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Naousa

Naousa, the second biggest village with the greatest fishing fleet in Cyclades, situated on the northern coast of the island, preserves the beauty of Venetian architecture.

The villages of Ambelas, Santa Maria, Aghioi Anargiroi, Kolimbithres and Kamares are located close to it, along with some wonderful beaches, such as Piperi, Fykia, Kolimbithres, Monastiri, Aghioi Anargiroi, Xifara, Langeri, Santa Maria, Ambelas and Damoulis.

Naousa has been developed at the perimeter of the relevant port during the Byzantine Period. It was fortified with a wall which terminated on a Venetian bastion (Kastelli), parts of which have been rescued to date and are points of significant historical and archaeological interest. Please note that, when the Russians occupied Cyclades, headed by the Orloff family, set up their headquarters at the Naousa port.

Nowadays, the beautiful and protected port of Naousa is always flooded with fishing vessels and fishermen landing fresh fish and seafood. Naousa is one of the most beautiful fishing villages in Greece, having preserved its genuine insular character and cosmopolitan prestige.

Today, the old warehouses of the fishermen have been transformed into taverns, cafés and ouzeris serving fresh sea titbits. Cafés and bars give the rhythm at night, full with people from the entire island wanting to have fun until dawn.

Walking towards the centre of Naousa, you will discover a network of narrow alleys, bleached and bright, according to the traditional Cycladic style, promoting the insular culture and combining with harmony the island’s lordly and glorious past with the modern present.

The people of Naousa are lively people who love having fun, dancing and singing. Every summer, on the first Sunday of July, they organize wine and fish festivals. A great feast is the Night of the Corsairs, on 23 August, with the re-enactment of the village’s pillage by pirates, with fireworks, music, dance, and a lot of wine and sea titbits for all.

Close to Naousa, the visitors can visit six monasteries to admire fine chancel screens, murals and original architectural styles(Logkovarda monastery, Ai-Giannis Detis, Metropolitan Church of Koimisis Theotokou (Assumption of Virgin Mary), Aghios Athanasios monastery, Medieval Church of Aghios Georgios).

Both the Byzantine and the Post-Byzantine periods are reflected on the old houses and the small but historical churches in the greater area.

Moreover, the following sights are open for visits in Naousa:

  • Mycenaean Palace (Koukounaries):one of the most significant archaeological sites in the area, the Mycenaean Palace dating back to 1200 B.C. was discovered in Koukounaries.Archaeological findings from the excavation are exhibited in the Archaeological Museum.
  • Early Cycladic cemetery (Plastira): many idols and tombs of special interest have been unearthed, dating, according to their characteristics, back to the Early Cycladic Period.
  • Venetian Castle on the northern side of the port.
  • Folklore Museum of Naousa, exhibiting the collection of Dr. Othonas Kaparis, including a library, rich photographic material and some archaeological findings.
  • Folklore Collection of Naousa, presenting with care and respect costumes for men and women from several Greek regions and, of course, Paros.Moreover, items of everyday use and old photographs travel you to Paros of past times.