Exploring Parikia

We made a last minute booking for this part of holiday due to the Dengue fever outbreak in southern Sri Lanka changing our plans. Getting something available and affordable in Greece at this time of year was mighty tricky, but what we have seen of the place we’re staying at and the main town of Paros, it looks like we’ve been very lucky.

Parikia is a port with around 5-6 huge ferries stopping here to and from Athens and islands further south. The port area gets busy before and immediately after a ferry, but barely 2 minutes walk away, even at those times, the town is very quiet. It is a maze of whitewashed pedestrian-only streets with homes, odd small souvenir outlets and enough restaurants and cafés to choose a new one every day of the month including many on the seafront offering that perfect sunset view. Legend has it that the streets have been designed to be confuse invading armies and it succeeds to do the same many years later with the army of, mainly Greek, tourists.

 

After our enjoyment of cycling in Vietnam, we attempt the 5 miles to the other end of the bay to see an old church and lighthouse. We soon realise that the road does not entirely follow the seafront with its nice beaches, but instead decides to take substantial detours inland and some very steep hills. This makes for great views at the top, but very hard work getting up those hills. We take a break at a beach to physically and mentally prepare ourselves for the journey back, when suddenly a boat appears dropping some people off. Is it going back to the main town? Will it take our bikes? “Oh yes” is the answer and we’re back at the main town in no time. It feels like the best £5 we’ve spent on this holiday.

After a short break for drinks & spinach pies, we try cycling the other way out of town. It’s a bit less hilly and therefore far more enjoyable. We see windmills and sweeping vistas of the clear green & blue sea underneath a cloudless sky.

Chloe has hugely missed fresh salad and vegetables in SE Asia. The thought of a Greek salad was the stuff of dreams especially when all that was available in Sri Lanka was veggie curry or maybe even more veggie curry. For our meals here, we have had the freshest salad, tender lamb and tasty octopus, mussels & prawns. We can fully recommended the seafood at Correlli and the more traditional food at Mortari.

We’ve enjoyed many holidays to Greece in the past 20 years and the first four days of this visit has not disappointed.