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The main road after Marpissa forks into two. The one to the right continues towards Drios and the other one to the left goes to Piso Livadi and Logaras.

Piso Livadi is in a way the port of Marpissa, a summer resort for families with a beautiful sandy beach surrounded by sea trees. The bay forms a safe haven for  fishing and sail boats and round about various restaurants, bars, coffee shops and of course small hotels, rooms and apartments.

At a short distance is the bay of Logaras. Logaras is a long sandy beach, awarded by the blue flag for clean beaches/seas. Behind the beach are restaurants, hotels, rooms and apartments to rent. It's also an ideal holiday resort for families, although the waters are deep. These two areas are pretty much empty during the winter, but they really come to life during the summer months.

After passing Golden beach area we arrive in Drios. Leaving the main road we find the romantic coast of Drios. This is clearly a perfect choice for family vacations or for people who want to relax and enjoy quiet holidays. Of course restaurants and accommodation are available, some of them right on the seafront.

After Drios and continuing the tour of the island we found Ageria and Aliki. 

Ageria is a small community, untouched by the tourist development of Paros.

Aliki on the other hand, is a beautiful, charming phishing village on the seafront in the southwest part of the island. Families can enjoy the sea on unorganized sandy beaches and taste small dishes in the restaurants round about.  At a short distance from Aliki we find other beautiful beaches like Farangas, Tripiti or Glyfa, all protected from the winds, known as Meltemia.

From Santa Maria we can reach Ambelas on the eastern side of Paros. Ambelas is a traditional fishing port with a small port and fishing boats and their nets all around. Over the last years there has been a boom in house and accommodation construction, probably due to the fact that it's a quiet area with many small, private bays, others with a sandy beach and others with rocks. Sitting by the sea, with a beautiful view to Naxos Island, people can enjoy eating fresh fish and sea food. 

A not very well constructed road continues from Ambelas, passes by Plakoto, Argiaka, Tsoukalia beach wind surfer's favorite, and other small bays, to end up back in Molos.


Kostos Village
Turning left at Aghia Pakou, we end up in the village of Kostos. Kostos is a beautiful, traditional Cycladic village with the typical square, the paved streets, the small white houses with balconies and yards full of colorful carnations and bocamvilies.

Opinions and speculations about the name Kostos are plenty. One is that the name comes from a flower called Kostos that used to grow in large quantity on the hills around the village. Another opinion is that it comes from the fact that all products were weighed and cost before being transferred to Parikia. A more recent opinion is that the name comes from the word "Acosta" which means away from the beach, meaning the village that is in the inner part of the island.

In Kostos is also the house where the great teacher of the Nation, Athanasios Parios (1722-1813) was born. In his name a big new church was built at the entrance of the village.  In the central square of the village we find two beautiful churches, one to Aghios Panteleimon and one to Aghia Marina and inside the small streets is the church of Metamorphoses of Sotira and the church of Anastaseos that are the oldest of the area.

Lefkes is a beautiful, green village on the mountain, originally built like an amphitheatre in a cross shaped way, with panoramic view over Naxos and one of the most classical and picturesque village of the island.

The village was built around the 16th century. At that period the pirates had taken over the seaside and the Parians went to the mountains for shelter, where together with refugees from Peloponnesus and Crete then created a village and named it Yria.

The village has managed to maintain its traditional character despite the island's expansion into tourism. Built 200-250m above sea level it has rich flora, wit, olive trees and a lot of poplar trees (Lefkes) the later name of the village. Its characteristic is the snake shape paved streets climbing the mountain, the wells and of course the white Cycladic houses that make a memorable impression on the visitor. Unique is the fact that the architecture of the neoclassic buildings is harmonized with the Cycladic construction of the village. As in all Cycladic islands, cars stop on the perimeter of the village and inside people go on foot.

Arts like pottery, weaving, carpet-making and needlecraft flourished in Lefkes. Today the visitor can see examples of this work around the village created in an important workshop of traditional pottery with a 40 year old history. The folklore museum in Lefkes offers much information about the history of Cycladic tradition. It is Important to know that during the Turk domination Lefkes had the only Greek school on Paros where distinguished professors taught.

After Lefkes and on the way to Marpissa we find the community of Archilochos, named after the poet. To this community belong two villages. On the right side is Prodromos or Dragoulas village and on the left side of the main road is Marmara, the second village.

Dragoulas has been known since medieval times and is named after Apollo the Trageio. The name Prodromos comes from the metropolitan temple dedicated to Aghios Ioannis of Prodromos, a church that was built in the 17th century and has plenty of beautiful fretwork and old icons. The first thing that impresses the visitor is the arc at the entrance of the village formed by the connection of the bell towers of two small churches, Aghios Spyridon and Aghios Nikolaou and Georgiou.

Prodromos is a really beautiful location and a perfect example of a fortress shaped Cycladic village. Its walls are shaped by the walls of the houses on the perimeter.

Only pedestrians can go around the small, white, circular paths of Prodromos since cars don't enter the village. Inside the fortress is the church of Zohodochou Pigis and outside is the abandoned monasteries of Panagia the Kontiani and of Aghio Panteleimona.

Marmara (Marbles) on the other side is a more populated village that takes its name from the marble basin where the women used to wash clothes. In Marmara must be around 42 churches, big and small with the most important the metropolitan church of Kimisis tis Theotokou.

Marpissa village or Tsipidos. The name Marpissa comes from the realms of history and mythology. It was mentioned in Homer's Iliad and it is a pre-Hellenic word that refers to Marpissa, the daughter of King Evinos of Etolia, who became the apple of discord between the god Apollo and Ida, the son of the King of Messinia. The inhabitants, though, often used the name Tsipidos, as we can see in the lyrics of the Cycladic songs.

Marpissa is a beautiful village with a mild climate. It has the traditional narrow streets, old windmills and an interesting architecture of houses and churches that go back to the 16th century. Characteristic examples are the churches of Aghios Demetrios, Metamorphoseos, Evaggelistria and the church of Aghios Modestros, protector of animals.

At the top of the village stands the relatively new (finished in 1960) metropolitan temple of Metamorphoseos. It's of Byzantine style, with a roof and dome covered with ceramic tiles. Next to the church is the Byzantine Museum and some meters further the sculpture museum of Nicolaos Perantinos. In the main square of Aghios Nicolaos is the museum of folklore art.


Naousa is a village located between the areas of Kolymbithers and Laggeri, in a naturally formed bay which became the most cosmopolitan and well known small port of Paros. Naousa is the second largest village of Paros, a nautical community full of historical reminders, built like all Cycladic villages, with snake shaped streets and white Cycladic alleys.

The houses are built around the Venetian Castle, a remnant of another era, proving the existence of a settlement since the Byzantine time of Komninon, whose exact position we cannot know. Speculation is that the town's development is directly connected to the construction of the castle wall around the beginning of the 15th century or maybe a little bit earlier. The wall was connected via a breakwater to the tower at the port of Naousa, built by the family of Somaripa, with the purpose of protecting the port and the town from any enemy attacks.

Today Naousa preserves its personality and traditional characteristics.

A walk through the small streets with the old traditional houses, uncountable churches, present to the visitor with a different picture of the past when this style of construction was necessary for protection from the enemies and especially pirates. Naousa was the nautical base of the invaders and the hideout of pirates for centuries. The Turkish admiral and pirate Barbarossa destroyed the town completely and every year on the 23rd of August reenactments of that event happen that last until morning.

Apart from the architectural and general plan of the town, of interest is the small museum of Byzantine art that was founded in 1964 and is housed in the church of Aghios Nikolaos of Mostratos. The exhibits are post - Byzantine icons, creations of Parian and Cretan hagiographers of the 12th and 13th centuries, wooden sculptures, utensils, copper graphics and sculptures from the Roman and Frank periods.

In the area around Naousa we find many interesting sights, natural beauty and archaeological finds, monasteries and churches. At the entrance to Naousa is the main temple of the monastery of Aghios Athanasios. The most beautiful and well known is the little church at the port of Naousa, Aghios Nikolaos, surrounded by all the fishing boats docked on the sea side, and by all the restaurants, bars and shops on the other side. On the limits of Naousa and a breath away from the center, is the sandy beach of Aghioi Anargyri surrounded by tens of accommodation units.  It is the best choice for those who don't want to go far from their hotels.
Lastly, Naousa remains the jewel of the island, because apart from its natural beauty it attracts anyone who is looking for night life.  In conclusion we can say that with all it has to offer Naousa is a worthy ambassador of Cycladic spirit and civilization. 

Parikia town is the capital of Paros, situated on the west coast of the island with a wide heart shaped port which is the main commercial port of the island. At the entrance to the port an old style, white stone windmill welcomes you, reminding people of old times.

Parikia's name goes back to Byzantine times when the tenant farmers who worked the land owned by the Church of Ekatontapiliani (Church of the hundred doors), lived in the area near the church. They were called pariki (neighbors) and therefore the village was named Parikia. The first and well known sight of Parikia is the Ekatonatpiliani church. While entering the courtyard of the church complex and to the right one can find a small Byzantine Museum with a rich collection of Byzantine relics. Outside in the garden one can see a lot of sculptures, architectural remains and inscribed stones from ancient times left in the position that they were found.  Archeological Museum of Parikia is located just behind the Ekatontapiliani Church.

One important historical sight in Parikia is the Venetian Castle built in the 13th century.   Locating the castle inside the town of Parikia is quite difficult for the reason that after the collapse of the walls the people used the ruins to build their own houses, so houses and castle are in a way united. The only clear part of the Venetian castle is the square tower on the eastern side.

The Marble Fountains of Mavrogenis, can be found in central parts of Parikia's paved streets.   Nicolas Mavrogenous, an important leader of northern Greece (Vlachia), donated to his native town three of these fountains which stand out because of their design and the beautiful folklore carvings in the marble.  Also the house where his daughter, the brave woman warrior Manto Mavrogenous (1821) lived and died is also to be found in Parikia.

The old market, is the main and picturesque street of the town. A big variety of shops, bar, restaurants, banks, surrounded by old traditional houses and a flavor of another time.  Parikia also offers plenty of accommodations of all types and budgets while all travel services are available all around.  It's the first and the last impression that one can take from Paros.