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The main economic activities of the Parian people are fishing, agriculture, cattle breeding and, of course, tourism as the main source of income. Paros produces a number of high-quality products, including wine and the local version of the traditional Greek drink ouzo, 'souma'. The very tasty gruyere cheese, olive oil and figs are mainly consumed locally. The most fertile areas are around the capital Parikia and around Marpissa.

-Paros is located in the centre of the Cyclades archipelago and therefore acts as a ferry hub in transporting tourists, many island hoppers and backpackers, to other Cyclades islands and the Dodecanese. Tourism is therefore very important to the economy of Paros, which attracts around 200,000 tourists a year. Parikia and Naoussa are the tourist hotspots of Paros.

During the summer period there are daily connections with the islands of Mykonos, Naxos, Santorini and Tinos, as well as the islands of Anafi, Astypalea, Donoussa, Folegandros, Ikaria, Ios, Iraklia, Kalymnos, Kastelorizo, Kea, Kimolos, Kos, Koufonisi, Crete, Nisyros, Rhodes, Samos, Schinousa, Serifos, Sifnos and Sikinos.

-In the idyllic south and east of Paros, agriculture dominates: acres of wheat and barley, melons, orange and lemon trees, olive trees, figs and almonds. There is also enough water on the island to grow tomatoes, aubergines, cucumbers and, of course, vines. From the red Mandilaria and white Monemvasitika grapes, local farmers produce about 2.5 million litres of wine per year. The wine-growing areas on Paros are spread all over the island, but the best grapes are grown in the central part at altitudes between 200 and 400 metres.

-Wanted souvenirs from Paros are ceramics and jewellery.

-Local fishermen catch fish only for the island. Especially the stingrays, popular with tourists - the devil's ray is a speciality on Paros - still find their way to the Parian fishermen. Fishermen from Aliki catch octopuses all winter long to meet the high demand in the summer season. Aliki was also known for its salt production in the early days.

Marble is no longer mined on Paros. The remains of three old marble quarries can still be visited as a tourist attraction near the village of Marathi.



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