I went - like last year, to spend my holiday at Anna Platanou in Parikia, Paros, and found the same cleanliness, helpfulness and kindliness as last summer. Dimitris with whom I had good contact on mail before.. arriving and who speaks English fluently, fetched us at the ferry and showed us several rooms and studios to choose from. Dimitris is easy two get hold of both from your country and when you are in Greece. He answers mails and phones and sms promtly. He is himself very helpful and kind and funny to speak with and gives up to date information about Greece, conditions, history, politics etc. His mother Anna is like a mother taking care of all customers. We regret not having seen her more this year, only because she is so nice - but she was very busy as it was beginning of season and a lot to arrange.
We had two double rooms for three people, both with nice balconies, fridge, tv, hairdryers, waterboiler, in fact all you need. We even got new fresh and white towels every second day. If you need something just ask for it, the family of Anna will be more than happy to help you. They have a small garden up front where you can have your night cup or your breakfast in the shadow with comfortable chairs.There are no noice from city or roads in the hotel, and the aircondition functions superbly.
Parikia is the best play to stay in Paros. it is close to everything and Ana Platanou is only a few minutes walk from the Ferries, the buss-station and the nicest little old town and seafront with nice greek restaurants where you can watch the sun go down.
The buses takes you anywhere every hour, and there are small boats to take you to Anti-Paros and to the closets beaches. The city has a beach close to the hotel, it is clean and charming but I never tried to swim there as the nearby beaches are much calmer and more relaxing.
Go to Naoussa for a day trip - stay in Parikia is my advice. Take the little ferry or the bus and a small boat to Anti Paros from Pounta. Dont forget to go to Lefkes old village in the mountain. Naxos is half an hour away, you can go there on a day trip too. Either from Naoussa or Parikia.
This year I have been to Paros, Naxos, Anti-Paros, Ios and Santorini... I think I still prefer Paros and Parikia, as it is a place where Greek life and tourism melt together in a natural way without being spoilt by commercial new times. The little fishermen is still there, so are the greek children running freely in the streets, the peasants watering their small fields, an overwhelming amount of flowers and white houses, small streets,doors in shades of blue and green and most of all a very calm, authentic and peaceful atmosphere, the most beautiful big church and monastery, the very charming little blue top chapels and at the same time a pulsating city that has it all.
If you wonder what to do, stay 8 days at Paros with Ana and Dimitris and family..... and 1 day in Santorini, everybody goes to Santorini and yes it has a beautiful sunset and Oia town, but where Paros is clean and friendly and has tons of charm, Santorini is expencive noicy and filthy even if the Greek people are trying their best and are very nice there too.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Located in Parikia’s picturesque settlement and less than 150 metres from the sandy beach,Anna Platanou Hotel offers air-conditioned rooms & apartments with private bathroom, TV, refrigerator, free Wi-Fi, private balcony enjoying views of the pool, garden,the old town of parikia and sea view for the apartments. It features a swimming pool with hydromassage facility and a furnished courtyard surrounded by olive trees.Within walking distance, guests can reach the seafront promenade of Parikia featuring many traditional taverns, Cafes and nightclubs. The hotel offers free shuttle service from Paros port. Free private on-site parking is also available. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Anna Platanou Parikia
- Hotel Anna Platanou
- Anna Platanou Hotel Paros/Parikia