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Friday, 07 November 2014 02:00

Sightseeings

Parikia is the capital of the island with the largest traditional settlement of all the Cyclades. It is worth visiting the many historical and cultural sites on the island.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani

The holy temple of Panagia Ekatontapiliani is located in Parikia, capital of Paros, a short distance from the port. It is one of the oldest and best preserved Christian churches, in Greek land. Beneath the impressive arches of this temple, prayers of the faithful are rising to heaven for 17 centuries. The temple is built by three Byzantine emperors. This unique monument of Christian witnesses in the world its own history.

17 centuries later, and despite the hardships, the temple of Holy Mary is impressive next to the port of Parikia. It is the best preserved early Christian monument in Greece. The church serves as a place of worship and prayer in the 4th century. This beautiful corner of the Aegean has the honor of hosting the oldest cathedral in the world in service and attracts thousands of pilgrims every year.

In 326 AC mother of the Emperor Constantine, Helena, was leading a large campaign for the discovery of the Holy Cross. A big storm, however, forced the Byzantine fleet to take shelter in the port of Paros. When Helen arrived from the ship sought a Christian church to pray. So, she found the small church of Holy Mary and asked for help to complete her mission. There, she promised to the Holy Mary that she would build a magnificent temple dedicated to Her when she would find the Holy Cross. However, this vow did not take place because Helen passed away and the project took her son, Constantine.

The church's interior fills with awe each faithful. The four arches give the cruciform shape, while in the center the huge dome looks like a gateway to heaven. In the four triangles that support the dome, lies another connection of the church with the legendary Agia Sophia in Istanbul. Forms of angels have been depicted in two of the four triangles. Just below the dome, are preserved two columns of the ancient gymnasium on which was built the church of Holy Mary.


Archaeological museum

Paros has a rich history to exhibit since time immemorial. The valuable antiquities that have been come to light by excavations demonstrate the huge contribution of this island to culture, arts and literature.

The oldest findings date from the late 5th millennium BC and are located in the archaeological museum of the island, behind the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani.

In the archaeological site there are important findings of Neolithic, Early Cycladic, Mycenaean, Geometric, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic and Roman sculptures, architectural elements, urns, Roman mosaic floors etc.


Frankish castle

Frangokastelo was built in the 13th century, immediately after the fall of Constantinople in 1204, by the Venetian Duke Marco Sanudo of Naxos, in order to protect the city from successive pirate raids and conquerors. Scholars believe that the castle was built on the ruins of the ancient temples that were scattered in and around the island of Paros. It is a very impressive building, as ancient columns and marbles, with a chapel are incorporated into the only surviving wall. It is worth a visit and to enjoy it with the panoramic, breathtaking views of Parikia.


Asclepion

In one of the most beautiful places in Paros with spectacular views towards the open Aegean sea, are the ruins of the temple which was dedicated to Asclepius, god of medicine. Asklepion is perched on the hill of St. Anne, demonstrating, once again, that the ancient Greeks did not built anywhere their religious shrines, but they were always choosing the most ideal locations.

The sanctuary was open, a relatively common practice in Paros, built on a hill, known as the Hill of St. Anne, around a spring, with the white, translucent Parian marble.

It is a rectangular building of the late Classical period (4th cent. BC), with a surface of 45m. over 15m., surviving today only some architectural elements that you can admire. The temple in the narrow side had galleries, while worship was undertaken in an altar, located in the middle of the open church.

At the same location were discovered traces of another church, which was dedicated to Apollo Pythium.

 
Valley of the Butterflies

Valley of the Butterflies is located in Psychopiana and to get there you can just take the peripheral road, starting from Parikia towards southwest. The road is in very good condition and in your path, not exceeding 5 km, you will find the monastery of Christ Forest and the majestic, snow-white church of Agios Arsenios, protector of the island.

Following the groomed trails with bows you will wander around in the valley and enjoy the natural beauty. Wild olives, figs, sloes, and dozens of other pear trees have filled by brown butterflies, who are hooked in the trunks, thus giving an another tone with characteristic touches of their wings.

Many of them are getting as swarm around you, probably wanting to numbness out after all this time of immobility. And then you can see a unique spectacle, unfolding in front of you : brown butterflies appear in front of you with all the splendor of crimson shades, that they hid just a little before, in their little folded wings.

Walking to the stone paths, under the sound of running water from the fountains, can hold as much as you want. If you get tired you can relax in the nice cafeteria as much as you need to start your walk from the beginning.


Ancient quarry in Marathi

Another valuable treasure hidden in the bowels of the Aegean island is the Parian marble, that in ancient times was called lignite because of its high transparency but also because of the flashlights that were kept by workers in the process of mining.

To the east of the picturesque village of Marathi and just 5 km northeast of Parikia, are the ancient underground marble quarries of Paros.

Extraction of marble launched from the Cycladic period (3200 BC - 2000 BC). From here, was produced the famous Parian marble, the main source of wealth for Paros in all periods of history, used mainly in architecture and sculpture of the classical period.

The "rogue stone", as it was known the Parian marble in ancient times, was an important source of growth for the island from the 7th century, when began the its systematic exploration and exploitation.

By this coveted marble of unique quality, white and clean, almost transparent, were created by the greatest sculptors of various eras, some great works of classical ancient times, as the famous Cycladic figurines, Aphrodite of Milos, Hermes of Praxiteles, Nike of Samothrace, Kores of Acropolis, Nike of Delos, Apollo's temple and treasure of Siphnian in Delphi, temple of Zeus in Olympia, Temple of Apollo in Delos, and many of the exhibits in the archaeological Museum of Paros.

Overall, it is estimated that by Parian marble is made 70% of the sculptures of the Aegean islands. Even the Temple of Solomon was said to have been built by the marble of Paros!
 

Venetian castle of Naoussa

Venetian Castle of Naoussa in Paros is located in front of the harbor of Naoussa, built on a reef amongst colorful boats, seaside cafes and fish taverns. Venetian castle or Castelli, a former vigilant guardian of the city, stands half sunk in the eastern end of the harbor with its jetty visible under the surface of the sea. A unique Venetian relic of the 15th century, work of the dynasty of Sommaripa that although tempest, remains a unique gem on the island.

 
Folklore museum in Aluki

This museum, located at the entrance of Aluki, a picturesque fishing village on the southern tip of Paros, hosts works by self-taught folk artist Benetos Skiadas. A virtuoso in construction, Benetos Skiadas has created amazing miniatures, with most important of all, these of ships of all historical periods. The artist had participated in various competitions and won. In the mouseum's courtyard are exhibited in miniatures, some replicas of the Castle of Parikia, monastery of Panagia Chozoviotissa, a Tinian dovecote, Panagia of Tinos and other themes on the Cycladic landscape.

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Beaches

Kato Gialos (Parikia) 
Beach of Kato Gialos is located in Chora of Parikia, just 100 meters from Angie's Studios, offering to its visitors crystal clear sea, umbrellas and a large sandy beach. 
 
Grasidi (Parikia) 
Livadia beach is located on the northern side of Parikia 900 m from Angie's Studios with a great beach. It is an organized beach  with sun beds, umbrellas, showers and changing cabins, lots of cafes, bars and taverns, mini markets and other amenities. It also offers many opportunities for sports lovers of beach and water toys for children. 
 
Krios- Marcello - Ag. Fokas (Parikia) 
From the port of Parikia some small boats can take you towards Marcello and Krios where you will have the opportunity to enjoy perhaps the most beautiful beaches of the island, overlooking all of Parikia. On the beach of Krios, a small pier on the edge of the beach, is a platform for diving, especially for younger swimmers. Marcello is the continuation of the beach of Krios beach with great facilities and an organized beach, just 2.5 kilometers from the port of Parikia. Also the beach of Agios Fokas is located on the edge of the bay of Parikia near the church of Saint Fokas which is built near the beach. A small beach with a few trees without bars, an ideal place for rest and relaxation. Very close you will find the cave Archilochus. All these beaches are accessible by car. 
 
Parasporos (Parikia) 
Beach of Parasporos is a long sandy beach, in a short distance from the center of Parikia, about 2.5 km south of the capital. 
The beach is extremely popular, especially among young people, it is well organized and has many bars and restaurants. It has clear waters and a long sandy beach where you can enjoy the sun lying on the sunbeds. The organised area covers only a part of the beach, leaving the rest free for guests who want to enjoy the sun and sea without the facilities of an organized beach. The rocks at both ends of the beach and several trees characterize the landscape. Is it possible to transport by bus. 
 
Agia Eirini
Giant palm trees are bounding the narrow strip of sand on the beach of Agia Irini, at the southern end of the bay of Parikia. Located just 4 km from the capital of Paros, Parikia, and towards the west of the island, the road is leading to the airport, where you will enjoy a truly exotic beach. 
The water is clean and green, and trees are mirrored and huge palm trees and the beach is entirely yours, almost pristine, lacking both sunbeds and umbrellas. But civilization is not entirely absent as in the shade of palm treesthere is a refreshment bar, with all the necessities. Is it possible to transport by bus. 
 
Punta - Kite Surf 
A great beach, 8.5 km. south of Parikia, organized, very crowded during summer months and two schools for kite and wind-surf. One of the best places for kite globally, having hosted several times world championship fights. One mile separates Punta from Antiparos. From the port of Punta ferry-boats are leaving, connecting Paros and Antiparos. In this area there are restaurants, kite-surf schools, wind-surf and diving schools. 
 
Faraggas (Aliki) 
The sandy beach of Faraggas is located about 15 km south of Parikia near Aliki. There is a tavern - beach bar that will complement marvelously the beautiful swimming you just enjoyed. It offers beautiful delicious delicacies of local cuisine and will make your visit here memorable. The beach is well organized with umbrellas and sun beds, but the main advantage is the spectacular natural environment, almost untouched by the tourist invasion, that offers crystal clear waters, great and small rocks on isolated areas, gorgeous sand. 
Access to the beach is possible by rented or private car and motorbikes. A few hundred meters just before the sea you will have to move to a good dirt road. This of course ensures uniqueness. Peace away from busy roads, yet close enough to all the resorts in the area. 
 
Gold Coast
Gold Coast is famous for its huge, golden sand, ideal -for wind surf- streams and crystal clear blue shallow waters. It is organized with tourist restaurants and bars, flooding the sand behind the trees and aligned umbrellas and loungers throughout its length. The huge sandy Gold Coast is ideal for games both in water and on the beach, without any danger from stray balls and beach volley balls, while children play with pleasure in shallow waters, as the seabed deepens smoothly. 
 
Santa Maria - Kolimbithres (Naoussa) 
West of Naoussa is located the beach of Santa Maria. This beach will steal your heart as it is a paradise. Tiny creeks, which in some places are offered for complete isolation and clean sand, bounded by dunes in which small cedars grow - a pleasant change from the numerus tamarisks covering extensively the other beaches of Paros. Sunbeds and umbrellas for all those seeking for comforts but also ample space, obvious and secret -among sand hills - for those who like to hardship. Santa Maria in Paros is the ideal beach, combining tranquility and entertainment. In some of its places is highly organized touristically, with water sports, but also for beach volley. 
To the northwest of Paros, on the west side of the bay of Naoussa you will encounter a landscape, from those that will make you wonder if you are actually in a classic Cycladic island. Kolimbithres. The carved granite rocks by saltiness, water and air over millennia,  go down to the sea and form successive beaches in Kolybithres of Paros. It is not just one beach but many beaches in a row, ready to satisfy all tastes and needs. This lunar landscape will delight you and provide you with umbrellas and sun loungers, offering except eye catcher and all modern amenities.

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Facilities

Angie's Studios are located in the traditional village of Parikia of Paros. The ideal location provides guests with easy access to the town center (150m. from the beach of Kato Gialos, 100m from the market and 400 m. from the port).

Angie's Studios are built with absolute respect to the Cycladic architectural style, with a traditional courtyard and garden that offer unique moments of relaxation to its guests.

All studios provide:

  • Fully equipped kitchen (electric hob, fridge, kettle, coffee maker, toaster)
  • Air conditioning (a / c)
  • TV
  • Private terrace
  • Private bathroom (hairdryer)
  • Daily clean service
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free municipal parking (in a distance of 60 m.)
  • Transfer from / to the port / airport upon agreement
  • Reservations for daily cruise around the islands
  • Lending library

 

All credit cards are accepted.

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