Paros is located at the heart of the island complex of Cyclades and is one of the most popular holiday destinations due to its exceptional natural beauty, vast sandy beaches, crystal-blue waters and impressive landscapes. The island extends over a surface of 195 km2, its coastline is 120 km long and it has 12,800 inhabitants. It is a cosmopolitan resort with a well-developed tourist infrastructure. Paros was an administrative and trading center of the Aegean Sea and also the apple of discord for many conquerors (Romans, Byzantines, Franks, Venetians and Turks) that left their mark on the island. Paros was very prosperous during some periods, as indicate the ruins of archaeological sites and the remarkable historical monuments, which are scattered on the island. During the ancient times Paros was famous for its marble, which decorated remarkable monuments. Some of the most eminent sculptors, painters and ancient Greek poets come from Paros.
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