Paros is a Greek island in the Aegean Sea best known for its beaches and traditional villages. Parikia, the bayside capital, is a boating and transportation hub for the Cyclades region. Starting from Paros, you can visit with organized daily cruises neighboring islands each with his character and unique beauty. Let’s explore some of the best daily trips you can take starting from the island of Paros.


Antiparos



Antiparos is a small island of Cyclades, located just next to Paros island. This is a nice destination for a day excursion from Paros or even many days of relaxing beach holiday. The most popular activity in Antiparos island is swimming: many sandy beaches with crystal water are found in close distance to Chora, even in a walking distance. Nudism and camping are particularly popular on these beaches. Chora, the capital and only village of Antiparos, has a traditional Cycladic architecture with narrow paved streets, whitewashed houses and lovely blue-domed churches. On the southern side, there is an impressive cave with stalactites and stalagmites.


Despotiko



A tiny isle sailing in the sea just near the island of Antiparos, with the sole inhabitants of one thousand goats. However, two centuries ago this tiny little isle gathered worshipers from all around the Aegean and the Mediterranean as reflected from the findings that were brought to light from the archaeological investigations. The isle of Despotiko is one of the surrounding islands of Antiparos with great archaeological interest, which used to be connected with the small island of Tsimindiri. Despotiko is an impressive archaeological site with twelve buildings and imposing artifacts including figurines and vases, ivory buckets and porcelain statuettes, seal stones from semi-precious gem stones, iron and lead objects, swords and agricultural tools that worshipers brought to devote to Apollo and Artemis. Archaeological excavations have identified a Doric temple of the archaic period on the northeastern coast of the island along with an elongated complex consisting of five consecutive parallel rooms in the excavation site of Mandra. The remains of the archaeological site are in aexcellent condition, especially the remains of the facades of the buildings. Despotiko is a real heaven for archeology enthusiasts and sailing aficionados.


Naxos



A big island in the heart of the Aegean Sea and its sea routes, with imposing mountain massifs and fertile valleys, inhabited by cheerful people with a tradition in music and dance, and full of beauty that enchants visitors. With its long history, important monuments and intense tourist life, it occupies a distinct place among the Cycladic islands. No matter how many days you stay on Naxos, there will always surely be more hidden niches to discover, beaches you haven’t seen, towers and forts you did not have time to visit, ancient temples whose secrets remain a mystery. Visit the island of Naxos and introduce yourself to centuries of history.


Koufonissia



No matter how much you’ve been prepared for — based on what you’ve heard — about the beaches of Koufonissia, what you will actually feel and see when you get there cannot be easily described. Coves with emerald waters that look like natural pools and a background of rocks uniquely sculpted by the waves compose a magical picture that fires the senses right away. For many years these two little isles were the refuge of the few those that discovered them. Today they are favorite tourist destination all the while, keeping their exotic charm. Koufonissia comprise two isles, Ano (Epano or Apano) and Kato Koufonissi (5.7sq.km. and 4.4sq.km. respectively), which are separated by a narrow strait 200m wide and the island of Keros. Kato Koufonissi is virtually deserted but has a small port and numerous small and isolated beaches. Keros is located between the two Koufonissia islands and Schinousa. Keros was as prominent during the period of the early Cycladic civilization as Delos was during Classical antiquity.


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