Kostos

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Kostos

Kostos is one more picturesque village of Paros. A typical Cycladic village with whitewashed cube-shaped houses, numerous churches and narrow alleyways. It is located at an altitude of 160 meters and offers panoramic views to the bay of Molos and the opposite island of Naxos. The village dates back to the years of Venetian rule. As to the origin of the name, there are many different versions.

There are several worth-visiting churches in Kostos such as the parish church of Agios Panteleimon the patron saint of the village, situated next to a small grove in the center of the village. A bit further you can find the churches of Agia Marina and the church of Resurrection. Among the most important attractions, are the old wash places that now have been renovated, located on the outskirts of the village. Kostos is the birthplace of Athanasios Parios, a writer who developed a remarkable writing activity and who was also a great teacher in many regions throughout Greece during the preparation of the Greek revolution. His house has been preserved and is open to the public. At the entrance of the village there is a monument dedicated to him as a symbol of gratitude.

Despite its size, three major feasts take place in Kostos every summer. The first in memory of Athanasios Parios (June 24), the second of Agia Marina (July 17) and lastly, of Agios Panteleimon (July 27). Kostos is located on the route from Parikia to Lefkes, 7 km from Parikia, the capital of the island. If you visit the village do not miss to try Souma, the traditional drink of Paros accompanied by local delicacies.