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Paros island > Crossroad of the Aegean July 15, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greece Islands Aegean.
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Sail away to Paros from the very same port where Alcibiades set out with 100 Athenian triremes on the illfated Sicilian campaign in 415 BCE.

On the 3-5 hour voyage to Paros, spend some time reading Greek Archaeology. On approaching Delos, a vast treasure of antiquities, get to learn about the island’s natives Apollon and Artemis.

Then Paros! Seeing it for the first time is an unearthly vision of gently contoured brown hills crowned by little white churches and highlighted by the interplay of white and blue in the harbor city of Paroikia. You will be caught up in a very busy, pretty island town replete with good food and friendly people.

Imagine brilliant white buildings against crystal clear water shading to ultramarine!

The approach to Paros is through Paroikia with its ruined Venetian castle and fragrance of geraniums and basil. The entire island has a rich archaic and classical heritage replete with antiquities that range from Neolithic to Byzantine times. Ruminate about life in modern, air-conditioned rooms with private entrances newly created in the Cycladic style.

The Aegean Village Hotel is situated in an ancient lemon orchard, an oasis of green and calm in the center of the town, 3 minutes walk to the main port. You’ll gather on your own verandah for evening deliberations about a visit to ancient Parian marble quarries, the marble of the Acropolis.

You’ll visit colorful Lefkes (literal translation ‘white village’). Both a traditional village and the old capital of the island, it is located high in the central mountains with beautiful views of the sea. It’s traditional architecture shows influences from the Russian and Byzantine. Arts and handicrafts abound from basketry, embroidery, weaving to ceramics, wood and metal work and ancient potting methods. While in Paros, you may take trips to fabled Delos and Naxos, where Theseus left Ariadne in the lurch. And of course, the local cuisine is excellent.

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