The Aegean islands of Milos and Crete have been voted, respectively, first and second Best Island of Europe for 2019 by readers of the American Travel + Leisure magazine.
Paros, last year's number one pick, placed fourth, ahead of Santorini in fifth place.
"Greece rules this list with four islands," the magazine declared on its website.
Organized in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, the 2019 Paros Festival spans three days and dozens of venues across the port town of Parikia. An exhibition titled "Collecting Stories, Telling Histories" will be on display throughout the event, showcasing archives, artifacts and photographs that detail Paros' history.
Catering to high-end and discerning tourists, app developer Memos Katapodis has released a free lifestyle application for Paros, a popular destination for Cycladic island-hoppers.
Luxury Paros, available on Apple and Google products, includes beach, hotel, restaurant and transportation recommendations, as well as a comprehensive map for visitors looking to get around the island.
An aerial photograph of the archaeological dig on Despotiko, a tiny uninhabited islet west of Antiparos, in the Cyclades. Archaeologists conducting an excavation at the site, which hosts the remains of an 8th century BC temple of Apollo, unearthed three additional structures between late May and early July, raising the total to 22, the Culture Ministry said.
An investigation was being conducted on Wednesday into the circumstances that saw a passenger of the Blue Star Naxos ferryboat fall overboard and drown.
The man, whose age has been estimated at around 60, fell off the ferry into dark and cold waters some 4 nautical miles off the coast of Syros. He was found dead an hour later by the coast guard.