COME SEE Naousa, Paros. Greece.

NAOUSSA TOWN: THE GUIDE

REGION: Paros Island

ACCESSIBILITY: Car & Bus. Some areas pedestrian only.

BEST TIME TO VISIT: Summer evenings

LOCATION: 17 minute drive from Parakia Port | Open in Google Maps

WALKING DISTANCE: N/A

TIME REQUIRED: 4-8 hours.

TOURIST RATING: Busy harbour front restaurants and retail stores.: N/A

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NAOUSA TOWN: THE GUIDE

As told by Jackie Te-Aroha

Naousa is a small harbour front village located about 15 minutes drive North East of Parakia, the capital of Paros. When researching a place to stay it’s likely these two places will be high on your radar along with the mountain village, Lefkes. But wherever you decide to base yourself make sure you schedule at least half a day to explore this charming little town.

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Our visit to Naousa was the final stop on our self guided beach tour of Paros. We arrived just before sunset on a day with less than favourable whether. We found a park in a side street and made our way toward the waterfront to which we were greeted with huge gusts of winds, and for the first time in 3 weeks I remembered what it felt like to be cold – September in the Cycladic islands is when temperatures begin to cool to an average of 25 degrees but it was about 20 degrees by the time we arrived. I imagined how gorgeous it would be to dine along the waterfront during golden hour as we ducked into one of the closest laneways for to shelter from the sea spray.

*Sorry no photo, too busy being cold πŸ™

Although it was a chilly evening it didn’t take away from our initial experience of Naousa or the beauty that welcomed us. Immaculately clean, white walled lanes filled with upscale boutiques, art galleries, hole in the wall cafes and bars with a perfect blend of Cycladic architecture and cosmopolitan lifestyle had me regretting how little time we allowed ourselves here.

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We browsed the stores to get a feel of what the local artisans, jewellery makers and designers and were producing. And not unsurprisingly, almost everything that attracted our attention was well out of our budget so we kept moving as quick as the winds were blowing.

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Not too long in, Zade had asked a shop owner for a restaurant recommendation. The lady wrote down a Greek name on a piece of paper and handed it to us along with her card. She told us to to let them know she sent us and that octopus dish was a traditional Aegean dish we had to try.

We did as any street savvy traveler would do and followed the advice of a complete stranger whose name we didn’t know. We nabbed the last indoor table just as they opened, sat down and the rest was history, delicious saucy history that was savoured with a beautiful local vino!

Travelers tip: Always ask locals where they eat and go there!

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