The picturesque village Kostos in Paros
The mountain village Kostos in central Paros
Kostos: between the hills of Paros, there is a verdurous village with a small grove, which is worth visiting since it is quite captivating. It has a view of the bay of Molos and of the hills that surround it, Kefalos and Antikefalos. In the center of the village, next to a small grove, there is the parish church of St. Panteleimonas.
The house of the great teacher of the nation, Athanassios the Parian and the old washhouses that have been recently restored and are located just outside the village are the sights of the village.
Kostos is located 7 km. from Parikia, 160 m. above sea level; that’s why it is said that its name is a paraphrase of the term "Acosta", which means "far away from the beach".
The village was founded during the times of the Venice domination, therefore it is also possible that its name derives from the Latin word "Custodia", which could refer to the guard that probably existed in the village, because of its location. According to another version, the village's name derives from the homonymous flower "Kostos", which grows in the area.
During the summer months, three major festivals take place in Kostos, in the memories of Athanassios the Parian (24 June), St. Marina (17 July) and St. Panteleimonas, the patron saint of the village (27 July). It is also interesting to take a walk in the narrow streets of the village and stop at the traditional café on the square to have a souma (a type of raki), a traditional Parian drink, and to taste the local delicacies.
You will find: restaurants, taverns, traditional cafe
Religious feasts: Athanassios the Parian (24 June), St. Marina (17 July) and St. Panteleimonas