Paroikia is the capital city of Paros and the main passenger and cargo port of the island. Its name derives from the first Byzantine years when today’s jewel of the island the church called the Panayia Ekatontapyliani was a shelter for the residents who gradually settled down in the old city.
You will sense an initial of the blue-white of Paroikia and you will be eager to explore it from the very first moment that you see Paros, before the ship manages to dock at the port. Whitewashed houses with blue windows are stretched from the edge of the hill to the sea. Paved cobbled streets snake through one another and lead either to the sea, or to Panayia Ekatontapyliani, or the 13th century A.D. Venetian castle, in the region of Castro in the southwest of the city and maintains its strictly traditional and picturesque atmosphere in the face of modernization.
The road that connects the traditional settlement with the modern noisy area is called Lochagou Fokianou Street which starts from the Castro and will lead you to the heart of the city’s market. Walk, go shopping and enjoy traditional tastes in the cafes of the hospitable people of Paros.
You should visit Panayia Ekatontapyliani that rises in the centre of the city and is one of the most significant monuments of Greece. The stroll around the Panayia Ekatontapyliani harbours many surprises such as the Archaeological Museum, the Monastery of the Franks, Manto Mavrogenous house and the imposing neoclassical mansions.
You should also visit the Monastery of Aghioi Anargiroi that almost hangs from the top of the hill where the city of Paroikia is stretched and enjoy from up there the magnificent view of Paroikia.
In Paroikia you will find many banks, supermarkets, travel agencies, a health centre and pharmacies. As far as the accommodation and your entertainment are concerned, there are lodgings and restaurants for every taste and available budget and fulfil all visitors’ requirements.



Keep Connected


Internet access is widely available throughout the country. Almost all hotels provide internet access, either free or paid. Local coffee shops usually offer free Wi-Fi access, as many other public places do. Feel free to ask for the password, if the network is locked. Internet cafes however tend to be expensive, about €1.5-2 per hour.


See also: International Telephone Calls

The cheapest way to call someone abroad is to use a pre-paid calling card and call from a land line anywhere (also from your hotel room). Pre-paid calling cards are sold in many shops and kiosks. The calling card is not much more than a phone number and a pin code, which you dial prior to dialing the usual phone number. If you want to call internationally, ask for an international calling card. For one euro you can call for about 45 minutes, so buy a card in the cheapest value (which is about €3). Calling someone for half an hour is cheaper than sending one email from an internet café. Cards expire usually 90 days after first use. You can also use this pre-paid calling card at public phone boxes, which are widely available.

Mobile phones are prevalent in Greek's communication, and if you need to talk with your co-travelers it is advised that you buy a local prepaid plan instead of using roaming, as it is far cheaper. There are at least three mobile carriers, Cosmote, Wind and Vodafone all of which require by law presenting some form of identification in order to activate your prepaid plan. Choose whichever has better reception in your area, keeping in mind that GSM 900, GSM 1800 and UMTS 2100 bands are supported. Data usage is cheap, costing about €3 per 100 MB. Ask the mobile carrier for more information.


Hellenic Post is the Greek postal service. On their website you find more information about options to send letters, postcards and parcels and there is a search function regarding post offices and post boxes. It also has information on services like paying bills, transferring money, financial products etc. Greek post codes are five digits long and are usually written as follows; 123 45. The first three digits are used to identify the city, municipality or prefecture, for example the digits between 100 and 180 relate to the city of Athens. The last two digits identify a street or part of a street. Most post offices are open Monday to Friday from 07:30-14:00, although the largers ones usually have longer opening hours. For sending packages, you can also use international courier services like DHL, UPS or TNT.


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