Easter on Paros… a memorable experience!

During the summer months, the island fills with visitors from Greece and abroad, who all enjoy Paros’ pebbled beaches, as well as drinks and meals at traditional restaurants.

By comparison, Paros, during Easter, is a more serene place, more detached from cosmopolitan ways. Easter celebrations are bright, spirited and lengthy all over the island, but it would not be an exaggeration to say that these traditions and customs are most intense, as experiences, at Paros’ northern villages. Holy Week is a special time to be in traditional Marpissa, beautiful & quiet Drios, Lefkes and Aspro Chorio.

Marpissa, is very close to the villages Piso Livadi and Drios. Not only there, but in all churches of the island too, every Easter Thursday, the women head up to the Metropolitan Cathedral, where they spend the night reverently decorating the Epitaphios in preparation for the next day’s solemn Good Friday funerary procession. In the afternoon of the same day, the inhabitants of the island visiting the churches and passing under the Epitaphs.

On Good Friday’s evening Epitaphios pass through the lifelike scenes presenting the Passion of Christ, which are not only presented in Marpissa, but neighbouring villages too, with children as the protagonists.

Next morning, on Easter Saturday, Marpissa maintains an early, initial Resurrection custom, for which young girls, dressed as angels, stand before village buildings and houses, creating a heavenly setting.

Finally, on Easter Sunday, you can visit Naoussa, where the Second Resurrection is celebrated followed by a feast in Naoussa square with traditional dances and treats. At the same time, in the port of Naoussa there is live music until the evening!

Paroikia, the Capital of Paros

Parikia, the capital of Paros with the passenger and the commercial port and the Mill, which is the trademark of the village, is located at the island’s bay. There are beautiful settlements in Parikia, however Parikia itself will also fascinate you if you take a walk around its alleys. Ekatontapiliani and the pinewood next to it, the Venetian castle in the old market, the church of Agios Constantinos (St. Constantine), the hill of Agia Anna (St. Anna) with its two mills, which are a trademark of Paros, the perennial palm trees on the street along the coast (Giannis Parios st.) and all kinds of stores attract the visitors.

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The Island of Paros

Paros, one of the most popular Greek islands, sits in the heart of the Aegean sea and belongs to the Cyclades. Combining modern with traditional elements in the most unique way, it is a mix of traditional Cycladic architecture, vivid nightlife, magical beaches, enchanting villages, and historical monuments. The church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is one of them.
Whether you’re after a relaxing holiday or you are more of a thrill-seeker, Paros island Greece will give you exactly what you want!

Boasting a beautiful natural landscape and 120 km of coastline, Paros Greece has endless blonde-sand beaches, verdant mountains and cliff-top villages galore.

Being a short ferry ride away from Athens, it is easily accessible from Piraeus port and Rafina Port. What’s more, its proximity to other popular Cyclades islands, such as Mykonos, Santorini, and Naxos makes it the perfect Greece island hopping base!

The two main villages of Paros Greece (and also where the heart of the island’s nightlife beats) are Parikia and Naoussa.
Full of traditional taverns, luxurious restaurants and sophisticated bars, Parikia and Naoussa overflow with young crowds every night.
If crowded places and loud music aren’t what you want for calm and relaxing holidays, you can visit and wander in the tranquil traditional villages of Drios and Lefkes.
You’ll be pleasantly surprised by the different faces of Paros!

The Valley of the Butterflies

The Valley of the Butterflies, a unique natural site on Paros comprises a rare biotope for Jersey Tiger Moth butterflies, which can be seen perched in large numbers on the tree trunks. The butterflies of Paros are known for their wonderful coloring (brown-black with yellowish extremities and bright red wings) and appear from late May to late July, disappear in August and reappear in September. The disappearance is due to the females seeking places to lay their eggs and die.

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