The Greek island of Paros is a popular summer destination mainly because of its beauty and the watersports. It is a simple and quiet place in the winter and a lively city right after the end of spring. In Parikia, the alleys and castle quarter have all the characteristics of Cycladic architecture, with arches, medieval vaulted passageways and beautiful chapels, notably the Agios Konstantinos and the Eleni. Parikia is also famous for the Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, “Our Lady of a Hundred Doors,” one of the most important sacred sights in Greece. You have not really seen Paros if you haven’t walked the white-washed cobblestone alleys of the Old Town in Naoussa which lead to its picturesque port.
A trademark of Paros’ identity and local architecture, are the little narrow maze-like passages may be peaceful and quiet during the hot summer mornings, but as soon as the night comes they fill with people and life. Lefkes is a picturesque mountain village in Paros, famous for its traditional character and its tavernas. It has many beautiful, neoclassic buildings, quirky little passages and charming ‘hidden’ cafés where you can enjoy the architecture. The Monastery of Longovarda is the largest monastery on the island, famous for its fascinating architecture, with icons and frescoes on display in the interior. Frankish Castle is in the heart of the old town of Parikia, located at the highest point of the city, giving you a magnificent view of the surrounding town.
Another great viewpoint is from the Church of Agios Ioannis Detis, where you can see the surrounding bay and town of Naoussa. To pleasure your taste buds, you must have cocktails or breakfast at Sousouro, try the traditional Cycladic island recipes at Aegean Deli, experience slow-food at Rakenti, taste high quality Greek fusion dishes at Soso and eat dinner with a spectacular view at Aranto Restaurant. Golden Beach, one of the most popular beaches, has warm, clear waters with powdery soft sand, making it a sunbather's paradise. The wind here also is great for watersports like surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Finally, the island’s highlight is Paros Park. The natural, unspoiled rock formations and the walking paths are great samples of Cycladic beauty. If you visit during the summer you should definitely have a swim at the gorgeous beach of Monastiri, or watch a film for free under the stars at the open movie theater Cine Enastron. Paros’ mesmerizing beauty is one of many reasons that makes it the ideal summer destination.