As the third largest island in the Cyclades and one of the its most popular tourist destinations, Paros has loads to offer. From traditional sea-front tavernas to a vibrant nightlife, and with an abundance of beaches, some of which have watersports, some more tranquil and secluded, you won't be bored.....
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As the third largest island in the Cyclades and one of the its most popular tourist destinations, Paros has loads to offer. From traditional sea-front tavernas to a vibrant nightlife, and with an abundance of beaches, some of which have watersports, some more tranquil and secluded, you won't be bored here. The often strong winds that blow through the strait between Paros and neighbouring Naxos have made the island a Mecca for windsurfing and an international competition is held here each summer on the beautiful, sandy, 700 metre long Golden Beach. There are two large bays on the island where there is ample protection from the winds and these are the location of the two largest towns: Naoussa in the north and Parikia to the west. Naoussa is a pretty town with a harbour and whilst quite busy, has maintained much of its character with attractive whitewashed buildings and narrow winding streets that you can so easily lose yourself in. Parikia is the capital, the main port and home to the island’s largest archaeological site, with ancient ruins dating back to the 8th century BC. In the centre of the island, and 300 metres above sea level, you can visit the quieter village of Lefkes, surrounded by trees and vegetation, and offering stunning views of the island of Naxos. There are many lovely beaches around the coast, many of them quite lively. Parasporos has a campsite nearby, as does Santa Maria, which is also a favoured beach for snorkelling and has a scuba diving school. A popular beach for kitesurfing is Pounda and from here one can also take a short ferry ride to nearby Antiparos, where life has a somewhat different pace to that of Paros. Paros can be reached through its domestic airport, or by ferry from Athens or from many of its neighbours.
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