Parikia is the capital and the main port of Paros island. It is one of the most typical Cycladic settlements as it is distinguished by its narrow cobbled paths, the old churches, the small shops and the houses in blue and white. Parikia is today one of the most popular and busiest spot of the island, as its cafeterias and restaurants along the waterfront attract many visitors. Parikia is also famous for its vivid nightlife, which makes it along with Naoussa village (on the northern side of the island) the two busiest tourist resorts of Paros.
Parikia is found on the western side of the island and has 4,500 permanent inhabitants.
The history of Parikia starts in the ancient times, as the monuments all over the village show. The port gave to Paros all its strength and made it a great naval power. For a long time, the village followed the historical paths of the rest of the island.
The most famous monument in Parikia is the church of Panagia Ekatontapiliani, whose name actually means "the Church of 100 doors". This ecclesiastical complex was originally built on 326 b.C. by the Byzantine Emperor Justinian the Great on the site of an ancient gymnasium and a 4th-century Christian church. Today it has many interesting frescoes on its walls and it hosts the Ecclesiastical Museum of Parikia. Close to Parikia, you will also find some other interesting monasteries, such as the Monastery of Logovardas, the Monastery of Saint Anargyroi and the Monastery of Jesus of the Forest.
In the centre of Parikia, you can see some Neoclassical mansions hosting public services.
The trademarks of Parikia are the preserved windmill in the port and the Venetian Castle, on top of the village, which was built by the Venetians in the early 17th century. The walls of the Castle have been built with remains of ancient temples.
Parikia is home to the Archaeological Museum of Paros a small but interesting museum housing some of the many finds from sites in Paros.