"PAROS - PIRATES, MARBLE AND VENETIANS" Paros by mtncorg

Paros Travel Guide: 165 reviews and 363 photos

One of the larger islands in the Cyclades, Paros is an agricultural island that is most famous in history for the marble mined from its old quarries. Parian marble was used for many of the structures on Delos, Venus de Milo and Napoleon's Tomb. After the Crusader sack of Constantinople, most of the Cyclades were divided into fuedal Venetian fiefdoms which eventually fell under the rule of Marco Sanudo, the Duke of Naxos. Innumerable pirate raids led to the interior town of Lefkes being made as the medieval capital.

Most people come to Paros for the beaches, but the island boasts several charming villages, a famous Byzantine cathedral and a summertime butterfly-filled valley - Petaloudes.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Beaches, quaint villages, history at your fingertips
  • Cons:Not too far off the beaten path in the Cyclades
  • In a nutshell:Where Napoleon and Venus de Milo come together
  • Intro Written Dec 20, 2003
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  • Fam.Rauca's Profile Photo
    Nov 23, 2005 at 6:56 AM

    Simply, wonderfully!!! A great page. Fam. Rauca

  • Paul2001's Profile Photo
    Aug 18, 2005 at 4:58 PM

    Looks like a splendid place to relax for a few days.

  • mazzap's Profile Photo
    Jul 30, 2005 at 11:26 AM

    Beautiful piccies - I am a great fan of the Greek islands, so will keep this one in mind for a future visit ;-) Marion.

  • magor65's Profile Photo
    Jul 27, 2005 at 10:45 AM

    I'm thinking of going to Paros in late October. From your page I can see there are plenty of things to do apart from lying on the beach.

  • windsorgirl's Profile Photo
    Dec 26, 2004 at 8:22 AM

    I visited Paros back in 98, your photos have brought back fond memories...love looking at warm destinations while there is snow out my window! All the best for 2005!

  • gosiaPL's Profile Photo
    Jan 3, 2004 at 3:03 PM

    Charming scenery, I love the whitewashed houses. And to think that Napoleon enjoys only the Parian marble! ;-)

  • pepples46's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2003 at 11:47 PM

    wonderful page

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