The Greek holiday island of Paros, along with its much larger neighbour Naxos, forms the hub of the central group of Greek islands known as the Cyclades
They are the epitome of the Greek islands, with scenic mountains, rich fertile valleys, white sugar cube houses and long sandy beaches.
The lack of a large airport means that Paros largely caters for the more independent tourist and, with its good ferry connections, the island is a favourite of campers and backpackers.
The capital port of Parikia, lies in a huge bay with many treasures to be found around the old Venetian Kastro, several splendid churches and a signature picturesque windmill on the long waterfront.
The island has many good beaches and the clean sands are clear of the ugly flotsam that often adorns many Greek island beaches.
The much photographed port at Naoussa is one of the most picturesque in the Cyclades with sugar cube houses dotted around harbour and several pleasant beaches lining the large bay
Paros will suit those looking for a quiet destination with a good tourist infrastructure. Its central Cycladic location and good ferry connections make this an ideal base for Greek island hopping.