Parikia is the largest settlement and capital of Paros, for this reason also known as Paros town. It is the main port where ferries arrive, welcomed by a traditional windmill, one of the many on the island.

The central and more authentic part of Parikia is around the port. From the village square a commercial street with small shops will lead you to the Frankish castle, established in the 13 century. Today only the walls of the castle are preserved and the walk in the neighbor streets with whitewashed houses and bright colored flowers is more interesting. The buildings here are in the traditional Cycladic architecture, some of them very old. There are also a couple of beautiful churches, numerous cafes and a small sandy beach at the outskirts, on the way to Parasporos.

The newer part of Parikia has developed along the coast left from the port, with hotels, supermarkets and some tavernas. The coastal road leads to Livadia, a large sandy beach in the gulf of Parikia. It is organized with sunbeds, parasols, tavernas and facilities for children in the water, thus preferred by families. Around it there are also many hotels. The center of Parikia is about 1 km away from Livadia.

highlights: largest settlement, capital and main port, village in Paros, Cyclades Islands, Greece

Photos from Parikia
Cycladic dream with pink flowers, white walls and blue windowsThe big church near the portNational bank occupies an old fortress like houseInner street and souvenir shopsOld and abandoned shopTunnel like entrance leads into the inner parts of the old quarterTourists taking picture of the old Venetian castle remainsVenetian castle tower close up viewThe sign for the castleCycladic spirit - white walls, blue door and flower in a potNarrow street between old Cycladic housesThe old quarter behind  the Frankish castle wallsOld brass hand door knockerInner street with stairs and flowersTourist wondering around the old quarterAgios Konstantinos church overlooking the seaAgios Konstantinos church tower with bell and terracotta crossTraditional houses in white and blue next to the Frankish castleThe coastline south of the castle towards Parasporos beachPreserved Frankish castle wall sectionFlowers in potsThe streets and shops look deserted during siestas hoursThe traditional blue eye charm is said to bring luckThere are no customers during siesta hoursThe big churchTaverna is ready to welcome the first customersA few tourists walking infront of a gift shopTraditional Cycladic style window in blue on whiteTraditional Cycladic house near Agios Konstantinos churchScenic flower, blue door and white house wallThe moment when ferry leaves the harborThe area occupied from the Frankish castle as seen from the seaThe moment when one ferry leaves and other arrivesThe southern most beach of the villageThe sand and water of the southern most beach of the villageParasols at the southern most beach of the villageThe windmill at the southern end of the village
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