Greece Day 4: Why You Should Get Lost in Parikia’s Back Alleys

We had less than 24 hours in Paros and had trouble choosing between visiting three beautiful towns, so we’re like “heck care, let’s do all three of them anyway!”

Having visited Naoussa and Lefkes first, we’re left with a very short morning in Parikia before our ferry departs to Santorini. As I opened the map which I’ve downloaded to my phone, I realized we’re screwed.

Oh.

My.

Gosh.

This must be the least helpful map ever.

Map of Parikia, Paros, Greece[Image Credit: Ride Moto]

The streets have no name. All the numbered “landmarks” are hotels at the outskirts which we won’t be anywhere nearby to. The heart of the town is a freaking labyrinth which is impossible to figure out unless you have a microscope at hand.

And the five “attractions” circled in black (we presumed they are attractions) are unlabeled, leaving you to try your luck bumping into strangers to ask, “How can we get to… uhm, this nameless thingy? No, we don’t know whether it’s a church or a graveyard either.”

Keeping my fingers crossed that we would come out in time, we went inside the maze anyway.

Parikia, Paros, Greece

The worry dissipates quickly, replaced with awe and wonder.

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Like the rest of Paros, the best side of Parikia is hidden. It took quite some time for us to discover the first attraction in our little treasure hunt game: Frankish Castle!

Frankish Castle, Parikia, Paros, GreeceFrankish Castle, Parikia, Paros, Greece

It didn’t help that some of the roads are blocked! We had to take several turns, back and forth, up and down, until we passed through this beauty called Agios Konstantinos at the district’s highest point.

Agios Konstantinos, Parikia, Paros, Greece

We did bump into a local and asked about one of the nameless churches, which we didn’t manage to locate. We finally gave up, but we did locate another church at the far end of the map.

Panagia Ekatontapiliani, Parikia, Paros, Greece

Panagia Ekatontapiliani literally means “Church of 100 Doors”, but we’re still scratching our heads figuring out why it’s called that. Wikipedia didn’t have an answer, either. Paros is such a mysterious place, isn’t it?

So we didn’t manage to find all the “attractions”, but I suppose it’s the experience of wandering aimlessly in the back alleys which count. Parikia certainly didn’t need a map, not when everything’s so gorgeous.

Parikia, Paros, Greece
What are your favorite places to get lost in?

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