The picturesque island of Paros is
considered to be one of the most charming islands of Greece
as well as the cultural hub of the Cyclades. Its name derives from Paros, the first settler of the island and leader of the Arcadians. Paros is a popular holiday destination for its stunning beaches, the striking white-washed villages
, the narrow pebbled paths as well as for it vibrant nightlife and the excellent weather conditions for windsurfing.
Visitors can also enjoy the hilly country side, the many traditional churches and monasteries, the amazing sites and historical interests. Parikia, the capital of Paros, is a beautiful Cycladic village with whitewashed cubic houses and impressive neoclassical mansions
. Visit the well preserved 13th century Venetian castle, which stands proudly on a hill at the centre of the village and offers amazing views of Parikia
The island is located in the centre of Cyclades
approximately 92 miles east of Athens, a 20-30 minute flight or a 3 hours ferry journey. Paros is also accessible from all of the other islands in the Cyclades, including Mykonos and Santorini.