Paros is an island for all seasons and all tastes, being authentic, traditional and intact in most of its parts. Being a typical Cycladian island, it gets very dry in summer, so for lovers of botany it is ideal to go in spring or autumn time (March, April, May or October, November). But for lovers of crystal, clear, blue waters and sunny virgin beaches, June and July are ideal. August is THE vacation month of the Greeks, so it gets very busy. No matter when you go you should try out these four great itineraries.
1. Walking tour through traditional Paroikia including the kastro area, the Ekatontapyliani, a unique byzantine church, and the archaeological museum (optional)
Ekatontapyliani is the oldest imperial church in Greece (16 centuries old), built, initially by Konstantine the Great and still in use; it’s a great pilgrimage for Christian Orthodoxy. Both the interior and exterior are dramatic and impressive no matter what your religion.
Walk on to the “Kastro area” where you can have a coffee in the Symposium, a traditional café, and enjoy gourmet dishes in “Dafni” restaurant or a drink at sunset by the promenade enjoying the unique colors of the sky.
Some of the great food you should try include the traditional “souma” (parian raki) with local crispi bread or wine from the local wineries, the typical Greek Island salad called “dakos” and the delicious local cheese called “xinomizithra”. Parians also love mushrooms and fish right from the famous parian fishboats (you will see them all sailing away in the morning & returning in the afternoon, full of fish).
2. Island drive (ring coastal road) with visits to Lefkes traditional mountainous town, ancient marble quarries and Naoussa, a picturesque port town
You can reach Lefkes in 15-minutes by car or 20 by bus
While here walk in the traditional alleys, have a gourmet, local dish at “Flora’s”, enjoy a coffee in the old square or hike on the old, byzantine path.
After another 20-minute drive (car or bus), come to Naoussa….
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