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Located in the Cyclades group of islands, the Greek island of Paros lies in the Aegean Sea, to the west of the island of Naxos from which it is separated by a channel that is around 8 km wide. The island is 160 km to the south east of the Port of Piraeus. Historically known for its fine white marble, which gave rise to the term 'Parian' to describe marble or china of similar qualities, the marble mines and quarries have now been abandoned and can be found around the island. Today, the island's principal source of income is derived from tourism. The capital of Paros, Parikia, is a typically beautiful Cycladic village with whitewashed houses and lovely grand neoclassical mansions. Standing atop a hill in the centre of the village is a 13th century Venetian castle which provides glorious views of the town and surrounding area. There is also an important ecclesiastical attraction in the town in the form of the 6th century Church of Panayia Ekatontapyliani, also known as Katapoliani.
The island's port is also in Parikia and hosts both conventional ferries and high speed ferries. Ferries generally depart to Piraeus and to the other islands of the Cyclades.
The Greek island of Serifos lies in the Aegean Sea and is one of the Cyclades group of islands. It is a popular island with tourists for a relaxing vacation and is characterised by its tradition whitewashed villages, pretty harbours, golden beaches and lovely landscapes. Compared to some other Greek islands, Serifos does not attract particularly high numbers of tourists which means that it has managed to retain some of its authentic Greek atmosphere. Visitors to the island have the choice of lazing on one of its 72 beaches or alternatively they can go cycling or hiking on one of the seven trails on the island. There is also a World War II shipwreck which is popular with scuba divers and a 16th century fortress-like Monastery of Taxiarches. The most picturesque spot on the island is the village of Chora and has been built on the slopes of a mountain that offers locals and visitors lovely views of the Aegean Sea. The most visited places on the island are the towns of Livadi and Livadakia.
The island is accessed by conventional and high speed ferries. During the summer months, there are ferries that connect Serifos with other nearby islands, such as Sifnos, Naxos, Paros, Santorini and Kythnos.