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Naoussa in Paros

I have spent more than six months in Naoussa over a period of several years. At that time, I did not long to Greece, I longed to Naoussa. Naoussa was the perfect destination for me, nothing could compare with this charming and picturesque village, it had everything I wished for, Naoussa was my paradise. Today, I have seen and experienced so much more of Greece, other villages has become my favourites.


The cosy fishing port with tavernas and cafes in Naoussa on Paros.

The cosy fishing port with tavernas and cafes.


But I still get butterflies in my stomach each time I return, and I have never been disappointed, Naoussa still is an adorable fishing village. It should be added that Naoussa is the second major tourist destination on Paros, after Parikia, but just like in Parikia the mix of tourism and the Greek everyday life are of the pleasant kind. It is also a port for sailboats. In recent years, however, Naoussa has changed. Read more about it at the bottom of this page.


The adorable fishing port of Naoussa in Paros.

The adorable fishing port of Naoussa.


What is it that made me, and to some extent even today, so in love in Naoussa? First and foremost, I fell for the fishing port at the Venetian castle, it must be one of the most charming fishing ports in Greece.


The restaurants located in Naoussa's fishing harbor serve fresh fish and seafood.

At the restaurants in Naoussa you can feast on fresh fish and seafood.

Along the narrow quay lies taverna after taverna, and in between one and another bar; tables and chairs are so close to the water so if one tilts too much on the chair one will fall into the water. Fishing boats bobs in the port, and after a few glasses of local wine one might start to philosophize over which boat has been fishing the mackerel lying on the plate.


Octopuses in the Venetian fortress of Naoussa on Paros in the Cyclades.

The Venetian fortress in Naoussa.


If you are here during the day you can see octopus and mackerel hanging out to dry, fishermen working with their nets and tourists who frantically photograph every inch of the port. Many of the tavernas in the small port serves good food. Which is best is difficult to say, they have similar menus. The location is also not so important since almost everyone is well located.


The church Agios Nikolaos in the Venetian port of Naoussa.

The beautiful church of Agios Nikolaos in the fishing port is something of a symbol of Naoussa.


Restaurants and taverns at Agios Nikolaos church in Naoussa.

Having dinner at Agios Nikolaos church as a fund is incredibly cosy.

The Venetian Castle in the fishing port originates from a time when Naoussa was the main port and main village on Paros, at the time when pirates ravaged in the Cyclades and Naoussa was considered as the best and safest port in the area. Everyone wanted to secure Naoussa, and many managed to do so, including the notorious pirate Barbarossa, also the Venetians, the Turks and the Russians have occupied Naoussa.


The beautiful stone bridge in Naoussa on northern Paros in Greece.

The beautiful stone bridge in Naoussa.


Under the bridge that leads into Naoussa flows a little stream, follow the street and the stream for a little while and you will soon reach some cosy tavernas with lush gardens.


Along the main street in Naoussa are nice restaurants, tavernas, bars and cafes.

The main street in Naoussa.


The main street that leads through the village is in the evenings and nights filled with hungry strollers, here are many nice tavernas and a few cafes and bars. Under the big tree, it is pleasant to sit down and enjoy a coffee and a Metaxa and to people watch.


There are many small shops in the alleys of Naoussa for those who like shopping.

There are many small shops in the alleys of Naoussa.

The port may be a favourite in Naoussa, but also the alleys leading to and from the port is well worth seeing. In fact, Naoussa is a fairly large village (almost 2,500 inhabitants), you can divide it into three parts: one part that climb the hill above the port, the next part begins about where the main street ends and also here are the houses climbing up a hill, finally we have the old and completely pedestrian district that is joined together with the port.


One of many beautiful alleys in the car-free parts of Naoussa.

One of many beautiful alleys in the car-free parts of Naoussa.


Many of the labyrinthine alleys starts from the main street, a few stops at the port, others meander around until you are back where you started, some alleys do not seem to know where they lead, and it often ends with that you get lost.


Ouzeria and bougainvillea in alleys of Naoussa.

Ouzeria and bougainvillea in alleys of Naoussa.


But it does not matter, in the alleys are many waterholes in the form of bars, tavernas and gyros places, the shopaholic's disorientation might stop at a jeweller or a craftsman, or why not in a clothing store. Here, in the alleys, there is everything you can imagine. As well as a considerable amount of cute little squares, churches and chapels, and so many bougainvilleas that you almost get tired of them, but just almost. :-)


Beautiful churches and chapels in the old town of Naoussa on Paros in Greece.

One of many small fine churches in the narrow alleys.

Cats on Paros in the Cyclades in Greece.

There are also many cats. Of course.


There are many good tavernas in the car-free alleys of Naoussa on Paros.

There are many good tavernas in the car-free alleys.


On August 23 a great festivity is celebrated in Naoussa, a major battle against the Turks is commemorated, the battle is re-enacted, boats and villagers are dressed out and they are trying to reproduce the navel battle as far as possible. But the main reason is of course to have a reason to party, dance, eat good food and shoot fireworks - which the Greeks are incredibly good at, there's always something that can be celebrated.


The sailing port in Naoussa attracts many sailors.

The sailboat port in Naoussa.


The sunset in Naoussa is very beautiful.

The sunset in Naoussa is very beautiful.


Small cozy bars in the Venetian port of Naoussa.

The other side of the Venetian harbor.

Many comes from Parikia to Naoussa to go by beach boat to the beaches of Kolymbithres and Monastiri, like almost everyone who stays in Naoussa also do, but there are beaches nearer by.


From Naoussa you can go by boat to Kolymbithres and Monastiri beaches.

Beach boats in Naoussa. From here you can go to the beaches of Kolymbithres and Monastiri.


There are many restaurants near the marina in Naoussa.

There are many restaurants near the marina.


Kolymbithres is by far the best beach near Naoussa on Paros.

Naoussa seen from the amazing Kolymbithres beach.

Right at the beginning of the Naoussa is Piperi beach, maybe not the best beach of Paros, it can get pretty dirty when it is windy and the waves are rolling into the shore, but the beach is good enough if you just want to take a dip or two. If your like to swim off the rocks you round the peninsula after Piperi, behind hides beautiful rocks and fantastic snorkelling water.


Piperi beach in Naoussa on Paros.

Piperi beach in Naoussa.


Ten minute walk east of the centre of Naoussa lies another beach: Agii Anargiri beach (also spelled Agioi Anargyroi or Agioi Anargyri), where there are several hotels and some tavernas.


Agii Anargiri beach in  Naoussa.

Agii Anargiri beach in Naoussa.


Agioi Anargyroi beach in Naoussa.

Agioi Anargyroi beach in the other direction.

Now to the thing about Naoussa having changed. I already noticed it 10 years ago when several flashy restaurants and bars opened, and some of the pensions I used to stay at had been converted into boutique hotels.


The port of Naoussa in the 1980s.

In the 1980s, the port of Naoussa was a vibrant fishing port.


Today, Naoussa is the new Mykonos and many who previously travelled to Mykonos choose today to go to Naoussa. The Naoussa that I started travelling to in the early 1980s no longer exists. Of course, this is the case in many places in Greece, but the development in Naoussa has gone rather fast, and the prices of accommodation and restaurants have increased enormously. To be honest, and I will, of course it's all about nostalgia. :-)


The fishing port of Naoussa on Paros in 1980.

Here I sit and enjoy a simple fish tavern in the port in the 1980s.



I think there are more places to stay in Naoussa than in Parikia. Most hotels and pensions are of very good standard. We always stay at Hotel Senia, and have done so since it was a simple pension. Today it is transformed into a deluxe hotel, but with the same charm and the same wonderful owner. Below are tips on several good hotels in Naoussa.


Book Hotel Senia here »

Book Villa Isabella here »

Book Irini Rooms here »

Book Bungalows Marina here »

Book Katerina mare here »


Book other hotels in Naoussa here »



Don't miss Kolymbithres beach when you travel to Naoussa on Paros.

Do not miss Kolymbithres beach, which you can read about here »


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