8 km west of the island Naxos is situated Paros, the third largest island of the Cyclades archipelago. Paros is an island of the rich and varied history, and firstly was inhabited by Cretans and Arcadians. The island is characterized by the traditional snow-white houses, many small churches and monasteries, magnificent beaches and bays, fertile fields full of vines and olive trees and extremely hospitable people. The island is famous for its top quality and fine marble used to build many valuable temples and monuments like the famous statue of Venus de Milo.
The main island town and port is Parikia. Parikia is typical Cycladic town with many narrow streets and picturesque courtyards, old churches, souvenir shops and traditional restaurants. The town's main attraction is a historic Byzantine church Ekatondapiliani, also known as the Church of hundred doors. On the northern side of the island lies one of the most beautiful villages of the island, Naoussa, which by night turns into a cosmopolitan tourist center. Port of Paros provides a safe mooring and one part the small port Naousa acts as a marina.
Paros Island has several beaches and the most attractive and most popular are Hirsi Akti and Tserdakia. Hirsi Akti and Tserdakia are long sandy beaches, full of tourist facilities and are ideal areas for windsurfing. On the southwest side is a small airport which connects Paros with the city of Athens.