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Paros - An Island with a Little of Everything

An August 2002 trip to Paros by John Lamb

Paros Church Photo, Paros, Greece More Photos
Quote: Paros offers a little bit of everything you would expect from a Greek Island: beaches, windmills, great cuisine, churches, white buildings with blue doors, and a maze of streets to get lost in. A perfect place for those that only have the chance to visit one Greek island.

Paros - An Island with a Little of Everything

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Overview

Paros Church Photo, Paros, Greece
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Wadering the city of Parikia offers plenty of streets that are fun to explore for hours. It is maze of stores, restaurants, and traditional homes that offers endless amazement. Visiting the countryside on a scooter also offers plenty of fun with its gorgeous landscapes of deep blue sea, windmills, a yellow mountains spotted with blue-domed churches. And, of course, lazing on the beach is always the perfect solution for finding an activity to do that day.Quick Tips: We spent our time in Parikia, which is busy and full of people during the day. If you are looking for a quieter place, try Naoussa, a city about 6 miles from Parikia. It is smaller but still full of plenty of restaurants and n...Read More

Hotel Oasis

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Hotel

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The Hotel Oasis is a very clean and nice place. Located near the harbor and looking over the town center, it is an ideal place to make a base on Paros if you want to be at the center of everything. It is right next to a maze of shops and restaurants and also walking distance from the one beach in Parikia. Literally a hop away from the harbor, this hotel offers a guest plenty of access to all of Paros. The rooms are clean and well-kept. We were able to get a room with three beds (even though there were only two of us) for 35 Euros a night. A great deal and well-worth the price. You get a bathroom, television, air-conditioning and shared balcony. The room size is quite large although ther...Read More

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Hotel Oasis

Paros, Greece
0284-21440

Cafe Aqua Terra

Restaurant

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This restaurant is beautifully set inside the maze of streets of Parikia. The main seating area is set under a canopy of vines with some seating inside. It is a very romantic setting and quietly set in a back alley away from the bustle of shops. There are candles on the table and it creates quite a picturesque ambience. The menu offers a wide variety of Mediterranean items, although it is on the finer side of dining. No gyros or anything like that, but rather some lamb chops seasoned with basil and oregano and a side of steamed vegetables. The total for the meals for two people was around 30 dollars. The waitstaff is very friendly and nice. They created a very pleasant atmosphere. This i...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Cafe Aqua Terra
Palea Agora (Castle)
Paros, Greece
(02840) 22653

Beaches

Attraction | "Beaches of Paros"

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There are two beaches in Parikia, although neither is very picturesque. The main one is up north of town. Follow the blacktop road to the beach. It is rocky and crowded, with little to view. But it is nice for the end of the day and little dip to cool down. Not much of surf either. Khryssi Akti (Golden Beach) is a beautiful sandy beach on the other side of the island. It is south of the city of Naoussa and takes quite a while to get there. You will need to rent a scooter or a car to get there. The day we were there was quite windy, which blew quite a bit of sand in our faces. But the view is gorgeous and the water as clear as could be. They do rent lounge chairs with umbrellas there fo...Read More

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Beaches
Paros
Paros, Greece

Naoussa - The Second Port Photo, Paros, Greece
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This is nice day trip from Parikia and also a good place to stay if you want a place slightly off the beaten path. It offers the same labyrinth of alleys and beautiful, traditional Greek houses, but on a slightly smaller scale. It offers a beautiful view of the sea and a nice church high in the distance. There are some good restaurants by the ocean and plenty of boats that offer fishing excursions. The city also offers a couple of good beaches, including Piperi Beach which is shielded with some cliff faces. The driving around Naoussa is also beautiful and offers some windmills outside of town as well as some yellow vistas with cyprus trees. Again, viewing the beauty of the island is one of ...Read More

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Naoussa - The Second Port
Naoussa
Paros, Greece

Ekatondapiliani

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Attraction

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Straight back from the port, this Byzantine church is a wonderful example of a Greek Orthodox church. It was designed in the sixth century and contructed by Ignatius, who was the apprentice of the master architect Isidore. It is said that once the church was completed, Isidore was jealous of his student's work and fought with him on the roof. They both fell to their deaths. They are both portrayed at the base of a column across the courtyard. Isidore is tugging at his beard while Ignatius holds his broken head. It is enclosed by a great wall that was meant to protect the church from pirates. I was expecting a church with, well, one-hundred gates. However, I am not sure if I found any gates bes...Read More

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Ekatondapiliani
Parikia
Paros, Greece

Peta-Loudhes

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Attraction

Peta-Loudhes Photo, Paros, Greece
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The best way to reach this sight would be renting a scooter or car. It is a steep ride uphill on a bicycle and takes a long time by bus (two hours each way). Take the main road east out of Parikia and then take a left a few kilometers out when you see the sign. It is all uphill from there. The road ends and turns into a dirt road. The drive is probably one of the best parts of this trip. There are majestic views of the unreal blue sea and the landscape is lined with ancient rock walls. High on the mountains you can see the sides spotted with blue-domed churches. You can also visit the nunnery Khristoú stoú Dhássous on the way, although only women are allowed into the building. Men can make it...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Peta-Loudhes
Paros
Paros, Greece

Parikia Walks

Attraction | "Walking Around Parikia"

Parikia Walks Photo, Paros, Greece
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One of the best activities is simply wondering around Parikia. It is a maze of shops, restaurants, and traditional homes. Straight from the dock leads into the maze. The Venetian-influenced buildings are so beautiful with their stark white outiside with vivid blue shutters and doors. In June, most of the houses were overflowing with flowers adding to the beauty of the place. There are great shops in this area, offering traditional clothes, jewelry, books, linens and anything Greek you could imagine. The prices are actually comparable to Athens and I found some things were actually cheaper. Unfortately, the greatest parts have to be discovered on your own and it is impossible to g...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 12, 2003

Parikia Walks
Parikia
Paros, Greece