Paros has a well-known history throughout the ages, with many significant civilizations, leaving their mark on the island like Ionians, Dorians, Aeolians, Venetians and Byzantines, shaping the culture and creating monuments worth visiting.
In the capital of Paros, in the middle of the ancient Citadel, the great 13st century Venetian Castle is built, still reminiscing of its former glory, which remains a visiting must.
Not far from the main port, the visitor has the chance to admire a historic Byzantine church the «Panagia Ekatontapiliani»( literally the church with 100 doors) one of the greatest and well preserved christian temples in the entire country.
The Archeological Museum of Paros provides a glimpse of Paros’ marble sculpting tradition and a view of the wonderful past of the island.
Frankish Castle: At the highest point of Parikia, you are greeted by the Frankish Castle, built in the 13th century. There is only one wall of the castle left, which was built with building materials from archeological sites that pre-existed in the area, such as the temple of the goddess Athena, protector of the ancient city of Paros.
Ancient Marble Quarries - Marathi: A few minutes away from Parikia (6 km), near the settlement of Marathi, visitors can see the ancient quarries where the ancient Parian marble was extracted (from it were made Hermes of Praxiteles and Aphrodite of M ). In the quarry, visitors can see the corridors, the galleries and various inscriptions.
Paros is surrounded by countless beaches each of them unique, spectacular, managing to please even the most demanding visitor. Crowded or isolated, with the option for water sports and beach bars or family friendly, one is for sure, that the emerald waters and golden beaches are definitely going to amaze just about anyone who sets their eyes on them.
The famous Golden Shore beach 1.5km long welcomes hundreds of tourists per year. In the West side you can find well-known beaches like Parasporos, Agia Eirini, Faragga, Voutakou and Loulantonis.