Island Paros – Greece

Paros is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 km (5 mi) wide. It lies approximately 100 mi (161 km) south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Island Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 km² of land. Its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest. Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term “Parian” to describe marble or china of similar qualities. Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot. Paros has recently become a popular tourist destination. This has been due to its relatively near distance and numerous ferry links with the mainland that help tourists arrive to the island mainly during the summer months.

Beaches

Island Paros is blessed with many beaches offering golden sand and various settings that cover all the range of beach goers, from intimate coves to party beaches for the young and adventurous. Its crystal clear waters are etched in the memories of its visitors enriching their winters.

Windsurfing

Windsurfing in Paros is one of the greatest attractions for its visitors. The northerly winds blowing in the summer months on the aegean sea, known as Meltemi, attract thousands of fans of the sport. There are several beaches where everything needed to practice the sport, whether a beginner or an expert, is offered. In the past, even the world cup ( PBA, PWA ) was held at new golden beach ( tserdakia ).

Kitesurfing

Kitesurfers have long made a playground of the breezy beaches of the island Paros, and no wonder: this sunshiny isle is a Cycladic triumvirate of sandy shoreline, history, and culture.

Watersports

Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, tubes, flying fish and other water sports where a ski-boat tows the adventurous visitors of Paros island are available at the beaches of Kolymbithres, Monastiri, Santa Maria, Farangas among others.

Geography

Island Paros geographic co-ordinates are 37° N. lat, and 25° 10′ E. long. The area is 165 km2 (64 sq mi). Its greatest length from N.E. to S.W. is 13 mi (21 km), and its greatest breadth 10 mi (16 km). The island is of a round, plump-pear shape, formed by a single mountain (724 m (2,375 ft)) sloping evenly down on all sides to a maritime plain, which is broadest on the north-east and south-west sides. The island is composed of marble, though gneiss and mica-schist are to be found in a few places. To the west of Paros lies its smaller sister island Antiparos. At its narrowest, the channel between the two islands is less than 2 km wide. A car-carrying shuttle-ferry operates all day (to and from Pounda, 3 miles south of Parikia). In addition a dozen smaller islets surround Paros. Paros has numerous beaches including Chrissí Aktí (Golden Beach, Greece) near Drios on the east coast, at Pounda, Logaras, Piso Livadi, Naousa Bay, Parikia and Agia Irini. The constant strong wind in the strait between Paros and Naxos makes it a favoured windsurfing location..

Islands

Gaiduronisi – north of Xifara Portes Island – west of the town of Paros Tigani Island – southwest of Paros Drionisi -southeast of Paros