Aliki: the quiet power

I am sitting at a table by the sea, enjoying “gouna” (fish, dried in the sun and then grilled) with Parian wine. My eye travels through Aegean colours and on my left, on a large golden beach, some happy kids play with the waves. It seems like old times, when the Aegean was dotted with tranquil fishing villages and indeed the village I am in –Aliki in the south of Paros- still keeps this character.

Spread out in a small bay facing south, Aliki is big enough to have everything you will need, but still maintains a calm and welcoming atmosphere, something that makes it ideal for families and for those who want a quiet holiday. Its beaches, protected from the strong north winds that prevail in the Cycladic islands during the summer, will satisfy everyone: there is also a diving center in the region, for those feeling adventurous.

Even if you are just a visitor to Aliki, it is worth to take a promenade along its picturesque port, try its taverns that offer fresh fish, local meats and traditional dishes at very reasonable prices or sip a coffee while enjoying the sunset. Also, do not forget to make a visit to the Folklore Museum of Cycladic Civilization, made by the self-taught artist B. Skiadas, and to the unique stone wells and laundresses that were recently restored in neighbouring Ageria.