Paros (/ˈpɛərɒs/; Greek: Πάρος; Venetian: Paro) is a Greek island in the central Aegean Sea. One of the Cyclades island group, it lies to the west of Naxos, from which it is separated by a channel about 8 kilometres (5 miles) wide.[2] It lies approximately 150 km (93 miles) south-east of Piraeus. The Municipality of Paros includes numerous uninhabited offshore islets totaling 196.308 square kilometres (75.795 sq mi) of land.[3] Its nearest neighbor is the municipality of Antiparos, which lies to its southwest. In ancient Greece, the city-state of Paros was located on the island.[4]

From top left: Parikia, Panagia Ekatontapiliani, the Frankish Castle and a typical Paros street
Location within the region
Coordinates: 37°4′N 25°12′E
Administrative regionSouth Aegean
Regional unitParos
  Municipality196.3 km2 (75.8 sq mi)
Highest elevation
724 m (2,375 ft)
Lowest elevation
0 m (0 ft)
  Municipality density70/km2 (180/sq mi)
  Population6,058 (2011)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
Postal code
844 00
Area code(s)22840
Vehicle registrationEM

Historically, Paros was known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term "Parian" to describe marble or china of similar qualities.[5] Today, abandoned marble quarries and mines can be found on the island, but Paros is primarily known as a popular tourist spot.