Paros Island is a part of the Cyclades islands located in the Aegean Sea. This island preserves the vast historical heritage of Greece in architectural and historical monuments. The famous Paros marble is mined here, from which the renowned statue of Venus de Milo was carved.
Mountains occupy the small part of the territory; the island is mostly plains with endless vineyards, palm and olive groves, and kilometers of beautiful beaches with pure golden sand.
The island pleases its visitors with plenty of sunny days – more than 300 days a year. Therefore, the tourist season here lasts almost a whole year. The climate is dry and hot, with average temperatures of 26 – 28°C in summer. You will not find five-star hotels on Paros, but there is no need for them because you can perfectly settle in one of the cozy villas, there are enough of them on the island.
Parikia is the capital of the island and is home to one of the most important Byzantine monuments in Greece – the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.
This church is dedicated to the Dormition of the Virgin Mary, and every year on August 15, grand celebrations are held in her honor.
The island has many restaurants with local Greek cuisine to suit every taste. There is also a winery, which you can visit for a tasting.
Plenty of beaches on Paros will allow you to enjoy a new place to relax every day.
Apart from swimming in the sea, there are many activities in Paros – surfing, diving, canoeing and sailing, yoga, pilates, archaeological excursions. There is a tennis academy, riding centers, and an opportunity to take helicopter and boat trips.
The fastest way to get to the island is by plane from Athens, the travel time is 30 minutes.