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Paros is a very well known Greek Island, with its wonderful wild natured beaches, green rolling hills, friendly atmosphere and beautiful towns with tiny picturesque ports. It's the perfect Cycladic Island for those travelers that are looking for fun and quality time without the massive, partying crowds, a place where families can relax, couples enjoy romantic moments and those looking to camp, walk or just kick back will find plenty of sites and activities.

The island is famous for its windmills, marble and the peaceful feeling which is for sure the perfect foil for the non-stop party life of the neighboring islands. Coming into the port of Parikia on the island's capital is a calm, serene experience; with the expansive port and beaches nearby, the holiday feeling is apparent immediately. The Venetian Castle overlooking the port of Parikia and an old quarter that is a lovely to roam around, taking in the whitewashed houses, slender streets and bright flowers that beautify the area.

Parikia is home to one of the most impressive churches in the Cyclades. Panagia Ekatontapiliani meaning "Our Lady of the Hundred Gates" is three churches combined into one, and is a dazzling example of Byzantine art and architecture. There are only ninety-nine doors to be counted in the church, with tradition saying that when the hundredth is found, Constantinople will return to Greece. The reliefs, mosaics, the marble and the dome are a miracle to be explored, and there is also an archaeological museum located nearby, with further information of the history of this astonishing site.
Around the island, there are many activities to keep the most energetic of tourists occupied. Beaches and water sports are very well catered for around the island, and there are numerous places where visitors can obtain their scuba certifications. There are many fantastic beaches around the island for the sun lovers. The fishing village of  Naoussa is a charming place to visit and see the island at its tradition seafaring best. Inland, there are many villages, wineries and monasteries to explore
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Paros is an island of variety, and there are available a big variety of indoors and outdoors activities to experience. At Petaloudes, or the Valley of the Butterflies, situated in the island's west, butterflies are abundant in the summer months and tours are available from Parikia and Naoussa, a must for any nature lovers. At Marathi, in the centre, the island's marble quarries are on display, now abandoned, the site may be explored by torchlight.

An afternoon boat trip to Antiparos, half an hour by boat from Parikia to the west of the main island is another good way to spend time. Very few people live on the island but it is becoming more popular with European holidaymakerss. The highlight of the tour of the island is a visit to the caves, a cathedral like in size that was once host to an orchestra for Christmas Mass. Visited by Lord Byron and many others in history; it is a site of literary pilgrimage as well as for the curious. For those visiting in summer, be aware that it is a steep thirty-minute walk to the cave from the boat landing, and good walking shoes and water are a necessity.


Office:
Tourlos, New Port, 84600
Mykonos Town
Cyclades Islands, Greece

Tel. +30 22890 28020 to 22
Fax: +30 22890 28023
E-mail: info@matt-holidays.com

EOT number (MHTE): 1144E61000085201

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