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Parikia

 

Paroikia is the capital of the island, the centre of all activities.The island’s port for cargoes and passengers, the administrative and economic centre are there; a modern town with strong history and promising future.

Built at the ancient town site, on the foot of a hill where the Aghioi Anargyroi monastery is located, it is adjacent to the areas of Krios, Kalami, Parasporos, Kakapetra, Aghia Eirini, Sotires, Glysidia, Pounta and Kambos.Its name is presumed to come from the Byzantine period, taken from the sojourners (paroikoi) of the Ekatontapyliani Holy Temple, who were many of the island residents, even though findings from several excavations have shown that Paroikia has never stopped being inhabited since the Antiquity and that, probably, its roots in history are very long.

Paroikia offers comfortable stay and all services of a modern town to its visitors.It features most bank branches, a postal service office, a health centre, tourist agencies, car and motorcycle rental agencies etc. It is easy to choose accommodation among the wide variety of accommodation facilities provided (from hotels and rooms to let to camping facilities in Livadia, Krios and Parasporos), giving the visitors the opportunity to choose what is best for them.

Walking on the traditional cobblestone alleys, you can enjoy the Cycladic beauty and the hospitality of its inhabitants.You will find cafeterias, bars, crêperies, traditional taverns and restaurants to cover all tastes.

A walk through the old settlement throughout the day will reveal small surprises.Discover the alleys in the old town around the Castle and along the coastal road, visit the small stores selling all kinds of products and travel through the ages and the history of the island through the traditional houses of Cyclades, the Neoclassic stately homes, the ancient monuments, the small bridges and drinking fountains, the small churches.

Paroikia is also full of entertainment options.When the sun sets, enjoy the island’s nightlife with cafés, bars, live music scenes, clubs, until the early morning hours. Of course, the biggest events in town take place in mid August, at the feast of the Ekatontapyliani church, celebrated by the entire island.

Paroikia offers a variety of activities for all visitors and all tastes.Beautiful beaches, many places to visit.

We cite below some places you must visit.

  • The Ekatontapyliani church, one of the greatest and best-preserved Early Christian monuments in the Greek territory, being the biggest in size.
  • The archaeological museum, hosting collections of sculptures from the Archaic and Classical Periods, Neolithic, Early Cycladic, Mycenaean, Roman findings, sculptures, architectural members, ash pottery and a mosaic of the Roman period.
  • The ancient cemetery, the official cemetery of the ancient town, covering a very large area and being extensively used from the 8th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.
  • The Paroikia Castle.The Castle hill monumentally stands above the Paroikia port, hosting the remains of the Venetian Castle made of ancient pillars from temples and other architectural members, which are clearly distinguished.
  • Asclepeion.At one of the most beautiful sites in Paros, with spectacular view to the Aegean Sea, stand the remains of a temple dedicated to Asclepius, the God of Medicine.Asclepeion is built on the Aghia Anna hill, very close to Paroikia.The same area also hosts remains of the ancient temple of Pythian Apollo.
  • Dilion, the sanctum of Delios Apollo, stands north of the Paroikia Bay, on a tall hill opposite to Dilos.It consists of a parvis with an altar, a temple of Artemis, Apollo’s sister, and a small space for symposia.A Cycladic cemetery (3000 B.C.) was also discovered at the area of Dilion.
  • The Early Christian Basilica.At 1 kilometre’s distance, north-east of Paroikia, next to the Paroikia - Naousa road, we encounter the Early Christian Basilica of Treis Ekklisies (Three Churches).
  • The Folklore Museum and the Medical Museum.Dimitrakopoulos Building in the old settlement hosts an exhibition of objects travelling visitors to the past.
  • Churches.Within the greater area of the old town and around the Castle, there are approximately 40 small churches that are worth visiting.

Paroikia or Parkia, with its old town, the beautiful houses narrating stories of past centuries with the yards, the gardens in their interior, the many narrow streets and the daring artefacts of the folk architect, enchant the visitors.

It’s worth walking through the town and you will be certainly surprised by the charm, its boisterous market and the unique Byzantine Cathedral of Panaghia Ekatontapyliani