DiscoverParos the Cycladic Gem
ONIRA BOUTIQUE HOTEL
Lovely studios at the ideal location
Within walking distance lies the Old Town. The Parian capital welcomes everyone like an idyllic canvas made of colourful chapels, seemly taverns, cafés and pretty squares. Onira’s location is ideal to use as a starting point to discover Paros, while the nearby bus station and taxi rank make it convenient for travellers without a car or a motorcycle.
A favourite destination in the Aegean, Paros is the third largest of the Cyclades islands, with approximately 15,000 residents. It has a long history, being one of the richest city-states of ancient Greece, with its famous semitransparent marble being the main source of its wealth. The Parian marble was used in the greatest masterpieces of ancient sculpture, such as the Nike of Samothrace and Venus de Milo.
Before coming under Venetian and later Ottoman rule, Paros was part of the Byzantine Empire. Today, the island enjoys a vibrant economy based on fine agricultural products and tourism. Notably, it can offer quiet and relaxing holidays for families but is also ideal for couples seeking a romantic refuge, with all opportunities for outdoor activities, entertainment and exploration.
Unlike other destinations in Cyclades, Paros is a versatile holiday choice, for those who seek a balanced, restful stay with plenty of activities and interesting experiences. The island combines quality but affordable accommodation, with countless sandy beaches, the scenery of Aegean architecture and of course the friendliness and hospitality of its people.
Parikia is the capital and port of Paros island. Its majestic whitewashed windmill welcomes visitors and gives a hint of its original Cycladic beauty. Picturesque traditional homes with balconies full of flowers coexist with old neoclassical manors. Parikia is also home to numerous archaeological sites, the archaeological museum and the prominent church of Panagia Ekatontapyliani (literally meaning the hundred doors), built in the 3rd century AD.
The Old Town consists of essentially a web of cobblestone alleys entering the once medieval centre. Part of the town’s historical identity, the 13th-century castle -Kastro- looms over it, built on the ruins of an ancient temple, on the highest spot of the hill. The area surrounding Parikia is full of cultural and historical sites, including the ancient Asclepeion and ancient wall, the Delion (ancient temple of Apollo).
Fill your evenings with a long stroll along the coastal road of the town, full of small, charming shops, well-rated restaurants and bars, expanding beyond the port. Offering a variety of dining, drinking and shopping options, the capital of Paros makes your top choice of stay.
Things to do Around Hotel
Use Onira Boutique Hotel as your starting point to plan your holiday in Paros. One of your first stops should be Livadia beach, at walking distance. It’s organised, with umbrellas and sunbeds; it offers an array of facilities for water sports, from windsurfing to sailing lessons. Have your coffee or lunch at the cafes and restaurants along the shore. You can also visit the smaller and more isolated beaches of Martselo and Krios, at the northwest.
Naturally, you will often find yourself strolling along the narrow streets of Parikia, browsing the shops, enjoying the Cycladic ambience before or after trying a traditional snack or drink. You should not omit visiting the town’s charming churches, such as Agios Konstantinos, Agia Anna and Panagia Ekatontapiliani. Do not miss trying one of the frequent cruises departing from Parikia port to spots around Paros or to the neighbouring Antiparos island.
How to reach us
Onira Boutique Hotel is only 900m from the island’s port at a quiet but not secluded location, right where the busy coastal road of Parikia ends. Transportation to and from the port is provided for all our guests.
Paros National Airport, in the southwest, is a 20-minute drive from the hotel. A transfer service is available upon request.
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Onira Boutique Hotel can offer everything you need for a special holiday in Paros, Greece.