The Hotel Arian gives the feeling of being with Greek family in their home. After finding this special gem of a hotel, we have stayed no other place (visitng in 2008 with husband; in 2009 and 2011 with an assortment of family members). The prices for the rooms are very reasonable. The whole hotel is charming and warm (see pictures) and the rooms are pretty, comfortable, spotlessly clean, with AC and ceiling fans. The balconies are lovely, surrounded by bougainvillea, pomegranate and hibiscus.
The town of Parikia, Paros is the hub for many visitors traveling by ship, ferry, hydrofoil to many of the Greek Islands, but it is much more than a "hub" - there are many things to see and do while staying in Parikia. The port itself has small with a fishing fleet (get up early to watch the fisherman bring in the catch and repair the huge piles of nets); traditional small alleys and byways throughout a thriving town (with wonderful restaurants and shops where you might be accompanied by a local kitty or two); good internet cafe with "smoothies" - a cool fruity drink; atmospheric squares, churches (including the "Church of 1000 Doors"); ancient Greek artifacts and other cultural venues, beaches and picnic spots. Best of all, the people of Paros are friendly, fun, patient, helpful and kind.
The bus system is excellent and simple to use. Automobiles for hire by day or week are extremely reasonable. A few day trips might include: (1) the town of Naoussa, with it's classic fishing atmosphere and fort right on the water; (2) Marathi, walk along the path toward the ancient marble quarries - "Paros Marble" as in Nike of Samothrace (Winged Victory) in Paris and the Partenon's roof tiles and Napoleon's tomb in Rome; (3) Lefkes, a classic hill town; (4) many beaches, for swimming, snorkling, windsurfing; (5) Butterfly Valley; (6) the Island of Antiparos nearby, and the natural cave down into the earth. We have often dined at Cactus which is the best (and only) Mexican restaurant in Parikia - It was great with chips, guacamole, salsa and margheritas plus many mexican dishes - something which we were really craving after many weeks traveling.
You truely feel at home here in Paros and the experience begins with the wonderful atmosphere that has been created right at the Hotel Arian.
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