The quarry is easily located. It's approximately 3 miles outside of Parikia, on the right-hand side of the main road, just past the settlement of Marathi. When turning down the side road, the main shafts and buidings are to your left. Someone has very helpfully taken down the official brown signs, which left us rather confused, thinking that the site on the right is the main attraction and rather puzzled. The site to the left is much more interesting so head there first.
This disused quarry consists of two abandoned mine shafts that sink down about 100m down into a dark abyss. They have been fenced off in a lame attempt to discourage curious visitors, but the fences can be easily got around, with the gate even being open on the right hand mine shaft!
The shafts, being both wide and tall, can be easily explored on foot with no crouching required. I would strongly recommend taking a torch, as apparently there are traces of chisel marks and the like further down the shaft, but were unable to see them due to poor lighting.
The remnants of the winch buildings are also there to be explored and if you nip back up the path and over the road, there are further remains of machinery and buildings that were used to process the marble.
This site is not manned which means it is free of charge, but the lack of any signage to explain what's what does let it down compared to other similar sights on Paros and Naxos. If you like this and want something bigger, better and more spectacular, check out the caves on Anti-Paros and the Kouroi statues on Naxos. Some of our best holiday snaps came from these two sights.
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