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AEGEAN ISLANDS

Naousa

The small castle of Naousa (Kasteli) had a great significance because it used to supervise the homonymous gulf. It was built in the 15th century by Sommaripa. It consists of jetties, visible under the sea surface, which were used as breakwaters, and a wall that leads to a circular tower, built on a shoal. The bastion that is still preserved today has eight openings (seven of them are cannon holes and the eighth one is the gate) and it is constructed mainly of schists and irregular rocks. The little port of Naousa with the fishing boats offers some of the most beautiful images of Paros thought the day. The old warehouses of the fishermen nowadays house restaurants, cafés and bars, without that altering the nature of the settlement. The walk towards the interior of Naousa is exhilarating as well, with the white-washed alleys and the houses with the characteristic insular architecture. Info In the settlement there are Music and Dance Associations. “Koursariki”- pirate night is organized in the summer (August 23).      
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Lefkes

In this beautiful village, which is 11km away from Parikia, the buildings of the traditional Cycladic architecture are combined with the ones that present  neoclassical elements. It is amphitheatrically built on a slope almost in the centre of the inland, at an altitude of 250m. It must have been founded by refugees from Crete and Peloponnese, in the 16th century. You can walk on the central pedestrian street, Ramnos, in order to reach Agia Triada, a true monument of marble sculpture art. In its interior there are icons of the post-Byzantine period from old, small churches and newer ones, painted by Parian hagiographers. It is celebrated on August 29, on the honouring day of Agios Ioannis Vaptistis, with a festival.
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Marpissa

Marpissa is amphitheatrically built on a hill, at a walking distance from the sea, 17km east of Parikia and it has taverns and traditional cafés. Your attention will be captured by the well-preserved houses of the 16th and the 17th century, the alleys, the winding streets, the arched vaults, the windmills and the old churches: Agios Dimitrios, Mesosporitissa, Evangelistria and Agios Modestos, dedicated to the farmers of the area. The new metropolitan church of Metamorfosi in Byzantine style, with the roof and the dome covered in tiles was built in 1960. During your walk in the settlement with the characteristic alleys and white-washed arches, you will find the Folklore Museum which constitutes a true copy of a traditional insular house, before you reach the central square of papa-Giorgis Stamenas. The building that houses the Sculpture Museum of “Nikolaos Perantinos”dominates there.
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Marmara

It was called Archontochori due to the numerous marbles which adorned its houses and churches, and it is the land of Mavrogenous family. Many mansions are preserved in good condition and by walking you will see old cisterns and “volta” (arches). The churches that have been built with ancient parts of the area’s temples stand out: the church of Pera Panagia, or Panagia Marmariani (17th century) and the church Kimisis tis Theotokou, which is the metropolis and it has a beautiful wood-carved iconostasis and three bell-towers, each of them built in a different style. Other churches are those of Agios Savvas with a bell-tower of the early 17th century, Agios Ioannis, Agia Marina, Metamorfosi tou Christou. Marmara is surrounded by a fertile valley and its seaport is Molos.
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Aliki

The fishing village of Aliki is 11km away from Parikia to the south. It constitutes a summer vacation resort and it is preferred by families with children as it has hotels, taverns by the sea and cafés. There are 4 beautiful beaches around the area. On June 23 in Aliki the custom of Klidonas is revived and on August 6 there is the fish festival with dances and treats.        
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Prodromos

This settlement on the southeastern side of the island got its name after the church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos (17th century) which has old icons and a wood-carved iconostasis. The village was famous since the Middle Ages and its old name was Dragoulas, or Tragoulas after Apollo Tragius, the protector of the shepherds who was worshipped in Paros. There are traditional cafés and taverns. It is 5km away from Lefkes.   Info  The Byzantine trail connects Lefkes to Prodromos. It was built 1000 years ago.      
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