This year we spend our summer holidays at the Cyclades again, first
to the Island of Paros and then to the island Naxos.
In approximately 3 hours we reached Paros by high speed ferry from
Athens in the evening. The Port of Paros is the main traffic point
of ferries in the Aegean, but surprisingly
it is very quiet.
All ferries and boats doc on in the main town of Parikia, which is
famous for its historic centre and the oldest, largest and most
magnificent church in the Greek islands the” Pangia Ekatontapilliani”. It
reminded us of impressive building of the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.
Even a stroll through the streets of the medieval Kastro quarter
along the promenade called "Market Street" is pretty nice.
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We did not stay in Parikia but in the northern town
Naoussa, the most beautiful and touristy
town at the island. Here we had a nice little studio with
fantastic view over the little port and the sea.
The old town with its lovely streets, pubs, bars, shops and the
picturesque, romantic Venetian harbour reminded us a little bit of
Mykonos. But not so bustling and hip, more quiet and chic with a
very relaxed and good atmosphere. We liked it very much to be there
till late at night. It is really great.
Here in Paros also, we rented a scooter to explore the island.
popular destination is Lefkes, surrounded by terraced fields and
pine forests in a beautiful mountain landscape. Of
course we also made our break
the charming little Platia of Lefkes on the way to the biggest
mountain” Profitis Illias” (776 m). At
the top there is a transmitting station from there you have a
wonderful view of the surrounding islands (see our photos in our
Every day we took our scooter and explore another part of the
island. Like small fishing villages, mountain villages deserted
coastal roads more or less busy beaches, secluded taverns and so on.
It was always a great fun for us. One
special highlight event you can see also in our photo gallery. It
was an Orthodox baptism at the sea. A
wonderful and unique experience for us.