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“So far Parikia, Paros, beats Benitses Corfu, Fira Santorini and Chora Ios.”
Review of Parikia Town

Parikia Town
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Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Parikia
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Melbourne, Australia
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28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“So far Parikia, Paros, beats Benitses Corfu, Fira Santorini and Chora Ios.”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Having recently visited the above locations, and while they all have their specific beauty, Parikia, seems to sum up all that is Greek and all that a Greek Island should be. Sandy beaches, crystal waters, an esplanade along the coast that starts about 2km from one end of the port and ends another 2km or so at the other end. The esplanade is nothing but taverns along the whole length, including taverns on the sand in some places.
It seems that you come here to enjoy the 'Greek Island' experience.
Our accommadation was under 70 euro per night with breakfast and 300m from the port (more about Asterias Hotel in my accommodation review), so no need to pay excessively for the experinve. You can buy a souvlaki pita for 1.7euro, a 500ml beer is 0.72euro from the supermarket or you can sit down at one of the many beach side taverns and spend under 30 euro for a full meal for 2 inc alcohol.
Shopping......where to start. My lovely spouse dragged me through what seemed every clothes store in Parikia! I'm sure we missed just as many as we saw, since the snaking lane ways through the whitewashed paths would unexpectedly bring out yet another clothes or jewellery store.
Sweets.....Greek sweeks I just love them and if you have a sweet tooth Greek 'bakeries' stock a massive selection of the home made variety. I'm baklava lover and found a large piece (twice what I get in Melbourne) for only 2 euro AND the port/beach view is free of charge.
This is day one of our vist and I relish the next 3 days in this fantastic place.

Visited August 2014
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“A place to fall in love with”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Quaint, chic, relaxing, we just rolled from cafe to cafe and let the ambience seep twerp through us ... A visit here takes years off you!

Visited August 2014
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Calgary
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“Kind and Friendly town”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

We thought this town was amazingly clean, safe, quaint, and friendly! Lots of great shops, restaurants and beaches.

Visited July 2014
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Bergen, Norway
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“Heart of Paros”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

The island of Paros is lovely. We love it for the variation it offers.

The town of Parikia is often ignored for other towns and villages, but we feel you are missing out on a very interesting place.

There are no other place you get the same selection of taverns, restaurants, snack-bars, bars or night clubs.

There are also lots of beaches near by, from Livadia beach inside the town, our favourite blu lounge, to Marchello across the bay to which you can go by a small ferry from the port.

Parikia has several sights and art exhibitions, from churches to museums. Also look for farmers market and gems of shops that sell genuine locally produced goods, between the usual fake ray bans and other tourists stuff.

The old town of Parikia is maybe not as easy to take a postcard photo of as Naoussa, but my opinion is that since the market streets has shops that also attract locals, it seems more genuine, and it is really cosy.

Parikia is of course also a perfect base to visit other parts of Paros and Antiparos, with good bus and boat connections, and lots of car and bike rentals.

Parikia is the port of Paros, and the port area is busy and there is lots of traffic when the ferries arrive.

We particularly like the lovely Taverna Aeoli, the Pizza place Hibiscus, Espresso bar Republic, but if we are in a mood for something different we always find a lovely place to dine while watching the stunning sunset of Parikia.

Visited July 2014
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Dublin, Ireland
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“Relaxed and Easy”
Reviewed 5 August 2014

Parikia is my kind of town, easy and relaxed, small enough to have all facilities close at hand but big enough to have plenty of choice when it comes to eating, drinking and shopping.

Visited June 2014
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