Attractions of Paros

 
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Take a stroll through the bustling towns of Parikia and Naoussa with their picturesque streets and their welcoming cafes and tavernas or visit the many wonderful beaches with long stretches of golden sands (Golden Beach, Parasporos, Piso Alyki, Livadia, Aghia Irini, Kolymbithres, Santa Maria and Logaras to name a few). But Paros has much more to offer.

When you are tired of the main towns and beaches why not head to the picturesque fishing villages of Alyki, Piso Livadi, and Ambelas. You can visit the Valley of the Butterflies, where, as in Rhodes, thousands of Jersey Tiger Moth butterflies (Euplagia quadripunctaria) roost in this cool wooded valley.

For those who require active pursuits there are a number of centres for Wind and Kite surfing (Pounda & Golden Beach) or there is a diving centre at Pounda.

As a more gentle pursuit there are many wonderful walks that can be taken in the cool of the evening or the cooler days of spring and autumn:

The Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros is situated on the peninsula of Agios Ioannis Detis north of Kolymbithres on the NW side of the bay of Naoussa. There are many fine walks and fascinating geological structures: why not take a walk to the lighthouse and watch a wonderful sunset. The park is reached by car, taxi or by boat from Naoussa.

The Byzantine walks are the old roads that were used during the Byzantine era. The most popular starts from the village of Lefkes (altitude 300m), proceeds along the side of the valley and over a ridge to give lovely views towards the island of Naxos. Finally you arrive at Prodromos where a cold beer and a satisfying meal can be had at the local taverna.

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For a more hedonistic experience why not visit the Moraitis Winery in Naoussa. Their wine museum displays the equipment that was once used to make wine and if you are lucky a video may be showing about the wine making process. And best of all, a wine tasting can be arranged and you can buy their excellent wines at below supermarket prices.

Throughout the year there are many festivals. Some are religious, some celebrate historical events, while others celebrate the joys of life. Events schedules can be found in the events section of parosweb.com.

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