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Paros

Paros is a –literally- radiant island which reflects the sun shining on its beauty onto the deep blue of the Aegean.Paros is the third largest island of the Cyclades and has been inhabited since the 4th millennium BCE. Archaeological finds corroborate the existence of Bronze Age settlements built by illustrious civilizations such as the Cycladic, the Minoan, and the Mycenaean ones. During certain historic periods, Paros experienced impressive economic prosperity and cultural growth. Paros could easily be called the Island of Marble since, historically, it was renowned for its fine-grained, semi-translucent, pure-white marble whose flawlessness gave birth to the term “Parian” to describe marble, and even china, of similar qualities. Both the ancient and modern-day marble quarries and mines are at the location “Marathi”. Today’s marble quarries still earn a decent income for the island by producing that fine marble, antiquity’s “Parian Lithos” (Parian Stone), which has been mined on the island since the 7th century BCE. Aphrodite of Milos (Venus de Milo), Hermes of Praxiteles, and Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory of Samothrace) are all famous sculptures sculpted from Parian marble. The innumerable marble and sculpture workshops in the town of Paros confirm the island’s artistic aura and long tradition in marble production and sculpting. Today, Paros is better known as a preferred tourism destination: its idyllic, cobblestone alleys, magnificent churches, and imposing mansions, together with the houses that are gems of traditional island architecture, turquoise waters, and dreamy sandy stretches act as a pole of attraction for travelers looking for an authentic Greek island vacation. On the western shore of Paros there is a scenic, vastly popular spot, the lively fishing village of Naousa, one of the most picturesque havens of the Aegean. The island’s gastronomic profile comes to complement the attractions of Paros: Artisanal cheese, Parian pies, figs, almond pastries, clay-baked legumes, gouna sun-dried fish, highly acclaimed wine varieties, and “souma”, Paros’ celebrated distillate, provide an impetus for travellers to not miss an opportunity to visit the traditional island of Paros.