Culture

The Valley of the Butterflies

The hidden jewel of Paros can be found just 7 kilometers away from Parikia, near the monastery of Agios Arsenios, and was never experienced by most of the tourists that visited the island. The Valley of the Butterflies, is a unique natural site on Paros, with dense vegetation, such as cypress trees, wild olive and other fruit trees and a natural well. This natural combination creates a unique biotope for Jersey Tiger Moth butterflies, which can be admired, while creating a spectacular scenery. The butterflies of Paros are known for their wonderful coloring and appear from late May to late July, disappear in August and reappear in September.



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Cycladic Folklore Museum of B.Skiadas

Cycladic Folklore Museum – Benetos Skiadas is situated near Aliki and offers an overview of Cycladic culture and boating tradition, through miniature exhibits of important cultural landmarks of the Cyclades and historical boats. It is open daily and it has free admission. Visiting the authentic folklore Cycladic museum is definitely a must.



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Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros

The Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros is located at the bay of Naousa. The Park is extended in 800.000m² and it is claimed to be a protected area since 2009. It is an open, seaside space where you can hang out all year, day and night and enjoy the glorious nature. At Park area there are various beaches and swimming spots such as Katholiko, where you can enjoy swimming in clear, shallow waters. Other activities visitors can do in the Environmental & Cultural Park of Paros are hiking, visiting the historical light-house, and visiting the amphitheater which hosts various concerts by local or international artists, theatrical plays and other cultural activities. You can also see experience the unique athletic events like the Paros Triathlon and taste the authentic Paros Island.



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Ekatontapyliani Church

The Church of 100 Doors (or Ekatontapyliani in Greek), is the most famous landmark of Paros, and one of the oldest and most significant early-Christian monuments in Greece. Τhe church is open every day, all day long for sightseeing and it is definitely worth visiting. You can admire the rare Byzantine icons, the Byzantine museum and the ancient remains of the temple. Through the ages, many legends have been associated with this church, like the one of Agia Theoktisti who lived and died here and whose footprint can still be seen in the interiors. The church was built in the 6th cent. AD by the Byzantine emperor Constantine.



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Naousa, Paros Island

The beautiful picturesque fishing village of Naousa is located in a glorious bay in the northern part of Paros, 10 kilometres away from the capital, Parikia. Naousa is considered to be one of the loveliest and most authentic villages in Cyclades. Its traditional character and charm, with its whitewashed and flowered little houses built amphitheatrically around a picturesque port, makes it special and worth-visiting. Little taverns and ouzeries are giving a friendly and welcoming atmosphere, as well. You will also find here several bars and nightclubs, operating until dawn. Naousa is also famous for its numerous beautiful golden beaches, which appeal to every taste. You can visit not only the most popular beaches, but also the most secluded ones.



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Parikia, Paros Island

Parikia is the capital of Paros Greece and has about 3,000 inhabitants. This little town is the commercial and cultural centre of Paros as well as the main harbour of the island. Parikia is built amphitheatrically around the port and has a typical Cycladic architecture, with whitewashed cubic and flat roofed houses with spare architectural lines and coloured wooden doors, windows and balconies. On the entrance of the port, a superb whitewashed windmill welcomes the visitors and constitutes the trademark of Paros.



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Chrisi Akti

Chrisi Akti (Golden Coast) is a huge sandy beach with sparkling blue waters, offering a glorious view to the island of Drionissi, a small island to the south-east of Paros. The scenery is unique and the beach is outstanding. Visitors who love sea sports, just found their place to be, as Chrisi Akti (the Golden Coast) is ideal for windsurfing. Chrisi Akti (the Golden Coast) has been awarded with blue flag by the European Union, as well. At Crysi Akti you can spot Ermia Hotels &Resorts’ property Amaryllis Paros Beach Hotel which offers spectacular view to this amazing scenery. Discover it!



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