wind and sea constantly transform the granite rocks with the sand, almost as if “they” were artists cooperating in a special art project. The locals call these seawater sculptures the Kolymbithres.