Parikia is the capital and the main port of Paros island.

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Panagia Ekatontapiliani church.

Church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, (Church of 100 doors, very close to the harbour) a 4th century monument, rebuilt after the earthquake of 1773. The original church was built by St. Helen, the mother of St. Constantine, according to the legend. The old town of Parikia is considered to be the biggest in the Cyclades. You will find alleys untouched from the touristic wave that reduces the beauty of these settlements.


The Jazz Bar on Market St serves a great Martini.

The Pirates bar in the narrow roads of the Market plays the best jazz music and offers a great lounge environment.

Alexandros Cafe is a unique cafe in an old windmill with a view of Parikia and the sunset.

Marina Cafe, close to the ferry quay and opposite the yacht marina, serves good coffee and even better breakfasts.

Sativa Bar, cool, quirky bar with lovely courtyard.




Stay safe

Be aware of rental scams, especially with agencies working only with motorbikes and ATVs. Using these types of vehicles is very common on Paros and there are a lot of rental agencies. Some of them are ready to cheat. They will offer faulty motorbikes or ATVs for a lower price, but in case of accident they will demand that the customer pay for the whole cost of damage. They are offering only basic insurance but will present it like full insurance. Also, there is a big possibility of serious injuries.

It is possible to recognize these rental agencies by observing them aggressively attracting tourists and offering lower prices than others. Employees in front of these type of agencies will be loud and ready to promise everything until the contract is signed. It is necessary to check the vehicle before making any decision. Their vehicles are in most of the cases dusty, dirty and look old.

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