When looking to plan your perfect getaway, why not try visiting the Island of Paros? Located in the Cyclades, this island provides all the best Greece has to offer but with fewer crowds. With so many historically rich and beautiful towns on Paros, discover its capital, Parikia. Located within a cove on the northeast side of the island, its clear blue waters, breathtaking beaches, delicious restaurants and ancient historical sites are here for you to explore.

And there’s no better way to immerse yourself in all that Parikia has to offer than by staying in one of Villa Rentals’ exquisite properties. As a top choice for accommodations in Paros, Villa Rentals offers a variety of properties, including old-town apartments in Parikia and luxurious villas along the seaside.

Join us as we unravel all there is to know about Parikia.

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Parikiá, the capital of Paros, is a captivating blend of traditional Greek charm and lively tourist activity. This picturesque town is renowned for its beautiful whitewashed houses, narrow streets, and stunning waterfront, making it a quintessential Cycladic destination.

Discovering Parikia, Paros

Welcome to Parikia, Paros, Greece. As many tourists flock to the typical islands within the Mediterranean seeking white clay homes along the cliffs with blue domed roofs, Parikia gives you all of that and more, without the headaches that the more populated islands can give you during the summer months!

Parikia is an ancient town, where you can see historical sites throughout its centre. But, what brings true charm to this place is the perfect mix between the old world and the new. Imagine, dancing the night away in an old Greek tavern, sipping on ouzo as you watch the people go by on a terrace in a cobbled stoned street. There is so much Paros has to offer and its capital, Parikia, is the perfect holiday destination.

Historical Beauty of Parikia

Greece is a history buffs dream destination and the island of Paros does not disappoint! Parikia itself is full of history, with ancient landmarks and monuments that uncover the island’s ancient past. The Minoans, Ionians and Arcadians all ruled the island of Paros at one point in ancient times, each leaving their specific touch of identity to the island.

Kastro, also known as the castle of Parikia, is an old Venetian fortress that was built in 1260. The site was believed to have been built by the Venetian ruler since it had significant meaning as a temple devoted to Athena was found in the 6th century BC at the same location. Today, the walls remain of the tower and are part of a structure believed to be the original temple. There are some amazing viewpoints of the Aegean Sea from here that are worth exploring.

Another popular site from the island’s past is the Panagia Ekatontapiliani, also known as the Church of 100 Doors. This is a Byzantine work of art that dates back to the 4th century. It is an example of the history of culture and art that exist in Parikia, Paros. As this is a church dedicated to the Virgin Mary, a big celebration is held on August 15th, where fireworks light up the skies and devotees on fishing boats wave flares along the sea. We highly suggest planning a visit here during your holiday to Paros. Make sure to plan as tour groups visit here often and the site gets busy. There is no entrance fee for the church itself, but there is a 3€ ticket purchase required to enter the baptistry.


Restaurants to Eat in Parikia

No visit to Parikia, Paros, Greece is complete without indulging in the local cuisine…and trust us when we say, you’re going to want to eat everything in sight! The restaurants in Parikia have a variety of dishes to offer. Many remain traditional, serving Greek and Mediterranean meals which take advantage of the fresh seafood from the coast, along with locally sourced cheeses and produce.

If you’re looking for a traditional Greek tavern experience, Taverna Katerina offers many great options with a stunning location. With views of the sea from their terrace, you really can’t go wrong! Another great choice is Sativa Music Bar offering brunch menus and late-night snacks and cocktails. You can munch on local meze (small plates, perfect for sharing) while listening to a live band.

Beach Landscapes in Parikia, Paros

Parikia has an edge over some of the other beaches located on the island of Paros. As the town and its coastline are located in a cove, the waters are super tranquil and clear. You can enjoy a variety of beaches, all offering a different vibe, depending on your mood that day.

Livadia Beach is perfect if you want to be in the middle of all the action! But, if you are looking for a more chill and secluded part of the coast, we suggest going to Marcello Beach. Krios Beach, is another top-tier beach, offering golden-sand ideal for families and couples looking to relax. You can get here quickly by hopping onto a boat from Parikia’s main port.


Natural Treasures in Parikia

Not just meant for a beach holiday, you can take advantage of Paros island in the spring and autumn months as well with all of the natural parks and sites to explore.

The Valley of the Butterflies, known as Petaloudes, is a unique natural habitat for thousands of butterflies. Only 7 km from the centre of Parikia, this nature reserve is a stunning place to come and spend the day. Walk along the trail as butterflies swoop around you. It truly is something out of a film!

For those looking for some adventure, we suggest going to the ancient quarries of Marathi. These are old marble quarries that date back to the proto-Cycladic era. This is a type of marble that is renowned by Greek sculptures for being transparent and soft. It is thought that during Roman rule, over 150,000 slaves worked here to mine the marble.

Villa Rentals: Your Best Option for Staying in Paros

Choosing the right accommodation can make or break your Parikia experience. Villa Rentals offers you the best comfort for your stay in Paros. Our selection of villas provides the perfect base to explore Parikia and the rest of the island. Our seaside properties are your perfect home base in Paros.

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