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Paros

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  • Day491

    Paros

    September 27 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    We travelled by boat to Paros, where we are renting a beautiful villa with views over to Naxos. The port at Santorini was mayhem. Hundreds of people were congregating for ferries to lots of the other islands and coaches were departing in streams up the cliff road to deliver arrivals to the towns above. It was organised chaos but the system worked once you got the hang of it. The large ferry must have been about 15% full for a very relaxing trip to Paros. In the height of the season with the ferry full the port activity must be frenzied.
    We picked up hire cars and were met by Anna who led us to our villa. Villa Nefeli - what a place!!! 2 separate apartments which each could have slept a family, as well as 2 large en suite bedrooms in the main house. Everything had been thought of with beautifully equipped BBQ area and a great pool and area for cooling off.
    The view from our bedroom looked out over Naxos where the sun rose every morning. The pre-sun rise skies were well worth waking up for..
    the localtown to the north of us Naousa was a wonderfully relaxed fishing port full of tavernas, ice cream bars etc and lovely narrow lanes with bespoke shopping. The sea all around was crystal clear.
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  • Day492

    Paros

    September 28 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    We spent some time looking around Naousa one day, and used the villa bbq in the evening.
    The following day we took a drive around the island which didn't take too long as it is just over 100km around. The scenery to the south was worth the trip.
    We then visited Lefkes which is high up in the centre of the Island and walked the Byzantine road to the sea 10 km away and spent some time on the beach. We felt justified in spending some time in the gelaterie in Lefkes after our walk back up to the car . The ice cream was especially good - so much so that we returned the following day with GGMac for her to try some. The shop also made traditional greek baklava which we were simply forced to try - and it was good too.Read more

  • Day494

    Paros

    September 30 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    We visited the nature reserve - Paros Park on the north east peninsular and walked a couple of the short trails - up to viewing points and to a lighthouse. Sophie joined us for the longer walk and we met up with J, R and Sammy on their return from the shorter walk to the lighthouse. the coastline was very rugged and the sea clear.Read more

  • Day495

    Paros

    October 1 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Kirsty had to leave us a day early due to work commitments, so we took her to the port at Paros where she was to take a ferry ride back to Santorini to pick up a late afternoon flight to Gatwick.
    We said our goodbyes and had a look around the old town which we enjoyed. Everywhere had a relaxed feel about it, and the locals all were very friendly. We enjoyed a gyros for lunch at a local taverna and watched Kirsty's ferry depart.Read more

  • Day13

    Parikia

    November 1, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We went to the capital and largest city in Paros, Parikia. City may be a bit of a stretch, though, more like a large town. We walked around the water front, admiring some large sailboats and catamarans and then went up the street to the Church With a Hundred Doors. It is a complex of chapels and a large church. The most impressive part was a chapel built in the 4th century with a Baptistery, a stone immersion tub in the shape of a cross. There was a Byzantine museum as well, with works of art from the 15th century onward. The large church had a women's gallery where you could look down into the main worshipping area. Like other Greek Orthodox churches we have peeked into ( they are usually locked), it had a huge brass chandelier, about 10 feet across, with candles on several levels.
    Just down the street was the Archeological Museum, with statues and artifacts found all over the island.
    We also visited the remains of a Venetian Fort. The Venetians ruled here from the 1300's to the 1500's. All the towns here have narrow alleys to walk through the old town, and Parikia was no different. Some shops were open, but because by this time it was after lunch, most were closed for siesta which generally goes from 1:00 til 5:30. It is also the end of the season, so some are closed until next spring. Parikia is on the opposite side of the island from Drios where we are, so we went there in one direction and returned in the other, completing a circumnavigation of the island.
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  • Day14

    Winery and marble

    November 2, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    On our last day on Paros, there were a few things we wanted to see. One was a winery at Naoussa. Some of the others from here had gone the other day and said it was worthwhile. It was!! The winery has been owned by the same family since the early 1900's and they have on display many presses, and equipment used over the years, as well as pictures taken over some time. You can stroll down the room used for barrel storage and look into the bottle storage areas. We were the only people there, so took our time looking around and then tasted six wines. The fellow working was very well versed on the wines and gave us a rundown on each one answering questions as we went. Their grapes are grown in their own vineyards and across the island. One type of grape is grown only up in the mountainous areas and is still brought down by donkeys as there are no roads to use. It was a very interesting visit.
    We went to the waterfront in Naoussa for lunch at an outdoor cafe and took a stroll down the dock area after, spotting an octopus on a rail, drying in the sun. Calamari for supper?
    Another place we had heard about, in the centre of the island, was the ancient marble quarry. The marble from here was highly prized for its colour and purity. The big claim to fame for it was the marble for the Venus de Milo came from here. It was used, of course, for many temples and important buildings over 3000 years ago. There is not much left to identify the old quarries, except pieces of rough marble lying about. It has all grown up with bushes. There did seem to be active quarry a small distance away, but we were not allowed in there.
    One thing I had been trying to get a picture of, was the terracing up in the mountains. Rock walls were built on the side hills to make small patches of farmland. Stamos told us that some of these walls are 1000 years old. These terraces go up from steep, twisting roads where it is difficult to stop and take a picture. This was the best I could do, but doesn't do it justice. I have picked a few stones in my day, and would not want to be building these walls!
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  • Day10

    Paros (we made it)

    October 1, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    With the winds still howling and choppy seas we made it to Paros at close to 11pm. After spending a huge portion of the day waiting around we were utterly exhausted. Thankfully we had prearranged transport to the hotel because this island is far more difficult to navigate than Mykonos or Santorini.

    A short 20 minute drive and we arrived at our hotel in the town of Naousa, check in was fast and we were in bed quickly. That's when we my stomach started to churn. It felt like I was back on the ferry as my stomach rolled again and again. I really want to sleep instead I am seasick on land. Bugger, not fair.

    Hopefully this passes soon.
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  • Day11

    Antiparos

    October 2, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Today started with a rather expensive cab ride to Pounta as we missed the morning bus and did not wish to wait two hours for the next. Our cab driver, George took advantage of the road (or maybe just ignored the speed limit). Regardless we were flying along at speeds of about 140km/h which paid off when we made the ferry with seconds to spare. My Greek is poor, but I have a suspicion that good old George called the ferry operator and told him we are on route. Either way making the ferry saved us an hour of waiting.

    We took the ferry across to nearby Antiparos. On arrival we attempted to hire a quad bike. No success, unfortunately they would not rent us a quad bike as we had no experience and it was very dangerous. I think this wouldn't of been an issue if we weren't female. A male hired one shortly after us and it was pretty obvious he did not know how to drive a quad. With no other bike hire shops open we were stuck with a bus to the Grotte.

    The Grotte or Cave of Antiparos is located on the south eastern side of the island, roughly 110 metres above sea level. This cave is believed to be one of the oldest caves in Greece. The entrance to cave is an arch, whch at a guess is about 10 metres high and 20 metres wide. The arch is framed by a small church aptly named St John of the Cave. Slightly inside the mouth for the arch you find a mammoth stalagmite, which is believed approximately 45 million years old and the oldest in Europe.

    We then descended into the cave, 411 steps to be exact. The cavern revealed was large and deep, in excess of 100 metres. The cavern had been vandalised with many stalactites being removed and names engraved in the limestone. Overall, despite the damage it was worth a visit just to see the sheer grandness of the cave.

    Next, we headed back into town and treated ourselves to some relax time. The local spa, Flora offered some great spa packages. Nicole went for chocolate and I algae/seaweed. We were lathered in our chosen product and them wrapped in a electronic blanket. Eventually, once we were good and sweaty it was rinse time. The package finished with a full body massage. We left smelling delicious (Nic more so than me), feeling refreshed and with soft supple skin.
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  • Day11

    Scrumptious

    October 2, 2017 in Greece ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After catching the local bus back to Naousa (a much cheaper option than the morning's cab), we set off in search of a seafood restaurant in the town square. We never found it. Instead we found Yenleni, an amazing wine bar.

    The food was fabulous. We started with delicious bread and dips. Both were clearly made on site. The olive dip in particular was fabulous. Next was entré, we shared a slow cooked chickpea dish. The highlight of the night; the flavours and textures just perfect. Our waiter later told us the chickpeas are slow cooked overnight which is why they are so flavoursome. We had veal pasta for main and the meat was tender and juicy.

    As it was a wine bar it would be lapse of me not to talk about the wine. Their wine list by both the bottle and glass was extensive (and I don't think I saw the entire list). It mostly focused on Greek wines and had wines to suit most budgets. Nicole chose a light refreshing white. I settled on a red from the north which had a similar palate to a Cab Sav after trying a number of Merlots that weren't quite to my liking.

    The service in general was great, but the sommelier's attentiveness was a cut above the rest. He successfully combined our preferences and his knowledge to find us the best matched wine for our food.

    Feeling sated, we were just about to request the bill when our waiter brought us a small slice of chocolate cake. It was so moist. The flavours Delicious. All ready full we made room for it. The sommelier brought us a digestive, which I pretty confident was home brewed port, made by his mother in law. It was delicious and sweet and the perfect way to finish the night.

    If you ever visit Paros this place is a must.
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  • Day511

    Paros south Aliki

    September 8, 2018 in Greece ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    We were just looking for somewhere to go for a night before returning North to the Marina at Naxos town, to secure boat in Marina, as we had booked a ferry to Santorini for Monday, like I mentioned the next Meltemi is due beginning of the week and is forecast for gusts 35+ and as the forecast has until now been approx 10 knots less than our wind speed indicator has shown we decided not to risk heading south ourselves as the return North would have been horrendous. Aliki was surprisingly pleasant and sheltered from the afternoon breeze, in the evening we took dinghy to tiny harbour when we went ashore. This is first place we have seen octopi 🐙 hung up outside restaurants and also large cray fish in tanks.Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

Dimos Paros, Paros, Πάρος

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