"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: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
Paros is a main destination for Cycladic ferries. There is a direct connection to Pireaus. Paroika is the main harbor.... more travel advice
We took the bus from Paroika to Lefkes, in order to first see Lefkes and then to walk an old Byzantine road down to... more travel advice
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