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Naoussa

Travel Guide Europe Greece South Aegean Cyclades Paros Naoussa

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Introduction

For many, Naoussa has the most beautiful and picturesque small port of the Aegean Sea. For others its the heart of the islands nightlife. Some others though are satisfied with the simple charm of a walk through its narrow paved streets. The only thing for certain is that all kinds of people have a reason to visit Naoussa again and again. You will probably feel the same as, no matter how many days you will stay on the island, they will not be enough to enjoy the picture of the windless small port that is full of colours from the dozens of fishing boats and the hundreds of tourists who stroll it daily until they end up into one of the old fishermen;s storehouses that today are bars and ouzo taverns.
A peculiar characteristic of Naoussa is that, besides the fact that it is a busy tourist resort, it has not lost its traditional character. The modern and boisterous present of the settlement doesn't alter its past at all. The Venetian Castle that rises in the port’s entrance will travel you to a past time while, at the same time, some people on the opposite side will be having fun in the wild rhythms of today. A walk through the inner part of Naoussa into the narrow whitewashed streets will unveil its authentic Cycladic identity and will give you the chance for shopping as its shops are characterized for their good taste.
It is also worth visiting Aghios Athanasios in the west entrance of the village where the Relics Collection of Byzantine and post-Byzantine Art of Naoussa is housed and also where the two Folk Museums and the Monastery of Logovarda, just outside of Naoussa to the road to Paroikia are.
In Naoussa, which is located ten kilometres away from Paroikia, and in the north part of the island of Paros, you will find many banks, pharmacies, travel agencies and car rental offices and of course plenty of lodgings which will make your stay in the region unforgettable.

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Internet

Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.

Post

Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.

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