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The exquisite Paros island, homeland of the poet Arhilohos, gifted with beauty and picturesqueness, is impatient to welcome you.
Parikia (or Chora) is the biggest settlement of the island with 3,000 inhabitants.
During the summer when the population doubles, life in Parikia becomes more vivid and its strolls are thronged with colorful and multi - lingual crowds of tourists.
Despite the quick development of the small town during the last few decades, Parikia manage to keep a great part of its island charm and never ceases to be a town steeped in history.
Among the sightseeings are the Ekantotapiliani Church, the Archaeological Museum and the Frankish Monastery built by the Capuchins around 1700. The coast road leads to the hill of St. Anne with a unique view over the Aegean Sea. Here there are the ruins of Delion, a temple dedicated to Artemis of Delos and nearby the ruins of the Asklepeion and the temple of Pythian Apollo.
The commercial part of the town lies along the sea front. Here are most of the tavernas, restaraunts and bars, full of life during the tourist season.
In Paroikia, there are nice beaches, like the Livadia, Krios, Marchelo, Kato Yialos, Delfini, which are close to the centre and the same time have the privacy of a beach.
Arriving at the port of Parikia, the coastal road to Livadia will bring you to "Sofia" Pension.
Sightseeing & Attractions in Paros Greece
It is well worth to dedicate an afternoon or two going around Paros, to explore the island and its great attractions which are considered real gems.
The wonderful church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani in Parikia is a must see, as well as the 13th century Frankish castle, the sanctuaries of Asklipios and the Delion Sanctuary, and the archaeological museum with interesting exhibits.
Nature lovers should not miss visiting the butterfly valley in Psychopiana and admire the lush vegetation and the rare butterfly species.
You can also visit the Mycenaean Acropolis in Kolimbithres on top of a hill with remnants of ancient settlements from where you can admire a wonderful panorama.
Beaches in Paros Greece
Paros is well-known for its golden sandy beaches and crystalline waters, each one offering visitors anything they are seeking off.
From popular beach bars on full service beaches to beaches with diving, wind and kite surfing centres, to remote well sheltered coves it is worth visiting them all.
Some of the most famous Paros beaches are Santa Maria Beach, the Golden Beach and the New Golden Beach, the impressive Kolimbithres, Pounda, Piperi, Parasporos and many more extraordinary beaches.
From the Sofia Pension Hotel in Parikia Paros, you can easily reach the following destinations:
- Nearest Beach: 100 m
- Other Beach: 1 km
- Supermarket: 20 m
- Bus Stop: 150 m
- Naoussa Town: 12 km (taxi fare: euro 10)
- Paros Airport: 10 km (taxi fare: euro 10)
- Paros Port: 400 m (taxi fare: euro 6)
You can travel to / from Paros Island by high-speed boat, ferry boat or plane.
Travelling to Paros
If you enjoy sea journeys you can opt for ferry boats or high-speeds both from the Port of Piraeus and from Rafina Port. From Rafina Port to Paros the trip is shorter than from Piraeus, which lasts about 5 hours.
You can also fly to Paros from the Athens International Airport “Eleftherios Venizelos”. Paros Airport is 11 km from Parikia Town and is connected throughout the year with many international airports. It takes 45 minutes to fly from the Athens Airport to Paros.
- Piraeus Port: Tel. +30 210 422-6000 to 03
- Hellas Seaways Piraeus: Tel +30 210 419-9000
- Blue Star Ferries: Tel. +30 210 891-9800
- Rafina Port: Tel. +30 22940 288888 and +30 22940 22300
- Hellas Seaways Rafina: Tel. +30 22940 22292
- Athens Airport: Tel. +30 210 353-1000
- Olympic Airways: Tel. +30 210 966-6666 and 801-11-44444
Travelling from Paros
Apart from flying to Athens or other international destinations from Paros, you can also reach various Greek islands by ship, such as other Cycladic Islands, the Dodecanese Islands, Crete, the Sporades cluster, so get ready for some island hopping!
- Paros Port: Tel. +30 22840 21240
- Hellas Seaways Paros: Tel. +30 22840 22092
- Blue Star Ferries Paros: Tel. +30 22840 22558 or +30 22840 21242
- Paros Airport: Tel. + 30 22840 92030
- Olympic Airways Paros: Tel. +30 22840 21900
- Olympic Airways (Paros Airport): Tel. +30 22840 91257