Wedding now over, with no further bridesmaids duties or wedding prep stress, we finally had time to chill out properly and explore what Paros had to offer.
Paros belongs to the Cyclades island group and is a well-known tourist spot. The capital of Paros is Parikia, the harbour of which is where most of the ferries and catamarans dock when landing on the island. We didn’t spend much time in this area as our hotel was located in the bay of Naoussa (or Naussa), a 15 minute or so car ride away. Naoussa has its own harbour, though it is a lot smaller that that of Parikia’s.
As we were all feeling too lazy to go island exploring, we spent our time walking through the streets of Naoussa, really familiarising ourselves with all of the little shops and restaurants. It wasn’t much of a sacrifice because it is a wonderfully cute town, with good shopping and great food. Look at how quaint the beautiful alleys are with their distinct stone floors, white walls and blue roofs!
We were spoilt for food choices here, with options available for every budget. Here’s a couple of pictures of some of the desserts on offer around town.
Its residents are pretty chilled out and relaxed as well – just what we were looking for.
We stayed in the slightly older part of town where it was more residential and quiet, but no less charming.
Located next to the small harbour is one of the Naoussa beaches. It’s pretty tiny and not a patch on some of the beaches we had seen over the past week, but hey, if you’re looking for some sand to stick a picnic blanket on, you’ve got an option! 😛
Being a small island, it’s no surprise that fishing plays a big part in local life. Walking along the harbour front on a Monday morning, we came across lots of fishermen in their boat, drying their catch of the morning.
If you carry on walking by the water, you’ll eventually come across the Venetian Fortress of Naoussa, one of the highlights of the town. As the name suggests, this fortress was built by the Venetians in the 15th century and was used as a watchpost and the first line of defence in times of war. There’s not much of it left today, but I’d definitely say that it is still worth a visit as it is very picturesque on a sunny day and offers great views of the Aegean Sea.
This was our last stop in our week and a half long Greek adventure, and an absolutely idyllic end before having to return to London. We left feeling rested, tanned and stuffed full of amazing fresh and delicious food, with a lot of new experiences and memories that we’re pretty sure we’ll never forget. 🙂