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What travelers are saying
- Parikia is the capital of Paros. We arrived at this port with our seajet. We came back to visit, and we did not regret the decision. The bus ride from Naoussa is less than two euros, better than taking a yellow taxi or transfer since they charge you over forty euros. Sorry, but most taxi drivers on the islands are greedy and rude; they charge exorbitant prices to tourists and don't negotiate much. We were happy to take the bus and visit this lovely town. Pirikia is where we saw the best sunset after Mykonos town. The city has quaint streets with cobble-stoned streets with good restaurants and bars. I highly recommend a visit.Written September 17, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- The church complex (in fact there is the "main" church or basilica from the 6th century, the chapel from the 4th century and the baptistery from the 5/6th century. The building is remarkably well preserved. The upper floor / gallery is accessible via the Byzantine Museum as well as the Baptistery (3 Euros entrance fee).Written September 22, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Great day spent at the beach in Paros (near to Parikia).
A nice little beach club with friendly and helpful staff.
Beautiful sunbeds and umbrellas work effectively to shelter from the shade.
Honest prices (€30 for 2 umbrellas and sunbeds in the third row) and very good food.
The water is clear, the beach could be cleaner.
Recommended.Written August 6, 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- An early start will help you find a space. If you’re in Parikia, the ferry is an easy way to get there.We took the ferry from Parikia to Martselo Beach. In June 2023 a return ticket cost €9, one way was €6, and the boat ran hourly earlier in the day, and 2x/hr during the busier point in the day.
We chose NOT to book a bed/use the organized spots on the beach. We took the first ferry and found many of the shady spots were taken by local families who drove or walked to the beach from nearby. But we did find a shady spot. Later in the morning, there were enough people on the beach that two other locals asked if they could join us in our shady spot. (Of course we said yes.)
Our hotel owner said that later (in July and August), the beach can get much, much busier. Particularly if you are looking to NOT book a bed at one of the clubs. Also, ask your hotel if they have a beach umbrella they will loan you.Written July 1, 2023
- We stumbled on this little museum while walking and couldn't believe how understated it is. It is packed with artifacts all excellently described in bilingual Greek/English information panels over a number of rooms. As someone else mentioned the staff were a bit disinterested looking but it's really set up for a self tour.
You get a real sense of the rich history of Paros and it's neighbouring islands including one, Despotiko which I had never heard of and on which amazing discoveries continue to be excavated to this day.
At a measly €3 entry fee, this museum is definitely worth a visit.Written October 1, 2022
- Peaceful beach, crowded, beautiful view of water. Plenty of sun beds and umbrellas (20euros),bar serving drinks and light snacks. Next door restaurant available for more substantial meal.Written October 4, 2019
- We spent a pleasant afternoon at this beach close to the port and the village. There are several places to rent lounges and umbrellas. We found a tavern that was good for a light lunch.
We passed the time watching the boats and enjoying the views of the hillsides.Written November 12, 2021
- A castle built with marble remrants from other sites. Truly impressive to see the marble pillars placed horizontically to establish town's fortification.Written July 24, 2023
- This is one of the best sights in Parikia (despite the fact that there’s virtually nothing of the temple left).
To get there, we walked up through the narrow lanes of Parikia, past the remains of the old Frankish castle and kept going until we reached the highest point in the town at the top of the hill.
This was once the ancient acropolis of Paros and the 6th century temple dedicated to Athena, protector of Paros, once stood here.
You will be hard pressed to find anything much of the temple. What is left, has been incorporated into the Church of Agios Konstantinos. There are some foundation slabs and columns but that’s it. However this is probably the most picturesque spot in Parikia.
The view from here is magnificent. It’s a panoramic, birds-eye view down over the port and the Aegean sea. We were here during the day but it would be a wonderful spot to catch the sunset.
The Church of Agios Konstantinos is also a very striking sight and dominates the hilltop with its gleaming, whitewashed walls, blue octagonal dome, arched bell tower and unusual green-tiled cross over the entrance.
A narrow, covered patio-like courtyard runs along the side of the church and is supported by three columns. Standing in the arches, with the sea in the background, makes a perfect photo.Written September 19, 2023
- It is best to wear footwear when beaching here. Even though the sea urchins are smaller than the ones I come across in the Caribbean, these will sting if contacted, so I'd advise wearing swim shoes of some sort. Otherwise, the beach and water are relaxing and good for a swim.Written January 7, 2019
- Beautiful town of Paroikia, with picturesque spots and magnificent views. So many things to see, including Holy Church of the Virgin Mary Ekatontapyliani, Frankish Castle, the panoramic view from Saint Constantine, and many more. I was lucky enough to enjoy the three-day festivities, during which we were taken for a boat trip to see the sunset and had the chance to enjoy live local music in its alleys. Congrats to all volunteers for making it happen!Written July 24, 2023
- Walking on the seaside road just past the port of Parikia one will soon see an excavated area with a sign 'Ancient Cemetery'. There are also some information boards by it, but one cannot enter the place, just have a look at it from outside the fences. All in all it looks like a rather neglected site, although what archaeologists discovered here during excavations in 1983 was the large public cemetery of the town, which was in function from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD.
For archaeologists it is one of the most interesting sites in the Cyclades, since it shows the development of burial traditions during several centuries at one place. From the Geometric period is a Polyandreion, a group tomb of fallen soldiers. Most graves are from the Archaic times, mainly cist tombs and burials in pots. In the following Classical period marble urns were used, while in the Hellenistic and Roman period - at least for wealthy people - sarcophagi were the rule.Written July 23, 2022
- Both tips to and from our hotel was very easy to book and use. The drivers were always on time, very nice, and the vans were extremely nice.
Be sure reach out to them on Whatspp so you can just text and book ahead of time. Also much cheaper than using hotel cars.Written September 18, 2023
- Absolutely incredible experience. The owner who works every day in the store is almost as lovely as the jewelry! I returned to this store multiple times during my stay and left happier each time (and with a new piece of jewelry). You won't find handmade locally sourced jewelry for this price anywhere. It is truly a unique and wonderful place!Written August 29, 2023
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