Naoussa, the old capital of Paros
, is one of the most picturesque villages of the Cyclades. Its small harbor, protected by the ruins of a Venetian fortress and lined by drying octopuses and tables of seafront tavernas, can often be seen in magazines and websites. Naoussa old quarter with its narrow blue-white streets and stone arches between the houses is a busy place with numerous small cafes, tavernas and shops for souvenirs and handmade clothes, attracting craftsmen and artists almost all year round. The new part around the old quarter has many hotels and guest houses, so in the summer nights the village gets quite bustling.
Naoussa is located in a deep and very curved gulf. The village is spread in the center of the gulf and has two small beaches, Piperi next to the new harbor and Agii Anargyri
at the east end. But in a close distance in the same gulf there are a few more beaches, some of which with beach facilities. Such are Kolympithres
, sandy strips between rocks, with sunbeds and parasols. Next to Kolympithres there is even a water park in one of the hotels, open to the public as well. Limnes and Langeri are other beaches close to Naoussa, sandy and not organized. Santa Maria
, 5 km west of Naoussa, is a long sandy beach with beach bars and surfing school. All the beaches are accessible both by car and by small boats departing from Naoussa port on a regular schedule (in the summer).