THE ISLAND

BEAUTIFUL SIGHTS

Α Settlement of Parikia – Old Market: Parikia, built in the middle of the west coast of Paros, around a large and safe bay. It is the capital of the island, the administrative and economic center, the passenger and commercial port. For today’s name we will go back to the period of Byzantium, when the Ekatontapiliani Temple had many inhabitants of the island. The parishioners settled in the old town, which was slowly renamed Paros in Parikia. In every step we find taverns, restaurants and restaurants serving delicious dishes, in the streets around the Castle (“Old Market”) and on the coastal street there are shops of all kinds.

 

 

Ekatontapyliani Temple: The gem of Paros is the church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani, one of the most important early Christian churches in Greece. It is located in the northwest. part of Parikia, a short distance from the port. It was built in the 4th century. St. Helena, the mother of Constantine the Great, going to the Holy Land in order to find the Holy Cross, stopped with her boat in Paros. He prays and makes a vow to find the Holy Cross to build a great temple in this place. Her prayer was heard, Saint Helen found the Cross and made her promise. According to another tradition, the temple was built by Grand Constantine under the command of his mother. Originally, it was a cruciform basilica that was probably destroyed by a fire. At the time of Justinian he was reconstructed. The template of Ekatontapiliani was built by the student of Protestmaster who built the Hagia Sophia in Constantinople. During the periods of the Frankish and Ottoman domination, he suffered disasters and pillages culminating in his destruction by the earthquakes of 1773. In 1959 he began the rehabilitation of Ekatontapyliani, which today has its original form, that is to say cruciform basilica with dome. On the south side of the temple stands the 4th century baptistery, the oldest and best preserved in the whole orthodox East.

Byzantine Museum of Ekatontapyliani: Mostly pictures are displayed, in the small chapel carved in wood and in the third room vestments, buckles, other ecclesiastical heirlooms and the sculptural sculpture of Ekatontapyliani. In the two smaller halls, in special showcases, there are also few silversmith works. The remaining relics of the collection are kept in a cell of the band.

Archaeological Museum of Paros: Next to the Gymnasium of Parikia, is located the Archaeological Museum of Paros. Here are exposed Neolithic finds from the prehistoric settlement of Saliagos Island, such as the marble figurine of “Honey Lady” and wonderful clay vases. One of the masterpieces of the Museum of Paros is the statue of Victory (5th century BC), which represents a female winged form. A second project is the statue of Gorgos of the 6th BC. c. The statue of the goddess Artemis (3.7 m) in Delos, the statue of a female deity and the lower part of a large statue of Athena, all of the 5th century BC, stand out from the rest of the sculptures of the museum. century. In the archaeological museum of Paros is hosted one of the most important monuments of Greek history, “Parion Chronicos”. Pario Chroniko is a marble inscription, engraved in the middle of the 3rd century BC. century and includes in 134 verses chronological references covering a period of 1,318 years (1528 BC -263 BC). Most of it is currently in the Oxford Museum.

The Castle: It was built by the duke of Naxos Markos Sanoudos in the 13th century. In our tour of this we will meet small churches, many of them built in the walls, such as the Panagia Stavros (1514), Agia Anna, Agios Markos, Agios Stylianos and the stunning architectural church of Agios Konstantinos with a sheltered courtyard spectacular view to the sea, one of the most beautiful in the Aegean.

The Ancient Cemetery: During the recent excavations (1983), a great cemetery dating back to the end of the 8th century BC came to light. until the beginning of the 3rd century AD. century. The cemetery was found near the port of Parikia, on the coastal road. It includes graves from different seasons. In the showroom that operates next to the cemetery, the visitor can admire the interesting finds as well as pictures from past and recent excavations.

Asklipio: The southern coastal road leads to the hill of Agia Anna, where a place of worship of the god of the Medical Asclepius was revealed. It is a building of the 4th century BC. century. The temple was open-air, built around a source. In the same area, some traces of an ancient temple dedicated to Pythian Apollo are preserved.

Anthemion: Creation of sensitivity and love for cultural elements related to Paros and by extension the Cyclades and the Aegean, of some people who made this sensitivity, purpose of life!

BEAUTIFUL BEACHES

 

 

Livadia: It is the popular and lively beach on the north side of Parikia, at Livadia. Extensive sandy beach with crystal clear waters, organized touristically.

Aries: The beach of Krios (2 km away from the center of Parikia), on the north side of the bay of Parikia, is a long sandy beach with crystal clear sea. There are restaurants and bars. Access by boat from the port of Parikia or by your own means of transport.

Marcello: A big sandy beach that is a continuation of the beach of Aries. It is 2.5 km from the center of Parikia. There are restaurants and bars. Access by boat from the port of Parikia or by your own means of transport.

Kaminia: Large sandy beach at the northern end of the bay of Parikia. It is a continuation of Marcello beach. Very close to the cape of Aghios Fokas, there is the cave of Archilochos, a big hole on the almost vertical coast. Access by boat, regular services from the port of Parikia or by your own means of transport.

Souvlia: Amoudia, at the southern tip of the bay of Paroikia, 1.5 km from the center of Parikia. There are restaurants. Access by bus to the public road or by your own means of transport.

Parasporos: Polybyne sandy beach, south of Parikia (about 2,5 km from the center of Paroikia), organized touristically, especially dear to young people. There are restaurants and bars. Access by bus to the public road or by your own means of transport.

Agia Irini: It is located south of Parikia, 4 km from the center of Parikia. Protected by the windy sandy beach with palm trees. Access by bus to the public road or by your own means of transport.

Pounta: Beautiful contiguous small beaches, in the homonymous holiday village, 8.5 km south of Parikia. Pounta is located just opposite Antiparos, from which it is just a nautical mile. Pontos leaves the ferries connecting Paros and Antiparos. There are hotels, cafes, taverns, surf clubs and diving schools.

Pepper: The sandy beach of Pepper is located in Naousa and is the favorite beach of Naousa.

Monastery: It is located in the western part of the bay of Naoussa and is one of the most famous and crowded beaches of Paros. Access by boat from Naoussa or by car, by your own means of transport.

Kolimpithres: Beautiful and quiet sandy beach in the western part of the bay of Naoussa. Of particular interest are the granite rocks which, due to the disintegration, have taken various shapes and create natural cavities filled with seawater and resembling waterfalls. Access by boat from Naoussa or by car using your own means of transport.

Agioi Anargyroi: The beach of Agioi Anargyroi, a small sandy beach, is located east of Naousa, about 200 m.

Laggeris: Laggeris beach (1.5 km from Naoussa) is a beautiful, quiet sandy beach with sand and sand dunes. Boat access from Naoussa by bus to the public road or by your own means of transport.

Santa Maria: Santa Maria Beach (2 km from Naoussa) is an extensive sandy beach with crystal clear sea. There are tavernas and organized water sports.

Ambelas: A small protected sandy beach in the homonymous fishing village, a few kilometers east of Naoussa. There are seaside taverns.

Molos: Protected sandy beach with few trees in the homonymous seaside settlement.

Piso Livadi: A spotless sand beach with trees that offer their shade to swimmers in the homonymous village.

Logaras: Close to Piso Livadi lies the long sandy beach of Logaras, which is marked with a blue flag and is ideal for swimming and fishing.

Punta: The beach of Punta has the preference of mostly young people.

Tsardakia – Nea Chrissi Akti: Extensive sandy beach that has been marked with a blue flag. New Chryssi Akti is known all over the world as one of the most ideal beaches in the Mediterranean for water sports and especially for wind surfing. In the early 1990s, New Gold Coast was established as an ideal venue for the annual wind-surfing world championship.

Golden Beach: The sandy beach of Chrysi Akti, one of the most beautiful of the island and the longest beach of Paros, is a real paradise. Conditions are ideal for sailing activities.

Drios: Beautiful beach, in the homonymous picturesque village with lush vegetation. There are seaside taverns and bars.

Parga: Protected beach, organized touristically. There is a beach bar. Access from Aliki and Agkaria.