Naousa is a traditional picturesque fishing village in Paros Greece, approximately 10km from Parikia. It is the second largest town in Paros Greece after Parikia. It has experienced high tourism in the last few years but has luckily retained its authentic Cycladic charm.
The village of Naousa is built around a tiny port, which is still a working fishing harbour. Enjoy watching the colourful fishing boats and soaking up the atmosphere. It is a great place to experience local fresh fish and seafood in one of the tavernas on the harbour. You can also take a boat taxi to one of the nearby beaches of Kolumbithres, Santa Maria or Monastiri.
There is a large choice of accommodation in and around Naousa too.
Several festivals take place in Naousa each summer:
- First Sunday in July – The Naousa Wine and Fish Festival. This was started by a group of fishermen in the 70s and has taken place each year since. Expect lots of fresh fish, wine, souma (a local spirit), music and traditional dancing.
- August 23rd – If you are visiting Naousa during August, don’t miss the Koursariki Pirate Night festival held on 23rd August each year to recreate the pirate invasions that took place many years ago. Expect fireworks, live music, seafood and drink.
Notable sights in and around Naousa are the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin at the very top of the village and the Byzantine Museum which is located in the Church of Agios Nikolaos. There is also a small folklore museum and the remains of a Venetian castle.
For something completely different, experience a sunrise or sunset horse riding tour.
There are regular buses to and from Parikia and other parts of the island of Paros Greece.