Naoussa is the second large village in Paros. 10 km from Paroikia and boasting the largest fishing fleet in the Cyclades. As a settlement, Naoussa was formed around the eponymous harbor during the Byzantine period. It was fortified with a wall, part of which is preserved until today, which ends in a castle. Both Byzantine and post-Byzantine influences can be seen in the old houses and the small but historic churches which make up the town. There are always fishermen and fishing boats in the harbour, since fishing is still a source of livelihood for many locals. It is massively popular with tourists druing the summer. The picturesque harbor is awash every day with both Greek and overseas visitors. The abundance of Greek visitors ensures that the quality of food in Naoussa remains extremely high. The interior of Naoussa is composed of narrow streets, whitewashed according to the traditional Cycladic custom, and full of cute shops, boutiques, charming bars and cafes. Its constant connection with the rest of the island, either by taxi or bus, makes it easy to get to.
One of the most important archaeological sites is the ‘Koukounaries’ located in Kolimbithres. Where a Mycenaean palace of 1200 BC was discovered, which is considered the most important in the Cyclades. Also interesting is the historic Agios Athanasios Monastery in Naoussa, in which monastic cells have been transformed into a Byzantine museum space after extensive renovation. The Folklore Museum of Naoussa exhibits, among other things, traditional costumes from different regions of Hellenism, while the folklore collection of Othon Kaparis includes a library, a rich photographic archive and archaeological finds. Finally, the folklore interest in the region is complemented by the ‘Wine Museum’ that the Moraitis family maintains in a specially designed area of their winery, with a wine tasting room and a multi-showroom.
An important day for this picturesque place is the 23rd of August, the ninth day of the Virgin Mary, when the representation of the pirates’ raid in Naoussa takes place. The event includes traditional songs, local traditional products, seafood snacks and such generous amounts of local wine that it will either be a memorable night or one the visitor cannot remember at all