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 and Monastiri, 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).

highlights: picturesque old harbor with tavernas and Venetian fortress, village in Paros, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Photos from Naoussa
The fishing portOctopuses drying on the sun over branded wooden planksWooden planks with taverna names and drying octopusesOctopus drying under the sunBoat taxis for Agios Ioanis, the aqua park, Lageri and KolumbithresThe fishing harbor and the empty tavernas before noonRemains from the Venetian fortifications at the harbor entranceFishing boats moored next to seafront tavernasTraditional Cycladic fishing harbor with tavernas and fishing boats in frontFisherman displays the daily catch of octopuses at the harborFat octopuses that will  turn into delicious mealThis lovely taverna in the old harbor will get really crowded in the eveningSelection of fresh octopuses put on display at the old harborView to the village from the Venetian fortress causewayAgios Nikolas church at the entrance of the old harborFishing boats at the old harborPassage between popular taverna and cafe at the harborThe popular harbor tavernas are empty in the the morningThe craft-shop of a Cycladic artisanInterconnected houses and small passage ways inside the villageOld wooden barrel is now a beautiful flower potSmall taverna hidden in a side streetCycladic fruit shopSun halo and church bellsScenic workshop with hand made souvenirsHand made stuff at Cycladic souvenir workshopAll white taverna at the village heartLeather strap souvenirs with small decorationsTraditional houses, tavernas and boutique shopsThe main street leading into the old quarterHistorical and folklore museum and playground at the outskirts of the old quarterTiny beach at the west end of the villageThe tiny beach at the west end of the villageThe small beach at the west end of the village
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