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.