Parikia (Παροικιά) Parikia is the capital and port of Paros Greece. It is also known as Paros Town or Hora. The village lies directly on the waterfront around the port. The busy port is the first sight for many tourists arriving into Paros by ferry from Athens and the Cyclades Islands. The windmill roundabout is the main meeting point at the entrance of the port. The bus and taxi station are just beside the port too, with connections around the rest of the island. Alternatively, take a boat taxi to one of the beaches near the port.
Parikia is a picturesque traditional Cycladic village with whitewashed houses, blue doors, traditional architecture and little churches, and is built on the site of the ancient town. It is the biggest and most popular town in Paros.
The centre of Parikia is a short walk from the port behind the main square. Market Street is the most famous area of the old quarter. There are numerous restaurants, bars and shops to visit and lots of accommodation to choose from. The narrow streets are built around the 13th century Venetian Kastro (castle), the ruins of which are situated at the top of the hill at the port.
Only part of the ancient wall and the tower remain of the Kastro. There are many sights to visit in Parikia, such as Panagia Ekatontapyliani, which is also known as the Church of 100 Doors. It is one of the oldest and well preserved Byzantine churches in the whole of Greece. There are 99 doors within the church, and legend suggests that when the hundredth door is found, it will be a sign that Constantinople will become Greek again. Don’t miss the Feast of the Virgin Mary festival on 15th August with its spectacular fireworks when the whole of It is also worth visiting the Byzantine Museum within the grounds of Panagia Ekatontapyliani which houses some interesting church relics, wood carvings and other religious icons from the Byzantine and Turkish periods.
The Archaeological Museum located behind Panagia Ekatontapyliani contains exhibits from Paros and Antiparos dating back to more than 6000 years ago. By day, explore the interesting sights in Parikia, or relax on the nearby beach of Livadia. By night, explore one of Parikia’s many bars, restaurants and nightclubs or go shopping or to the cinema.
There is a huge variety of accommodation in Parikia Paros to choose from too. Parikia is also a great base to explore the rest of Paros from. The public bus station (Paros KTEL) is located just beside the port and goes to all villages and sights around Paros Greece.