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Naoussa Paros travel guide

The picturesque village of Naoussa is the main tourist honeypot draw of Paros. Located about 6 kilometres north of Parikia, it sits in a large bay with headlands opposite.

The sugar cube houses cluster round a couple of harbours with a much photographed Venetian fortress on a causeway.

Colourful fishing boats cram the tiny harbours adding picturesque charm while taverna tables spill out onto shoreline promenades.

There are scores of tavernas, bars, cafes and several nightclubs and many fishing sheds have been converted into shops and boutiques.

In the high season, Naoussa is packed with tourists and you may have to join a queue to walk around the more popular parts.

Naoussa Bay has some fine beaches such at Kolimbithres, with its weathered rocks; Monastiri, with its large beach complex; Lageri and Santa Maria as well as the Naoussa beach of Piperi.

Other attractions include the Venetian castle, the small church of Agios Nikolaos, the Monastery of Agios Athanasios and the Mycenaean acropolis near Kolimbithres.

In August Naoussa re-enacts an ancient pirate raid with the Koursariki Nychta festival of fireworks and a boat procession.

Around Naoussa there are at least six monasteries and the resort has many churches including the 19th century cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary and the 17th century church of Agios Athanasios.