Paros is the 3rd biggest of Cyclades islands, with a long history and many conquerors. The island, crowded and touristically exploited since 1960's, can also offer the ability of more calm holidays, as well as beautiful beaches. The feature white colour at a ll the island's villages, due to the local marble used at the majority of the buildings, characterizes the architecture and the generally the aesthetics of the island.
The Venetians occupied and ruled Paros during 13-16th century, and Ottomans until 1821, while both conquerors having left their fingerprint on the island, mostly at its architecture. Although, the really impressive fact is the contradictory yet harmonic coexistance of the instense touristic activity with the maintenance if the traditional habits by the locals: noisy night clubs pop up among the traditional cycladic-designed buildings and large hotel resorts placed on or close to solidary beaches. Tourism is the main financial source of the local economy, though vinicultures and olive groves are still supporting it, along with some fishermen, still exercising theis craft, making Paros a self-sustainable island, at least on these local products.
Long and crowded or picturesque sandy beaches offer a unique holiday vacations opportunity, while the frequent Aegean summer winds (meltemia) create the perfect conditions for the windsurfing fanatics.
The renowned Paros marble, unique for its quality and clarity, had been mining for many years from the ancient quarries near Marathi and has been the raw material not only for the most examples of ancient greek art, such as Venus de Milo, Apollo's temple in Dilos, Zeus' temple in Olympia, Hermes of Praxiteles, but also for the local construction works, giving Paros its unique beauty and picturesqueness.