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The popular islands Paros and Antiparos offer golden white sandy beaches and Mediterranean waters suitable for scuba diving.
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Paros and Antiparos are two islands located in the center of the Cyclades west of Naxos. It is a popular place with beautiful scenery, pretty beaches and old romantic villages. Highlights of the main town Parikia are the byzantine Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani (Our Lady of a Hundred Doors) and its fantastic harbor being the center for booking a sail trips all across Greece. Parikia and other touristic spots such as Naoussa, with its great waterfront, offer a wide variety of bars, discos and evening entertainment, while in other villages you might believe to be in the 19th century. Paros and Antiparos are surrounded by some of the best beaches in Greece, whether for swimming, relaxing or windsurfing. Popular beaches include the windsurfers' favorite Golden Beach or Chrissi Akti, Parasporos Beach, Aliki Beach, Kolimbithres Beach with its huge granite guards, Santa Maria Beach and Pounda Beach.
Just south of Parikia, you can visit the renowned marble mines of Marathi, reached from Lefkes with its blue and whitewashed houses and Marpissa known for its windmills and ruins of a Venetian fortress. Other sights are the island and cave system of Antiparos, the Archaeological Museum, the Valley of Butterflies and the picturesque villages of Kephalos, Pisso Livadia and Dryos. Or just stroll around one of its typical Cycladic style villages to see lovely chapels, narrow pathways, cobbled roads and meet the open-hearted locals often transported by donkey. It is a fabulous island with lots of pretty bays and blue warm waters perfect for fishing, diving and snorkeling. There are steep wall dives, stunning caves, holes and colorful reefs. You can spot turtles, squirrel fish, nudibranch, conger, scorpion fish and much more.
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